Warfare in the past enhanced coffers of kings and national rulers. In propagandizing, persuading, and coercing men to murder one another it reduced barbaric populations while profiting society’s elites. With the introduction of modern weaponry, as initiated by World War II’s aerial civilian massacres in Germany and Japan, warfare has escalated to the norm of slaughtering women and children, persons considered in an earlier age to be non-combatants.
Religious dogma, fables, national patriotism, pseudo science and unquestioned conventionality comprise effective levers for sufficient social control without which a police state would be necessary. In today’s world, such methods require contemporary lies broadcast by the corporate state’s well orchestrated public media and their backers, what Mr. Simon Shack calls “the nutwork”. Until peoples of the world, particularly in the U.S., get a grip on the fantasy world in which they live they will continue to be manipulated by a small number of very wealthy bankers and financially compromised corporate executives for whom warfare provides maximum profits. From the looks of things that day is unlikely to come soon, if ever.
A myth or narrative has life independent of plausible content insofar as it provides meaning popularly considered important or necessary as pointed out by Joseph Campbell. For example, as a result of innate death-fear, the emotional response generally appealed to by religions, spurious narratives of mass death are obviously readily embraced by the masses with scarce demand for documentation. Digitally animated and other televised acted fantasies such as 9/11’s deaths, Sandy Hook’s “killings”, and Boston Marathon’s “murders” were instilled quite easily by modern television.
Intellectual curiosity alone is sufficient justification for researching to understand today’s widely propagandized fantasies. However, it is necessary to appreciate the difference between exposing a truth and convincing others. Recall the adage quoted by Mary Shelley which was apparently so popular by the 18th century as to require no reference: “Convince a man against his will, he’s of the same opinion still.” Although that initially seems nonsensical, it resonates in anyone familiar with mass psychology. How many perceptive readers have tried to require friends and relatives to look more closely at today’s televised nonsense?
A case can be made for the necessity of promulgating myths and narratives, or propaganda, for the purpose of circumventing mankind’s bestial ancestry in order to propel humanity into what is loosely referred to as modernity. A key question centers around how masses, removed from the land, would be able to interact financially and to survive economically should yesterday’s historical myths and today’s televised fantasies be widely exposed. Individuals of superior intellect and skeptical ability who grasp these concepts and who understand cognitive dissonance of their peers are in a small minority. Generally among society’s more financially secure, with exception of idealistic or disgruntled intellectuals, they can be counted upon to go along with today’s elites and to eschew speaking truth to power.
Perhaps a comforting fact is that no tidal wave of financial or economic disruption is likely to occur in the foreseeable future as long as banking elites are able to continue to devise finance and currency strategies conducive to maintaining social order. To that extent we must all rely on them. To demand disruption of their schemes either as a result of recognizing their control and vested interests or based upon exposing self-serving lies and perversely entertaining heart-wrenching televised fantasies would undoubtedly create huge social dislocations. It would be as destructive to the masses as their learning and speaking the true name of G_D. Such ideas are, of course, terribly unpopular today with the few remaining classical liberals and debate is encouraged.
Posted by Stewart Ogilby on February 10, 2015, With 2845 Reads Filed under Of Interest. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.