After reading this blog, I couldn’t help but think about this quote from David Icke (famously used in the beginning of Vinnie Paz’s song “End of Days”):
“The greatest form of control is where you think you’re free when you’re being fundamentally manipulated and dictated to. One form of dictatorship is being in a prison cell and you can see the bars and touch them. The other one is sitting in a prison cell but you can’t see the bars but you think you’re free.” – David Icke
In that speech, he later said that the human race is suffering from MASS HYPNOSIS… and that the greatest hypnotists of our time are screens (TVs, mobile phones, etc.), because what we view on them constantly tell us what to believe is real. Do you agree with this? And if so (even to an extent), is it because we don’t think about/question what we consume? Is it because we don’t contribute to it (as in, we only consume but we never have conversations with the people we get news from)? Is it something else entirely?
Culture is what hypnotizes humanity, and our smartphones, televisions, etc. are merely mediums that initiate the mass hypnosis. In the Middle Ages, people used mainly religious platforms where cultural values have been passed down through scriptures and sermons, whether it be in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, etc., and served as the basis of the people’s entire worldview. It was not until the Age of Enlightenment that there was a transformation from kings, feudalism, and religion to democracy, capitalism, and secularism. This cultural shift and coinciding technological advancements have been unprecedented over the past few centuries, and even more so over the past few decades with the advent of the internet. Today, cultural indoctrination has shifted from printed ink to digitized pixels.
From childhood, our society instills in us a certain set of principles of what to think is right and wrong, what to aspire to be, how to act amongst others, etc. Culture molds our eyes to view the world a certain way. An example of this is during the Cold War; Americans were taught to see communists as the absolute worst evil while Soviets saw capitalists as the same thing. Logic was not a factor in making these assumptions; they came to their conclusions because the values held in each society were vastly different.
When you break down culture, you come to a set of ideas of how one ought to live. Those ideas end up manifesting in reality through memes and symbols. When we were born into this world, we did not have a choice to be in one culture over another, yet society already lays out the path in front of us as if we are living in someone else’s dream of how things ought to be. Society instructs us about what to wear, how to act, what to value, etc. but we really never had a say about it to begin with. As we grow older, we are faced with an inherent contradiction with our relationship with culture. We develop the critical thinking facilities necessary to change our culture, yet the vast majority of us choose not to because we are too comfortable with how things are or too afraid to make an attempt.
The institutions of society that reinforce cultural values are the weight of mountains and endeavors to transform society throughout history have been tremulous and bloody. It took a revolution for George Washington and the founding fathers trying to establish an entirely new order rooted in liberty and individual sovereignty. The civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King Jr. ended Jim Crow Laws and secured civil rights progress for African Americans. Washington and Luther King Jr. succeeded where many others failed because they did not push the mountains of institutions by themselves but rather inspired a movement to move the mountains toward them and mold them to their liking. Washington and Luther King Jr. created their own culture. They had a vision in their minds of how things ought to be and shared their vision with the masses. The people who believed in their ideas were a minority at the time, but their collective will together would have had enough force to change society.
The internet is the modern incarnation of the forbidden fruit and has become the ultimate antidote against mass hypnosis. No longer are we forced to be passive observers of culture, but active participants in creating it. Many choose not to take advantage of this power and few truly understand it, but we are all collectively deciding what kind world we want to live in; every dialogue we participate in, every status update we post, and every picture we upload are a reflection of this reality.
We all have a choice whether we want to be architects of our culture or merely bystanders of it. The choice is up to you.