December 4, 2008
Do you think of yourself as an open-minded person? Would you consider yourself “normal” in your way of thinking? Do you realize that your thought process is a process? Do you ever question that process?
Most people go about their “daily routine” without giving it much thought. Everything you see (live, TV, print material) as well as everything you hear (live, TV, radio) is your source of information that “programs” your mind.
If you lived in a cave for ten years, you would have different programming than someone who was affixed mentally to a television set, would you not?
We don’t think of these things on a daily basis. After all, our sources of information are “natural” to us, so we don’t tend to consciously question them or extraneously observe them for what they are: external sources of mind programming or “education.”
For some of us, we don’t even realize that the situation is molded — it just is. Others never realize the situation is molded, and yet some of us know the situation is molded. Obviously, this divides people into two broad categories:
1) Those who are conscious and aware of the programming that is taking place;
2) Those who are asleep in the system, and are living as a product of it.
Of the latter class of people, they can be divided into two sub-categories:
2a) Those who have the potential to be “awoken to broader realities”;
2b) Those who do not have the potential to be “awoken to broader realities”.
This brings us to the Venn Diagram (on the right).
Some people just won’t and can’t be awoken to a lie. They live in their lives under the shadow of the higher-minded manipulators, just as has been done from the dawn of man. Trying to reach these people is a noble goal, but is, in reality, futile.
The Mind As A Computer: Trash In = Trash Out
Suspend disbelief for a moment, and pretend we have a person whose brain is empty of all knowledge (other than basic two-way communication language and reading skills). This person is going to obtain information by two general senses:
1) Visual: things that are watched, read;
2) Audio: things that are heard.
Now, the information that is received is generally comprised of four distinct classes:
1) True and Correct Information (example: The Sun is the center of the Solar System);
2) False and Incorrect Information (example: The Earth is the center of the Solar System);
3) Things that are Subjective Editorial Statements (example: Blue is the best color);
4) Things that are either true or false, but depend on explicit circumstances (example: Water Boils at 67¬∞ Fahrenheit, when in a partial vacuum).
When these four distinct classes are used in concert with one another, powerful forces of mind manipulation can be achieved, without the person subjected to it necessarily realizing it. In other words, there is an information war constantly being waged against your mind by people with an agenda.
(Even knowing there are separate agendas puts you into a classification different from those who don’t know there is more than one agenda out there.)
Once you are fed information (subconsciously or consciously) your brain has to make a decision. It has to classify the information as agreeing with what is stored in memory (programming) or as not agreeing. Information that is in agreement with your memory just becomes a reinforcer of already held beliefs (programming). You don’t expand your memory, it just becomes a stronger memory.
When you receive something that is in disagreement with your memory, one of two things will occur:
1) you will ignore the information, and thus preserve your programming; or
2) you will question the information (this requires action).
Since information that is reinforcing or that is rejecting can be handled sub-consciously, it requires the least amount of work, and is thus the “lazy” way out of having to perform any “action of thought.” This is the path that most people will take. The memory will predominantly fill up with whatever source it is saturated with the most. This saturation occurs from reinforcement and strong repetition. (Commercials use this principle.)
There is a two to one favor for programming to be maintained because of these two sub-conscious feedback loops, or “eddys.” (An eddy is a small whirlpool of current in a river that just circles around and around, without going anywhere.) This is why it is so difficult to change someone’s mind, even when the information presented is the true and correct information.
Only by active questioning does the mind consciously get a chance to amend or delete its stored programming. This requires effort, exertion, and will, and is therefore the path least chosen by most people who choose the “easy path.” It is the active path that the mind expands its consciousness and knowledge — it is by no other process this can occur.
Willful ignorance, cognitive dissonance, and the Kubler-Ross model
In the diagram above (click to enlarge), the decision block labeled “Could I be wrong?” is the kingpin of advancing forward in consciousness and knowledge.
The $64,000 question is: “Will somebody ask that question of themselves?”
Willfully ignorant. A large consortium of people are, as Biblically mentioned, willfully ignorant. They actively exert force and pressure to remain in a condition of being uninformed or unaware, willfully. What is stupefying is that they exert more energy and waste more time to remain in this state than it takes to become informed and aware of what’s going on in the first place.
Cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance is a psychological state that describes the uncomfortable feeling when a person begins to understand that something the person believes to be true is, in fact, not true. Cognitive dissonance is often associated with the tendency for people to resist information that they don’t want to think about, because if they did it would create uncomfort, and perhaps require them to act in ways that depart from their comfortable habits. They usually have at least partial awareness of the information, without having moved to full acceptance of it, and are thus in a state of denial about it. This “irrational inability to incorporate rational information” is perhaps the most common perception of cognitive dissonance.
The Kubler-Ross model. This model was introduced by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book “On Death and Dying”. The stages have become well-known as the “Five Stages of Grief”. Kübler-Ross originally applied these stages to any form of catastrophic personal loss (job, income, freedom). They can also be applied to the process of “coming to grip with reality” in accepting devastating truth. Kübler-Ross also claimed these steps do not necessarily come in the order noted below, nor are all steps experienced by all people, though she stated a person will always experience at least two.
The stages are:
1. Denial: “It can’t be happening.”
2. Anger: “Why me? It’s not fair.”
3. Bargaining: “Just let me live to see my children graduate.”
4. Depression: “I’m so sad, why bother with anything?”
5. Acceptance: “It’s going to be OK.”
Are you mentally ready to learn the truth?
If you can’t make a conscious effort to overcome your mental programming, you cannot leave the little circle of “those who are fooled all the time.”
“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
NOTE: To check whether or not the thoughts you are thinking are really yours, please read the full article HERE.