Individuality

Yesterday I received an e-mail from my friend Mike alerting me to a new rant he’d posted entitled; A Country Of Feuding Gangs. After reading it the gears began turning and what you are about to read is the culmination of about 12 hrs of thought.

From time to time I see this quote on the internet which says; “When you truly don’t care what anyone thinks of you, you have gotten dangerously close to a thing called freedom.” Although most people will tell you they are individuals, deep down they have this powerful need to fit in; be part of a group or clique. While there is nothing wrong with having friends; and choosing for friends people who think and feel the way you do regarding certain subjects; one must be careful not to let the group mentality take over and destroy your individuality.

To explain what I mean by that I’d like for you to think back to a time when you were around friends, or co-workers, and a thought came to mind but you decided not to give voice to it for fear of rocking the boat, offending others, or causing you to lose your standing in the group.

Freedom comes when you don’t care what people think about you, as a person, or the things you say. If you allow groups to dictate your actions, or your thoughts, you cease being an individual and become just another drone within a larger group of drones. Drones have no individuality, they just follow along with the flow; taking orders and being led around by the noses without the ability to think for themselves.

Now I know right there I’m gonna piss some people off; telling them that they cannot think for themselves. But what you are doing; is it really thinking, or are you listening to what is being said and if it conflicts with your own beliefs, your own biases, rejecting it without ever stopping to ask yourself if the information is valid? Let me tell you, if that is what you are doing, it is not thinking, it is following a set pattern of conditioning designed to control and manipulate you.

Now let’s apply this for a moment to political parties. Democrats despise Republicans and vice versa. People have been told over and over again that the two parties hold distinct and differing ideologies. So if you adhere to one, then the other must be in conflict with your beliefs; and therefore bad…right?
This hatred of the opposing party blinds people to the fact that those within the party they support are guilty of the same crimes they accuse the other party of committing. Do you know what the word hypocrisy is; I mean truly know? I ask because I often fear that when I write I use words that just pass through your minds without the meaning intended ever registering. Hypocrisy is defined as; the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which your own behavior does not conform.

This staunch loyalty to party, and it doesn’t matter which one, causes one to place the principles espoused by the party over the principles espoused by those who established our Republic, or those found within the document which created our system of government. It no longer matters to people what the Constitution says; only what the Democratic and Republican Parties say.

This is why so many people reject the things I write about; because they conflict with their loyalty to party. They have been conditioned, indoctrinated, programmed, call it whatever you will, by years of being told lies and distortions of fact. Those whose job it has been to produce graduates who are capable of critical thought have morphed into agents whose job is to produce generations of mindless drones who will follow orders and not upset the status quo.
As I had mentioned, the whole idea for this came after reading my friend Mike’s rant yesterday. But that is not entirely accurate, as it was just one thing within Mike’s rant which started the process. In his rant Mike quoted Vladimir Lenin, “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”

Many times in the past I have bemoaned the difference between the Americans of my youth and the Americans of 2016. I’d like to take that a step further now. Had a candidate for president in 1960 ran for office on the platform of an invasive intelligence gathering network which violated the privacy of individuals, or if a candidate ran on a platform of government run health care, or if a candidate said that, if elected, they were going to pass laws which severely restricted the right of the people to keep and bear arms, the candidate would have NEVER gotten elected as those things went against all that Americans believed in regarding the purpose for which their government existed.

So how did we go from a nation where the things we once opposed have become things which are not only tolerated, but actively are supported by the people? It would not have been possible for our government to simply say that they are going to do these things without the people resisting them; something must have occurred which caused a shift in the mindset of the people to where these things are tolerated without resistance.

And this is where Lenin’s quote comes in…

Over the course of many generations subtle shifts have taken place in the curriculum being taught our children. If you change one little aspect of what our children are taught, revise the truth just a bit, or cut back on the extent to which one subject is taught, then that generation is the seed which Lenin spoke of. That generation then goes on to become the educators of the next generation, and subjects are cut back even more, facts are further revised, and the cycle goes on, and on, and on until we have an entire country populated by people who are incapable of reading at a 5th grade level, of being functionally illiterate in regards to their nation’s history and system of government.

They have become drones who accept anything the almighty government says and will not resist any encroachments upon their liberty. Or, as George Carlin said, (and be forewarned of offensive language), “…they don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. … … They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that . . . that doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. That’s right. … … They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they’re getting FUCKED by a system that threw them overboard 30 FUCKING years ago. … … They don’t want that! You know what they want? They want obedient workers . . . Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork.”

Arguing with people who have been conditioned like that, trying to present facts and evidence which prove the error in their thinking is like beating your head against a brick wall, or trying to teach a pile of dog shit how to do calculus.

People have been so conditioned, so brainwashed with this idea of political correctness; that they are entitled to go through life without having to face facts that make them uncomfortable, that they run and turn those in who offend them.

I recall awhile back I was attempting to prove to an individual that the Confederate Battle Flag did not represent slavery. This person believed the North, and Abraham Lincoln were the good guys and the South, and all things Southern, were the bad guys. So I brought in a quote from Lincoln in which he said some pretty awful things about black people. Instead of reading the quote and changing their view on Lincoln; they ran to human resources and turned me in; believing that I also held the same beliefs contained within the quote.

If you are an individual, and I mean truly individual, you are comfortable enough in yourself to consider ideas that conflict with your own belief system. Facts, evidence, TRUTH is more important to you than being part of a group. If you are uncomfortable with yourself, or your beliefs, you reject outright anything which conflicts with them because you simply do not have the factual evidence to support your opinions. People such as this will hurl insults instead of facts; or run and turn in those who ‘offend’ them with the truth. That may be the way things work in 2016 but when I was growing up we called people like that tattle tales, chicken-shits, or cowards.

Anyway, that is how we have gone from a nation which, at least, had a basic understanding of their country’s history and its system of government to one in which the general population don’t know the first thing about the limits imposed upon government or the nature of their rights.

Our Founders understood the flaws in human nature and tried to warn us what could happen to our freedom, our individuality, if we did not listen to their warnings. Jefferson once said, “Time indeed changes manners and notions, and so far we must expect institutions to bend to them. But time produces also corruption of principles, and against this it is the duty of good citizens to be ever on the watch, and if the gangrene is to prevail at last, let the day be kept off as long as possible.”

John Adams once said, “But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever.”

That is why the quote from Lenin struck me so hard when I read it yesterday. I’d seen it before from time to time, but it never had the impact like it had yesterday. That seed planted generations ago; the seed of rewriting our nation’s history, of depriving our children of an education which gave them the ability to think critically, to challenge facts with other facts, has grown into a full blown tree…and our country is reaping the fruit from that tree in the form of a tyrannical and oppressive government with the associated police state that goes around strong arming resisters into obedience.

If you, in any shape or fashion, still support this monster that our government has become; and this includes voting for any candidate to hold office in it, then you have not yet reached that point where the truth has set you free. You are still a slave to the conditioning you have undergone and cannot see the truth through the fog of lies you have been taught.

George Washington once said, “The Constitution is the guide which I will never abandon.” As our nation’s first president that should have remained the motto of all who followed him, and all who voted for those who followed him. Instead group, or party loyalty has taken precedence over principle and because your loyalty to party is more important than loyalty to principle you have sacrificed your individuality and your capacity, or at least willingness, to think for yourselves.

I hope you are content in your self-induced ignorance. The truth is out there if you want to find it. And if you think what I’m saying is outrageous and the stuff of conspiracy theories and subversives, then you will really hate this.

Former State Department employee William Blum once said, “No matter how paranoid or conspiracy minded you are, what the Government is doing is worse than you imagine.”

I’ve only scraped the surface about how bad things have gotten here in this country, and still I can’t get people to think about these things.

I recall seeing that picture of George W. Bush aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln with the banner in the background reading Mission Accomplished. I’m betting those who sought to convert America from a Constitutional Republic populated with liberty loving citizens into a nation of sheep and drones must have a similar banner in whatever they call their headquarters.

Sometimes it truly sucks being one of the few, among millions, who can see the truth for what it is. But, as the conversation between Morpheus and Neo goes in the first Matrix movie;

Neo: I can’t go back, can I?

Morpheus: No, But if you could, would you really want to?

I am comfortable with my individuality and the truths I have learned. They say the truth will set you free, and in a figurative speech it has. My mind is open to whatever truths come my way. In that I am truly an individual, and free. In comparison, the majority of the people whose steadfast refusal to accept the truth because it will endanger their status within whatever group they associate themselves with are still slaves to the system.

I hope your chains aren’t too uncomforatble.

About Br'er Rabbit

I'm just one person out of millions of others. The only thing different about me is that I don't walk around with my head up my ass.
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