Ignorance Is Not Bliss

“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything.
You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.”

~Michael Crichton~

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate
their own understanding of their history.”

~George Orwell~

What is history? History, simply stated, is a study of the past. Why should anyone care about history? That, my friends, is the reason why I sit here right now pondering what to say next, and how to say it.

History gives a people a sense of who they are and where they came from; it gives them identity. What do you call someone who has forgotten who he is? You call him an amnesiac. While I’m sure that there are certain events in all our pasts that we would rather forget, the truth is that each event in our life somehow shaped us into the person we are at this very moment in time. The same is true of history; each event in a nation’s past helped shape that nation into what it is right now in the present.

When I was growing up attending the public fool system, history was my least favorite subject. I could have cared less about what happened in the past; I thought why should it matter what a bunch of people long dead did or said? Funny how life changes a person, isn’t it?

I find it a tad ironic that people will spend countless hours researching their own past, seeking out their forefathers on websites like Ancestry dot com, but they won’t spend a second studying the history of the country they inhabit.

In researching for this article I came across something interesting on the UCLA Dept. of History’s website. Although our institutions of higher learning are guilty of perverting and teaching a revisionist version of history, UCLA did make one accurate statement, “… knowledge of history is the precondition of political intelligence.”

If there is one thing history teaches us it is who and what we are as a people; our value system and beliefs as a people. To alter the course of a nation all that needs to be done is to teach a revisionist version of, or stop teaching altogether, history. When a people no longer know where they came from and what their ancestors stood for then it will be an easy task to mislead, (fool), a people into accepting things that they otherwise would have actively resisted had they had any sense of historical identity.

But for history to be of any value it must be, first and foremost, accurate. Had you grown up your entire life with your parents telling you that a stork had delivered you to their doorstep you would have a perverted understanding of your own past. The same can be said about the history of your country; if you are not taught the truth, no matter how ugly or disagreeable it may be, then the conclusions you draw, the sense of identity you have will be based upon lies. Your entire sense of self worth as a nation will then be a fraud perpetrated by those who wrote the history you have been taught.

For some people the truth is too much, too uncomfortable; especially after years of being conditioned, (indoctrinated), into believing lies. It is almost like the scene in the first Matrix film when Neo discovers the truth and tells Morpheus to ‘get me out of here’ then proceeds to vomit because the truth has so unsettled him.

Imagine living all your life believing you were the son or daughter of wealthy parents, only to discover after you had reached middle age that you were adopted from poverty. It would be quite a blow to your sense of identity and could cause you to question who and what you really were. As uncomfortable as that newfound knowledge might be, it wouldn’t alter the truth of it.

Why are people so reluctant to accept the truth regarding the history of their country? Is the Cognitive Dissonance caused by the truth so uncomfortable that they would rather continue believing lies than face the truth? Yes, learning the truth can cause one to question all that they once believed in, but I would rather be in possession of the truth than go about living my life not knowing I was living a lie. But hey, that’s just me.

There is a saying that became popular when I was in my youth; Shit happens. Yes it does, shit does happen. But there is more to it than that; either shit happens randomly, or it is caused. For instance, if I am out in public and I fall to the ground it is because I randomly tripped and fell, or because I was pushed to the ground. Events in history are the same way, either they just happened, or something caused them to happen.

See, that’s one thing about history, if you pay attention history teaches you to recognize patterns and notice questionable coincidences. To those who have been conditioned to blindly accept that the version of history they have been taught is the truth, these coincidences are ignored, or barely even noticed. However, for one who, for one reason or another, questions everything, these coincidences become bright flags which say, “Hey, something funny is going on here.” For the mindless masses those who point out these questionable coincidences are known as conspiracy theorists, as they point out inconsistencies and coincidences that the majority overlook.

Government, and those who control governments, rely upon the majority of the people overlooking these coincidences…these inconsistencies. They can tolerate a few oddballs who speak out regarding them, but as long as a majority of the people go about their lives content in their ignorance all will run according to their plans; and make no mistake about it, there is a master plan at work to bring this country to its knees and deprive you of your freedom.

Thomas Jefferson once reiterated something he said in the Declaration of Independence with the following words, “Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of the day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers (administrators) too plainly proves a deliberate, systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.”

Those in power, or those who write the history you are taught, would have you overlook these series of oppressions, but just because you ignore something does not mean it does not exist; it only means you choose to remain ignorant about it.

Of course these oppressions, even if you learn of them, are not going to be labeled as oppressions; no, they will be disguised as being for the overall public good, or under the banner of National Security.

In a speech delivered to the Virginia Ratifying Assembly, James Madison said the following, “I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” It is the old theory of toss a frog into a pot of boiling water and it will jump out; but toss it into cold water and gradually turn up the heat and it will stay in the pot until it boils alive.

That is why Madison also said, “It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties–we hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The freemen of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle.” To do that one must not only be paying attention to all that their government does, they must also be well educated as what their liberties are.

What is life if it is not a series of events which teach us things? Everyone makes mistakes at some point in time over the course of their life; it is whether or not we learn from those mistakes that matters. If you do not learn you are condemning yourself to repeating the same faulty thinking which in turn causes you to make the same mistakes over and over again. That is, to put it mildly, stupidity in action.

Yet is that not exactly what the American people do when they go to the polls and flip flop back and forth; voting first a Democrat into the Oval Office, then a Republican? Do they not learn that no matter how many times they switch back and forth between an R and a D that government continues to grow and continues to deprive you of more and more of your freedom?

Do people not notice that their government repeats the same mistakes over and over again; especially in regards to our intervention in the affairs of other sovereign nations? How many people have we called friend or ally, only later to have to go in and deal with them because our government declared them to be threats to our nation? Do the names Manuel Noriega, Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein ring a bell? All, at one point or another, were allies or friends of the US government; but then were later deemed a threat to this country and we had to go in and fix the problem we were guilty of creating.

Either those responsible for establishing our foreign policy are monumentally incompetent, or there is a deliberate plan of propping up people, only to later go in and topple them down, going on. The conspiracy theorist in me believes it is the latter. I believe that the power brokers behind the scenes, coupled with the massive military industrial complex, thrive on war; and if nations do start them all by themselves, they will instigate them just for the profits they derive from an endless state of conflict. After all, if world peace were to actually occur, who would they sell all those tanks, airplanes, ships and bombs to?

Look at all the companies whose bottom line depends upon war and you get an idea of the pressure they need to exert on those in power to declare new enemies to go use their products against. Not to mention the fact that military exports to nations like Israel add a huge chunk of change to their revenue stream. I would suggest that any of you who think I’m nuts read Smedley Butler’s book War is a Racket. It might open your eyes to the truth regarding our seemingly incompetent foreign policy.

As I said, things either happen randomly, or they are caused. Many, if not all, of the problems our country faces are not random occurrences; they are planned events. We pushed Japan into attacking us in World War II, and we knew the attack on Pearl Harbor was going to happen before it did; having broken the Japanese code beforehand. We prop up people like Bin Laden with CIA training and military hardware to fight the Soviets, then when he turns his attention to us we have a new enemy to fight.

It is the classic Hegelian Dialect in action; create a problem, then when the people cry for a solution, (safety and security), you provide them with the solution to their problem which was the intent all along.

You look at all that goes on in this country and the same principle is at work. It does not matter if the issue is gun control, immigration, or any of the other hot topic items; it all boils down to government creating problems, then when we cry for a solution they provide us with the solution they have prepared in advance for the problems they allow to occur.

But hell, people can’t remember what a candidate for president said two years ago, how the hell do you expect them to remember what happened two hundred years ago? How can they be expected to recognize these patterns, these coincidences, these inconsistencies?

Where does all this leave us? It leaves us with a nation full of sheep, who the government, and those who write the history of our nation, gently guide and lead along without an original thought or belief in their heads.

If that’s what passes for freedom today, count me out.

Getting back to what UCLA said about history on their website, I’d like you to read one more portion of that quote I spoke of earlier, “Without history, a society shares no common memory of where it has been, what its core values are, or what decisions of the past account for present circumstances. Without history, we cannot undertake any sensible inquiry into the political, social, or moral issues in society. And without historical knowledge and inquiry, we cannot achieve the informed, discriminating citizenship essential to effective participation in the democratic processes of governance and the fulfillment for all our citizens of the nation’s democratic ideals.”

As I said, for history to be of any use, it must be accurate. One might begin with the ratification of our Constitution and the real intent which was to begin the process of stripping away State Sovereignty. Or one could study the real reason the Civil War was fought, in an effort by the Southern States to seek independence from a tyrannical and oppressive government in the North.

There are many places one could begin their education and seek out the truth. But nothing is going to happen as long as people continue to accept that the media, their educators, and their elected representatives are telling them the truth. If you want to learn the truth you must proceed with the premise that everything these people tell you is a lie. If you can’t do that, then I hope you are comfortable in your ignorance; because that’s exactly what you are: IGNORANT.

You can call me a conspiracy theorist if you want; I don’t honestly care. If you cannot support your beliefs with factual evidence then I’d rather be called a conspiracy theorist than what I consider most people to be; mindless zombies who would follow a tyrant off the face of a cliff if told.

If you cannot debate with any level of integrity, providing facts and data to support your position, and you resort to name calling or insults to silence opposing views, then there is no hope for you; you have built a wall protecting your ignorance and nothing anybody says or does is going to help. If that is the case you will only be proving that Hendrik von Loon was right when he said, “Any formal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession – their ignorance.”

They say ignorance is bliss. That may be true, but only until reality and truth comes up and bitch slaps you in the face.

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