I just saw something on Facebook that is about as close to the truth as things get. A friend posted a graphic with the following comments: It’s easier to fool people than to convince them they’ve been fooled. And when you try to open their eyes to the truth they get offended as the truth is stranger than fiction.
I know I’m not alone in the quest for knowledge and the truth. I know this because there are those who respond to my commentaries who share the knowledge they have acquired with me; and often they know much more than I do. The thing is, I don’t write my articles for them; I write them for the vast uninformed masses. After a decade and a half of writing these things I cannot recall one time when someone has written me a reply saying that the things I wrote had opened their eyes and that they too were going to begin a quest for the truth…not once!
I’m not giving up, I’m only stating that the indoctrination of the American people is so complete that I don’t think you could break through to them with dynamite. Sometimes I wonder if Asimov was not correct when he said, “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge’.”
There’s another old saying that I’ve also found to be true, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t force it to drink.” I can provide all the quotes, all the factual data in the world, but if the person reading them refuses to think, and apply the knowledge they have learned, what good are my efforts?
I remember when I got my first glimpse beyond the veil of lies that I had been taught; it was almost like I had been blind all my life and been granted the gift of eyesight for the first time. The more I learned the more I realized the extent of the deception that had been pulled on the people of this country. I could not wait to share this newfound knowledge with friends and family; only to find that nobody cares.
Not only did I find that nobody cares, I found that they would argue to protect their ignorance; thus proving van Loon correct in his assertion, “Any formal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession – their ignorance.”
I don’t know, does it take a special kind of person to open themselves completely to the truth? Lord knows this journey has been anything but easy. I have lost friends because they grew tired of me trying to share the things I had learned with them. I have had my core beliefs challenged time and time again. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world; it has liberated me in ways that I never could have imagined. I now know what is meant when they say that the truth shall set you free.
The funny thing is that I’ve only written about a fraction of the things I have discovered on this journey. Some of the things are still too complex for me to get my head around, while others I believe that if people cannot accept the simple things I write about, how in the world are they gonna accept the things I hold back?
I look at it this way; this is kind of like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. You get little bits of information that, by themselves appear meaningless. Then when you find another piece that fits together you begin to get a clearer idea of what you are looking at. In some areas I am missing too many pieces to have a clear idea of what the whole picture is. In others I know, and those are the things I write most frequently about.
The thing is, I could write till I’m blue in the face and my fingers fall off, but if people don’t take the things I say and utilize them in their decision making process, or change their beliefs, then what have I accomplished? Nothing, that’s what! The future of this country depends not upon me, but upon all of us; and if you look at it from that perspective, the future isn’t too bright.
When I hear people still trusting in the two party paradigm, or saying that government needs to do this or do that, I know that nothing I’ve written about in the past year or so has gotten through to them. When I hear people get all excited about the choice for who will be the next president, but not care one iota about who will be their representative at the State level I know that they don’t understand the power the States could hold to nullify the unconstitutional acts of the federal government. When I hear people say that we must support Israel at all costs I know they don’t understand the difference between the Biblical Israelites and the Zionist State of Israel. When I hear people talk of surrendering their rights to make them safer I know that nothing I’ve written about the nature of their rights has sunk in. When people refuse to consider that our own government may have had a hand in 9/11 when the evidence is clearly there to suggest it, I know that people are not receptive to the truth.
How do you combat that level of ignorance and apathy? Or was Tytler right; that nation’s go through cycles that are inevitable and unstoppable: Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.
Must America hit rock bottom before the people open their eyes to what has happened? Must they experience the horrors of absolute servitude and bondage before they once again learn to cherish their liberty; and to fight for it?
I do not know the answer to those questions; I don’t know what God has planned for this country. I do know, however, that if we do not change our course, and change soon, we will all find out what it means to be slaves. That is those of us that survive; as there are those of us who still hold dear the words of Patrick Henry, “Give me liberty or give me death.”
One final quote and I’ll leave you to get back to the safety of your ignorance. William Blum, a former employee of the Department of State who resigned his position due to his opposition to the Vietnam War, once said, “No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine.”
That ought to scare the hell out of you, but knowing your apathy, it won’t. As the narrator used to say at the end of the Outer Limits, “We now return control of your television set to you.” Go back to the safety your ignorance provides and ignore everything I’ve said…at your own peril that is.