When Ignorance Attacks

by Haneul Na’avi

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

-Edmund Burke

While churning out another expository rambling in the wee hours of the night, I made the conscious decision to be fully proactive. In these times, I need something that will help me express my grievances about the world, to the world, and propose solutions to others so that those reading this post will understand the message and the frustration that comes with it. Life is not a spectator sport, and anyone that spectates, or speculates, becomes a statistic.

I feel that we do not need rhetoricians, we need doers, planners, makers, movers, and shakers. These are the people that move the Earth towards progress or calamity. So far, the best movers and shakers on the planet are, unfortunately, those that want to destroy and corrupt it. Look how successful they have become and how much damage they’ve caused to our world.

We know that it’s there. We can feel it and see it; it pervades our social conditioning. The world is changing rapidly and it’s more than likely not in the way we would like it. Yet, oftentimes, through my own personal experiences, even so much as talking about these negative changes creates backlash and is seen as an anathema to social discourse. Politics have become the new leper on the side of the Road of Life that no one wants to touch. Sports, pop culture, and political nihilism are the new wet-dream of the masses. Forget opium and religion.

I feel that I’m living in the Twilight Zone sometimes. However, I understand that there are psychological and physiological origins in the creation of a political apathetic: when people receive negative stimulus, their frontal lobes shut down. This happens in approximately 80% of the world’s population and is the reason why when one says, “Hey, did you know that Monsanto controls the number of generations your crops produce and makes you sterile”, the first defense mechanism that the listener reverts to is “Man, shut your face. Ma team just did the Rocawear on a TD”. Psychologists call this mechanism ‘deceiving down’, when a person will deliberately attempt to alter their self-esteem to become subservient to authorities, unfair situations, or even direct violation of person or self. It’s very common in rape victims along with other extreme coping mechanisms, and our fellow countrymen, like a prom night gone horribly wrong, justify the repetitive rape of their own livelihoods by keeping atrocities secret, changing the subject, pretending as if nothing happened, or even triggering delusions in order to deal with the stress. However, it doesn’t make it better to do so. How else could we describe it? Wall Street has raped our economy and gotten away with it. Big Brother has raped us of our personal freedoms with bogus legislature like the NDAA, SOPA, and Patriot Act, and many of us comply with the same techniques a rape victim would use. So put your wallet in a plastic bag and don’t shower until after the investigation has finished.

Here’s one of the main forms of adaptive strategies people use. It’s called the Bystander Effect, and it occurs on an individual, group, and societal level. One can find many documented cases of it, both in minor and extreme cases. It occurs when an individual feels no responsibility to intervene in a volatile situation, because psychologically, the burden of suffering doesn’t apply to them. They have escaped responsibility because, “hey, if nobody else has done anything about it, then why should I?” Problem is, this is one of the most dangerous forms of apathy because it leads to the degeneration of social fabrics. The less people care, the higher the prevalence of injustice increases. In an article by Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post, one such case of the Bystander Effect paints a chilling portrait of what happens when good people remain inactive while others commit atrocities:

For decades, psychologists have been studying the “bystander effect,” a theory that people are less likely to intervene during an emergency if others are around. It stems from the case of Kitty Genovese, who was murdered in 1964 outside a Queens apartment building; dozens of people heard her struggle, but no one intervened.

Many of the world’s great minds, both famous and undiscovered, have understood the dangers of this effect on the sustainability of human civilization: It has lead to the demise of empires. The Romans knew that when Caligula appointed his horse Incitatus as counsel and priest, that things had gotten REALLY bad. Many of our policies today remind us that this can and will happen. They’re happening right now and only until it affects everyone in America, will people fully stand up, or take the abuse. Here are some quotes from some of these political philosophers:

  1. “It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty. Usurpation is then an easy attainment, and an usurper soon found. The people themselves become the willing instruments of their own debasement and ruin.” -James Monroe, 5th President of the United States, First Inaugural Address, 1817.
  2. “What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage.” –Bruce Barton
  3. “There is no nonsense so errant that it cannot be made the creed of the vast majority by adequate governmental action.” –Bertrand Russell
  4. “The soft, the complacent, the self-satisfied societies will be swept away with the debris of history.” –John F. Kennedy
  5. “The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction, from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.” –Robert M. Hutchins 
Now, let’s here what the opposition has to say about this:
  1. “How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.”-Adolf Hitler
  2. “The man who has no sense of history, is like a man who has no ears or eyes”-Adolf Hitler
  3. “The art of leadership… consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention…” –Adolf Hitler
  4. “Sooner will a camel pass through a needle’s eye than a great man be ‘discovered’ by an election.”-Adolf Hitler.
  5. “It would be easier for the Devil to go to church and cross himself with holy water than for these people to comprehend the ideas which are accepted facts to us today.” –Adolf Hitler

So, why would you choose so many Adolf Hitler quotes… hasn’t that been done before? Well, folks, thought you would never ask! I can tell you this much: Hitler’s propaganda expert, Joseph Goebbels, understood the mechanisms of political apathy and the science of propaganda on the masses. The National Socialist Party’s success depended on the ability to engineer people to be absolutely stupid. Not just stupid, but stupid misspelled, with a backwards “P”, written in crayon and feces stupid. This tradition of propaganda has continued today, is as old as government itself, and has been regularly published in articles and books which outline the dehumanization processes essential to mass brainwashing. Both American and German factions used the same techniques to rally support for their causes and like buttah baby, it worked. The Germans had the burning of the Reichstag, and we had September 11th. Both were contrived false-flag operations concocted to garner support for imperialist motivations and suppress domestic freedoms, leading to the road to tyranny. Advertising agencies, campaigners, politicians, religious figures, and academics alike know the science behind propaganda, and use it to manipulate the masses into controlled, predictable behavior. In an article by Paul Weber, he discusses American propaganda techniques in detail:

This brings us to the latest iteration of masterful American Propaganda: the War on Terrorism. Any attempt to explain why the terrorists (crazed as they obviously were) felt motivated to attack the World Trade Center is looked on as “siding with the terrorists.” Indeed, Ashcroft and Bush have said, in so many words, that if you don’t support them in everything they do, you stand with the terrorists. Ashcroft and Bush have evidently studied their propaganda lessons from World War II, when Roosevelt silenced all opposition by accusing anyone who stood against him of undermining the war effort. Anyone who suggests we should not risk World War III by invading the Middle East is alternately accused of siding with the terrorists, of slandering the memory of those who died, or (of course) of not “standing by our boys” in times of great need. It’s easy to feel alienated in a nation of flag-wavers singing patriotic hymns. The fact that they are marching lockstep to a world in which the government will monitor their e-mail, snoop into their bank accounts, and eventually throw them in jail for voicing opposition doesn’t seem to bother them one bit.

Civilization, when politically unaware and inactive, allows infiltrators, corrupters, and totalitarians to creep into their institutions. It becomes harder and harder to institute change when this apathy occurs over time, because the mechanisms for tyranny develop further and are institutionalized incrementally. Also, due to apathy, it becomes harder and harder to organize people in a manner that effectively instills change until things hit critical mass. According to Transparency International, people were warned of the most vulnerable parts of society to corruption:

In the Slovenian integrity system, the most endangered “pillars” are civil society, the media, law enforcement authorities and the private sector, which have also received the lowest assessments.

Well, guess which parts of American society carry out government agendas?  The media lies, law enforcement bullies Occupy protesters and anyone that speaks against the social ills that run rampant, and the private sector doesn’t even use KY or a kiss before sticking its junk in our financial security. They are the extension of elitist propaganda; the fingers of tyranny. Max Keiser wasn’t lying when he said that we have a “rapeocracy” to fight.

Transparency International goes on to comment on the role of civil society in a corrupt society:

Civil society lacks the power to issue systematic criticism of the misconduct of government and political parties, partially also due to the lack of resources and capability of independent operation. Fear and retaliation still discourages people from reporting suspected corruption.

Where do we see this happening? Again, the Occupy Wall Street movement. Although protesting puts pressure on governments to change their Draconian policies, it may or may not change much in a government that specializes in crushing dissent. Full-fledged revolution, however, just might do the trick. Even Fox News has reported on record gun sales skyrocketing after Americans feared a second Obama term.

However, none of these things happened overnight in their respective societies. When people don’t care, big government grows. It is not just a problem; its a cancer what we are experiencing. Those that do nothing about the big tumor growing on the side of their neck won’t get better… they’ll die. Our government, people, and the international community will put themselves at a great peril by doing nothing. Being the Superpower of the World won’t save us from this, either. Entropy came to the Roman, Ottoman, Mongol, British, and Han empires, and it’ll happen to America as well

We can avoid the worst of this if we simply just act. Just get up, turn off the TV, stop denying that there are problems, stop caring about things that don’t affect our future, and just act. Here are three simple things we can do in order to keep ourselves informed and act:

  1. Stop using mass media to acquire most of our global and domestic knowledge. Individual experts have more information because they typically give their lives to learning about particular causes, and if they are on the side of corporate, government, or other interests, we can know that faster by accessing their history. Mass media tends to have sponsors; usually these patrons are mega-corporations that use the media outlet as a mouthpiece for hidden agendas; normally, the same agendas that include sodomizing the Constitution.
  2. Use social media to get your aims across. It’s easy to post something, access information, find like minds, and stay organized by using social networks like Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, MySpace and others. This outlet has instigated the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street. Believe me, it works.
  3. Ask “WHY” something has happened in the media instead of “WHAT”. The question “why” demands critical thinking that most of the other five reporter questions do not. In addition, it opens up the masses to learn more about the circumstances behind a report in order to get a bird’s eye view of the entire situation, which, unfortunately, gets omitted in a major news publication.

The worst thing we can do is nothing, and even though some may not care about big government, big government certainly cares about us. Do not ignore the large white elephant or black donkey in the room.

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