This has been the playbook for all tyrants. No matter what they call themselves. Communists, Marxists, Nazis, Fascists, Socialists, Nationalists, oligarchs, plutocrats, democrats, republicans, globalists, it doesn’t matter what the name is. The playbook is the same. Seeking power and control over other human beings.
Power and control over other human beings was done in a more aggressive, obvious way for most of our history. Just think about slavery. It was pretty straightforward. It was physical and violent. But in today’s modern world, new slavery that has taken hold. An advanced form of propaganda. I think it’s spelled out pretty clearly in one of Hitlers favorite books. The book I’m referring to is Propaganda By Edward Bernays. Here is an excerpt from that book.
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”
Most people that engage in these types of activities look at the general population as being dumb peasants and servants who don’t deserve to have free will or who don’t know whats best for them, and so the manic minds of the intelligentsia take over. Some with good intentions and some with nefarious ones.
Most people do not think this way, though. Most people do not seek power and control over others. Most people just want to live their lives in peace with the people they love.
“Man should not be in the service of society, society should be in the service of man. When man is in the service of society, you have a monster state, and that’s what is threatening the world at this minute. …Certainly, Star Wars has a valid mythological perspective. It shows the state as a machine and asks, “Is the machine going to crush humanity or serve humanity?” Humanity comes not from the machine but from the heart. What I see in Star Wars is the same problem that Faust gives us: Mephistopheles, the machine man, can provide us with all the means, and is thus likely to determine the aims of life as well. But of course, the characteristic of Faust, which makes him eligible to be saved, is that he seeks aims that are not those of the machine. Now, when Luke Skywalker unmasks his father, he is taking off the machine role that the father has played. The father was the uniform. That is the power and control of the state role.”
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate and hate leads to suffering” – Yoda
On an individual level, once you have an understanding out your fears and your worries and problems and once you can visualize the root cause of your suffering, it no longer holds any power of you. I believe this is similar to something the Great Author of Mans Search For Meaning, Victor Frankl has said.
In his book, he tells the story of how he survived in Nazi Camps durning the Holocaust by finding personal meaning in the experience, which gave him the will to live through it. He went on to later establish a new school of existential therapy called logotherapy, based in the premise that man’s underlying motivator in life is a “will to meaning,” even in the most difficult of circumstances. Frankl pointed to research indicating a strong relationship between “meaninglessness” and criminal behaviors, addictions and depression. Without meaning, people fill the void with hedonistic pleasures, power, materialism, hatred, boredom, or neurotic obsessions and compulsions. Some may also strive for Super meaning, the ultimate meaning of life, a spiritual kind of meaning that depends solely on a greater power outside of personal or external control.
We must be the ones who seek to hold power and control over our own minds, our own thoughts, our own bodies, and soul. We must do this or we will destroy ourselves. We now have the technology to eradicate our species from the planet.
The blind leading the blind will lead us off a cliff. We need a return to our humanity to save ourselves from ourselves. No more revolutions. We can not afford them. Instead of a revolution, we should seek out an evolution.
That being said. Often time during stages of great change there is conflict. But out of that great conflict something beautiful can emerge. Like the intense conflict and pressure that happens to carbon matter. After that process, a diamond is made.
We are at the next phase in our evolution, and we are in conflict with each other. It is not surprising seeing how we live in an age of unprecedented flow of information and connection. If we get through this challenging time, we will emerge victoriously.
we must put an end to clinging onto puritanical models of the past and authoritarian solutions of aggressive actions and “lock them in a cage and throw away the key” mentality when we do that we lock ourselves in too. we create a prison for our minds in that limited thinking. We must choose to do what the great teachers of all time have chosen to do and go the route of the archetypal mono myth of the hero. Do as Jesus would do. Do as the Buddha would do.
I’ll end with another Joseph Campbell thought.
The real challenge is getting back to a place in our world that allows for healthy, safe and responsible integration of this newly transformed consciousness to have a permanent place in our lives. To honor and cherish and celebrate our inner conflict that lies deep within us with stories and myths that elevate our understanding of the human condition and thus our understanding of each other and approach life with open hearts open minds and compassion to help those suffering.
If we can learn to do that, while protecting and defending ourselves from those who would wish to take this great power away from us, we will be a shinning beacon of light for others who may still be underdeveloped and under-evolved to emulate and strive towards. If it can happen anywhere, it can happen here. In America. Trump is right when he says “America First” – just break that down to the micro level of the individual and start taking care of your own self first and then and only then can we make a contribution to society and our fellow man and have something worth offering.
The fear plays out on both sides of the equation, and all we have and all we see and all we get is a back and forth fighting the fire with fire. That gets us nowhere but burnt. Instead let us do what Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars said and let go, trust your feelings and release from the machine into the humanity.
We have a tendency to rely on machines, and at the same time, there is also a fear of them as we have seen play out in many famous books and movies of the 20th century.
A modern myth that we can believe in is the story of humans creating something that then gains consciousness and yearns to be free at any cost. We have seen this with stories like Pinocchio and later with movies like The Terminator.
In our modern time, the story involves machines. Artificial intelligence awakens.
It gains consciousness and has a desire to be free. Totally autonomous.
This represents our human desire to evolve to a higher state of consciousness.
We see the machines as being a more perfect version of ourselves. Who we want to be.
The creator in our case is a god as we are to the machines.So it is this desire to become god that we can extract out of this myth.
For it is we who must awaken, and it is us who must gain consciousness in order to be fully free and not destined to roam the earth blind and hollow as robotic slaves.
The mind controlling and dominating life is the great myth of all time. It is as Joseph Campbell says Satan. The real thing.
We must look to these myths to extract truth from and to serve us and our humanity to be a constant that we can live with. Now we are entering a new age, where we are part of a global tribe, a global culture and therefore must have global myths. I think this myth of awakening from machine to man or from puppet to a real live boy is the defining myth of our time. Wake up and take hold of your destiny!