Most bloggers try pretty hard to keep their personal opinions to a certain level.
This is actually the “bar” by which all blogs are rated and read. If it’s too opinionated, it is read by a smaller segment of society.
This is also how the mainstream media and the majority of the alternative media operate too.
The more opinionated, the fewer the articles will appeal to.
Some blogs will still garner a lot of attention and commentators due to the nature of the articles. Articles that are controversial or that undermine commonly held views can be widely criticized.
Many writers and authors have learned the “tricks” to keep their readership at high enough levels to be widely read. Don’t be too opinionated or strongly worded (or condemning), because then you’ll alienate some of your readership. Choose to write on certain topics.
Many topics are actually “off limits”. Here are a few that you won’t find except on the alternative blogs / websites, and with strong opinions: conspiracy, Israel, abortion, religion, racism, and anything that is considered controversial, or not mainstream.
The meaning of this is that we are “defining the debate”, what is acceptable opinion, topic and discourse.
Unfortunately, it also means that we are only being given a pretty small sampling of what is really going on, and what people read, think about or have something to say about. We’re actually being intellectually diminished by this practice.
Deeper, it also means we are defining the beliefs of millions of people. And still deeper, how they think, act and respond to the “information stimuli” that is taking place.
The Internet has replaced the television “news” for hundreds of millions of people. Many stories and facts surround the control and ownership of the television broadcasts, controlling what you see, hear, learn and know. Anyone with a keyboard gets to be a broadcaster now.
This too has a gigantic impact on “defining the debate”, and what you know about the real world around you — and the imaginary one that television broadcasts also create.
Going further, AM / FM and shortwave radio are doing the same things, airing only what they can air that will help them retain their particular readership and following. In the shortwave world, this is where you will find those who are “way out there” and some pretty so-called “off-topics”.
Printed media does the same, the farther you wander from the so-called “mainstream” (a manufactured center point) the more strange or new or weird does it get.
This is all quite a lot to read, absorb and wade through. I once engaged in it all, but looking back, I decided to give up on quite a bit of it.
No doubt, I and everyone else, are actually a product of all this programming. You can find this programing pretty much everywhere now, in the military, in the schools, in the churches, in every professional discipline, within industry and business and so forth.
Every group has its defined structure and level of basic acceptance of what you are expected to believe and “know”. Almost nobody seems to question this, or even why it exists.
I thought to call this article “Mind Control”, but that would have instantly been unread by many people, since it falls outside of their comfort zone. I’m actually only guessing what this article should be called, hoping like all authors, that you will read it. Titles are important, and so are the labels by which we call things, including people, events, ideology or beliefs. Picking a good title or label can work pretty good. But this too is part of the programming.
Definitions, accurate definitions are much more important. We are actually really sloppy when it comes to using the proper definition of words, I am among that number myself. The real meaning of words is waning very badly, especially within the less informed, the less educated and the more programmed. There is a commonly practiced tactic to redefine the real definition of words and terms into something else altogether (usually the opposite meaning). This type of distortion is very common these days.
If you look for it, you will find it. It’s also another sign of the programming that is going on. It’s not just the sloppiness of the author / blogger / newspaper or talking head either, although that is very likely too. The redefinition of words and terms is something that has been increasingly significantly with electronic media.
There are a number of books that talk about this too, demonstrating how words and their meanings have been deliberately obfuscated and distorted. This leaves the reading / hearing population at a pretty big disadvantage, easily divided over how each “understands” the meaning of words.
The problem here is that this has been now going on for so long that we have all but abandoned the essential accuracy that we need in words — and what those words are actually meant to convey for us — and how they affect our views, opinions, beliefs and ultimately, our actions and how we live our lives.
Beliefs bring forth opinions and actions. If you believe that you are at risk from terrorism, then you will act accordingly. You will also accept accordingly, the “protection” now being enacted all over the country. Acceptance is actually an action. It’s also a manipulation.
Nobody seems to deeply question the words however. I started doing this years ago while in the ministry, uncovering tens of thousands of erroneous words in that book millions believe is infallible — the Bible. Eventually, it occurred to me that this wasn’t a problem just limited to religion, I found this problem virtually everywhere. During this time of research, I was publishing “words”, speaking on radio and appearing before groups. But deep down inside there was a gnawing uncomfortableness that something was deeply wrong.
So I stopped doing what I was doing (publicly), feeling that I had to. If the words no longer held their true meaning, then what words could be shared? I embarked on further research.
At this time, I can only tell you that what we know, what we think we understand, is pretty inaccurate. It is but a shadow of the real story, the “real truth” as oft said. It is incredibly hard and time consuming to dig, dig, dig and most of us, including myself, will virtually give up after a while. Exhaustion takes over, or simply disinterest or laziness.
What helps is to find the experts, if you can. There are some very bright intellectual minds in this world, and some other very bright experts in the fields of mathematics, science, archeology, astronomy, climate research, geophysics, biology, paleontology, sociology, psychiatry and so many more disciplines. None of us can learn it all, but the accuracy and true meaning of the words and definitions utilized by these disciplines is considerably better then what we find anywhere else.
Experts don’t know everything — and they make mistakes. However, they still remain experts, due to their experience, verification and constant revisions. Many of us lack all three, refusing to gain the experience, verify what we believe or think is true, and if somehow proven wrong, we may refuse to make any revisions to our viewpoints. This is why experts are still ‘better’ then the common riffraff — but they are no more perfect then anybody else. They do offer more experience however, something our ancestors used to cherish in their elders.
The experts admit that we have but a shadow of the real story too. In the field of biology, we’re still discovering living plants and animals we didn’t even know existed. And they expect to be doing this for a long time.
This is true of every discipline — and every ‘expert’ scientist or researcher — they never expect to know it all — or not revise their work, opinions or analysis. Even so, we can learn an awful lot from them, so much so that if we would listen, we would change our world. Our beliefs, opinions and actions would eventually also revise, resulting in some pretty big changes too.
Reviling experts is pretty common these days, but it makes no sense at all, revealing a deep ignorance and refusal to investigate or try and understand.
Even journalists have this problem, uncovering startling facts about events, players, circumstances that will explode a story and change what people know. But sometimes they too will be reviled and rejected, denigrated and dismissed, even though they are also the experts in their chosen discipline.
This rejection is part of the programming going on. The refusal to hear “more expert opinion and analysis” by those who are more experienced and better trained is pretty widespread these days.
The “reason” is simple: it is far easier to control a population through ignorance, fear and programming then it is to allow them to become aware. The other reason is simply education. A dumbed-down population, by deliberate manipulation or by personal choice, will never be intelligent — and easy to manipulate. A full circle.
This is not “conspiracy”. It’s actually pretty well understood. Every group controls information.
As a personal experiment, try this:
Go to your boss (work group) or even your spouse (family group) and state (not ask) some rather outlandish statement, such as “Last night, I was kidnapped by ghosts, teleported to a secret underground base, interrogated by a creature that looked like a giant squid, implanted with a micro-chip in my brain and turned into a Manchurian candidate. They told me my mission was to release a deadly plague at 12:00 noon today, which will only kill all the humans born on the 4th of July, 1972“.
Incredulous disbelief will be the response to the sharing of this information.
But let’s admit something — how does anybody know what you are stating isn’t true? That even some part of your story isn’t true? They don’t.
This example demonstrates how we can only expect to ‘receive’ certain information that falls within our comfort zone, within our acceptance and within our worldview. We are also helping to control the information that we are willing to accept as true. We’re maintaining the status quo.
This is an important skill, necessary for our survival. But it just as important that we are certain it is correct. If the plague story were to be real, then we’d need to know that and not just simply dismiss it.
Knowing by experience, by verification, by research or by “trust” (something we give to experts and others) is actually really important to all of us. But our programming, acceptance of commonly held beliefs often gets in the way.
The labels we would apply to our example would be colorful — but would they be accurate? If we actually knew the truth, then the answer is yes. But if we did not know the truth, then the answer would have to be no.
Our definitions, would also be inaccurate if we did not know the truth. We would automatically assume that the giant squid was an alien — and apply our knowledge of aliens (limited as it is) to this “truth” that we assumed. But what if science had created or discovered sentient giant squids, that we know nothing about?
You could apply this series of assumptions and assumed “truths” and definitions to every single aspect of this story — and get virtually everything wrong.
The moral of this blog entry is simple. If you personally lack the experience, education, research or even the trust in others that do have these same qualifications, then you have absolutely no idea if what you know if true or not. You can be very easily to manipulate the less you personally know.
When the conquistadors landed upon the shores of the New World, the natives thought they were gods. The information that the natives believed and acted upon led them to that conclusion. And yet none of it was true. Their definition of the very words was wrong and so were the labels.
Today we live in a highly controlled, very manipulated world were information, and the meaning of the words, and even the labels we are subtly encourage to use, is tightly controlled. Even the debate and the discussion of these meanings is controlled. This leaves us at a huge disadvantage, we’re the natives now, subject to all sorts of manipulation and even oppression.
The online “debates” are manipulated and censored, creating the false impression that our discussions are fair and open and representative of us all. Discerning true, accurate information with the proper definitions and labels used isn’t easy at all. Even finding or trusting credible experts can be hard.
Do not let yourselves be manipulated. Know more. Prove it. Read, research and investigate. I often look for “counter” arguments and expert qualified opinions so I can determine for myself what is true or not. Find experts that actually do know what they are talking about. Credentials and experience, integrity (follow the money) and trust is important for you to determine if their “truth” is the best you can find.
What we know is critically important. It’s just that what many of us know is so completely wrong and does not stand up to investigation.