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If Ignorance is Bliss, Awareness is Pain

Geoff Olson

I visited with a distressed friend recently. “I feel I don’t know enough,” he said with a pained expression. “I want to understand fully what’s happening, but there’s so much out there to learn.”

My friend is a voracious reader and student of history. Being in communications, he’s always been about gathering jigsaw pieces from books, magazines and the Internet, to assemble a bigger picture. He knows enough to have a broad outline of how the world really works, from the local to national to global level, and that alone disturbs him. He’s both heartfelt and smart.

‘Smart’ is an interesting word. I’ve long found it interesting that it’s Germanic root references pain.

From Oxford Languages:

SMART

Old English smeortan (verb), of West Germanic origin; related to German schmerzen; the adjective is related to the verb, the original sense (late Old English) being ‘causing sharp pain’; from this arose ‘keen, brisk’, whence the current senses of ‘mentally sharp’ and ‘neat in a brisk, sharp style’.

Being smart can smart. Through the sideways association of pain, sharpness, and mental agility, the word seems like a capsule inversion of that fabled expression, ‘ignorance is bliss.’

“When I was a girl just setting out on my quest,” wrote the journalist and author Barbara Ehrenreich in her memoir Living With a Wild God, “I asked myself whether I would want to know the “truth” even if I was given the “foreknowledge that it would only be a bitter disillusionment.”

This possibility had been impressed on me at a very young age by a radio drama, long ago, when there were such things in America, with actors and scripts. Four mostly paralyzed veterans occupy a hospital room, where only one can see out the window. He whiles away the hours by describing the outside world to his roommates the comings and goings, the laughing children, the pretty girls-until one of the other men demands that he get a turn in the bed by the window. The switch is made. The new guy gets the window and discovers that what actually lies outside is nothing but a brick wall-no comings and goings, no laughter or sunshine. Would I want to know a truth like that? Courageously, or so I thought at the time, I decided that I would.

At some point in our lives my friend and I tacitly chose to pursue the same path Ehrenreich did, as have millions of others. And although it’s sometimes is difficult to understand why anyone would take a path in the opposite direction, it’s actually the easiest thing in the world to decode.

None of us wants to see a brick wall when the curtains are drawn back. That’s entirely natural and human. But some of us are willing to risk that possibility out of curiosity, a desire to know the truth, and sometimes even a sense of justice. That’s also entirely natural and human. The one impulse – to avoid pain – is aversive. The other impulse – to hazard it – is exploratory.

Without the latter, there never would have been Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, Daniel Ellsberg’s Pentagon Papers, Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks revelations or Aaron Kheriaty and others’ successful FOIA of Pfizer documents.

A god trapped in the stomach of a beast

“Most of us do our best,” writes the psychoanalyst Todd Hayen in the essay Ignorance is Bliss for OffGuardian:

The point I am making is that it is instinctual to focus on our position with regard to contentment and happiness in the current moment, where we do have at least a modicum of control. Since, as I said earlier, many of us (and probably everyone reading this) are privy to the real happenings in the world that will have profound effect on our “in the moment” life at some future point. We are sitting in the tension of awareness that any contentment and peace we now feel is fleeting. Reality will soon hit us hard—the other shoe will soon drop…

“We each have different nuanced reasons for engaging in this fight,” Hayen continues. “For some of us it is religious and spiritual, for others it concerns the world we are leaving behind for our children, and for others it is due to our intense belief in freedom, character, and fundamental values as a human being.”

Back to my distressed friend. I asked him this: even if you were able on a superhuman level able to absorb enough accurate knowledge to give a complete, crystal clear accounting of the world and its workings, how would you get it to the ones who need to see it the most? And would they follow it openly but critically, all the way through? And assuming they’re convinced, would they act on the information?

(As most of the readers here know, it’s dispiriting trying to communicate with people whose reflexive position is ‘don’t show me that,’ or ‘don’t tell me that.’ Or who squawk ‘misinformation’ or ‘disinformation,’ parroting a mass media they were suspicious and skeptical of only a few short years ago. Most of us have given up on trying.)

I wasn’t trying to discourage my friend about digging for the truth, I was trying to encourage him about human limitations. It’s impossible for any of us to have an omniscient view of the world and its workings, and we all have our cognitive biases hacking away in the background like neural gremlins. “Someone today with true understanding would be like a god,” Nietzsche wrote back in the 19th century, “but a god trapped in the stomach of a beast.”

The last human being said to have an expansive understanding of the world, with a good grasp of multiple, unrelated disciplines – the last real “Renaissance person” – is said to be the writer Aldous Huxley. He wrote essays on everything from medieval painting to psychopharmacology, and though he died over a half century ago, in his fiction and nonfiction he prophecized the biotechnocratic fascism now at our doorstep.

Huxley was an amazing thinker. But the important point here is that he wasn’t a lettered expert in science, medicine, history, political science, or art. He was a generalist. And although knowledge has increased exponentially since his death, and we won’t likely see anyone able to range quite as widely as Huxley again, we still need the generalists like my smarting friend every bit as much as we need the specialists (once defined by some wag as “someone who knows more and more about less and less”).

Recent generalists that come to mind are James Corbett, Whitney Webb, and even media fixtures like Russell Brand and Joe Rogan, whose talent as generalists is to showcase specialists in a compelling and entertaining manner.

Listening Sufi Style

The American writer Robert Anton Wilson – another brilliant generalist – once had an audience engage in a Sufi listening exercise. He gave out pens and notepads, and asked everyone to sit in silence and listen intently, writing down all the different sounds they could hear (distant traffic outside the auditorium, creaking chairs, fabric rustling as people shifted in their seats, etc.).

When Wilson asked for a show of hands, he found the most sounds heard by any single person came to almost two dozen. Then he asked the audience if anyone had heard anything this fellow had not. Hands shot up, and Wilson added the noted sounds to the list, for a total of over forty. This upshot? This proved, he said, that even the most observant person in the room was aware of only about half of what was really going on.

Wilson demonstrated how awareness is a collective effort. We have to keep paying attention with full consciousness to the moment, not just for ourselves, the red-pilled, but for the blue-pilled, the ones with their hands to their ears. Because hands are dropping. As Robert F. Kennedy Jr. observed, our numbers are growing, but theirs are not.

Most of us struggle to understand, to know, even though the big picture is discouragingly immense in scope, and cognitive biases colour our interpretations. Yet as Einstein once observed, “imagination is more important than knowledge.” The transhumanists and their backers are hammering together a vast, open-air Skinner box for us all, and it will take great imagination to think – and act – outside of it.

Hubris and overreach

Yes, it looks very dark, but it looked very dark in the last century, too. In the 1940s, millions of Europeans genuinely feared their democratic civilization was coming to an end. And it very likely would have, had not Hitler made the insane decision to invade the Soviet Union. And this is very often the way that authoritarian regimes collapse – through hubris and overreach.

One of Einstein’s contemporaries, Charlie Chaplin, released one of his most memorable films in that dark hour. In the final speech from the 1940 film The Great Dictator, the reluctant leader confesses:

We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost…

There’s an echo in Chaplin’s words in the more recent quote below from Alex Krainer. I believe this the best piece of advice to convey to my smarting friend and the curious reader.

Do not allow yourself to be discouraged by fear and despair that the media shovels our way 24/7. We are witnessing the manifestations of old systems collapsing. And while some of those manifestations appear fearsome, do keep in mind Confucius‘ counsel:

“A seed grows with no sound. But a tree falls with huge noise. Destruction has noise but creation is quiet. This is the power of silence…grow silently.”

Destruction is all around us, creating great noise, but you carry a seed that grows silently within. Be mindful of it and shield it from anxiety as you would shield your child. Things that emerge from seeds are worthy of our reverence. If we cultivate them with attention and love, they can grow beautiful and majestic.

As Dostoevsky said, beauty will save the world. That beauty is us – you and I – our children, our parents, our friends, all of us. We can’t see what all these seeds will become, but it should be easy to believe – nature’s creations are always so beautiful. And be sure to turn your love inward as well as outward.

Geoff Olson is an award-winning journalist and cartoonist whose writings and cartoons have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Adbusters, Common Ground, This Magazine, Maclean’s and newspapers across Canada. For three decades Olson was a weekly columnist for The Vancouver Courier, and has supplied commentary to both CBC Radio, CBC NewsWorld and Roundhouse Radio. His work has been reproduced in journals and textbooks across the globe, and has given lectures on journalism at Langara College, Simon Fraser University. In the eighties he taught astronomy at the Gordon Southam Observatory and in the Vancouver School System. You can read more his work through his SubStack.

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Ronald
Ronald
May 8, 2023 10:24 PM

Wonderful.
Having bumped into 9/11 I realized the world I thought I was living in wasn’t the world I was living in and set about to find which world from which…from cosmology the freeman with a sprinkling of the Anunnaki.
It doesn’t take too long to realize one cannot know everything in purely informational terms.
Still supremely interested, yet now measured with let go and let God….

JdL
JdL
Apr 12, 2023 3:15 PM

Excellent. Yes, the amount of human knowledge is so vast today that it’s very difficult to reach the edge even in the smallest possible wedge, and anyone hoping for a “Renaissance Man” brain must settle for little more than superficial knowledge in each field.

As you say, rather than spending all our energies in the pursuit of more knowledge, it’s more important for each of us to focus first on growing that little seed of beauty and kindness, giving out the same spirit we would like others to show to us.

siamdave
siamdave
Apr 11, 2023 12:59 PM

‘In the 1940s, millions of Europeans genuinely feared their democratic civilization was coming to an end. And it very likely would have, had not Hitler made the insane decision to invade the Soviet Union.’ – that all did not need to happen – Hitler wanted peace after defeating western Europe in 1940, but Churchill (aka western banking cartel) had decided that Hitler and National Socialism (aka running a prosperous country withOUT the international banking cartel controlling the economy) had to be defeated with extreme prejudice. If tens of millions of innocent Europeans got killed in the process, no big deal to them. Profit in death and the aftermath of war can be huge. Win win for the bankers, lose lose for the rest of us.

siamdave
siamdave
Apr 11, 2023 12:52 PM

‘.. but creation is quiet…’ – you wouldn’t say that if you heard my girlfriend in the act of creation …

Jess Hansen
Jess Hansen
Apr 11, 2023 12:07 AM

Nice article. Alternative media makes all the same mistakes that MSM does, is also a promulgator of misleading, incomplete, poorly sourced material.

It’s remarkable hubris to think that anyone who is in disagreement is the one who has it all wrong–that they are blinkered, reactionary, blinded by their own lack of curiosity.

It’s time for those who think they are more ‘enlightened’ to show some respect for the well researched, nuanced point of view of those whose opinions diverge from their own.

mgeo
mgeo
Apr 11, 2023 4:56 AM
Reply to  Jess Hansen

Everything is for sale, including research, expertise, integrity – even The Science.

Thomas L Frey
Thomas L Frey
Apr 10, 2023 8:50 PM

Understanding as much as we can about our circumstances, is the first step towards understanding how each of us is a solution.

What sets us apart from the average, or mundane, isn’t how much we know, it is what we do with what we know, and how well we can control our emotions.

We can have all the knowledge in the world, however if we cannot control our emotions enough to articulate that knowledge to others, then the knowledge is lost.

Being ignorant and in total control of emotions is equally useless.

Use the emotions to motivate and focus. Turn rays of sunlight into laser beams.

Placental_Mammal
Placental_Mammal
Apr 10, 2023 8:36 AM

Heroes

Skimming through the article I detected admiration for Einstein and for a certain Barbara Ehrenreich. The legend of Einstein has been carefully built up into an impressive edifice by the very propaganda systems that created convid. It must be pointed out that Einstein’s special theory of relativity had already been postulated by Poincare and perhaps others. Einstein has also been painted as a moral giant. However Einstein and a colleague penned a letter to Roosevelt urging the development of the atom bomb. This weapon caused death and suffering to the inhabitants of two Japanese cities, many Pacific islanders, the servicemen that were deliberately exposed to test explosions, to those that couldn’t get out of the twin towers in time, and the people that cleaned up the mess. The victims of the plutonium plants in Sellafield and in Washington state also owe something to this hero.

I have vague memories of Barbara E. She is apparently a lifelong feminist and wrote for the NY Times. Feminists as we truthers know, are allies of the central banking cartel. They promoted WW1. There were never groups named Feminists for 9/11 Truth. Presumably they peddled the convid narrative.

Tambi
Tambi
Apr 10, 2023 6:51 PM

Are you trying to rewrite history?

wardropper
wardropper
Apr 10, 2023 8:16 PM
Reply to  Tambi

As if we didn’t have enough ‘narratives’ to deal with…

Jess Hansen
Jess Hansen
Apr 11, 2023 1:07 AM

Because someone has written for the Times, (freelance, I assume) shouldn’t mean their every opinion should be dismissed. To me that is a type of fundamentalist thinking. Drawing even the most crooked line from Barbara E, to promotion of WW1 is not a particularly rigorous or reasoned explanation for dismissing her.

mgeo
mgeo
Apr 11, 2023 5:07 AM

One of the Van Allen Belts (maybe the outer one) has still not recovered from the insane nuclear tests in high orbit in the late 1950s.

Duckman
Duckman
Apr 10, 2023 7:07 AM

refreshing to see others breaking apart the cords that bind, such cords as represent the “cosy” lives we once lead until 2020, partially aware, yet moderate in our stance

in truth many of us accepted the imbalance in the world which we knew of yet cared only so much “feed the world”, tenner given, job done, move on, thanks (sir) bob, conscience appeased

there was a poster here some time back who reffered to the process as a “winnowing”, i remain ambiguous as to whether he was a true cabalist come here to observe or to encourage, certain inflections and use of language were a give away as where/what he had learnt

for myself despite studying the enemies ways i am still certain of where the line in the sand lies

when we dig deep enough we can find the previous traces of “luciferianism” in recorded history, the worship and venneration of “yahweh” for example by solomon, whos hut is yet again the subject of much concern

many still cant quite grasp why the all seeing capstone is detatched from the whole and that the steps of the form represent a chronological counting down and that in Tolkeinesque terms “the hour is late”, i like that one..

as sectors of humanity evolve coutesy of the “apokalypse” the revealing we must ask ourselves whether we would accept another form of servitude as “reward” for puzzling it out? fuck that, from what i understand this time around is the “last rodeo” and i for one will hang on till the last

if we dig deep into our psyches we can perhaps ascertain that this thing has played out over millenia and that many of us have had roles on both sides as we have manifested time and time again

i had the good fortune to visit Tomar some years back and discovered that i “knew” it in detail despite never having been there. Seperately I had the missfortune to spend my first 11 years of life living in a cottage that was part of a clinch english civil war battlefield, an education into how thin the veil can be, i also realised the value of cats as companions

hotrod31
hotrod31
Apr 10, 2023 3:41 AM

Brilliantly touching, throughout. Hat-tip to Geoff Olsen, and OffG for sourcing.

A German
A German
Apr 10, 2023 12:16 AM

In my search for a positive approach, I have found one after all.

generalists …that come to mind are James Corbett, Whitney Webb

Aldous Huxley, however, is no proof of this, as already explained. Whitney Webb and others are.

But instead of turning to the (in my eyes corny) general generalist comedian Chaplin, real experts for real reality and its interrelationships come into question here, namely farmers, animal keepers, people who work close to nature, technical workers who know the harm and benefits of what they (have to) do much better than academic business consultants who only know data and have never come into contact with nature (not even that of humans). I also notice that resistance often comes from middle-class entrepreneurs who have been successful precisely because of their unvarnished perceptions.

These are the people we need to break surreal ESG criteria. And fast. All whining and ‘how nice it used to be’ is wasted time and illusion.

It was never beautiful, it’s just that many people didn’t notice it in the past!

A German
A German
Apr 10, 2023 12:38 AM
Reply to  A German

Maybe helpful to get ground under your feet

https://freedomlibrary.hillsdale.edu/programs/cca-ii-parallel-economies/the-rise-of-corporate-fascism

The last quarter is about the so criminally neglected ‘harmless’ China. You should listen well!

China is not a Scurrile marotre of mine (and Iain Davis), it is role model, teacher and profiteer of the Agenda 21, they implemented with help from Rockefeller-Schwab at UN.

Right now they are in the process of taking over the bureaucratic monster UN as their tool worldwide. Have you noticed? No??

niko
niko
Apr 9, 2023 10:24 PM

Everyone tries to make his life a work of art. We want love to last and we know that it does not last; even if, by some miracle, it were to last a whole lifetime, it would still be incomplete. Perhaps, in this insatiable need for perpetuation, we should better understand human suffering, if we knew that it was eternal. It appears that great minds are, sometimes, less horrified by suffering than by the fact that it does not endure. In default of inexhaustible happiness, eternal suffering would at least give us a destiny. But we do not even have that consolation, and our worst agonies come to an end one day. One morning, after many dark nights of despair, an irrepressible longing to live will announce to us the fact that all is finished and that suffering has no more meaning than happiness.
-Albert Camus

Moira
Moira
Apr 9, 2023 9:38 PM

Refreshing article — although I am more of the mind of Alex Krainer’s quote
Destruction is all around us, creating great noise, but you carry a seed that grows silently within. Be mindful of it and shield it from anxiety as you would shield your child. than of Todd Hayen’s advice to heed future dangers rather than remaining in the always-unfolding Now.

fertility
fertility
Apr 9, 2023 6:46 PM

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dom irritant
dom irritant
Apr 9, 2023 7:14 PM
Reply to  fertility

or maybe: secret militarised armaments in residential technologies
seems to me just as likely a ‘referral’ if not more likely

Martin Usher
Martin Usher
Apr 9, 2023 10:10 PM
Reply to  fertility

Just because some marketing person uses the term ‘Smart’ to describe something doesn’t actually make that thing ‘smart’. Most of the time this means something has a remote control interface that works through some corporate website which is supposed to give the corporate information that can be monetized. So far this has mostly been a bust.

Take smart meters. These replace older meters with meters that can report in real time your energy use. This has enabled a whole new family of ‘time of use’ tariffs. The meters themselves are not as reliable or even as accurate as the old ones but the desire to slice ‘n dice product to try to squeeze the maximum revenue from the minimum product trumps any notion of public good.

Smart phones are just getting people to pay for network bandwidth and processing power so that you can fill up those tiny screens with endless amounts of (mostly irrelevant) advertising.

Smart homes are a bust because the protocols are too unreliable and too easily hacked. If your Internet connection goes down your home becomes useless. When a manufacturer gives up on a product line — goes bust, in other words — then everything becomes useless. Once again, the main purpose is monitoring to collect data that can be monetized through advertising.

Smart Cities are just another way of slicing and dicing the public square to monetize it.

…and so on. FWIW I’m used to ‘smart’ whatever in industry, the sort of thing where its handy to know when a tank of chemicals is overheating, so none of this technology is particular new to me. Its just I’d never approach it like the ‘Smart’ companies do — its too damn unreliable and far too intrusive.

paul
paul
Apr 9, 2023 5:56 PM

Zelensky and our Nazi chums are burning down Orthodox churches in the Ukraine.
This must be the western democratic values I hear so much about.
But don’t expect a peep of protest from Justin “I Am Tony Blair’s Best Mate” Welby or the Gay Anal Right On Pope about it.

mgeo
mgeo
Apr 10, 2023 8:17 AM
Reply to  paul

Similarly, the entire “free world” – including true believers who bristle at any put-down of Israel – selectively overlook the fact that the growing apartheid there also applies to Christians.

switchedON
switchedON
Apr 10, 2023 10:28 AM
Reply to  paul

Zelensky and our Nazi chums are burning down Orthodox churches in the Ukraine.

in wars, the churches are the first to get bombed.

Thomas L Frey
Thomas L Frey
Apr 10, 2023 8:46 PM
Reply to  switchedON

Actually, if it is really war, it is harbors, train stations, airfields, factories, and major thoroughfares.

If you mean figuratively, then maybe.

However, there is such a thing as fox hole conversion, because war definitely reminds us of consequences.

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Apr 9, 2023 5:43 PM

Smarting it smarts doc. when I get up wash go to work out and about its not too bad I suppose….
Sorry chum, what’s the doc saying now..
Nothing, the fucking sadists have listened to those ban everything cronies..fuck em.
True Story
How many of you haven’t heard similar?
Truth on an Easter Sunday…
Soft cell. Blue Monday how does it feel to treat me like you do….tell me how does it feel….1980.
Or Frank Zappa or Clannad….Well?
How is it now..No offense I like People, do You!

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Apr 9, 2023 6:05 PM
Reply to  Clive Williams

Btw No! It goes back a thousand and fifty years..plus. hit the bricks ..you’ll know it as a culmination from the Isles of folk songs.
Thx

rubberheid
rubberheid
Apr 10, 2023 12:45 AM
Reply to  Clive Williams

topmock ‘s had too much,

Straight Talk
Straight Talk
Apr 9, 2023 4:29 PM

The silver lining in this bizarre global medical experiment is the close inspection and eventual dismantling of Rockefeller medicine, once and for all. Becoming aware of how to keep our bodies truly healthy has been obstructed from us for long enough.

WHAT REALLY MAKES YOU ILL?
WHY EVERYTHING YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW ABOUT DISEASE IS WRONG

Berlin Beerman
Berlin Beerman
Apr 9, 2023 4:19 PM

I’m not sure if we were faced with the actual factual truth of the events that define our civilization, whether “we” could handle the truth.

By handle I mean, understand it, accept it and live with it.

Knowledge of the truth is definitely not something we can all handle, assuming some form of truth sayer was to come down and spell it all out for us. Even then I doubt we can all overcome its effects.

Many live in fear, theres no way to help these souls. many require rules otherwise they would fall apart and live inn further fear.

Where did this fear come from? by now surely there is evidence of it being ingrained in ones DNA. It’s not just acquired its also learned behaviour.

Awareness? lets start with the absolute truth first. Then comes awareness and then comes everything else and that pandoras box in my opinion needs to remain shut.

Instead, the world is blissful. There are so many wonderful things to see and do.

Turn the rest off and live three years with no news, no media and no phone ( assuming you can afford it) and let’s see what happens.

Human values
Human values
Apr 9, 2023 6:13 PM
Reply to  Berlin Beerman

God is the Absolute Truth and everyone knows that since birth.

There is absolutely no fear with God, since God has nothing to fear. So all fear comes from the unconsciousness, also known as spiritual darkness. It shall be overcome by God.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Apr 9, 2023 7:46 PM
Reply to  Human values

Not bad. Nice work from a bunch of rappers :-D.

Victor G.
Victor G.
Apr 9, 2023 8:20 PM
Reply to  Human values

God’s the balls! He can be so nice when he wants to be. Even to us miserable sinners that he created for his divertissement.
And what can one say about the Power, the Power. Yay, God! You’re doing a great job.

switchedON
switchedON
Apr 10, 2023 10:27 AM
Reply to  Human values

dreadful..fan less fake hip hoppers who turned christian.
the minute they turned to Christianity they get a small fanbase.

Ort
Ort
Apr 10, 2023 8:12 PM
Reply to  switchedON

Funny you should say that– the last part, I mean.

As I walked through a shopping center parking lot earlier today, I noticed a van with eye-catching graphics: “Jesus”, a word I forget (maybe “Loves”), and “Plumbing”, bookended by a cross and a monkey wrench.

I’ve seen other religious-themed trades and home-repair businesses. I expect that they are probably, though not necessarily, founded by sincere Christians. 

But, perhaps because I’m a non-religious skeptic and cynic, I also wonder about the extent to which mixing evangelism with business is a marketing ploy. Naïve persons of faith might well equate “Christian” with “trustworthy”, so targeting Christians may be an effective way to acquire a compliant and, er, faithful customer base.

Now, given the famous propensity of plumbers to expose their nether regions while squatting as they work, I want to make a joke about “turning the other cheek”. 😎

Howard
Howard
Apr 9, 2023 4:04 PM

Knowledge is the great double-edged sword in that a greater awareness proceeds from investigating what others have said – but at the risk of subsuming one’s own awareness.

It’s a tricky path, filled with phantoms which may pop out of nowhere to grab chunks of the ideas and conclusions one is carrying.

One has to be careful not to let go of his ideas just because someone with good ideas of his own offers an idea contrary to what had been taken as obvious.

Those, for instance, who insist humans have barely scratched the surface of Earth’s resources (James Corbett and Catherine Austin Fitts among others) should not be allowed to knock otherwise carefully considered observations from one’s grasp.

This notion that Earth’s resources are unlimited is patently false – to conclude it must be true simply because those with otherwise accepted ideas have said it is an insult to one’s own reasoning.

A lifetime of study and observation has given me ammunition to counter that notion I used as an example; whereas someone just beginning their journey might abandon any notion they might have to the contrary.

A tricky path indeed.

YourPointBeing
YourPointBeing
Apr 9, 2023 4:09 PM
Reply to  Howard

This notion that Earth’s resources are unlimited is patently false

Oh really?
By which metric?
From whom does the data originate?

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Apr 9, 2023 8:15 PM
Reply to  YourPointBeing

“Where from who knows where abouts, here abouts. Political Rounabouts.”

Victor G.
Victor G.
Apr 9, 2023 8:22 PM
Reply to  YourPointBeing

Scarcity rules!

Howard
Howard
Apr 10, 2023 3:16 AM
Reply to  YourPointBeing

The Earth is a definite size and shape and contains a definite quantity of the various elements. Therefore, its resources must necessarily be limited.

Even allowing that Earth constantly renews resources over time still places a limit on them simply because eventually all the elements in the core will get used up.

How can it be otherwise?

mgeo
mgeo
Apr 10, 2023 8:26 AM
Reply to  Howard

Stand by for arguments about mining the asteroids, other planets, other solar systems, galaxies, etc. 🙂

Howard
Howard
Apr 10, 2023 1:29 PM
Reply to  mgeo

True. A lot of people see the rest of the universe as simply an extension of “their” planet. So how can “their” planet’s resources ever run out?

Same argument that sees children as somehow affording them immortality. As if their children are not totally separate entities who exist in and of themselves and not merely as parental extensions.

Clive Williams
Clive Williams
Apr 9, 2023 7:43 PM
Reply to  Howard

Your world is microsoft tv radio Id plastic card auto fill vote machine., buy sell off. Is it democratic to buy overseas streamed back to a microsoft monitor multichannel live stats robotic UK app. into your living room?
We have to say ‘sorry’ still, if your microphones pick up a faint curse word from thousands of miles away, Why because your commentary volume is a lot higher than ours so your not offended. We’re fixing it again but it’s difficult at a Live sporting event, soo apologies in anticipation of English and Spanish so far. They’ll probably be other languages as time goes by as well.
Btw, I received an apology from an American watching the game with me. Total BS. lol! Good ain’t it.

Howard
Howard
Apr 10, 2023 3:18 AM
Reply to  Clive Williams

Is there a translator in the house!

Placental_Mammal
Placental_Mammal
Apr 10, 2023 7:52 AM
Reply to  Howard

This entity pumps out a staccato stream of incomprehensible gibberish. I am not sure what it’s purpose is. It does waste space that could be better utilised.

mgeo
mgeo
Apr 10, 2023 8:23 AM
Reply to  Howard

Those pushing a gold standard for money are also ignorant. The quantity of gold to back even the current quantity of money does not exist, let alone the quantity required in a few centuries.

Jess Hansen
Jess Hansen
Apr 11, 2023 12:25 AM
Reply to  Howard

Well put. If every collective anxiety that gains mainstream attention is considered a conspiracy promoted and or planned by ‘elites’ that is as naive as accepting everything politicians and mainstream media promote. MSM= always wrong, and Alternative media= always correct, is a false and polarizing construct.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Apr 9, 2023 3:54 PM

Einstein is dead, Voltaire is dead and Pushkin is already dead, and as a matter of fact I am not feeling quite well too in this period of my life.

Howard
Howard
Apr 10, 2023 3:22 AM
Reply to  Erik Nielsen

It may be a blessing these gentlemen you mention are dead. Otherwise they would come face to face with just how little their efforts affected humanity.

Not one life was saved because of anything they said or did. But then, that’s true of everyone who dies.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Apr 21, 2023 1:05 AM
Reply to  Howard

Everything is and has been and will be in vain. There is nothing new under the sun. Live by God is the only thing there is to live for.

j d
j d
Apr 9, 2023 3:51 PM

“Truth exists, beyond opinion and speculation, and is reserved for the few – not the many – because if released en masse the greatest convulsion ever would unfold. If those unready were to catch even a glimpse of the entirety, simplicity and power of the Universe they would self-combust, collapse in a heap on the floor and never recover. I am deadly serious about this.

I therefore suggest to many gurus and teachers that you cannot ever wake people up, and they themselves would do well to end their deceit. I infer no malice here, for a communicator can do nothing more than restate timeless truths in modern language within the restrictions of their own filters. Even if communicators can themselves see truth, they will never be able to tell people the truth. All that can be done is to show them where they themselves might find it, for themselves, in their own time, at their own pace. All that can be done is to demonstrate and allude to the fact that there might, just, be another way. Provocation, persuasion, nudge, suggestion – these are all acceptable methods of achieving this. But the more the preacher preaches the more harm is done. The more the zealot rants the greater the resistance. Filters are king and they are fully set to on in the vast majority of the population.

The steady easement of these filters, by yourself, for yourself, is the Work of Life. It is really all that you can do. I have painfully discovered that telling truth is fine, so long as you don’t expect anyone to agree with you. Truth will only be realised with the individual is ready. And no one has any control over this, but them”

Excerpt from “Emergence Book Zero: Darkness” by Richard Abbot.

mgeo
mgeo
Apr 10, 2023 8:37 AM
Reply to  j d

Depending on the listener, you must often prevaricate or be silent. This contributes to a small cumulative shift in his confidence in his current stance.

Robert Koch
Robert Koch
Apr 9, 2023 3:15 PM

Smart actually comes from the Dutch word Smart, which means pain or anguish.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Apr 9, 2023 3:47 PM
Reply to  Robert Koch

Smart meters, Smart cities, Smart watches. Sorry, I got too close to reality, the pains in the arse in the real world.

Victor G.
Victor G.
Apr 9, 2023 8:28 PM
Reply to  Robert Koch

Damn! The Amsterdam Dutch gave me a totally different interpretation in those minimalist shops where I was able to by all sorts of remedies … such that I actually drove an automobile with that very name and felt quite virtuous while doing it.
I guess “Smart” doesn’t have much to do with Intelligence at the end of the play.

Levi Tate
Levi Tate
Apr 9, 2023 1:06 PM

I had a co-worker who took comfort in ignorance. Ignorance explained everything.
Well, I don’t know about everything, but for him it explained Hillary.

He said, in response to my diatribe about candidate (2016) Hillary,
in particular her warmonger crimes, “she is a very intelligent person,
and don’t you think that she is privy to information we don’t have.”

Howard
Howard
Apr 10, 2023 1:32 PM
Reply to  Levi Tate

Your co-worker was right about Hillary. The devil whispers sweet nothings in her ear that the rest of us are denied.

Mucho
Mucho
Apr 9, 2023 1:04 PM

Satan is the deceiver. If you live your life sucking up nothing but the lies spewed out by these criminal occultist pieces of shit and their scumbag minions in the MSM/alt media, you spend your life as a slave and devotee of Satan. Many, many Christians fall into this bracket, tragically. Church leaders are a fucking disgrace. If you are one of those spreading the lies on behalf of these scumbags, you are an agent of Satan (government, local government, education, MSM etc). If you are one of these scumbags…..

If you are doing your best to seek the truth, you are on God’s side. The light and the truth is where it’s at. Sure, it’s still possible to be deceived but after taking good time to seek the truth and to listen to all sides of the argument (be the Judge who is supposed to listen to all sides of a case then make a decision as to what the best truth is), you should slowly start to build up a fairly solid idea of what is going on.

For me there is one irrefutable truth – the world is controlled by evil criminal scum (banker scum, royal scum and so on). It is up to the human race to deal with them, expel them, and implement new systems which effectively bar these criminals from ever getting near the levers of power again. We need true democracy and decentralisation, not all power in the hands of some compromised agent of these occultist criminal lying deviant scumbags. Unfortunately in recent times, the good people of the world have been only too happy to turn a blind eye to and totally shut down any sign of real truth, and that is why we are where we are. The scum have been getting away with all this crime and treason with NO RESISTANCE WHATSOEVER. That has now changed, because they have way overplayed their hand, the hubris went into overdrive, now there are LOADS more people on the case who understand a bunch of depraved lying perverts are controlling their life and future.

The Boomers watched a lot of A List truth people get whacked – John Lennon, Martin Luther King, JFK being high profile examples. They also bought into the clearly faked Moon Landings scam, hook, line and sinker. I think this had an effect and made them highly averse to truth seeking, and this led to the vacuum in truth we are now suffering from and peoples’ propensity to shut down those seeking the truth. They taught their kids to be this way, for the most part too – to be stupid government trusting morons. NOw they’re all full of DOD/Pfizer/Murderna/J & J/Astrazeneca corporate/military poisonous shit. Those who have not sought the truth are now paying a very high price for their ignorance.

Quoting Webb and Corbett when speaking of truth is fair enough. They have both put out a lot of excellent material, although they don’t go far enough in many respects and whether willingly or not, they can be viewed as limited hangouts. Bredon O Connell is making a case that Webb is a deepstate operative. However their work has merit. This is not the case for Brand and Rogan, who imo are little more than whores of these scumbags. I will never forgive Brand for his role in normalising the covid scam and the injections.

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^^^ Agents of The Scumbag Network, wearing a tshirt of a Scumbag Network insider.

For truth about the real power players on this Earth and their games, I find Brendon O Connell to be by quite a considerable margin the closest to the truth. Brendon has not done this alone, he is a voice for some very learned people who feed him info who have helped him to build his knowledge which he has shared with the world in his fearless pursuit of the truth. I do not agree with everything he says though. I believe that there is a stronger likelihood that Earth is flat than a ball, Brendon regularly mocks this viewpoint. But that’s fine, I understand how Brendon wants to protect himself from labels and make himself an easy target for criticism, but for me the jury is still out on this and all I want to see is properly funded research into this so we can know the real truth once and for all. Its a very important truth which needs to be solved pronto.

My other favourite truth seeker is Joe Imbriano. Joe is totally dedicated to serving God and he also has a great scientific brain/qualifications. Joe totally gets it. Joe puts out real knowledge mixed with some of his own perspectives. Joe stands up and is counted. Joe goes to council meetings and makes speeches, he is a campaigner and a truther. Lots of time for Joe who also helped me to understand the covid scam, how they were simply relabelling “normal” deaths as covid to create the illusion of a killer virus on the loose. Simple, but at the time, no-one else was saying this.

I’ve been on this trail for more than 20 years, never trusted the government but since 9/11 realised it’s an organised crime network running the show. These people have helped me in establishing my version of the truth, but as someone who thinks about this stuff a lot I also totally understand that we are not at the table of power with the main scumbags and their whole game revolves around secrecy, so we can only ever know so much for sure. I accept there is much more that I don’t know than I do. But the details don’t matter. What matters is a basic understanding that there are criminals running the world using deeply criminal means, and this is what the human race needs to smash to pieces. The Scumbag Network needs to be burned to the ground, along with all their evil, so we can start building a happier, based in nature and truth world.

Duckman
Duckman
Apr 9, 2023 7:48 PM
Reply to  Mucho

excellent rant, the sooner folk realise that satan is a quantifiable entity who wishes earnestly to fuck up not only this, your current “incarnation” but every possible essence of any future incarnation that you might fancy, then things might pick up a notch

but, tis sad that in anticipation of an advancement of humanity awakening that a combined fear and “code” corruption scam was pulled

this scam attempts to de-rail any who take the un-holy jooce from re-asserting a meaningful relationship with their Creator in the same kind of way “word” doesnt work on “mac”,
Creator being absolutely not “lord”.

the scam however has prompted many such as myself who were previously aware of the evil scum and their nasty doings, aware but more moderate on the whole thing, prompted now to be both barrels of truth or nothing

the weight rests upon us all the more so as even now some prodded out of slumber in the last 3 years have rolled back over and are enjoying a further 40 winks

the “sky noises” being experienced in australia might alert a few more as to how thin the veil has now become and what potentialy awaits

https://halturnerradioshow.com/index.php/en/news-page/world/australia-encountering-frightening-sky-sounds

Mucho
Mucho
Apr 9, 2023 10:19 PM
Reply to  Duckman

Very strange – The Scumbag Network playing with new toys of terror and tyranny. Most likely funded by Joe Public with money stolen from them by these antihuman pieces of filth. .

Victor G.
Victor G.
Apr 9, 2023 8:30 PM
Reply to  Mucho

You’re sure to like Scott Creighton!

Lu1
Lu1
Apr 9, 2023 11:21 PM
Reply to  Mucho

If you are doing your best to seek the truth, you are on God’s side.

an, alleged, truth (Deuteronomy 5:9) is that:

Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them; for I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me,

It therefore seems that if seeking the truth infers that you are on God’s side then that one is still on the wrong side.

Duckman
Duckman
Apr 10, 2023 7:16 AM
Reply to  Lu1

mistaking the words of the “lord” for those of the Creator a common issue and has been for some time.
As in its not a bad idea to read the instructions for playing monopoly once you have decided to play it, but if you choose not to play then why bother?
It is what drove crowley to state “do what thou wilt” but by that time he was fucked anyway.
Seeking “truth” is about finding a condition you can live with for eternity, not for short term gain… imho that is why we are here

hotrod31
hotrod31
Apr 10, 2023 3:55 AM
Reply to  Mucho

Ooooh, whaaa! You would probably ‘like’ Harry Vox … a little.

judith
judith
Apr 9, 2023 12:28 PM

Lovely piece. Thank you.

niko
niko
Apr 9, 2023 12:19 PM

From Happiness, by John Zerzan:

The aim of life is to live it strongly, to be fully awake. This aim collides with a new malaise of civilization, an End Times sense of everything, a “post”-you-name-it cultural landscape. A sense of helplessness promoted in no small part by the postmodern doctrine of ambiguity and ambivalence.

Happiness entails refusal of Foucault’s “docile bodies” condition, insistence on being vivid rather than domesticated, determination to live as “barbarians” resisting the unfreedom and numbness of civilization. An instinct tells us that there is something different, however distant it may seem; we know we were born for something better. The reality of deep unhappiness is the reminder of that instinct, which lives and struggles to be heard. The story of happiness did not have to unfold as it did.

In our own lives we are so lucky to have a sense of being blessed, to have some gladness, a sense of worth. To have a certain astonishment at being here at all. For ourselves, meaning and happiness are always interwoven. Happiness is grounded in meaningfulness; a life of meaning is the meaning of life. “To happiness, the same applies as to truth: one does not have it, but is in it,” in Adorno’s pithy formulation.[32]

He also said, “Philosophy exists in order to redeem what you see in the look of an animal.”[33] “To meet myself face to face,” in Thoreau’s words.[34] To realize ourselves in our distinctly human capacities within what is possible (i.e. not to blame ourselves for the limits imposed on us). And to find the strength to speak the unsaid. Unhappiness is not the result of understanding the real depth of our predicament; in fact, this understanding can be liberating, strengthening. It may lead to something that could hardly be more momentous: the quest for directness and immediacy in the real world. The project of confronting the very nature of our domesticated, civilized, technology-ridden unhappiness.

https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/john-zerzan-happiness

Russian Hank
Russian Hank
Apr 9, 2023 11:53 AM

If ignorance is bliss, jab cancer is a free bed.

A German
A German
Apr 9, 2023 11:18 AM

Much citations. No own thought?
A shallow and ill-informed consolation.

Aldous Huxley, for example, was the scion of the British eugenicist Huxley family and the brother of the transhumanist Julian Huxley, who belonged to the Eugenics Society and later to UNESCO. He knew what he was writing about without having to be brilliant about it.

Hitler’s rise was financed by Wall Street. With regard to medical experiments, they worked closely with the eugenicists of the Rockefeller Foundation, and without IBM, the classification of unworthy life would not have been possible. Hitler envied the Americans, and just as they had exterminated the Indians there to make room for Aryans, he wanted to do the same in Russia, found his America and exterminate the natives – like you! That’s why Rockefeller moved his project to China and via Yale the young Mao was helped into the totalitarian saddle, while the leadership of Europe itself was taken over and the foundation stone was laid for world government: the UN.

If you need sources: Anthony Sutton, Edwin Black, Brendan Simms, Yale-University, Memoirs of David Rockfeller and Churchill are only a few for this.

Sam - Admin2
Admin
Sam - Admin2
Apr 9, 2023 12:32 PM
Reply to  A German

No citations, lots of your own (judgemental) thought!?

When critiquing construction/format/relevance of articles in these sweeping ways may I ask that we reel our necks in a bit? This is because a) this isn’t a sounding-off vacuum, the authors regularly pop in and you might end up back-peddling if they engage with you, since common etiquette often rules out addressing a sweeping dismissal like this directly to someone’s face; and b) in general I don’t think disagreeing with someone is ever an excuse to sound priggish (and I think this does a bit).

A2

A German
A German
Apr 9, 2023 5:56 PM
Reply to  Sam - Admin2

Limited hangouts are more dangerous than pure fairy tales, whether they are born of naivety or malice. I present here two cases where the author is wrong.

He is free to disagree with me, to refute it if he can. I prefer a sincere discourse to the concealment of error.

Victor G.
Victor G.
Apr 9, 2023 8:45 PM
Reply to  A German

If being related to total motherfu**ers disqualifies my own thoughts and words, I may as well accept the lobotomy they’ve been offering all these years

Sam - Admin2
Admin
Sam - Admin2
Apr 9, 2023 11:28 PM
Reply to  Victor G.

Well quite 😅

A German
A German
Apr 10, 2023 12:18 AM
Reply to  Sam - Admin2

See above

thinking-turtle
thinking-turtle
Apr 9, 2023 11:15 AM

You use the image of a brick wall revealed to those who become aware of the limits of the narrative. Plato had a more alluring image. Those who escaped his cave enter the sunny outside. According to Plato, the most praiseworthy humans are philosophers. Philosophers escape the cave and then return to enlighten their fellow men.

History shows that few philosophers succeed. And when they do, their new narrative will live its own life, until it ends in its own cave.

The Western narrative, which is now crumbling and falling, achieved amazing things during its peak. It remains to be seen whether the upcoming narratives are any better. The Western narrative may even reincarnate, like the Chinese narrative, which has survived for millennia.

George Mc
George Mc
Apr 9, 2023 9:32 AM

The Reset (or the New Feudalism or The Biosecurity State) seems to have entered a momentary lull at least in terms of media advertisement. This has led to a bifurcation in the public i.e. there are those who, as Naomi Wolf has noted, carry on as if the unprecedented assault and carnage of the last three years never happened. And there are those of us awakened and fearful and watching and waiting.

Those who have rolled back to sleep – or, more likely, who at most stirred with a vague sense of unease – are firmly ensconced once more in their magnificently self-congratulating somnolence. They are generally the ones who always took the TV and radio world totally for granted and hardly ever stirred towards any of those multiple “non-sanctified” channels wherein actual questions were being asked by people who actually thought.

And it would be churlish of me not to admit that I have a sneaking admiration for these beatific souls spreading the radiance of sunny confidence to all around, their warm smiles blessing us with reassurance totally unshakable because nary a germ of critique enters their craniums – which would explode if it did.

Even as I type I can hear a certain acquaintance guffaw with affected volume as he rallies the company to higher and higher levels of magnanimous good cheer. (And yes, he’s the one perched to eat bug burgers if “The Experts” say so!)

But the media management team are perfectly well aware that very few want to think. That is why this management are on to a winner. If we were living in the middle of an extermination camp (if?) then nobody would want to hear it. And all you have to do is put on some light music and a laser show.

thinking-turtle
thinking-turtle
Apr 9, 2023 11:23 AM
Reply to  George Mc

Thanks for your thoughts. You mention “unprecedented assault and carnage”. As far as I know, history has seen rougher times than the plandemic. The plandemic also had some positive outcomes, like a reduction in Western consumerism. How would you balance the plandemic against other historical corrections in World wealth distribution?

George Mc
George Mc
Apr 9, 2023 1:05 PM

When I said “unprecedented assault and carnage” I was referring to my own lifetime – which is the lifetime of most others still with us. I have never seen anything like the fearmongering explosion of spring 2020. Nor the reversal of hitherto assured security. I wonder if the carnage will ever be revealed.

thinking-turtle
thinking-turtle
Apr 10, 2023 10:37 AM
Reply to  George Mc

Every newspaper plays up every fear imaginable. From the atomic bomb to knife crime, from immigration to rapists, from mysterious illnesses to car crashes, from petty theft to greedy bankers. The current vaccines are no worse than the old ones. During the 80s unvaccinated children were ridiculed by teachers and excluded from excursions.

What is new is that you are aware of the fear. Interestingly, that’s exactly the subject of this article.

Lizzyh7
Lizzyh7
Apr 9, 2023 6:14 PM

Reduction in Western consumerism? Really? Maybe a small bit, but most people still shop, they just do it online. And don’t forget, some of what you may call consumerism is about essentials, which more than likely did decrease as those who lost jobs, homes, etc stopped buying as they no longer had funds to do any buying. One can’t really go out and consume when one lost one’s job due to some asshole mandating a miracle cure for a non-existent plague…

Careful when you talk about historical corrections in wealth distribution and the Megadeath Virus of Doom. Those who own us, who own most of the wealth in this world, did not see one small dent in their fortunes, most saw large increases. While those who maybe had some issues with lockdowns, will look at that overall and say well, less fuel was used, less items were bought, less consumerism happened as most were locked out of that, and those were good things, the overall wealth distribution was consolidated upwards, once again. Was that a good thing? Was that really a correction in world wealth distribution?

Poverty increased for many, and those who were fortunate enough not to be locked out of their livelihoods aren’t even aware of that. Hell, to many of them that’s wild ass right wing CT, after all, can’t those people just work from home? Ignorance is Bliss after all.

thinking-turtle
thinking-turtle
Apr 10, 2023 10:28 AM
Reply to  Lizzyh7

You mention mandates, was it really that? Here in the Netherlands, people enthusiastically embraced the measures. The social pressure was much higher than legal pressure or mandates. And just a month ago, the Dutch enthusiastically voted the only Corona skeptical party out of office. In a show of the power of propaganda, even alternative media reported the election result as a “win for farmers”.

It’s like people have seen the changes coming for a long time, and embrace the pandemic as a socially acceptable explanation for the loss of freedoms, small businesses and spending power that were already lost.

CO-
CO-
Apr 9, 2023 3:21 PM
Reply to  George Mc

Another good summing up George. I would like to add that the so-called “media management team” – are indeed ” well aware that very few want to think“. So by largely controlling the mainstream means of thought -the MSM etc., they make it easier for people to think that they think, when in reality it’s the Daily Mirror, BBC news and the other ideological apparatuses, and institutions that is really doing the thinking for them! But thankfully, there are some exceptions to the rule.

Johnny
Johnny
Apr 9, 2023 9:01 AM

Thanks Geoff.
Barbara Ehreneich was a national treasure. A writer with a big heart.

We live in a holographic paradigm (David Bohm), so Generalists, who are more open to that view, see the world as it really is. Interconnected.
Kropotkin perceived the same.
Specialists tend to be more tunnel visioned and averse to risk taking.

Great piece Geoff. Some beautiful quotes and observations from Folks with high WQs. Wisdom Quotients.

sabelmouse
sabelmouse
Apr 9, 2023 10:34 AM
Reply to  Johnny

and what we see is what we get.

switchedON
switchedON
Apr 9, 2023 8:30 AM

Smart  ‘causing sharp pain’; phone.

Andrew O'Gorman
Andrew O'Gorman
Apr 9, 2023 9:05 AM
Reply to  switchedON

Prescient.

Physically and metaphysically.

Rhisiart Gwilym
Rhisiart Gwilym
Apr 9, 2023 10:19 AM
Reply to  switchedON

Try ‘phart-smone’. What it does, after all.