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Humilitainment: How to Control the Citizenry Through Reality TV Distractions

By John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead

Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours…. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.”—Professor Neil Postman

Once again, the programming has changed.

Like clockwork, the wall-to-wall news coverage of the latest crisis has shifted gears.

We have gone from COVID-19 lockdowns to Trump-Biden election drama to the Russia-Ukraine crisis to the Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation hearings to Will Smith’s on-camera assault of comedian Chris Rock at the Academy Awards Ceremony.

The distractions, distortions, and political theater just keep coming.

The ongoing reality show that is life in the American police state feeds the citizenry’s voracious appetite for titillating, soap opera drama.

Much like the fabricated universe in Peter Weir’s 1998 film The Truman Show, in which a man’s life is the basis for an elaborately staged television show aimed at selling products and procuring ratings, the political scene in the United States has devolved over the years into a carefully calibrated exercise in how to manipulate, polarize, propagandize and control a population.

This is the magic of the reality TV programming that passes for politics today: as long as we are distracted, entertained, occasionally outraged, always polarized but largely uninvolved and content to remain in the viewer’s seat, we’ll never manage to present a unified front against tyranny (or government corruption and ineptitude) in any form.

The more that is beamed at us, the more inclined we are to settle back in our comfy recliners and become passive viewers rather than active participants as unsettling, frightening events unfold.

We don’t even have to change the channel when the subject matter becomes too monotonous. That’s taken care of for us by the programmers (the corporate media).

“Living is easy with eyes closed,” observed John Lennon, and that’s exactly what reality TV that masquerades as American politics programs the citizenry to do: navigate the world with their eyes shut.

As long as we’re viewers, we’ll never be doers.

Studies suggest that the more reality TV people watch—and I would posit that it’s all reality TV, entertainment news included—the more difficult it becomes to distinguish between what is real and what is carefully crafted farce.

“We the people” are watching a lot of TV.

On average, Americans spend five hours a day watching television. By the time we reach age 65, we’re watching more than 50 hours of television a week, and that number increases as we get older. And reality TV programming consistently captures the largest percentage of TV watchers every season by an almost 2-1 ratio.

This doesn’t bode well for a citizenry able to sift through masterfully produced propaganda in order to think critically about the issues of the day, whether it’s fake news peddled by government agencies or foreign entities.

Those who watch reality shows tend to view what they see as the “norm.” Thus, those who watch shows characterized by lying, aggression and meanness not only come to see such behavior as acceptable and entertaining but also mimic the medium.

This holds true whether the reality programming is about the antics of celebrities in the White House, in the board room, or in the bedroom.

It’s a phenomenon called “humilitainment.”

A term coined by media scholars Brad Waite and Sara Booker, “humilitainment” refers to the tendency for viewers to take pleasure in someone else’s humiliation, suffering and pain.

Humilitainment” largely explains not only why American TV watchers are so fixated on reality TV programming but how American citizens, largely insulated from what is really happening in the world around them by layers of technology, entertainment, and other distractions, are being programmed to accept the government’s brutality, surveillance and dehumanizing treatment as things happening to other people.

The ramifications for the future of civic engagement, political discourse and self-government are incredibly depressing and demoralizing.

This explains how we keep getting saddled with leaders in government who are clueless about the Constitution and out-of-touch with the needs of the people they were appointed to represent.

This is also what happens when an entire nation—bombarded by reality TV programming, government propaganda and entertainment news—becomes systematically desensitized and acclimated to the trappings of a government that operates by fiat and speaks in a language of force.

Ultimately, the reality shows, the entertainment news, the surveillance society, the militarized police, and the political spectacles have one common objective: to keep us divided, distracted, imprisoned, and incapable of taking an active role in the business of self-government.

Look behind the political spectacles, the reality TV theatrics, the sleight-of-hand distractions and diversions, and the stomach-churning, nail-biting drama, and you will find there is a method to the madness.

We have become guinea pigs in a ruthlessly calculated, carefully orchestrated, chillingly cold-blooded experiment in how to control a population and advance a political agenda without much opposition from the citizenry.

This is mind-control in its most sinister form.

How do you change the way people think? You start by changing the words they use.

In totalitarian regimes where conformity and compliance are enforced at the end of a loaded gun, the government dictates what words can and cannot be used.

In countries where tyranny hides behind a benevolent mask and disguises itself as tolerance, the citizens censor themselves, policing their words and thoughts to conform to the dictates of the mass mind.

Even when the motives behind this rigidly calibrated reorientation of societal language appear well-intentioned—discouraging racism, condemning violence, denouncing discrimination and hatred—inevitably, the end result is the same: intolerance, indoctrination, infantilism, the chilling of free speech and the demonizing of viewpoints that run counter to the cultural elite.

As George Orwell recognized, “In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

Orwell understood only too well the power of language to manipulate the masses.

In Orwell’s 1984, Big Brother does away with all undesirable and unnecessary words and meanings, even going so far as to routinely rewrite history and punish “thoughtcrimes.” In this dystopian vision of the future, the Thought Police serve as the eyes and ears of Big Brother, while the Ministry of Peace deals with war and defense, the Ministry of Plenty deals with economic affairs (rationing and starvation), the Ministry of Love deals with law and order (torture and brainwashing), and the Ministry of Truth deals with news, entertainment, education and art (propaganda). The mottos of Oceania: WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

Orwell’s Big Brother relied on Newspeak to eliminate undesirable words, strip such words as remained of unorthodox meanings and make independent, non-government-approved thought altogether unnecessary.

Where we stand now is at the juncture of Oldspeak (where words have meanings, and ideas can be dangerous) and Newspeak (where only that which is “safe” and “accepted” by the majority is permitted).

Truth is often lost when we fail to distinguish between opinion and fact, and that is the danger we now face as a society. Anyone who relies exclusively on television/cable news hosts and political commentators for actual knowledge of the world is making a serious mistake.

Unfortunately, since Americans have by and large become non-readers, television has become their prime source of so-called “news.” This reliance on TV news has given rise to such popular news personalities who draw in vast audiences that virtually hang on their every word.

In our media age, these are the new powers-that-be.

Yet while these personalities often dispense the news like preachers used to dispense religion, with power and certainty, they are little more than conduits for propaganda and advertisements delivered in the guise of entertainment and news.

Given the preponderance of news-as-entertainment programming, it’s no wonder that viewers have largely lost the ability to think critically and analytically and differentiate between truth and propaganda, especially when delivered by way of fake news criers and politicians.

While television news cannot—and should not—be completely avoided, the following suggestions will help you better understand the nature of TV news.

1. TV news is not what happened. Rather, it is what someone thinks is worth reporting. Although there are still some good TV journalists, the old art of investigative reporting has largely been lost. While viewers are often inclined to take what is reported by television “news” hosts at face value, it is your responsibility to judge and analyze what is reported.

2. TV news is entertainment. There is a reason why the programs you watch are called news “shows.” It’s a signal that the so-called news is being delivered as a form of entertainment. “In the case of most news shows,” write Neil Postman and Steve Powers in their insightful book, How to Watch TV News (1992), “the package includes attractive anchors, an exciting musical theme, comic relief, stories placed to hold the audience, the creation of the illusion of intimacy, and so on.”

Of course, the point of all this glitz and glamour is to keep you glued to the set so that a product can be sold to you. (Even the TV news hosts get in on the action by peddling their own products, everything from their latest books to mugs and bathrobes.) Although the news items spoon-fed to you may have some value, they are primarily a commodity to gather an audience, which will in turn be sold to advertisers.

3. Never underestimate the power of commercials, especially to news audiences. In an average household, the television set is on over seven hours a day. Most people, believing themselves to be in control of their media consumption, are not really bothered by this. But TV is a two-way attack: it not only delivers programming to your home, it also delivers you (the consumer) to a sponsor.

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Psychedelic Medicine Is on the Rise and the Mental Health Sphere May Never Look Back

In the recent past, it was impossible to even consider the use of psychedelics in modern medicine. Throughout the 20th century, psychedelics such as LSD and psilocybin were a forbidden topic. The banning of these compounds in the United States began in the 1960s and restrictions scaled from there. Eventually, the majority of these hallucinogens were named Schedule I drugs and punishment for possession was not to be taken lightly. 

However, as science (and society) have progressed, there’s been a slow and steady adoption of plant and fungi medicine into the medical system, particularly the mental health sphere. As Michael Pollan said in his article, The Trip Treatment, “As the drug war subsides, scientists are eager to reconsider the therapeutic potential of these drugs, beginning with psilocybin.” 

Now, half a century after psychedelics were first declared illegal, they’re beginning to make a comeback with legalization on the state level in various cities around the country. In fact, the FDA and DEA are starting to approve psychedelic studies and allow researchers to examine the effects of the natural compounds on mental illness. This is a time many thought would never come. 

The mental health crisis is worse than we thought

The fact that we are seeing greater use of psychedelics in mental health is monumental, especially as the mental illness epidemic continues to sweep our globe. Right now, over 700 million people suffer from this unspoken epidemic – including anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance abuse and beyond. In fact, the global cost of depression is valued at a monumental $1T. 

The impact is devastating, from breaking families apart to suicide to poverty and more. Mental health statistics have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. With widespread social isolation, the loss of jobs and homes, and deaths of loved ones, cases have skyrocketed. There was a 20% increase in the use of antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs in the U.S. during the COVID-19 quarantine. Additionally, the rate of depressive disorders quadrupled in the 2nd quarter of 2019.  

The medical sphere is coming to terms with the fact that we need better solutions. Common treatments used for these chronic conditions are outdated and not effective in providing sufficient support or long-term relief. Believe it or not, the non-adherence rate to antidepressants is 75%, meaning that the medication either doesn’t work or has a negative impact on the patient. And, nearly one-third of patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) are treatment-resistant while 50-66% of patients on antidepressants do not fully recover. 

It’s time for something better – a solution that provides people with the relief they need to thrive. And for the 700 million people suffering worldwide, that can’t come soon enough. This is where natural medicine steps in. 

More and more research shows that psychedelics like psilocybin mushrooms and LSD could be effective in helping people who suffer from chronic mental health conditions. In 2018, the FDA granted “breakthrough therapy” status to psilocybin mushrooms, referring to clinical trials for the fungi to aid patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression. Due to the increasing need for innovation in the mental health sphere and growing social acceptance of psychedelics, more time and money is being put into psychedelic research for mental illness as it proves a promising solution to a growing epidemic.

Non-synthetic medicines prove promising

In a medical environment that prioritizes synthetic drugs, patients might not have access to natural and effective solutions for years to come. Fortunately, Ei.Ventures (Emotional Intelligence Ventures) is determined to shift this dismal projection. Stemming from a passion for creating natural, non-synthetic remedies for the vast number of people suffering from chronic mental health conditions, Ei.Ventures is developing botanical psychedelic therapeutics and nutraceuticals.

In a study of 2000 individuals, it was discovered that 1 in 2 people avoid traditional medicine in favor of natural alternatives because synthetic medications simply aren’t doing the trick. Ei.Ventures takes the stance in the “farma vs. pharma” debate that whole-plant medicines can be more impactful than the synthetics commonly prescribed. They believe that their non-synthetic compounds can offer patients true, long-term relief with minimal side effects. In a medical community that has rejected natural remedies up until recent years, this cutting-edge startup has the opportunity to create big waves. 

Ei.Ventures offers a suite of mental wellness products and services designed for the prevention, reversal, and management of a variety of chronic mental health disorders. Their first project is named Psilly, a transdermal patch that administers a low-dose, psilocybin-based formulation. This proprietary formulation combines high-quality psilocybin extract with other natural and complementary plant extracts. The high-tech patches are designed to make treatment significantly more convenient than other methods. This is because the patch allows the medicine to pass through the blood-brain barrier and bypass the gastrointestinal tract, providing direct delivery of active ingredients to the body. The benefits include improved patient well-being, a quick onset with consistent drug levels, and minimal side effects. 

Ei.Ventures has also developed several functional mushroom nootropics composed of psychedelic compounds made from whole botanical extracts. These products have been formulated for a variety of indicators, including cognition and immune system, energy and vitality, mood, sleep, weight loss, mental and physical optimization, and joint and muscle pain. The company’s unique formulation process allows for these nootropics to have enhanced bioavailability and greater efficacy. 

The last branch of development includes telepsychiatry and wellness app partnerships. As a company that emphasizes a natural approach over pharmaceutical prescriptions as the first step to intervention, the company seeks to facilitate greater availability of telehealth to those in need of support.

The psychedelic pharmaceutical boom is just beginning

These areas of product development come together to represent a $34.5B industry. This groundbreaking startup is stepping into an environment rich with opportunity. Plus, there hasn’t been another time in history when people have needed effective mental health solutions more. 

Additionally, Ei.Ventures has the early mover’s advantage for several reasons: Mental health conditions have been rising since COVID-19, big pharma companies like Johnson & Johnson are starting to develop psychedelic mental health treatments, and psychoactive pharmaceuticals are in the infancy stage with a high barrier to entry.

The startup is presenting a promising opportunity to invest in psychedelic medicine. They already have a foot in the door with a leadership team that holds a strong clinical, FDA, and botanical drug development background and an experienced advisory board of thought leaders spanning multiple disciplines. They also hold a robust library of intellectual property consisting of both psychedelic and non-psychoactive compounds, and an immediate go-to-market strategy that combines FDA drug pipeline development with alternative legal pathways to bring their solutions to the market. 

Their products are currently in the pre-clinical and pre-manufacturing phase of development, and they’re aiming to provide early access to the patients who need these innovative solutions the most. The company plans to achieve commercialization and licensing beginning with Psilly, advance into phase 2 trials within 18 to 24 months, achieve full FDA approval, launch their medicinal mushroom formulas into the $250B nutraceutical market, and license their proprietary formulas to other organizations. They’re also aiming to expand their unique telepsychiatry app to compliment their products for a full spectrum approach. 

Ei.Ventures recently signed an LOI with Mycotopia Therapies Inc., a biopharma company focused on the development of medical psychedelics. When a definitive agreement is reached, Mycotopia will acquire Ei.Ventures by Q1 of 2022 and merge to become PSLY.COM, a $360 Million transaction with plans to list on NASDAQ. As a joint venture, they will focus on developing fungi and plant-based psychedelic solutions. Their main goals include completing preclinical and phase 1 trials to launch Psilly into legal jurisdictions and acquire a Drug Master File with the FDA so that they can sell their formulations while protecting their IP. 

And, under this new name, the company just purchased virtual land estate in The Sandbox, an online world where players can trade NFTs through the Sandbox marketplace. In partnership with Orthogonal Thinker, PSLY.COM will make it possible for clinicians to virtually host psychedelic therapy sessions in the metaverse. Although these plans are in their early stages, they believe that this land deal will lead the way for billions of people to receive virtual access to psychedelic therapy. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the mental health renaissance. 

Here’s how you can join the mental health revolution

As medicine starts to turn back to the natural world and society begins to see the merit in the earth’s unaltered plant medicine, we can understand how potent these natural compounds are. Ei.Ventures is offering an investment opportunity of a lifetime as they are getting a headstart in the medicine revolution that’s quickly gaining traction. This is your opportunity to get in on the ground floor. Invest in Ei.Ventures today.

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Study: Love/Kindness Meditation Slows Biological Aging & Protects DNA Strands

ARJUN WALIA
DECEMBER 27, 2021

The Facts:

Scientists have shown that loving-kindness meditation has a positive impact at the cellular level.

The study examined how different types of meditation influenced telomere length, an indicator of physiological aging.

Cultivating compassion and friendly feelings towards others slowed the decline of telomeres.

Reflect On: Should mindfulness interventions be taught to us from a young age? Should they be included in school curriculums and perhaps implemented in the workplace? Should they be prescribed by doctors in certain circumstances?

In today’s world, where there’s no money there’s no attention. This is especially true when it comes to the medical-industrial complex, and it’s why the science behind health interventions that can be quite beneficial are not at the forefront of mainstream medicine.

The mind-body connection is one of these health interventions. A study published in 2019 is one of many that has provided proof of just how impactful mindfulness interventions can be on human biology. It’s titled “Loving-kindness meditation slows biological aging in novices: Evidence from a 12-week randomized controlled trial” and was published in the Journal  Psychoneuroendocrinology.

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The study suggests that loving-kindness meditation has a measurable positive impact at the cellular level. The study examined how different types of meditation influenced telomere length, which is an indicator of physiological aging.

Telomeres are the protective caps on the ends of the strands of DNA called chromosomes. With time they get shorter. For the most part, the more we age the shorter they get. Other environmental toxins, like smoking and unhealthy habits, also contribute to the shortening of our telomeres. There are also a number of habits and substances that have been shown to slow down this process & even lengthen our telomeres, like fasting for example, which in essence means one is reversing the aging process.

“Chronological age and biological age are not identical. The former is measured in years, whereas the latter is often indexed by telomere length,” the authors explained. “Telomeres progressively shorten with cell division (i.e., aging) in general but may also be replenished or lengthened by the enzyme telomerase.”

The study was 12 weeks long and comprised of 176 participants between the ages of 35-64 years old. All of the participants had little to no meditation experience and were assigned to a 6-week long loving-kindness meditation workshop, a 6-week mindfulness meditation workshop, or a waitlist control group.

Researchers collected blood samples at the beginning and end of the study in order to measure telomere length before and after the meditation intervention.

The mindfulness meditation workshop helped the participants focus on the present moment and develop a nonjudgemental attitude. It was simply used to help bring one’s awareness into the present moment, while the loving-kindness meditation workshop focused on helping participants cultivate warm and friendly feelings towards others.

The researchers found that telomere length shortened for everybody, which is normal, but the daily practice of the loving-kindness meditation created a buffer against the decline. The researchers explained that in the loving-kindness group, there was “no significant telomere shortening over time.”

These results correlate with other studies that have looked at meditation and telomere length. Research published in the journal Cancer in 2014 found that telomeres maintained their length in breast cancer survivors who practiced mindfulness meditation. Additionally, a 2018 study in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity found that telomere length actually increased in meditation retreat participants after three weeks.

Feeling gratitude, which can be part of a loving-kindness meditation also changes the molecular structure of the brain. Neuroimaging studies have shown this to be true.

Having an attitude of gratitude changes the molecular structure of the brain, keeps gray matter functioning, and makes us healthier and happier. When you feel happiness, the central nervous system is affected. You are more peaceful, less reactive and less resistant. Now that’s a really cool way of taking care of your well-being.

UCLA Newsroom, Joan Moran.

You can read more about that here.

Other fascinating research in this area has come from the scientists at the HeartMath Institute. Their research has also shown the importance of emotions not just on our own biology, but on others as well.

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GREAT QUESTION: Is There A Way To Prevent Psychopaths From Getting Into Positions Of Power?

Op-Ed by Brandon Smith

Despite a growing resurgence of interest in the science and psychology of narcissistic sociopaths and psychopaths it seems as though society today has lost track of how these people can sabotage the core fabric of a civilization or nation. It is very easy to hyper-focus on collectivist ideologies as the source of our problems and forget that these ideologies do not function in a vacuum; they cannot wreak havoc by themselves, they need psychopathic people directing them to do real damage.

There is something about collectivism that lends itself to projection and hypocrisy (collectivism is organization by FORCE instead of being voluntary). I suppose when your political ideology becomes your religion it’s easy to turn into a zealot. And while zealots find power in their single-mindedness and their cultism they also tend to lack any self-awareness. They literally go insane with devotion to their cause to the point that they lose track of whether or not their cause is fair and just. Their behavior becomes increasingly erratic and disjointed and every person they run into that does not share their views is immediately seen as a heretical enemy that needs to be exposed or destroyed.

To outsiders looking in, zealots are an endless source of comedy. You can’t help but laugh because their ticks and cricks and outbursts are nonsensical and absurd (just check out “Libs Of Tik Tok” for a mountain of examples). As long as they don’t have any real power these people act as a reminder of what happens when human beings abandon reason for madness. They can be frightening but they serve the purposes of entertainment as well as keeping the rest of us grounded. When they do gain power, however, that’s when things stop being funny.

Civilizations throughout history have consistently dealt with the problem of zealots, but the greater threat is the existence of narcissists and psychopaths sneaking into positions of authority and encouraging zealotry among the masses. Generally, psychopaths are seen as an anomaly which is quickly identified and shunned in order to prevent them from climbing too high up the ladder of social influence. The problem is they are not as rare as one might hope and many of them have the ability to hide among the herd.

Around 1% of any given population is made up of psychopaths while another 1% are sociopaths. Around 5% of people are identified as having narcissistic traits. Narcissists are self-absorbed and view themselves as superior to everyone else – They believe they are entitled to adoration and authority. Sociopaths have an inability to feel empathy for others and this makes them impractical as leaders. Psychopaths also exhibit a lack of empathy but also have a propensity for emotional or physical violence. They take joy in the suffering of others and perpetrate a large number of violent crimes.

Even though psychopaths are 1% of the population, they make up 15% to 25% of those incarcerated in prisons. The drag they exert on society cannot be overstated.

There is definitely some overlap among the various types, but in general close to 10% of human beings exhibit dangerous and mostly inherent psychological malfunctions that are often not treatable. Think about that for a moment – 10 out of every 100 people are ticking time bombs waiting to make life miserable for the rest of us.

To be sure, some of them are still able to function in society. Sociopaths in particular can become valuable in fields where less empathy is required in order to accomplish certain tasks. They are particularly well suited as surgeons, EMTs, soldiers, firefighters, and any other job where seeing people in pain is not going to stop them from accomplishing their task. They don’t necessarily take joy in seeing others harmed, but they aren’t emotionally fazed by it either. As long as they are never allowed into positions of influence over large groups of people they can serve some good for the public.

History shows us that vetting and preventing psychologically broken individuals from slipping into institutions that offer power is not so easy. In fact, many monarchies and empires were built on systems that allowed psychopaths and narcissists to flourish because they relied on genetic succession. If a monarch had a son who was predisposed to psychopathy it did not matter, that crazed prince would one day become a king and there was little that could be done about it. There was no vetting process. Also, many such traits are passed on genetically, which means a power structure built on heredity could become progressively more destructive as psychopaths in royalty intermarry. This would help explain why psychopathic behavior is over-represented among monarchs of the past.

The creation of democracy and democratic republics was in part designed to help weed out aberrant individuals by using open elections and the voting process. In other words, let the people scrutinize candidates and remove the crazies from circles of power. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work too well if ALL the candidates are psychopaths and the public has no real choice. By extension, psychopaths have also found ways to circumvent the political process and control it without directly participating in it.

The corporate world and financial institutions allow psychopaths to influence politics from behind the curtain, buying off candidates and their loyalty or vetting candidates and ONLY allowing those with similar sociopathic, narcissistic and psychopathic habits through the selection process and into the political arena.

In tribal societies and in smaller low-tech societies the ability to identify and root out psychologically broken individuals and prevent them from becoming leaders was easier. In the midst of vast empires and technocracy it is much simpler for psychopaths to hide among normal people and blend in. I usually compare invasive psychopaths to mythological stories of vampires for this reason. I really can’t think of a better analogy. They insinuate themselves into a population, take up positions of influence which protect them from suspicion and then systematically bleed the town dry. This is what they do. It is in their nature and they cannot be fixed, they can only be removed as a parasite is removed from host.

These people are the top threats to any given civilization. They are moderators of chaos and they actively conspire to supplant free society. They are what I would call primary organized psychopaths and they do indeed work together for mutual gain, much like a pack of wolves. They represent the 1% of the 1% (i.e. the globalists).

Psychopaths at the top of the pyramid have been organized for a long time, but what about the millions of other people out there with such traits? What happens when they are given a way to congregate?

Modern society and Big Tech social media have created even worse circumstances because now the greater psychopathic community is no longer isolated. The 1% that used to be mostly relegated to quiet corners and the fringes of humanity are now able to organize into aggressive mobs of hundreds of thousands, leading millions of lesser sociopaths and narcissists. This is creating a subculture of what I would call communal insanity – As the old saying goes, the patients are taking over the asylum.

We see this specifically with the political left and the open promotion of narcissism as an acceptable way of life.  This is not to say that psychopaths don’t try to infiltrate conservative circles as well, only that leftists are much more welcoming to their kind. These are people who once felt powerless because they were shunned and now they want revenge.

The thing is, they were originally shunned from influence for a very good reason; they are not psychologically equipped to handle any measure of power. Now they are being handed institutional control and they are being whipped into a frothing frenzy. They see themselves as the underdogs and the “revolutionaries”, but really they are just emotionally stunted and handicapped and they were put in permanent time-out to protect the rest of humanity.

But how is this danger dealt with, not just in the short term but the longer term?

Our culture has to be fundamentally changed with psychopathy and other aberrant traits in mind. We can no longer ignore the effect these people have on humanity as a whole. The first step would require separation from movements and institutions that promote psychopathic and narcissistic behaviors. In other words, we need to return to a model of isolation for the psychopathically inclined instead of treating them as if they are some kind of victim status group that needs special attention and “nurturing.”

As noted, in many cases these characteristics are inherent (inborn) and cannot be treated. There is no fixing the problem because it is not so much an illness as it is a completely different psychological structure. They might as well be a different species, and a predatory one at that. There is no mutual coexistence with them. They see us as food.

Candidates for positions of authority would have to be screened for psychopathy, narcissism and sociopathy. If they have too many of the warning signs then they should not be allowed to pursue those jobs. This is the only answer beyond fundamentally changing the way our election system functions, which I’m not necessarily opposed to either. A random lottery system for government jobs along with strict term limits (not just for normal political positions but also in bureaucratic positions) would at least be better than what we have now. I would rather risk the possibility of less qualified people being randomly chosen for government than have a system that attracts a concentrated culture of malicious parasites.

What better way to discourage psychopaths than to take away any long-term benefits of working in government? What better way to disrupt the influence of corporate elitists than to take away their ability to finance or choose the candidates that end up in office? And even if they were able to buy off some officials, with term limits they would have to start over and over again with the latest crop of new officials.

Some will of course point out that changing the system tomorrow will require getting rid of the psychopaths that run it today. I agree, it’s a dilemma. Sadly, once psychopaths become organized and entrenched history tells us they will not be moved without the force of violence. They don’t care about protests, they are not moved by reason or logic, they don’t care about the suffering of the masses and they will always see themselves as the rightful rulers of us “lesser” peasants.

They derive supremacy from the mobs of the stunted that they lead and exploit; the nearly 10% of the population that when organized becomes an army of raging mad hatters hungry for scraps from the table of power. We can and should continue to separate from the collectivist mob and the zealots, but all psychopaths view separation as defiance and will try to interfere. Eventually there’s going to be a fight, and maybe that’s for the best.

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Memory on Trial: Ghislaine Maxwell, Elizabeth Loftus, and the Legal Convenience of False Memory Syndrome

Ryan DeLarme,
January 4th, 2022

“Child abuse has been the most ‘repressed’ idea in the history of psychology”
James Cronin

The Ghislaine Maxwell Trial has provided an uncomfortable peek into a world that exists behind the outward public facade of certain elite social circles. It has presented us with stories of how predators in high places manipulate the young and vulnerable, warping the natural boundaries of what they perceive as acceptable and unacceptable in regards to their sexuality. The Epstein and Maxwell saga has called into question the alleged secret lifestyles of many wealthy and influential people. But what if the accuser’s memories themselves are called into question instead?

Imagine, you’re a British high-society “socialite” and the consort of a wealthy and well-connected financier. Your partner made a name for himself at Bear Stearns in various capacities, eventually starting his own firm and forming a social circle that includes beloved celebrities and world leaders. Despite being fast friends with powerful people, you and your “partner” managed to fly under the radar of the greater public beyond a fluff piece in Vanity Fair.

Now imagine, to your shock, that some woman you’ve never met is accusing your confidant of engaging in sexual acts with her 14-year-old daughter. Soon, there are women coming out of the woodwork accusing him of the same debauched behavior.

Now imagine that dangerous extremists the world over conspire against you on shady internet forums, concocting fantastic stories of how you and your cohort have been providing a honey-pot to gather blackmail on all kinds of people by offering them young women and filming it to ensure that they play ball with the international intelligence apparatus. Your partner in crime dodges all charges against him by accepting a sweetheart deal. A decade goes by and he is arrested again after new accusers emerge, only this time he decides to take his own life while awaiting trial in a New York jail. Now, all the leftover public scorn and malice shifts its focus, unfairly, onto you…

This is the picture that the defense has painted for Ghislaine Maxwell, that she is in fact the real victim in all of this, not the 4 accusers mentioned in the indictment. The defense would have you believe that these selfish accusers are just looking for a handout and have somehow been implanted with false memories by malicious psychotherapists. 

Enter Elizabeth Loftus, a “memory expert” who was called by the defense to testify in the Maxwell trial last week in lower Manhattan. Loftus’s work has made her a figure of acclaim, scrutiny, and even fury. She has authored several books and articles, has appeared on a variety of television programs, including 60 Minutes and Oprah, and was ranked 58th in the Review of General Psychology‘s list of the 100 most influential psychological researchers of the 20th century. Despite her popularity with the media, Loftus’ main gig seems to be acting as a witness and “memory expert” in high-profile trials. She’s appeared in this role for some 300+ trials dating back to the seventies, has been called by the defense to testify in the trials of many household names, including Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, OJ Simpson, and Ted Bundy, to name just a few.

According to Loftus, “Even traumatic experiences can be subjected to post-event suggestion,” and that “False memories … can be very vivid, detailed. People can be confident about them, people can be emotional about them, even though they’re false,”. Maxwell’s attorneys boldly claimed that “This case is about memory, manipulation, and money”. 

The only problem with the false memory defense, which seems to be a hallmark of high profile allegations of sexual misconduct, is that 4 individual accusers somehow being implanted with the same false memory is not only unheard of, it is cartoonishly preposterous. Loftus herself essentially admitted on the stand during cross-examination that her organization has never successfully implanted a false memory, yet many garden variety psychotherapists the world over have somehow mastered this art to exploit the rich and powerful.

Unfortunately, the Ghislaine Maxwell trial isn’t an isolated case. In recent years we’ve seen all manner of celebrity and public officials being outed for sexual abuse or misconduct in one form or another. Luckily, there exist organizations whose mission statement is to shut down allegations of sexual misconduct by labeling the victim’s memories as false, one such organization is the False Memory Syndrome Foundation or FMSF.

The False Memory Syndrome Foundation

The False Memory Syndrome Foundation was a “lay advocacy and lobby group” operating out of an office in Philadelphia and headed by non-clinician Pamela Freyd. The FMSF roused the media through networking and hype to publicize the alleged phenomena as though it were commonplace. 

The FMSF could be seen from at least three different perspectives. Some might see the foundation as academic and essential, some might see its work as a solid defense when faced with sexual abuse allegations, while others (particularly the accusers) see the foundation as military-grade gaslighters who seek to not only hinder the victims healing process by denying them the ability to confront their abusers, but they compound the victim’s trauma by dismissing the memories of abuse as “false”. Their evidence for claiming that delayed memories of abuse are false appears to be mostly based on the denial of the accused, the stories of some retractors, and their interpretation of literature regarding ordinary memory.

The Foundation also has a rather questionable origin and membership. Attorney Sherry Quirk said: 

“… The majority of the members of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation are adults accused of [child] sexual abuse and experts who represent them in court – hardly a source of objective information on the veracity of memories of sexual molestation.”

The explanation they provided for why these memories showed up, to begin with, was due to “pushy psychotherapists”, without expressing the incentive these therapists would have to do something that has yet to be successfully replicated in any kind of actual scientific or medical research setting. Elizabeth Loftus admitted this herself while on the stand during the Ghislaine Maxwell trial.

The frequency of child sexual abuse is much higher than most would believe, it is often thought of as an abhorrent but rare occurrence. As of the early 90s, the most conservative figures at the time estimated that 50 to 80 million people had experienced some form of sexual abuse. Addressing these figures, trauma therapists Judith Herman and Mary Harvey say that:

 “Most abusers are known and trusted people in a position of authority over the child. Many are family members. This abuse is vastly underreported because offenders usually succeed in silencing their victims. Probably less than 10% of child sexual abuse come to the attention of protective agencies or police.

When asked “How do you know you are not representing pedophiles?”, Pamela Freyd gave the following statement:

“We are a good-looking bunch of people: graying hair, well-dressed, healthy, smiling…Just about every person who has attended (our meetings) is someone you would want to count as a friend”.

The late Dr. Charles Whitfield, an accomplished American medical doctor, and expert on childhood trauma, once wrote:

“…….the FMS defense may be the most sophisticated guise of denial of abuse-denial to a level finely honed-that we have yet seen, and it is possible that it will be exposed for what some believe it to be a front for abusers and co-abusers who are unable to take responsibility for having mistreated their children. But groups like VOCAL and the FMSF may nonetheless last for a long time. ”  

  “…….If most accused child sexual abusers and many co-abusers deny having mistreated their alleged victims, then a quick way to appear right and to take the heat off of themselves is to deny the abuse and attack the victim with a term like ‘FMS'” 

   “In my best clinical opinion and that of several experts in the field of recovery from child sexual abuse, it is likely that 92 to 99 percent of survivors are telling the truth  and thus have real memories of having been abused.”

Closing Thoughts

While we certainly would never wish to contribute to a culture of persecution where mere allegations become tantamount to a duly-secured conviction, we must address the numerous issues and conflicts of interest present when a lay organization such as the False Memory Syndrome Foundation appears on the scene, ready to make all sorts of bizarre claims without real evidence, and without real explanation as to the motivation behind said claims. It’s one thing to apply a degree of rational skepticism when assessing any claim or accusation, but the application of said skepticism must go all ways, otherwise, it’s not true skepticism.

When Pamela Freyd told us that they couldn’t possibly be representing pedophiles because they’re “well dressed”, this is as blatant an admission as one can have that she and her illegitimate foundation were NEVER really skeptical — they’ve already decided that they “know” the truth, and they’ve yet to offer anything other than bluster to justify said “knowledge”. Indeed, such a pattern of communication is classic amongst sociopaths and psychopaths — such invalid diversionary conversational tactics do nothing but betray the agenda of their speaker. And the agenda, in this case, appears to be: DON’T LOOK HERE! NOTHING TO SEE HERE FOLKS!

The burden of proof lies with Loftus, the FMSF, VOCAL, and other like-minded groups to demonstrate that they have a valid point. “Trust us, we’re normal folks like you” cannot, and will never suffice.

The Four Major Jungian Archetypes

The archetypes of the self differ from the other archetypes proposed by Jung in that, in the opinion of the Swiss psychoanalyst, they have a greater impact on individual development. Thus, from them the human psyche would take shape.

The four major Jungian archetypes of the self are also known as ‘higher’ or ‘main’ archetypes. In fact, they’re unconscious representations that have a great influence on the development of the human psyche. This is according to the analytical psychology of Carl Jung.

Archetypes are universal patterns that form part of the collective unconscious. In other words, they’re unconscious traits common to all humanity. In fact, they determine specific ways of being.

Carl Jung used religion and mythology to define these patterns and models. Hence, he arrived at the definition of a large number of archetypes. However, there are four that are of special importance. These are known as archetypes of the self. They’re as follows:

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

-Carl Gustav Jung-

Anima and Animus

Anima

The anima is one of the four major Jungian archetypes of the self. In fact, the concept comes from the Latin for the soul. It corresponds to the image of the eternal feminine in the unconscious of a man. It’s linked to the eros principle. It defines or reflects the nature of the relationships that a man establishes with a woman.

For Jung, this archetype has four phases of development or four levels of evolution:

  • Eva. It corresponds to woman as the object of man’s desire. In this way, the woman provides nourishment, security, and love. The basic archetype would be Eve or Gaia.
  • Helen. Woman’s basic instinct acquires new nuances. In fact, they’re seen as being self-reliant, intelligent, and insightful, if not always virtuous. The essential archetype would be Helen of Troy.
  • Mary. Spiritualization or spiritualized motherhood. Men perceive women as virtuous. It corresponds to the model of the Virgin Mary.
  • Sophia. The wisdom or wisdom of the eternal feminine. Women have completely integrated and possess both negative and positive qualities. It corresponds to Sofia, the Greek goddess of wisdom.

Animus

The animus is the counterpart of the anima. It corresponds to the image of the eternal masculine in the unconscious of a woman. Ánimus refers to the concept of ‘spirit’. It’s governed by the principle of logos. Furthermore, it’s linked to the world of ideas and the spiritual. Both in this case, as in the previous one, the unconscious identification with the respective archetype causes a feeling of disillusionment with the opposite sex.

As with the anima, according to Jung, the animus has four levels of evolution:

  • Tarzan. The representation of physical power, the athlete. The paradigm would be Hercules.
  • Byron. Initiative and drive. It’s represented in the mythological figure of Apollo.
  • Lloyd George. The virtues are transformed into words. Hence, the priest or the teacher appears.
  • Hermes. The highest manifestation of the masculine. It’s the one that reconciles the conscious and the unconscious. It’s represented by the figure of Hermes.
Representation of the archetypes of the self: Hermes

Persona

The persona represents the unconscious area of oneself that one wants to share with others. In fact, it could be said to be something approaching one’s ‘public image’. It’s made up of unconscious elements. However, these harmonize with conscious elements. For this reason, they want to make themselves known to others.

The persona coincides with the Latin word, which, in its original meaning, means ‘mask’. Therefore, the persona as an archetype has to do with the social self. It also concerns the many facets that it adopts according to the specific circumstances. It’s governed by the principle of adaptation.

Shadow

The shadow would be the opposite of the person. In fact, Jung defined it with these words: ‘the shadow is the image of ourself that slides along behind us as we walk towards the light’. It’s one of the most interesting archetypes of the self. In fact, it corresponds to the hidden part of an individual. In effect, it’s their ‘other face’, the one hidden not only from the eyes of others but also from themselves.

The shadow is that dark area of the personality to which not even the individual has access. As a matter of fact, they don’t recognize the features present in that unconscious area as their own, even if they do belong to them. Therefore, they reject them unconsciously. However, if these features gain strength, they become antagonists of the self. The shadow is governed by the principle of chaos.

Man with his shadow

The self

For Jung, the self is the essential archetype of the collective unconscious. Indeed, it represents the totality, or maximum expression, of the human being. In the words of Jung, the ‘union of opposites par excellence’. It could be seen as something akin to the last step in the process of evolution of man. Or, as Jung puts it, of the process of individuation.

The totality to which this archetype refers manifests itself as transpersonal power. It includes the center of the psyche, that which governs a person. In addition, it includes the destiny to where they’re headed, whether they’re aware of it or not. It’s determined by the principle of coherence and structure. This configures the balance.

Essays on Psychological Manipulation Pt.2: Mass Psychosis

Ryan DeLarme,
December 27th, 2021

Authors Note: This work stands on the shoulders of giants like some kind of freaky, informative, patchwork parrot; whose lexicon was pieced together by the works of Jung, Arieti, and a handful of modern psychology commentators YouTubers. Information gleaned during the research phase of this endeavor comes from several books as well as the US National Library of Medicine. 

As of February 2021, it is now a hard medical fact that fear-inducing information repetitively spread through mass media can and does adversely affect the general public’s mental health in the form of nocebo effects and mass hysteria. In this article, we will explore the realities of mass psychosis and consider whether or not our society is currently experiencing a collective mental disorder.

Three scientists, Philipp Bagus, José Antonio Peña-Ramos, and Antonio Sánchez-Bayón, authored a study earlier this year where they argued that mass and digital media, in connection with the state, may have had adverse consequences during the COVID-19 crisis. They claimed that the resulting collective hysteria may have contributed to policy errors by governments not in line with health recommendations, despite the insistence of the corporate press and private institutions such as the WHO and CDC (who many still believe to be actual governing entities, and not privately funded institutions). 

While mass hysteria can occur in societies with a minimal state, the study shows that there exist certain self-corrective mechanisms and limits to the harm inflicted, such as sacrosanct private property rights. However, mass hysteria can be exacerbated and self-reinforcing when the negative information comes from a presumably authoritative source, when the media are politicized, and when social networks make the negative information omnipresent. 

Psychogenic-Triggering of the Individual

Gustav le Bon once wrote:

“The masses have never thirsted after truth. They turn aside from evidence that is not to their taste, preferring to deify error, if error seduces them. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim. An individual in a crowd is a grain of sand amid other grains of sand, which the wind stirs up at will.”

 According to psychologist Carl Jung, “the greatest threat to mankind lies not with the forces of nature nor with any physical disease, but our inability to deal with forces of our own psyche.”

Though the situation played itself out in a much more overtly barbarous way, one cannot help drawing parallels between our current societal schism and the mass psychoses of the American and European witch hunts that took place during the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as the rise of totalitarianism in the 20th century. We often look back on these dark times and wonder how so many people could have gone along with such unjustified and obvious cruelty. During the witch hunts, thousands of individuals (mostly women) were killed; not because of any actual crimes that they’d committed, but because they were the scapegoats of societies gone mad. 

When a mass psychosis occurs the results are typically devastating. Jung, who studied this phenomenon, wrote that the individuals who make up the infected society become “morally and spiritually inferior” and that they “sink unconsciously to a lower intellectual level”. Jung claimed that these individuals become “more unreasonable, irresponsible, emotional, erratic, and unreliable… Crimes the individual alone could never stand are freely committed by a group smitten by madness”.

What makes matters worse is that those suffering from a mass psychosis are unaware of what’s occurring, just as one who’s gone mad cannot step out of their mind to observe the error of their ways. There is no Archimedean point from which those suffering from a mass psychosis can observe their collective madness.

But what causes mass psychosis? To answer this question we must look at what makes an individual descend into madness. 

While there are many potential triggers to madness, such as excessive use of drugs and alcohol, brain injuries, and other illnesses; these causes will not concern us here. What we must look at is the psychological, or what is called “psychogenic” triggers, as these are the mechanisms that typically insight mass psychosis.

The most prevalent psychogenic cause is a flood of negative emotions that affect the mind’s ability to logically process its reality, feelings such as fear and anxiety that drive a person into a state of panic. While it is possible and recommended that one escape this hyper-emotional state through adaptive means such as facing up to and defeating the fear-generating threat, another way to escape is to go through a psychotic break.

A psychotic break is not always a descent into a state of greater mental disorder like many tend to believe; it is a reordering of one’s experiential world that blends fact and fiction in a way that helps to end the feelings of panic. 

Silvano Arieti, one of the 20th century’s foremost authorities on schizophrenia, explains the psychogenic steps that lead one into madness.

The first step, Arieti claims, is the stage of panic. This is the point when the individual begins to perceive things differently, is frightened on account of this change in perception, and lacks the knowledge necessary to understand or explain what is going on. This creates an opening for psychological manipulation, the panicked mind is searching for an easy explanation that will create a way out of the situation which is causing the panic. There is no shortage of manipulative forces who are all too willing to provide this perceived “way out”, and the panicked mind is willing to deny objective reality and even commit atrocities, fully believing they are in the right.

Think of how easily the masses were shepherded into a heightened state of fear at the outset of the pandemic, disproportional to the actual danger of the situation. Despite many younger folks posturing as if they loved science, the reality was that in most cases they didn’t even possess a modicum of scientific knowledge regarding viruses and their transmission outside of what was strategically sensationalized. Many fail to understand the simple reality that a virus is significantly smaller than bacteria and that masks are effectively useless at preventing the spread.

Not only were those who lacked the proper knowledge to make educated personal decisions about the pandemic being inundated with misleading information, but all of the detractors who were actually operating from a place of knowledge were also swiftly silenced, humiliated’ and in many cases lost their practice (in the case of MD’s) or their scientific grants (in the case of scientists).

The next step is what Arieti calls a phase of “psychotic insight”, whereby an individual succeeds in putting things together via a pathological way of interpreting reality, allowing them to explain away what they are experiencing regardless of their explanations validity. The “insight” is psychotic because it is based on delusions and not on adaptive and life-promoting ways relating to whatever threats originally precipitated the panic. 

Essentially, these delusions allow the experiencer to escape from the flood of negative emotions, but they do so at the cost of losing touch with reality. Is this starting to sound familiar to anyone?

Mass Psychosis and How We Got There

If a panic-triggering flood of negative emotions in a weak and vulnerable person can trigger a psychotic break, then a mass psychosis can result when a population of weak and vulnerable individuals is driven into a state of panic from all angles by threats real, imagined, or partly fabricated (consider the dramatic inflation of COVID deaths by Pharma-funded news organizations as just one of many examples).

As delusions can take many forms, and madness can manifest in countless ways,  the specific manner in which a mass psychosis unfolds will differ based on the historical and cultural context of the affected society. In our modern era, it is the mass psychosis of totalitarianism that appears to be the greatest threat.

Professor Arthur Versluis lays out exactly what the totalitarian mass psychosis looks like:

Totalitarianism is the modern phenomenon of total centralized state power coupled with the complete obliteration of basic, individual human rights. In a totalized state. There are those in power, and there are the objectified masses… the masses are transformed into dependent subjects of these pathological rulers, and take on a psychologically regressed and child-like status.

Hannah Arendyt, one of the 20th century’s preeminent scholars, called totalitarianism “an attempted transformation of human nature itself.” The general population hands control of their own lives over to politicians and bureaucrats who themselves suffer from a form of psychosis. Only a deluded ruling class will believe that they alone possess the knowledge, wisdom, and acumen to completely control society in a top-down manner; and only when under the spell of these delusions would anyone actually believe that a society composed of power-hungry rulers and a psychologically regressed population lead to anything besides mass suffering and social ruin.

But what exactly triggers the psychosis of totalitarianism? Almost always it begins within the society’s ruling class.

Oftentimes the Bankers, CEOs, Politicians, and old-money patriarchs who make up this class are very prone to delusions, and no delusion is more attractive to the power-hungry than the idea that they can, and should, control and dominate an entire society. When a ruling elite becomes possessed of a political ideology of this sort, whether it be communism, fascism, or technocracy, the next step is to induce a population into willingly accepting their rule by infecting it with the mass psychosis of totalitarianism.

This type of mass psychosis has been induced many times throughout history, which is why certain leaders are obsessed with muddying and even erasing our understanding of history. As Meerloo explains: 

“It is simply a question of reorganizing and manipulating collective feelings in a particular way.”

 This general method by which this can be accomplished is called “menticide”, the etymology of this word being “a killing of the mind”. Meerloo further explains:

“Menticide is an old crime against the human mind and spirit but systematized anew. It is an organized system of psychological intervention and judicial perversion, through which a ruling class can imprint their opportunistic thoughts upon the minds they plan to use…”

Priming a population for the high crime of menticide begins with the sowing of misplaced fear and rage. A particularly effective technique to accomplish this is by employing “waves of terror”. Through the application of this technique, the sowing of fear is staggered with periods of calm, but each of these calm periods is followed by the manufacturing of an even more intense spell of fear, and on and on the process goes, or as Meerloo writes:

Each wave of terrorizing creates the effects more easily – after a breathing period – more easily than the one that preceded it because people are still disturbed by their previous experience. Morality becomes lower and lower, and the psychological effects of each new propaganda campaign become stronger; it reaches a public already softened up.

Meerlo also had a few things to say about the technological aspect:

Modern Technology teaches man to take for granted the world he is looking at. He takes no time to retreat or reflect. No rest, no meditation, no reflection or conversation. The senses are overloaded with stimuli. Man doesn’t learn to question his world any longer, the screen provides all the answers.

There is a further step that these would-be totalitarian rulers take to ensure the success of their programming, and that is to isolate the victims and disrupt normal social interactions. When alone and separated from friends, family, and coworkers, an individual becomes far more susceptible to delusions for several reasons.

Firstly, they lose contact with what would be considered the “corrective force” of the positive example. Since not everyone is tricked by the machinations of the ruling class and the few who see through the charade can help to free others from the menticidal assault. If, however, isolation is enforced then the power of positive examples greatly diminishes. 

As Meerloo explains, in regards to physiologist Ivan Pavlov’s work on behavioral conditioning:

Pavlov made another significant discovery: the conditioned reflex could be developed most easily in a quiet laboratory with minimum disturbing stimuli. Every trainer of animals knows this from his own experience; isolation and the patient repetition of stimuli are required to tame wild animals. The totalitarians have followed this rule. They know that they can condition their political victims more easily if they are kept in isolation. Alone, confused, and battered by waves of terror, a population under an attack of menticide devolves into a hopeless and vulnerable state.

The never-ending stream of propaganda turns minds once capable of rational thought into playhouses of irrational forces, and with chaos swirling within them and around them, the masses crave a return to a more ordered world. “

“The would-be totalitarians can then take the decisive step, they can offer a “way out” and a return to normalcy, at a price. The masses must relinquish their capacity to be self-reliant individuals who are responsible for their own lives, and become submissive obedient subjects.”

Reason and common human decency become scarce, there is only a pervasive atmosphere of terror, and a projection of “the enemy” imagined to be “in or midsts”. Thus society turns on itself, urged on by the ruling authorities.

The order of a totalitarian world is pathological. By enforcing strict conformity, and requiring blind obedience from the citizenry, totalitarianism rids the world of the spontaneity that produces many of life’s joys and the creativity that typically drives societies forward. The total control of this type of rule regardless of whether it be fascist, communist, or any title future generations may dream up; breeds stagnation and death on a mass scale.

Perhaps the most important question isn’t “Which party should I support” or “how will we combat COVID”, but rather “How can we prevent the encroaching certainty of totalitarianism”?  Can the effects be reversed? Are we doomed to be lorded over by a ruling class who act beyond party affiliation and directly benefit from the pandemic never-ending?

While one can never be sure of the prognosis of collective madness. There are steps that can be taken to help effectuate a cure. This task, however, necessitates a multitude of approaches, from many different sources. Just as the menticidal attack was multipronged, so too must be the counter-attack.

According to Carl Jung the first step to restoring sanity to an insane world is to bring order to our own minds, and to live in a way that provides inspiration for others to follow:  

“It is not for nothing that our age crie out for the redeemer personality, for the one who can emancipate himself from the grip of the collective psychosis and to save, at least, his own soul. Who lights a beacon of hope for others, proclaiming 

that here is at least one individual who has succeeded in extricating himself from the fatal identity of the group psyche.”

Assuming one is living in a manner free of the grip of psychosis there are further steps that can be taken. Information that can counter the propaganda should be disseminated far and wide, for truth is more powerful than fiction and falsities peddled by the would-be rulers. Their brand of stagnating comfort and waves of fear only stays appealing for so long. Their success is in part contingent on their ability to censor the free flow of information. 

Another tactic we have at our disposal is to use humiliation and ridicule to delegitimize the ruling class, using their own tactics against them. As Meerloo explains:

“We must learn to treat the demagogue and aspirant dictators in our midst with the weapon of ridicule. The demagogue itself is almost completely incapable of any humor itself outside of conscripting others to it for them. If we treat it with humor, it will most assuredly collapse.”

So, the moral of the story? MEMES WILL SAVE US ALL.

A tactic recommended by Vaclav Havel, a political dissident of the Soviet Communist rule who later became president of Czechoslovakia, is the creation of what he calls “parallel structures”.  A parallel structure is any form of organization, business, institution, technology, or creative pursuit that exists physically inside of a totalitarian society, but is fundamentally opposed to it. Typically they will be the inversion of tools the totalitarian state already controls.

Think of uncensored Rumble as the parallel structure to censorcentric YouTube, Telegram the encrypted messaging platform the parallel to the data harvesting Facebook messenger, Protonmail the Parallel to Gmail, and so on. Even cryptocurrency could be seen as a parallel structure to the deteriorating US dollar.

In Communist Czechoslovakia, Havel noted that these parallel structures were more effective at combating totalitarianism than any sort of political action. Furthermore, when enough of these structures are created, a second culture or parallel society spontaneously forms and functions as an enclave of freedom and sanity in a totalitarian world.

Above all else, what is required to prevent the final great descent into the madness of totalitarianism is action by the people and as many people as possible. Just as the ruling elite don’t sit around passively, but instead take constant steps toward increasing their power, so too must an active and concerted effort exist to move the world in a sane, free, and healthy direction.

This can be an immense challenge in a world falling prey to delusions, but as revolutionary American thinker Thomas Pain once noted:

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered. Yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

The Profound Health Benefits of Being Grateful

By Joseph Mercola 
December 4, 2021

Gratitude is a simple practice that can have profound effects on your health and well-being. Positive effects linked to gratitude include social, psychological, and physical benefits, which increase the more you make gratitude a regular part of your daily routine.

“The limits to gratitude’s health benefits are really in how much you pay attention to feeling and practicing gratitude,” said neuroscientist Glenn Fox, a gratitude expert at the University of Southern California. “It’s very similar to working out, in that the more you practice, the better you get. The more you practice, the easier it is to feel grateful when you need it.”

How Gratitude Changes Your Brain

Gratitude has distinct neurobiological effects, including in brain regions associated with interpersonal bonding and stress relief. When Fox and colleagues told stories of survivors of the Holocaust to elicit gratitude in 23 female subjects, they found that “ratings of gratitude correlated with brain activity in the anterior cingulate cortex and medial prefrontal cortex,” which are associated with moral cognition, value judgment, and theory of mind. Theory of mind is a psychological term that refers to our capacity to understand other people by attributing mental states to them.

Fox grew deeply interested in gratitude after his mother’s death from ovarian cancer. During her illness, he would send her studies on the benefits of gratitude in cancer patients, and she kept a gratitude journal in her final years.

In one example, 92 adults with advanced cancer engaged in mindful gratitude journaling or routine journaling. After seven days, those who kept a gratitude journal had significant improvements in measures of anxiety, depression, and spiritual well-being, so much so that the researchers concluded that “mindful gratitude journaling could positively affect the state of suffering, psychological distress, and quality of life of patients with advanced cancer.”

“Grateful people tend to recover faster from trauma and injury,” Fox told The Pulse. “They tend to have better and closer personal relationships and may even just have improved health overall.”

As it turns out, putting your gratitude in words can be an effective way to improve your mental health. Among 293 adults who sought psychotherapy services, those who engaged in gratitude writing reported significantly better mental health after four and 12 weeks than those who didn’t write or who wrote about their thoughts and feelings.

Gratitude Boosts Health, Well-Being

Gratitude can be difficult to define, as it has elements of an emotion, a virtue, and a behavior all rolled into one. Gratitude involves a two-step process, as explained in “The Science of Gratitude,” a white paper by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California–Berkeley. Those two steps include “1) ‘recognizing that one has obtained a positive outcome’ and 2) ‘recognizing that there is an external source for this positive outcome.’”

In this regard, the benefits of gratitude may be gleaned from the actions of other people or experienced in an internalized manner, such as when feeling gratitude about good fate or nature. In this way, gratitude is both a state and a trait.

As a state, gratitude is based on a person’s ability to be empathic and experience grateful emotions that promote prosocial behavior. As a trait, it describes the practice of being grateful, noticing the little things in life, and appreciating the positive in the world and in other people. Gratitude can be felt from both being helped by others and habitually focusing on the good in your life.

A study published in Clinical Psychology Review found that gratitude has a positive effect on psychopathology, especially depression, adaptive personality characteristics, positive social relationships, and physical health, including stress and sleep. What’s more, they noted that “the benefits of gratitude to well-being may be causal.

Fox also explained that “benefits associated with gratitude include better sleep, more exercise, reduced symptoms of physical pain, lower levels of inflammation, lower blood pressure, and a host of other things we associate with better health,” including improved resilience.

It’s likely that gratitude leads to benefits via multiple mechanisms, not only by improving life satisfaction but also by contributing to an increase in healthy activities and a willingness to seek help for health problems. Those who are grateful have even been found to have a better sense of the meaning of life by being able to perceive good family function and peer relationships.

Gratitude Could Help You Sleep Better, Be Less Materialistic

Gratitude is known to facilitate improvements in healthy eating, and it benefits depression by enhancing self-esteem and well-beingA 2021 study comparing gratitude and optimism similarly found that both traits were associated with lower heart rate and blood pressure, better sleep quality, more exercise, less stress, more positive expectations and reflections, and greater feelings of appreciation toward others.

Feeling grateful can help you sleep better and longer, perhaps by improving your thoughts prior to sleep.

“The relationship between gratitude and each of the sleep variables was mediated by more positive pre-sleep cognitions and less negative pre-sleep cognitions,” a study in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research reads.

Those who scored higher on measures of gratitude had better sleep quality and sleep duration, as well as less sleep latency (the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep) and daytime dysfunction.

Further, people who are more grateful tend to be happier, less materialistic, and less likely to suffer from burnout. Among adolescents, the simple practice of keeping a gratitude journal significantly reduced materialism and the negative effect of materialism on generosity.

Those who wrote down what they were grateful for donated 60 percent more of their earnings to charity, for instance. There’s good reason to teach children the importance of gratitude, as doing so can improve school performance and orient individuals toward a positive life approach.

Positive Gratitude Interventions

If you’re not a particularly grateful person, you might have to work on your gratitude skills. Fortunately, gratitude is something that you can practice, according to Fox.

“I think that gratitude can be much more like a muscle, like a trained response or a skill that we can develop over time as we’ve learned to recognize abundance and gifts and things that we didn’t previously notice as being important,” he said. “And that itself is its own skill that can be practiced and manifested over time.”

Rather than a magic bullet, it’s the regular practice of being grateful that makes a difference, according to Fox.

“You know, it’s like water cutting rock through a canyon,” he said. “It’s not done all at once, and it’s just steady practice is where you start to get things.”

Two gratitude practices that you can try in your daily life include keeping a gratitude journal and expressing gratitude.

With a gratitude journal, you write down lists of what you’re grateful for on a regular basis. Expressing gratitude is exactly what it sounds like, expressing grateful feelings to others, such as by saying thank you or writing gratitude letters, which you then read to the recipients.

Showing gratitude to your partner is also a good way to boost your relationship. In a study of romantic partners, gratitude from interactions was linked to increased connection and satisfaction in the relationship, with researchers suggesting that “gratitude had uniquely predictive power in relationship promotion, perhaps acting as a booster shot for the relationship.”

Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at the University of California–Davis and an expert on gratitude, has several tips for living a more grateful life. In an article he wrote for Greater Good Magazine, he advises that you remember hard times in your life, which remind you how much you have to be grateful for now; appreciate what it means to be human by tuning into and appreciating your sense of touch, sight, smell, taste, and hearing; use visual reminders, including people, to trigger gratitude, as this helps to combat forgetfulness and a lack of mindful awareness, two primary obstacles to gratefulness; and make an oath of gratitude, as simply vowing to be grateful can increase the likelihood that you’ll stick to the behavior. Post your pledge to “count your blessings” somewhere where you’ll see it often.

If you want to get started today, keep a notebook by your bedside and make a point to jot down one or two things that you’re grateful for each night before bed and express gratitude to others often, such as writing quick thank you notes to friends.

You Never Lose By Giving Love

Written and verified by the psychologist Valeria213

You never lose by giving love, because offering it with sincerity, passion, and delicate affection dignifies you as a person. On the other hand, those who don’t know how to accept or take care of this immense gift are those who truly lose out. For this reason, you should never regret having loved and lost, because the worst thing is not knowing how to love.

Fortunately, neuroscience offers new and revealing information every day that explains why you act as you do concerning this thing called love. The first thing to remember is that your human brain isn’t prepared for loss. Hence, it overtakes you, immobilizes you, and traps you in suffering.

“Love has no cure, but it is the only medicine for all ills”

-Leonard Cohen-

You’re genetically programmed to connect with others and build emotional ties. These make you feel safe and help you build your life. In fact, this is how we’ve survived as a species, by connecting with others. Therefore, a loss, a separation, or even a simple misunderstanding can instantly trigger an alarm signal in your brain.

Another complex aspect concerning emotional relationships is the way in which you face these separations and losses. From a neurological point of view, stress hormones are instantly released, forming, in many cases, what we know as ‘the broken heart’. However, from an emotional and psychological point of view, you may experience another kind of reality.

In fact, you don’t only experience the pain related to losing your loved one. You also feel a loss of energy, of vital breath. It’s as if all the love you gave, all the hopes and affection you dedicated to that person are gone as well, leaving you feeling empty, barren, and withered.

How can you ever love again if the only things left inside you are bad memories? Well, as a matter of fact, you need to face these moments in a different way. Let’s take a closer look.

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Continue giving love or avoid loving again?

You’re comprised of a delicate and chaotic compendium of past stories, lived emotions, buried bitterness, and camouflaged fears. When you start a new relationship, you don’t put all your previous experiences in the recycling binYou don’t start from zero. Everything’s still there, and the way in which you’ve managed your past will dictate whether you live your emotional present with greater maturity and fullness.

“Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. “

-Alfred Lord Tennyson-

A bitter betrayal or the simple fact that your partner’s love for you has died greatly changes the way you see things. In fact, giving love so intensely at one point, only to later find yourself feeling empty and trapped by your memories and lost dreams can completely alter the make-up of your personality.

For example, you might become distrustful. Alternatively, you might adopt the isolating attitude of thinking that, to avoid suffering, it’s better not to love at all. However, these are slow processes of self-destruction.

You must never regret having loved, of risking all or nothing for that one person. It’s these acts that dignify you, that make you a wonderful human being. Living is loving and giving love gives meaning to your life through all the things you do: your work, your hobbies, and your personal and emotional relationships.

If you renounce love or regret having loved, you also renounce the most beautiful part of yourself.

Healing lost love

Binghamton University (USA) and University College, London (UK) conducted a study that stated there are certain differences between men and women when it comes to coping with emotional breakdowns. In fact, their emotional responses are very different. For example, women feel the impact of separation much more. However, they tend to recover earlier than men.

On the other hand, men usually appear, on the surface, to be okay. They give the impression of being strong and tend to take refuge in their occupations and responsibilities. Nevertheless, they don’t always manage to overcome the break-up. Furthermore, they may take years to do so. The reason for this is that women usually possess better skills in managing their emotional world. In fact, they gain relief because they seek help and they face what happened from a forgiving perspective. This makes moving on easier.

However, regardless of gender, or the reason that caused the break-up, there’s one thing that should be taken into account. It’s the fact that no emotional failure should ever prevent you from being happy again. Therefore, you must say no to being a slave to the past and a prisoner of eternal suffering.

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Another aspect that you should remember is that loving isn’t synonymous with suffering. For this reason, you shouldn’t ever keep a relationship going that’s well past its sell-by-date. Removing yourself will save unnecessary heartbreak and your brave goodbye will close one door and another will open, the one where love will be conjugated with the word happiness.

‘You Are Saying Something That Is False,’ Sparks Fly Between Psaki And African Reporter

Carmine Sabia
December 4, 2021

EDITORS NOTE: This article contains information that reflects the author’s OPINION

White House Press Secretary is used to Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy criticizing the president and hitting her with tough questions daily, but now the criticism is coming from others.

On Thursday, Simon Ateba, a reporter for Today News Africa, got into a heated exchange with Psaki, who refused to call on him, after she spoke about African travel restrictions.

Earlier in the briefing, a reporter questioned Psaki about the travel restrictions, saying, “just because the Omicron variant is in several states — I’m just wondering if you could talk a little bit about why the travel ban still makes sense.  And I know that you talked about the timeline still being iffy, but could you just maybe explain a little bit more why those travel bans make sense right now?”

Psaki responded by saying, “Well, again, this is all based on — it’s not a decision made out of the White House.  It — ultimately, it’s based on the recommendation — always — of our public health and medical experts.

“They have advised — several days ago — the President to put in place restrictions on a set of countries where we are seeing the variant, specifically in South Africa, spread to hundreds if not thousands of cases and neighboring countries because of the concern about spread,” the press secretary said.

“We will evaluate every day if those restrictions — any of these restrictions should be expanded upon.  But, again, there’s more at this point we’re still learning about the variant that our team is working 24/7 to assess, and I don’t have any prediction of an end to any restrictions or additional ones at this point in time,” she said, The New York Post reported.

Ateba waited to be called on so he could ask her about the restrictions but Psaki never did call, causing the reporter to become frustrated and accuse her of lying.

“You are saying something that is false,” the reporter shouted. “You keep saying that South Africa had thousands of cases.  You know that’s false.  You know that is false.”

“I just answered — Simon, I answered a question on this,” she said as the reporter continued to attempt to ask his question. “Let’s let Patsy ask a question.”

As he continued to shout she said, “Simon, I answered a question on this.  Let Patsy…”

The shouting continued and Psaki admonished him saying, “Simon.  Simon.  I answered a question on this.  Let’s — let’s let Patsy ask a question. It’s not effective to scream over your colleagues in here.  Let’s let Patsy ask a question.”https://www.youtube.com/embed/RpxbaR-5jYo?feature=oembed&enablejsapi=1&origin=https:%2F%2Fconservativebrief.com

The exchange came a day after the same reporter hammered Dr. Anthony Fauci with questions on the restrictions.

“There are zero cases of COVID — of Omicron in Zimbabwe, in Namibia, in Lesotho, in Mozambique,” he said. “What justifies imposing a travel ban on countries that have zero cases of the Omicron variant?”

“But we wanted to see if we could buy time temporarily, so I do hope that this gets sorted out and lifted before it has any significant impact on your country,” the doctor said.

Psaki has defended the travel restrictions even as there are none for Europe, a continent with many cases of Omicron and where the variant may have originated before being found in South Africa.

“I guess I’m just trying to understand why if one person, let’s say in Germany or somewhere else, gets on a plane and comes to the United States, isn’t that person — just as likely to have the variant end up in the United States? Could you just talk a little bit more about the science behind the reasoning there?” PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor said on Monday.

“Well, I think the larger point, Yamiche, is that it is a much larger spread in South Africa than it is at this point in Europe and other countries,” the press secretary said. “We will continue to assess if there are additional restrictions that need to be put in place.”