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There are three things that transformed the past century -- a century that could’ve been a very nice, prosperous and peaceful one -- into a raging nightmare.
Some good things happened, sure.
But many bad things happened, too.
Events we’re supposed to believe were good, but were anything but. (LBJ’s “Great Society”... the Federal Reserve’s great monetary heist… to name but two.)
But three paradigm shifters informed almost every major event.
A] Fiat currency.
Governments were allowed to spend money without consequence.
Although this is nothing new, coupled with mass manufacturing, it became a political weapon the power of which would’ve been absolutely unimaginable in the century prior.
It allowed for wars to be waged unfettered by such silly ideas as government restraint.
It allowed politicians to make bold, unsustainable promises, selling out future generations for short-term power.
[B] Mass conditioning
Governments took over the education of the population, and designed schools on the factory (Prussian) model.
The point was/is to create cogs.
And, it worked so well that, over 100 years later, it’s still the status quo. The indoctrination is on autopilot.
The essay “Against School,” by John Taylor Gatto (a three-time NYC teacher of the year) explains perfectly the many abject failures of today’s public schooling
C] Mass media
Mass media was (and still is) the propagandist’s wet dream.
One message, repeated enough, can nestle itself comfortably inside a brain.
And, despite the rise of “alt-media,” (of which the establishment media has cleverly dubbed anything rubbing minds the wrong way “Alt-Right”), it’s still incredibly effective.
Go to any protest (yes, I guarantee, any of them) and start asking questions. The vast majority of individuals will give you soundbites they received from mass media. Probe deeper, there’s nothing there. …most know nothing. In school they were taught what to think, not how to think.
While technology has made it easier to spy, track, cajole and manipulate -- it has also made society in general infinitely more complex.
In the business of “intelligence,” there’s infinitely more noise than there are signals.
“It has long been understood that complex systems breed more complexity,” says Paul Rosenberg, “and eventually break themselves. As central authorities try to solve each problem they face, they inevitably create others. Eventually the system becomes so complex, and its costs so much, that new challenges cannot be solved. Then the system and its authority fail, as they did recently in the Soviet Union.
“Sooner or later, this is going to happen here. (If that seems impossible to you, please reflect on the current state of the mighty Roman Empire.)”
The “real” question -- which mostly comes from the prepper crowd -- is what’s going to happen when the music stops?
But that’s not the real question.
If you’re waiting for the current status quo to end, you’re still trapped by it.
As Rosenberg points out in today’s featured article below, the status quo isn’t just a drag -- it’s boring.
Fear is boring. Tyranny is ugly.
The most effective way to fight both is to live a beautiful life.
THE STATUS QUO IS DEATHLY
Most young people know nothing but the world as it is. Their teachers assure them that this is the best form of human organization, all authority agrees, and their parents toe the party line. The system is geared to keep them shuffling forward quietly unto death.
What a waste.
What a crime.
What a bore.
“Live dangerously and you live right.”
This line comes from the great author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and he was ever so correct. The life of meek obedience is a sin against the self. It is a surrender of mind and passion. It’s a half life at best.
But unquestioning compliance is the easy way. It’s what the system is designed to extract from you. It’s what school trains you for, it’s what corporations expect of you, and it’s what government demands.
In the end, compliance is extorted from you by manipulation and violence. Everyone does it, so you’d better do it. And if you don’t, you’ll get in a lot of trouble. We’ve all experienced this, but in terror of authority, we fail to call it by its true name. And yet Goethe is correct. If you want to live as an energized, expansive, open, and honest being, you have no choice but to live dangerously… because the system has decreed real living to be dangerous. Only what services the machine is “safe.” And it wasn’t just Goethe who thought this. I want you to see the thoughts of other men and women on this subject: The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a pattern of systems.
– Bruce Lee
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others.
– Mark Twain
The tragedy of life is what dies in the hearts and souls of people while they live.
– Albert Einstein
Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage.
– Anais Nin
Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a [condition] and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
– Anais Nin
When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break your bonds; your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
– Patanjali (2nd century BC)
The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle.
– Albert Einstein, Mein Weltbild
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
– Oscar Wilde
All theory is against the freedom of the will, all experience for it.
– Samuel Johnson
Conscience is deceived by the social.
– Simone Weil, The Great Beast
The secret is that only that which can destroy itself is truly alive.
– Carl Jung, Psychology and Alchemy
Obedience Is Boring
To obey is to turn off your mind. To obey is to live someone else’s life. To obey is to cease existing.
But once you turn to the taskmaster and say “No,” you turn on. Your life enlarges, expands, and becomes a force in the universe. Five years later you’ll look back and be amazed at the scales that fell from your eyes.
Fear is a brain hack. Fear is the great enemy. Fear is death.
To love is to live. To live is to open your life to expansion, to deep satisfaction, and to love.
Please reread the quotes above. Turn and face the fear. Tell it to go to hell. Start living your way. Make your own mistakes. Repair them. Live and love.
This article originally appeared on the Freeman’s Perspective blog.
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Growing your own food is a valuable skill. Not only will it benefit you in a survival situation but it will also provide your family fresh, delicious produce AND save you tons of money.
This article from Smart Prepper Gear runs down 10 of the best foods to grow for survival. It also addresses four important factors to remember when choosing what to plant.
Again, this is practical advice no matter what. Even if you and your family are never forced to survive on your domestic harvest, you can enjoy the fruits of your labor all year round.
>>POST SCRIPT – What Happens if and when it all ends?
(Natural News) When the power goes out, you’ll just light some candles and read a book and wait for it to pass, right? That might be enough to get you through a couple of hours without electricity in a rainstorm, but if there’s a protracted power outage due to collapse, it’s going to be a different story entirely that requires a far more comprehensive approach.
A recent article posted on Web News Ordertakes an in-depth look at exactly what will go down when this happens, hour by hour. It’s well worth the read because it is so thorough, and it’s penned by someone who works in emergency management. It’s absolutely mind-boggling just how dependent every part of our lives is on electricity, and it’s just a matter of time before we find that out the hard way.
While electrical grids vary across states and countries, the general sequence of events is pretty similar across the board. Here is a look at some of the highlights.
As soon as the power goes out, the first thing you’ll probably be able to notice (besides the lights not working) is that electrical cooling and heating systems will fail. Most homes will lose their heat pretty quickly in winter, while buildings could become dangerously hot without air conditioning in summer. Commuters could find themselves trapped in subways, and traffic lights will go dark and cause traffic congestion and accidents. These traffic problems will slow emergency response times for everyone.
Cities will lose their water pressure, prompting boil-water advisories that most people won’t be able to follow because they won’t have power for boiling said water. In addition, as hospitals, data centers, and TV and radio stations start using their emergency power, their backup generators may not be able to handle air conditioning and their data centers will start to heat up.
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