“I told you, I didn’t want to be involved!” says Keith David’s character as he pounds on Roddy Piper in “They Live”. It took a five minute brawl to finally get Keith to put those glasses on. Here we will consider the psychological aspects of conspiracy and why put the glasses on willingly, and others refuse.
This is not really a far fetched allegory of the resistance of a vast segment of humanity to acknowledging the vast conspiracy much of the world is in the grips of.
They probably wouldn’t admit one even exists if told directly by one of the multitudes of the conspirators on the 10 o’clock news. The resistance may even be deemed to exist on a subconscious level; beyond reason, logic, facts and evidence.
It is my postulate that this is the type of person the Rulers require to serve them in the unlimited number of positions which support and progress their agenda for humanity; they could actually be called the true “progressives”, because they unwittingly serve the System.
Here we will focus on the psychological and personality factors which enable some to acknowledge the existence of conspiracies, and others to deny them with equal passion. While many within the “conspiracy movement” disagree greatly on the details, even on who or what is apparently behind the entire agenda, it seems that conspiracy is becoming almost mainstream.
Although modern propaganda and its father, Edward Bernays, are a worthwhile and relevant topic, that expansive study will be left to the future, and for our purposes here we will focus on social and personality factors that affect conformity, self-worth, group think, and an individual’s world view; something like a new field of conspiracy psychology.
Each factor listed deserves a book and perhaps many of them, and surely I do no justice to any of these topics in a few paragraphs. Here I attempt a subtle form of mind control, an inception, a spoon-feeding of sorts.
I want to merely introduce these topics and concepts to be covered in greater depth in the future, and to perhaps slightly shift the readers’ paradigms in the necessary direction, a more open direction, where that which was beyond the pale now seems not only possible, but rather probable.
Or as most of us would call it: “education,” begins very early in life. We have to obey to be fed, sleep when we’re told, eat when we’re told, play when we’re told… And we get punished when we misbehave. Our parents are our first and primary authority figures, but the issue is that they are greatly limited in what they can teach us if they are not awake both physically and spiritually.
In Jesuit doctrine, it has been long established that the younger a child is when indoctrination begins the stronger effect it will have on the person throughout adulthood. But we don’t stop at seven in our society.
The real conformity training begins in kindergarten. If we do not conform punishment is quick to be applied in the form of deprivation of something, whether its food, play, activity, grades, or shaming in front of our classmates.
Personally, I was a troublemaker as a child, it was just inherent in me to reject conformity and I took every opportunity to disobey and break the rules that I could; usually I got away with it. And I got away with it enough times to learn that its possible to escape the eyes and clutches of the controllers; they are not all knowing.
Once we are properly trained to obey as children, we are promoted to middle school, high school, college etc., there we are exposed to less and less discipline, and given more and more freedom, presumably to provide the illusion that we are free to do as we please; we can study or not study, we can participate or not, but discipline is usually limited to poor grades, detention, suspension, or expulsion; simple and to the point.
In high school we are given the standard propaganda revisionist history and tested on it as if true. Most never learn anything different.
In college, there is the least discipline and the most intellectual indoctrination. We can sit how we want, where we want, attend class or not, study or not, and take any classes we want, but the flow of information comes from the “best and the brightest” academics, who possess the greatest illusion of authority within the most respected institutions, and it comes couched in the cloth of mainstream academia; just another club with members eager to belong and conform.
If we step into the graduate school meat grinder, we can expect the most extreme level of mind control, which inculcates within us an entirely new system of thought and speech, and all this done to willing subjects, getting into massive debt and desperate for the status and supposedly high wages that are guaranteed to be attached to that diploma.
Students contort their minds to conform to the new paradigm, whether medical, business, or law school. All teach how the system functions superficially, as a public facade, but not how it truly exists behind the scenes.
Reasonable people understand that our education system is designed to be a twelve step program, with a few extra years tacked on for good measure by undergrad; the college being an ancient Roman invention, and their descendants having founded the “most prestigious” and oldest university institutions in the United States.
Since Roman times they were used to indoctrinate, and today they serve the very same purpose, for the most part. But our modern education system was designed early in the 20th century, with the helping hand and money from John D. Rockefeller and the other oligarch foundations, now lionized as a philanthropist and humanist, regardless of the true facts of history. The Director of Charity for the Rockefeller Foundation put it frankly:
Frederick T. Gates wrote in The Country School of Tomorrow, Occasional Papers Number 1:
In our dream we have limitless resources, and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hand. The present educational conventions fade from our minds; and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or of science. We are not to raise up among them authors, orators, poets, or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians. Nor will we cherish even the humbler ambition to raise up from among them lawyers, doctors, preachers, statesmen, of whom we now have ample supply.The task is simple. We will organize children and teach them in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way.
Just so that we’re on the same page regarding this particular “philanthropist”, this quote says it best, although it surely applies to all the largest foundations which more or less established many, if not most, of our largest institutions:
Philanthropy is the essential element in the making of Rockefeller power. It gives the Rockefellers a priceless reputation as public benefactors which the public values so highly that power over public affairs is placed in the Rockefellers’ hands. Philanthropy generates more power than wealth alone can provide.Myer Kutz, Rockefeller Power
Regarding education of the recently emancipated black population, for which Rockefeller is known, here is a statement from a member of his General Education Board, published in a two volume survey on black education:
The study maintained that the only education appropriate for the black man was that with a strong vocational/agricultural bias. Academic/literary education was perceived as dysfunctional for the black man because it (1) would open vistas that he could not attain in the rigidly segregated American social structure, (2) would fail to provide the appropriate skills that would make the black man a more productive worker or agriculturalist… (3) would seriously undermine the ability of the white ruling oligarchy to maintain its political hegemony in the face of demands for equality, which it was feared an academic/literary education would engender.Thomas Jesse Jones, Phelps-Stokes Fund Survey of Black Education
Many resources exist regarding the nefarious activities of the oligarchs’ creation of American education, the point here is not to recount that evidence but to assess its effect on our common society. The wealthy elite did not want thinkers, they wanted drones who would support and propagate the system further, and this fact was true even for the professional classes such as the medical, legal, and business.
Although the upper classes were rewarded well for their labors, these rewards would serve to buy their compliance, silence, and far more: cooperation in the ineluctable ploy for money and power by any means necessary.
This may explain the incredibly corrupt state of all of our major professions and institutions today; our medial, legal, and financial systems are broken and utterly endemic with corruption from top to bottom, and this should be difficult to deny by any reasonable person.
Our education system is a bar in the invisible prison that has been built for us gradually and with our silent compliance. It affect our psychological relations to conspiratorial paradigms immensely throughout our lives.
Social conformity is a powerful force we experience every day, when we follow traffic laws, when we wear fashionable clothing, when we listen to trendy music, watch popular movies, perform trendy activities, and eat popular foods.
Conformity is said to be a defense mechanism of humanity, an inherently social animal. Taking it even further, our culture may be considered an ongoing Pavlovian experiment by our rulers using various stimuli and automatic, uncontrollable reactions.
Clearly we have a need to belong and be acknowledged as a part of one or more groups. This serves as a protective mechanism, a fascistic bundle of rods too strong to be broken, while also service a social need to interact with those like us, and keep those unlike us out.
When we find a group to accept us and form bonds with other members, it becomes quite difficult to stray outside of the group to seek extrinsic information and form beliefs that are outside the group’s collective paradigm.
We can take almost any group as an example. I can hardly imagine any mainstream groups which would tolerate the open discussion of ongoing conspiracies and open acceptance of any factual information supporting such conclusions, apart from general mockery and outright dismissal.
A likely response of most such groups would likely be initial surprise, perhaps shock, and if the taboo topics continued to be brought up, a gradual shift away from that individual, ostracizing him and making it clear that that individual should leave the group.
For example the topic of 9/11 conspiracy certainly merits significant discussion among reasonable people, due to the multitude of unanswered questions, although it is generally taboo in polite and politically correct society. The histories of WW1 and WW2 are similarly set in stone, and little can be done to change long established mainstream paradigms inculcated from a very young age in most people.
Social and group conformity are powerful forces, and the architects of society perfectly understand this, which is why they continually foment conflict between as many groups as possible using their paid provocateurs on each side to polarize the population; and only two choices are typically given, knowing that the choice must be easy to make and particularly importantly: it must be an emotional choice.
This manipulation has been carried on for many decades, since the advent of modern propaganda, and the use of well paid authority figures who are made out as leaders or opinion makers within a certain group. Although, in fact, this type of control was a fact of life for thousands of years as humanity has been cleaved off from one another through religion, tribalism, race, economic status, bloodline, club/society, nation, etc.
This may be the most difficult veil to pierce when attempting to open minds and study conspiracy psychology.
Most people have a relatively high opinion of themselves and an unreasonable confidence that their beliefs and ideology are true, and the beliefs of others are wrong and preposterous. This is a common theme in group conformity as well.
But on an individual level, most would be highly loathe to admit that just about everything they have been taught by those they trusted, and just about everything they have come to believe about the state of the world, life, society, and reality throughout their entire lives, is false.
This type of awakening would cause a major shock to the system and create a large amount of stress , dysfunction, and uncertainty within a person’s psyche for some time. Consider the films Matrix and They Live as examples; some people are simply unable to force themselves to wake up, and will remain inside the false reality no matter what; “ignorance is bliss” to quote one of the characters.
Fear binds us up and keeps us from moving forward. Fear of hell kept people from scientific research, from the arts, from literacy, from intellectual curiosity for centuries. It is fear of force that keeps many today from seeking freedom from their government, and fear of failure that keeps many from turning their respective ship of life to a new direction.
Fear is one of the forces that drives the financial markets, and fear is the force that keeps many from engaging in a variety of behaviors each day.
Fear is what keeps the majority from seeking information that may be contrary to their beliefs, from challenging them, and from throwing them away after sound refutation is reasonably achieved through sound and diligent research.
We must acknowledge that fear is an extremely powerful force in our daily lives and is a negative force on our psychological paradigms on conspiracies, even without our realizing it. The goal of enlightenment is to gain control of the forces that drive and inhibit us, although fear can unlikely be conquered in full, it should be restrained in intellectual endeavors, and to achieve enlightenment we should be eager to seek contrary information and transform our beliefs in constant evolution.