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Give them bread and Circuses and they will never revolt
So you come home from work and your absolutely wrecked, your shattered, your mind and body have given up, you’re drained of energy and the last thing you want to do is use your noodle. To over-exert that squishy organ in your head is too much, so you don’t do it.
So what do you do?
Netflix? (and probably chill for all you dirty dogs out there, wink wink). Maybe the football is on? A soap opera? Maybe something has caught your eye on Facebook or Snapchat or YouTube? The PS4 and XBOX are calling? Reality TV? This list is definitely not exhaustive…
We all at least do one of those things and it probably depends on certain demographics which one is used more, but the latent reason for using these methods of entertainment appears to be the amount of brain power required during each activity.
It’s not saying that people who watch Game of Thrones or play Candy Crush are simpletons, but because it’s what is the easiest activity to so at that time. You may have had a shocking day at work, maybe the kids have you tortured, maybe your suffering from anxiety or depression, you could even just be bored, whatever the reason we do it is simply because it’s EASY. No one wants to break a sweat or concentrate hard when they have no energy left, only the proactive amongst us seem to be productive enough to ignore these basic distractions.
Now, here’s a thought, something I like to speculate on when I’m researching this topic: Is this a contrived situation that a group of people want for society? (By group of people I mean elites). Why would they want us with little energy and and with so little focus that any little distraction will do? I’m glad you asked…
I’ve come to understand in my life that there is a consolidation on wealth and power throughout the world by an elite, if it isn’t obvious to you by now, well you’ve probably been on Twitter complaining about Donald Trump too much. What this means is that the majority of material and informational resources are in the hands of a small cabal of elite families and business/bankimg partners who seek to use this position of theirs to take further control of what they don’t already have. The philosophy behind their desire for domination allows them to see human life as mere collateral and if it gets in their way well there’s too many of us anyway, a few million culled would do the world a favour, right?
As for the rest of us who are lucky enough to not be in the “Third World” or in the way of their plans, we better not poke our heads in, take the moral high ground and whistleblow on their illegal dealings otherwise we will be a very big unwanted thorn in their side and they don’t like big unwanted thorns in their side. Many people have fought against this as yet unnamed but very real threat to the future of our race (some prefer the Illuminati or the Committee of 300) and have not lived to tell the tale, just query into the death of President John F. Kennedy or weapons expert David Kelly for a just a snippet of what I mean.
Now while a few us may still be thorns, there is the huge bulk of us, especially in Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia (and any other developed nation who has the right to protest) who simply don’t care about the wider issues of society and civil duty is lost upon them. It’s exactly this stale apathetic climate amongst people in the developed world that allows our psychopathic oppressors to continue unimpeded. Something rings true about this in what Martin Luther King Jr. said but still isn’t being done enough:
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Apathy is an awful state of mind, worse still when it is applied to a collective, it can be a powerful weapon, practically useful for the elite. If you instil apathy into society at large, no one will care what you do as long as their basic desires are met. One man who understood this was the 19th century French psychologist Gustav Le Bon, who pioneered the study into the dynamics of large groups of people and the psychology of the crowd. He was very aware of what can be done to sway the crowd in one direction or another like it was a hive mind. Just read this quote and judge for yourselves.
We see, then, that the disappearance of the conscious personality, the predominance of the unconscious personality, the turning by means of suggestion and contagion of feelings and ideas in an identical direction, the tendency to immediately transform the suggested ideas into acts; these, we see, are the principle characteristics of the individual forming part of the crowd. He is no longer himself, but an automaton who has ceased to be guided by his will
[Gustav Le Bon]
This is pretty much saying that “we have you all by the balls” by the elite, and much worse we don’t even know that we’re being directed en masse to their aims. We are stripped of our individuality and as a result become hopelessly more impressionable, victims of our own instinctive nature, that is moulded by this group. Again let’s take a look at what he wrote:
The masses have never thirsted after truth. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim
What strikes me about this statement is it’s raw and utter truth. The masses (as he calls society) are like little children when they are herded together in large groups like cities or at sports games or music concerts; they are suggestible, gullible, naïve and most of all susceptible to powerful yet simple ideas. Crowds don’t think rationally, Le Bon observed, their affinity to relate to ideas through images are much more readily etched into their minds because of their quicker digestibility and their simplicity. Slogans are good example of this and can be made useful by charismatic leaders.
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We are much further advanced in terms of technology these days than at the time Le Bon wrote these words, and I think it is reasonable to suggest that the private realm is affected far greater than has ever been done before by these methods. For example in the 19th century, the elite could only mobilise the masses only when in the public domain before the advent of t.v. and radio. Now we are saturated in social media and 24/7 television broadcasting to mould our collective unconscious so that we are directed by the powerful force of public opinion.
Public opinion was successfully guided by public relations consultant Edward Bernays (Sigmund Freud’s double nephew) during the 20th century, so successfully he practically ended the taboo of women smokers singlehandedly in 1929, and this was done in the same manner as Gustav Le Bon had described his observations, particularly through the use of imagery.
The journalist Walter Lippmann, a strong influence on Edward Bernays, wrote a book called Public Opinion whereby he described the same observations as Le Bon but focused more on their application to the American society of his day. One of his famous statements: “where all think alike, no one thinks very much” is the ultimate simplification of a what seems a very ancient idea; keep it simple and they will not cause you much trouble, which brings us back to Juvenal.
The Roman satirical poet was right when he said that giving the population bread and circuses means they won’t protest or revolt. Fill their stomachs and give them entertainment and what else matters? They won’t seek to question or reflect on their own lives, much less the wider concerns of civil society once you place smartphones in their hands, televisions and games consoles in their rooms; fast food, fashion, mass sports events in their cities; and make them work like mules so that all these pleasurable diversions are very much welcomed when they have no brain power left to question their own personal issues and the elite’s consistent attack on our our freedoms.
Use your noggin more guys, come on!
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