Ignorance And Unawareness Are America's New "Best Friends"
Ninety-five percent of all Americans eagerly embrace the propaganda and brainwashing of politicians, militarists, economists, and religious frauds. They mindlessly swallow ignorance and unawareness as their new best friends.
"Best Friends" (BF) or "Best Friends Forever" (BFF) has become the slang phrase used by the mindless 95% of the American and world population to refer to persons or entities that seem to or pretend to have some affinity for each other. I am using it in the title of this essay to depict a mind-frame composed of ignorance and unawareness that is fast becoming the world norm.
In an earlier essay presented in 2002, Life As Awakening, we examined how the ordinary mental state of most humans is literally a form of dreaming while asleep. We examined precisely how humans arrive at this state and how the ordinary person isn't able--or willing--to acknowledge when his habitual consciousness (the dream state) leads him astray: when his view of the world causes him to mistake a dictatorial police state for a democracy, a mindless tyrant for a "fearless leader," and a pre-emptive, unjustified war for a struggle against terrorism and the spreading of democracy.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed." |
President Thomas Jefferson, (1743-1826), US Founding Father,
drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
Since that time, twelve years ago, the political-economic-social-mental condition of the masses of people throughout the world has further deteriorated, the murder of workers by capitalist predators increasing in frightfulness, volume, and speed. Until today, the prospect of the almost total annihilation of the working class by the capitalist classs is a stark reality. The only question remaining is whether the workers of the world will awaken soon enought to save their very lives.
This essay is written with the purpose of helping working class people throughout the world understand the state of mental deterioration and derangement they have allowed to overcome them, and--most important--how we can escape from this suicidal, lethal mind-state and ascend to a higher mode of consciousness.
The higher mode of consciousness toward which we strive is one of awareness and understanding. This involves the constant, unending endeavor of discovering aspects of immaturity or sleep in ourselves and rising above those to a state of continuing awareness. One of the essential ways of telling if you're moving toward awareness and understanding is if you're regularly discovering traits and behaviors in yourself of which you were previously unaware, negative elements that controlled you without your being cognizant of them. For example, you may discover that you previously had fooled yourself into believing that you wanted to understand what's going on in the world, and you realize you hadn't really wanted to at all--as evidenced by your mindlessly accepting the capitalist cabal's ongoing propaganda and lies. For example, it is a lie that the American people want to go back to war in Iraq and that they want to attack Assad in Syria.
That the mental condition of the world masses is in a serious plight, we can see from reviewing the percentage of persons at various levels of consciouness or un-consciousness (unawareness and ignorance).
Level of Consciousness
| Level #|
| Level of Consciousness
| Level 3|
|| Union with the One
|| Dialectic |
| Level 2|
|| Union with Higher Intellect
| Level 1|
| Critical thinking|
| Level 0|
| Limited interest in informing or improving oneself
| Level -1|
Partial possession by outside personalities
Mindless pursuit of pleasure
Celebration of ignorance
| Unable to|
think for oneself
Illiteracy (unable to read or understand)
| Level -2|
Total possession by outside personalities
| Hysterical blindness|
| Unable to see or hear what's happening |
Supporting people who are destroying you
Types of Consciousness
2. Psychological consciousness, on the other hand, refers to a state of consciousness (e.g. awake, dreaming, joyful, fearful, mystical), above threshold awareness. It presupposes the existence of philosophical consciousness. It is concerned with the contents of consciousness (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, images), and with the mode of access (conscious or unconscious) to these contents. Psychological consciousness is typically contrasted with the unconscious or subconscious which is below threshold awareness (e.g. sleep, trance, coma, habit, instincts). The unconscious is not the same as the non-conscious--the former still has some psychic or subjective activity present, the latter is wholly objective. For example, a person engaged in conceptual cognition is conscious in this sense; a person in a coma, or a worm, are examples of what being totally unconscious means.
- Philosophical consciousness refers to a state of reality characterized by interiority, subjectivity, sentience, feeling, experience, self-agency, meaning, and purpose. Anything that has any of these has consciousness. Anything that does not would be non-conscious--blank, void, vacuous, wholly objective. This meaning refers to consciousness as context; it is about the mode of being that makes possible any and all contents and forms of consciousness. Philosophically, then, consciousness is a state or quality of being--the fact of consciousness. For example, a person (awake or asleep), a dog, or a worm exemplify consciousness in this sense; a rock, a cloud, or a computer do not. Looked at this way, it is clear that the philosophical meaning is fundamental--for without consciousness as a state of being (i.e. an ontological reality) there could be no psychological states or contents.
3. Higher mystical or spiritual states of consciousness typified by experiences of oneness, interrelatedness, compassion, and love. Higher consciousness is typically contrasted with unenlightened, unevolved, or unaware states of consciousness. 1
| Levels of Consciousness
| Spiritual Consciousness
|| Union with the One|
| Dialectical interchange|
| Psychic or metaphysical knowledge
|| Union with Higher Self|
| Enlightened interchange|
| Betty White|
Stewart Edward White
| Mental consciousness
|| Able to interact|
or be seen
| Ordinary conversation|
| Abraham Lincoln|
Martin Luther King
Franklin D. Roosevelt
| Fantasy and imagined consciousness
|| Unable to distinguish real from counterfeit awareness
| Barack Obama|
George W. Bush
J. P. Morgan
The worsening condition of the masses (95%) of people throughout the world is even more catastrophic and devastating because the only remedy and corrective for the situation requires that the masses understand their plight sufficiently to recognze their danger, become motivated to make elemental changes in themselves, work to develop sufficient intelligence to recognize what is the solution to their problems, and take the necessary steps toward awareness and understanding.
What we see instead of these movements toward critical-, self-, and social-awareness is the masses blithely embracing their ignorance, arrogance, and self-satisfaction.
| We expect capitalists and their flunkeys to evince ignorant presumptuousness and self-aggrandizement; they have never learned anything but how to make money or how to pontificate on their mindless dogmas.
||We hope workers will have more sense than to indulge in ignorant arrogance, greed, and self-satisfaction, like capitalists.
But most workers are now adopting capitalist values and mind-frames, becoming just as ignorant and unaware as the capitalist thugs.They don't understand that the capitalist class is now systematically murdering members of the working class (e.g. Detroit, Iraq).
|The Continuing Annihilation of American Workers
At present, Americans (and workers in general) are blithely unaware of how they're being murdered by capitalist death-merchants.
|American workers are increasingly being brutalized by a militarized police force and impoverished by capitalist greed and corruption.|
The capitalist cabal is fomenting racial and class warfare to annihilate workers.
|If Americans don't awaken and throw off their ignorance and indifference they will become victims just as did the Nazi death-camp "living dead." |
Already, over 40% of American workers are living in poverty conditions.
American workers are being systematically murdered in senseless wars (e.g. Iraq, Syria), through austerity (e.g. Detroit) and through bailout corruption.|
The American Mainstream Press Is Complicit With the Capitalist Cabal
All eighteenth and nineteenth century presidents, with the exception of Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln, were puppets of the capitalist cabals. These cabal presidents, from George Washington to William McKinley, ruled America exclusively for capitalist interests, creating wars, imperialist expansion, economic plunder through "national" banks, and increasing destruction of the working class. All three non-cabal presidents were forced to struggle against the American mainstream press, which had become a tool of the capitalists.
Thomas Jefferson, in particular, fought against and won over a complicit mainstream press that had been captured by the John Adams's administration. Having been elected (by a slender margin) to the presidency in 1796, John Adams branded all his political enemies--especially Thomas Jefferson--as traitors and began working the American people into a frenzy of super-patriotism against the French. ("If you're not with us, you're anti-American.")
|"The Sedition Act was an implied acknowledgement by the Federalists that force and coercion rather than reason and argument were to be the ultimate arbiters of political controversy in the United States. Differences of opinion were to be erased and the American mind was to be forced into an intellectual strait jacket. . . Under the Sedition Act, by expanding the definition of seditious libel, an end might be put to all organized political opposition. . . By this means, the Federalists could ensure the perpetuation of their party's control of the national government."|
J. C. Miller, Crisis in Freedom: the Alien and Sedition Acts, 1952
Adams encouraged the partisan Congress to pass a series of four laws that came to be known collectively as the Alien and Sedition Acts, which proscribed spoken or written criticism of the government, the Congress, or the President, virtually nullifying the First Amendment freedoms of speech and the press. These acts were very similar to the unconstitutional Patriot Act. 1 Employing these tyrannous acts, Adams began to have his political opponents arrested.
At the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century, American presidents--tools of the capitalist cabal--began in earnest the deranged policy of imperialist invasion and capture of foreign territories. President William McKinley got the imperialist ball rolling by seizing the Philippine Islands for capitalist looting and militaristic incursion into Asia. The US media heartily encouraged imperialism.|
Only three twentieth century presidents managed to retain some degree of independence from the capitalist cabal: Franklin D. Roosevelt. Dwight Eisenhower, and John F. Kennedy. When the cabal assassinated JFK, it put into effect a process whereby it selects both candidates of the two parties, essentially turning America into a dictatorship.
Uncle Sam, wearing the badge "World's Humane Agent," considers what to do with the Philippines as Porto Rico and Cuba look on. July 1898, Charles L. Bartholomew, Minneapolis Journal.
"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar weekly salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities, and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."|
John Swinton, former Chief of Staff for the New York Times, took his colleagues by surprise in 1953 when he made the following statement at the New York Press Club.
Waging An Offensive Against the Complicit Mass Media
|Paid Lying: What Passes for Major Media Journalism|
by Stephen Lendman
"Today's major media journalism is biased, irresponsible, sensationalist reporting that distorts, exaggerates or misstates the truth. It's misinformation or agitprop disinformation masquerading as fact to boost circulation, readership, viewers, or listeners, and on vital issues lie about or suppress uncomfortable truths to provide unqualified support for state and/or corporate interests - to the detriment of the greater good that's always sacrificed for profits and imperial aims."Source
Waging An Offensive Against the Capitalist Cabal With Alternative Media
Fortunately, progressives are waging an offensive against the capitalist cabal through the use of alternative media. Even though most workers worldwide remain oblivious to their murder by capitalists, our task is to make truth available to all people, so that ultimately we can overcome the capitalist thugs and create a new commonwealth polity for the world.
It's encouraging that the number of progressive voices speaking out against the onslaughts of the capitalist cabal is still quite large.
"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." |
Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Judge John Tyler, 1804
1 Adapted from Christian de Quincey, "Exploring Consciousness from the Second-Person Perspective"
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