Ep. 200 - How They Hack Your Mind
Understanding the subtle tricks being used to access and shape your core beliefs.
Over the weekend I had the opportunity to attend a few different gatherings that offered a variety of conversations that ranged from biblical prophecy to QAnon conspiracies. Talk of the global cabal intentionally destroying life as we know it was sprinkled throughout. It was a fascinating survey of conservative sentiment.
Now, to be sure, not everyone agreed on all points presented. In fact, pretty much everyone disagreed about one point or another—and that is the beauty of running in free thinking circles. There is a degree of mutual respect that allows each person to share their opinions and perspectives without fear of retribution or shame if others in the group disagree. Instead, those in the liberty movement tend to vocalize contrasting and often conflicting perspectives, to the collective benefit of all.
It may be awkward and uncomfortable to openly disagree, but it makes everyone think—and that’s what we so desperately need right now.
On Saturday night, a gentleman approached me as I stepped off stage. He said, “Luke, sometimes you really piss me off!” I said, “Good. Tell me why.” What followed was a respectful conversation wherein we confronted our differences and gained a better understanding of our different perspectives. What was the outcome? The man became the newest member of the Patriot Club—and I felt greatly honored by the support.
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We’re going to dive into the news in just a moment, but before we do, I would be remiss if I did not share some of what I’ve recently heard. The reason I’m sharing is not to condone or condemn the following perspectives, not to accept or reject any one of them, but instead to offer them as food for thought. In all humility, I could be as wrong as anyone—so what if one or all of these perspectives are correct?
Here’s what I’ve heard:
The rapture is going to happen on September 25th or 26th. That means the fulfillment of biblical prophecy will happen this coming weekend.
There is a top-secret President’s Army that has been operating behind the scenes for decades, who is currently working to wrest America from the clutches of the current administration and restore our republic.
Donald Trump is leading the QAnon movement and openly communicating with MAGA Americans using symbolic language, music, and gestures.
In each case, the signs are there for the reading—meaning people have sincere reasons for believing these statements are true, including their own proof and rationale. I would also add, that despite not necessarily agreeing on any particular point, none of these people are alone. Many people believe these things.
Do you? That’s up for you to decide. I don’t dabble in this area because there are other things to talk about. If the rapture is this weekend—bonus. If there are secret agents trying to save our country—outstanding. If Trump is leading Q and MAGA insiders are receiving secret messages—well, I guess I’m not in the club, and that’s okay.
One need not believe these things to be respectful and listen intently. Neither must there be vehement debate about the veracity of such beliefs. People are going to believe what they choose to believe, and you get to choose for yourself.
Logically, this is an inseparable aspect of human nature and it is broadly applicable to political discussion. Do you believe that bovine flatulence is an existential threat? Many people do. Do you believe that the human population is a ticking time-bomb? Many people do. Do you believe that socialist policies are fair and equitable? Many people do. Do you think you’re going to change any of these people’s minds?
It’s possible, but not probable—and the powers that be know this.
In a separate conversation altogether, I was discussing these revelations from the angle of psychological warfare. It was very interesting to me that each of the three points shared came in from multiple sources. That’s not a coincidence.
Here are a few things that went through my mind:
All of these people must know something that I don’t know.
Maybe they all talked beforehand and are teaming up to convince me.
Perhaps I’m just an ignorant peasant who’s been too busy and buried in my own research to see what’s really going on.
Or, maybe my instinct is correct and this is all just intentional noise being propagated from an unknown source in an effort to obfuscate the signal of the current global trajectory.
First, I assume that everyone knows something that I don’t know at all times. That said, the fact that several different people were telling me the same things I took as an indication of infiltration and imitation (psychological warfare). There are only so many sources of info out there, which make certain outlets a prime target for psyops. Different groups are susceptible to different archetypal narratives, which can easily be exploited. Is that what was going on?
When several different people, who probably had no prior conversation with each other, each independently approach me with the same information—there has been infiltration. These ideas had to come from somewhere. What was the source?
While the source of the thought matters, that’s not my focus. This passage from Battle For The Mind by William Sargant will help you understand where my head is at:
“The human mind … can still be profoundly influenced by physiological means, and by the inducement of nervous excitement, leading on to a state of increased suggestibility and in the end to mental confusion and collapse…
The enormous potentialities of the technique of physiological group-excitation … emphasizes the variety and range of religious viewpoints that can be firmly implanted in many minds under excitatory stress.”
Sargant is not an easy read, but his thorough documentation and analysis provide great insights into human nature and the psychology of brainwashing. Here he’s talking about physiological influence and nervous excitement. Emotions are chemicals that affect our brain, which in turn affects our thinking and beliefs.
Keying in on the words “nervous excitement,” lets evaluate these three strains of new information. If one were of religious conviction, would not the rapture elicit a sense of nervous excitement? Am I saved? Not saved? Is my faith the right faith? What about my loved ones? What about my friends? I know the rapture should be exciting—but honestly, I’m a little nervous about how this might play out!
Religious convictions aside, if one were to believe that there is a top-secret group of good guys—badass commando types with all the knowledge and skills needed to truly clean house—and believe they were about to pull it off, wouldn’t that also elicit a sense of nervous excitement? I mean, wow, that would be awesome, but are they going to arrest the president and all the crooked politicians? Is this going to lead to open conflict? Who’s going to be in charge after the coup? I know this administration is corrupt, and it would be exciting to clean house—but honestly, I’m a little nervous about how this might play out!
The same exact line of thinking could be applied to the QAnon story line. Should I believe it? Should I not believe it? Should I feel silly for wanting to believe it? Maybe it’s true, right? Maybe it’s not? Maybe the Q movement has been infiltrated, but there is still a thread of pure truth mixed in with all the psyops, right? I’m not sure. I’m confused about what’s happening in our country right now—and honestly, I’m a little nervous about how this might all play out!
As Sargant clinically documents, this kind of thinking leads to confusion and mental collapse, but first—and this is HUGE—it heightens suggestibility.
Patterns. Repetitiveness. Confusion. Are these not perfectly observable?
Let’s turn to the news.
Joe Biden has announced that the COVID-19 pandemic is officially over. Yay! Unfortunately, he hadn’t consulted his administration before going off script. Instead, he mumbled something about how people didn’t like him because the pandemic was hard. Naturally, to solve this problem, Biden unilaterally ended the pandemic and immediately received a boost in the polls, just before the midterms.
The pandemic is over, isn’t that exciting?! You know I’m joking.
As you might expect, liberals who are still desperately clinging to their covid delusions with cult-like fervor are outraged, upset, and confused why their fearless leader has betrayed the very core of their beliefs. While CNN is completely mum on this major announcement—not a peep on their homepage this morning—other liberal outlets are trying to keep the dream alive. From Politico:
“Despite Biden’s statement, Covid has continued to exact a toll in the United States and around the world. The John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center lists more than 2 million Covid cases in the country in the last 28 days, with hundreds dying from the disease every day.
Biden’s insistence on Sunday night that the pandemic is over caught several of his own health officials by surprise. The declaration was not part of his planned remarks ahead of the “60 Minutes” interview, two administration officials familiar with the matter told POLITICO.”
Here’s a shot of the liberal meltdown:
Wowzers, what a doosey! People are in utter shock. “I don’t know how to keep going.” This is the mental collapse that Sargant was talking about. This is the effect of psychological warfare, and it is currently on full display. But think about all of the normies who really, really want covid to be over—could it be? Is Biden right? Am I safe? Is the pandemic really over, or is this some kind of mistake? I’m excited that I don’t have to be afraid anymore—but to be honest, I’m a little nervous about how this is all playing out!
I’m sure you see the pattern.
Here’s what I think:
The elites know how to manipulate the public mindset. Their methods are so effective and prolific, this physiological hacking of emotions and mindset are almost inescapable. Sargant goes to great lengths to explain how it all works. Battle for the Mind explains things like “sympathetic contagion” and how human instinct is to mimic and imitate how other people think and act, and adopt what others believe.
These are the tactics being used to manipulate and enslave humanity.
We are herd animals after all—which reminds me of a bumper sticker on the back of my mom’s truck: “Be a herd quitter.” Translation: Think for yourself. It becomes increasingly difficult under extended duress, which is why the Great Reset is likely to be a war of attrition. There is no hard line, just incremental indoctrination and erosion of individual rights until the full distortion of reality is complete—that is, until humanity has been enslaved in the global socialist surveillance state.
But there is always hope. History has yet to be written. We must remain alert and actively engaged if we intend to resist resignation, assimilation, and potential annihilation. Freedom requires effort and the future is worth fighting for—we just need to know what we’re up against. This is a psychological war.
On that note, the anecdote to “nervous excitement” is grounding in reality.
What’s real right now? Take a deep breath. It feels good to be alive. Let go of expectations. Nobody knows how this will all play—and that’s okay.
Today is a good day. Tomorrow can be even better. Life is what it is—but it’s ultimately full of infinite positive potential.
Never forget: The future will be what we make of it!