TR 350 - The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
Examining the headlines, exposing the narrative, and taking it in stride with a smile.
(My proof-reader is predisposed this morning, my apologies in advance for any spelling errors!)
It’s spring time. The flowers are blooming, the trees are budding, the bees are buzzing, and the chickens are desperately trying to sit on their eggs. The critters are shedding their winter coats and many of the birds have come back for their annual pit-stop as they make their way into the wild unknown. I love this time of year.
As the seasons turn, the brimming potential of summer adventure begs for its place on the calendar. Parades. Community days. The fair. All these events in the local area are really what knit the fabric of society. More people are out and about, mingling, making small talk, and enjoying the many blessings of American life, like backyard BBQ’s, Little League, and hitting the trails to take in the splendor of the spring bloom.
This is the good stuff. Embrace it, enjoy it, and cherish every moment!
Of course, it goes without saying that there is a lot going on in the world. We’re in the midst of the Great Reset. The commie cabal is trying to institute a New World Order. We’re being peacefully enslaved by machines. Corrupt politicians are running amok and making a mockery of America. This is all bad stuff, but when you’re standing on a sidewalk watching the parade go by, when you get a whiff of a burger on the grill, when you call it a day, crack a cold one, and catch up with family and friends—in those most precious moments that make life worth living, the feelings of doom disappear.
Such is the power of perception and attention.
What we perceive to be real, our own “lived experience” as the globalists like to call it, stems directly from where our attention is fixed in any given moment. Where the focus goes, the energy flows, as the kung fu masters like to say. Our emotions are energy, in the rawest sense, and our focus is the scope of our attention in any given moment. The alchemical fusion of this subjective experience gives rise to the story that we’re living out in the perpetual unfolding of now.
That’s where it gets interesting.
Personal experience is processed through personal stories. Though we may at times struggle to find the right words, our minds are always spinning up a story to help us make sense of the world and our personal experience in it. This all happens instantaneously, at the subconscious level, without any effort whatsoever—and that’s key. Our personal stories are often concocted without so much as a sliver of awareness.
Put differently, as human beings, we are all prone to going about our business only vaguely aware of what we’re thinking, how we’re feeling, and why. Being busy is often the best distraction when our thoughts or emotions are uncomfortable or unwelcome. It’s nice just to do something that we know how to do, something that doesn’t require a great deal of contemplation, something that can be achieved with a little less talk and a lot more action. Routines, habits, and coping all revolve around these natural aspects of human behavior.
This is all good stuff, but it is being exploited, and that’s why I’m bringing it up.
I’ve said before that the only solution to political chaos is the elevation of personal awareness. For example, once an individual becomes aware of the scheming propaganda that’s designed to create behavioral change, they can then become more resilient and better withstand the mental and emotional manipulation. Once they understand how the masses are being manipulated to consolidate power and control, in order to enslave humanity as a whole, then they can join us in opposition to this totalitarian global takeover.
But, and this is a major BUT, that’s not just going to happen over night. It’s probably not going to happen in a single sitting or contentious conversation. Why? Because everybody’s got their own story, and the masses remain largely unaware that their stories are being scripted for them. They’ve adopted the narrative as their own, through the relentless repetition of mindless slogans, talking points, and memes.
Thus, while it is technically possible for any individual to reclaim and rewrite their own personal story, this requires an elevation of awareness, an intentional shift in focus, and an honest evaluation of thoughts and emotion. Just to be blunt, most people are nowhere near this level of personal insight, which is not coincidental. Decades of institutional indoctrination and social conditioning have taught people not to think for themselves, let alone logically analyze their own subjective human experience. The results speak for themselves.
This lack of personal awareness has led us all blindly into the mess we’re in. At this point, things have become so bad, there are a lot of people waking up—and that’s good. However, we are destined to lose this war for the hearts and minds of humanity unless we help many, many more people realize the urgent need to rewrite their story.
This is how we change people’s perceptions.
Today, I was going to talk about the senate bill that’s been introduced to create a digital identity for all Americans. I thought about talking about how Democrats are threatening to imprison conservative journalist Matt Taibi for exposing deepstate election interference via the Twitter Files, or how liberty firebrand Dan Bongino is out now that Fox News has paid reparations to the company that stole our elections.
I thought about mocking the polls that show support for Biden is spiking among brain-dead Democrats, the articles that claim Trump is lurching left, the Pentagon’s bizarre UFO footage, and the fact that U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is out there warning Americans that “decoupling from China” would be disastrous. Things are so upside-down right now, that even the liberal rag Politico is considering the “threat of civil breakdown” to be real, claiming a “far-right revolt” as a pressing issue.
But all of this is ugly, and I’m not in the mood for it, so let’s move on.
Humanity is messy, politics are brutal, but life is still good and it’s a beautiful day!
In order to drill down on changing people’s perceptions, we need to consider some of the variables on the input side of the equation, starting with news consumption. Pulling the numbers from DrudgeReport this morning and plugging them into a spreadsheet, we can see where the majority of Americans are picking up their story:
More than 7 out of 10 people are consuming news from liberal outlets. Less than 3 out of 10 people are getting their news from Fox, which is itself infested with establishment stooges who parrot the narrative. Taken all together, the lesson here is that the majority of people are still being spoon fed government propaganda at an alarming rate—a rate sufficient enough to keep the majority of Americans in line with narratives perpetually being concocted by the corrupt two-party establishment.
These data also reveal the fact that more and more people are getting their news from alternative sources like social media, Substack, or other alt-news outlets. This, quite unfortunately, leads people into the echo-chambers that distort their perception, charge their emotions, and keep them pliable as putty in the hands of the media masters. The trends in social media consumption indicate the vast majority of people get their news from their preferred platforms, and only 26% of people claim to check three or more sources. Interestingly enough, social media that uses a “stories” format spread news further and faster, all around the globe.
Which brings me back to the practical solution of elevating personal awareness.
Think about it like this: Whenever we hear a story, it affects the way we feel. How we feel (our emotion) affects how we perceive the situation (right/wrong, good/bad, etc). Thus, our perspective and sense of right and wrong are being driven by the original story, coupled with our emotional reaction. We are all subject to this.
It may seem like I’m just explaining the obvious, but these are the mechanisms through which psychological warfare takes its toll. What is less obvious to many people, is the fact that we can change not just our own story, but the stories rolling around in other peoples’ heads as well—and in the long term, that is really the only solution to the onslaught of socialist assimilation. So long as the media is controlled by the state collective, which isn’t going to change anytime soon, the rise of global governance is destined to steamroll the will of free-thinking people everywhere.
In order to effectively resist and mount an organized political opposition, we have to change how people perceive the situation. We have to change their minds. We have to change the way they feel about things. In short, we have to change their stories.
That’s where you and I come in.
It starts by examining our own stories. What makes us tick. What’s driving our behavior. Spending some time with this opens up the mind to our own inner world. This is all deeply personal and entirely subjective, but objectively, we all share the same ability to do so as human beings. You might think of it as developing your own testimony, taking time to noodle through how you share your story with others.
It’s your personal story, rooted in your own lived experience, that is most likely to connect with someone. It’s how you tell your story, and how well it is delivered, that will correlate to the degree of impact you have on others. This is how we get other people to listen to our ideas and persuade them to consider different perspectives.
It may seem impossible to change someones mind, but it’s not. Plant seeds. Water them. Let your ideas take root in the garden of another person’s thoughts. We all have to work with people that are difficult, and I’m not saying the task will be quick or easy, but think about the long term. In the long term, we are “all in this together,” at least to some extent, at the local, state, federal, and even global level.
When we try to better understand ourselves, we are better equipped to understand others. This is not a trivial fact. When we understand, and help others understand, that there is more that unites us than there is that divides us, we take a step in the right direction. When we realize and help others to realize that perpetual conflict is a lose-lose proposition, and that mutual respect is a mutual interest, we take another big step in the right direction—and we’ve done so without putting up walls.
Life is fundamentally good. Most people want to live and let live. Most people can agree to disagree—especially when the conversation is tactfully had at the personal level. Just because we disagree, doesn’t make us enemies. Our enemies want to divide and conquer us all, but in the end, I believe the story of liberty and justice for all will prevail. This is the story that resonates with the human heart.
It’s what we yearn for. It’s what we crave. It’s how we win.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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