Barack – Grand Magician
And from Misinformation onto Illusion…
Think on this – Illusion
Ultimately, much of what we understand to be “information,” may, in fact, be misinformation. Information creates our own personal illusions about reality. These illusions may be personal or social. And, naturally, personal understanding affects an individual’s social understanding. Much like the North versus South conflict previously discussed, the conflict itself acts as a misinformation indicator. The most heated conflicts in human interaction have political and/or religious roots.
First, let’s explore events of mass illusion. The year was 1979, and Joe Newman presented free energy to the world with his latest “energy machine” design. Scientists scoffed while he quickly gained popularity and reached stardom. Despite all of the sophisticated reason scientists threw at it, people cheered Newman on. People simply wanted to believe – and, well, they did. Joe represented a symbol of hope. He came from a humble background, and was a high school dropout. Newman was the people’s hero during his moment in the spotlight – a scientific revolutionary!
With the country inspired by the free energy fire, Joseph Newman spoke of godly visions and waved Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity around. Newman claimed that God appointed him as “steward for his gift,” and explained that energy is sustainable at the speed of light. Through using Einstein’s equation and visions, Newman appealed to disassociated authorities. This obscured any authority’s identity through the devices of a largely scientifically uneducated society, and an unknowable god. In effect, Newman created and continued to fuel this mass illusion of hype, hope, and an American dream.
Unfortunately, hope cannot defy the laws of thermodynamics. Law one, or Conservation, overturned any probable notion of the perpetual motion device ever creating energy. Law two, or Entropy, shut Newman’s case down completely – As, it states that when energy is expended, there will always be a loss. Joe always boasted of what miracles the machine could never do, nor, would he ever be able to demonstrate. The scientific community sharply debunked Newman’s claims with what is now taught in an introductory Physics course.
Street magicians such as David Blaine and Criss Angel would later rush in once again to steal our hearts, leaving us filled with mystery and awe believing that these gurus somehow gained insight into the metaphysical realm(s). Angel walked on water, floated from building to building, while Blaine could throw a poker card at a moving bus window and make it appear on the other side. Blaine wrote his book “Mysterious Stranger,” only to cast more shadows over his act. He revealed some simple “magic” tricks, but offered spiritual advice, as well – never fully uncloaking himself. Angel landed a TV show. Both magicians pulsed through the internet on Youtube videos. Angel caught my eye when he walked on water. People were swimming underneath his feet while he was crossing over a hotel pool to illustrate that there was no solid platform underneath him.
Acts like those of Blaine and Angel swept the nation because they preformed with no pre-rigged stage to assist them. Some people were convinced that they were performing real magic because the no “smoke and mirrors” environment made their acts seem impossible. However, their fame was short-lived, and simply exposed by critical thinkers. Both magicians used similar methods in their performances. They utilized the entire shroud of the internet to distract the audience. They would perform basic tricks in front of real enthusiasts and tape their reactions. Then, they would later return to the area and use machines, props, and other tools of their trade that would have been easily spotted by the gawking crowd, earlier. For example, Blaine would stage a partner inside the bus to stick an identical poker card to the one he would throw at the bus on the inside of the window. Chris angel used cranes to “levitate” from building to building. Angel also used clear, hollow (this explains people swimming under his feet), plastic boxes to walk across the water on.
Another interesting feat is “cold reading,” and the general science of hypnosis. Both, “cold reading” and mass hypnosis exploit subconscious suggestion. In “cold reading,” a person claiming to be a “psychic” will say a basic, and very common name aloud – asking the crowd if anyone knows a “Bob” or “Michael,” or “Susan”…etc. An even simpler tactic just uses a letter for the read. Naturally, a member in the crowd will excitedly jump out of their seat and give up a name that it may be. Then the “psychic” plays off of the information given, and may “cold read” for further information. Mass hypnosis is can be simply powered in the same manner – by an idea.
Weapons alone, do not kill people, but beliefs do. Hitler commanded and army with an idea. Saturated with Hitler’s propaganda, the German Third Reich society became convinced that the Jewish people killed their Lord and savior. Ready and willing, the army took up the sword of vengeance and moved on their perceived enemy. Aldolf Hitler’s tactics are sickening, but he was not the first war commander to use this method. Not by any measure. Information is the very fulcrum, upon which social leverage functions. Information is the axis upon which the social world spins. Information becomes an idea when believed in, and a force of nature when fueled by emotion. In Hitler’s case, the emotion of love and other honorable and ethical notions were channeled into a system of ideas grounded in a pre-existing framework of the nation. Hitler simply stoked the embers Martin Luther left behind – igniting a white hot fire, religious in nature. Did Hitler invent this form of social control? Not by any means. The ancient Mayans were convinced that the gods would not let the sun shine until a sufficient amount of human blood was offered. The ancient Egyptians are said to have believed that their rulers were gods, themselves. This belief fueled war and slavery alike. In his book, “The Art of War,” war master and descendant from a rich bloodline of war advisors, Sun Tzu (500 BCE), named religious faith as the “first constant.” in successful warfare:
“The Moral Law causes the people to be in complete accord with their ruler, so that they will follow him regardless of their lives, undismayed by any danger.”
History is rich with other examples, as well. In conclusion – massive cultural alignment, or paradigm, is catalyzed by a very religious type of faith. In ancient tribal traditions, the spiritual advisor, or, Shaman of the tribe, was/is placed beside the King, or tribal leader. In terms of cultural alignment, the Shaman’s advice wields the highest appeal to authority – even placed beyond the influence of the tribe’s Alpha male. Also, another mysterious example of illusion is the Tibetan Tulpa Effect (must read – very interesting) . All these examples denote instances, if not constants, of mass illusion – from Hitler to the tribal Shaman.
However, mass hypnosis is not so complex in models illustrating its effects on smaller group dynamics. A religious faith emotionally charges ideas, but is not the only game on the block. Social dynamics allow for a variety of “controls.” Peer pressure, non-religious ethically charged forms of leadership (aka – political ideologies), societal values, social deviance, in group/out group dynamism, sub-cultural facets, and other pockets of social/group motives may all be culprits of mass illusions. Yet, inducing hypnosis is as simple as planting an idea through a sleight of hand delivery – or, tapping another’s subconscious.
Current U.S. president, Barack Obama, not only monopolized on the minority vote simply by being a minority himself, but flawlessly executed other key tactics of mass hypnotism by sparking positive associations with his campaigns. Obama demonstrated textbook propaganda techniques in wording “hope,” “change,” and his platinum hit “Yes we can!” in his speeches. These simple techniques touched on deeper levels within the democratic identity of American policy. Obama hit the very mark to ignite cultural alignment – And, with both tact and precision. His win was a easy prediction to call from my perspective. Now, if only we could bet on it, haha. I could make quick and lofty financial gains every four years. But, with all his hope preaching, the national economy still plummeted as projected, and he finished where his predecessor, George W. Bush left off. Since then, we’ve seen criminal corporate bailouts, the passing of more laws, the unnecessary expansion of government, and…I’ll just stop there. I do have a larger point here.
There are several options to choose from when a U.S. voter registers, but since the presidency in America was established, two primary groups have been the only players in the presidential circuit. In the beginning, there were Federalists and Anti-Federalists. The two groups changed their game uniforms up, and are now the Republican versus Democrat false dichotomy. It’s amazing what linguistics can achieve. Unfortunately, this is where class division begins. And, by class-division, I mean social inequality.
To restate the thesis of this writing series – Misinformation instills a mass illusion creating social inequality, and thus establishes ranks of enslavement.
Social Inequality will be thoroughly discussed in the next piece of this series. Stay tuned! Sources will be cited eventually!