Editor's last word:
'reality control': the inestimable importance of George Orwell's instruction
Orwell’s insights, I think, are even more profound than most realize. Currently, nearly half the citizenry of the U.S. is deeply in debt to the wiles and machinations of Dear Leader.
If Dear Leader controls the popular media, then, for unthinking ones, he controls perceptions of reality itself. If it's not reported, it didn't happen; if it is reported, it did happen, even if it didn't. For example, if Dear Leader’s conspiratorial forces perpetrate a particular untoward activity, but if it’s ignored by the popular media, then, for unthinking ones, the untoward activity never happened. And if the same untoward activity is reported to have been committed by Dear Leader’s enemies – those who promote individual freedoms – and if the untoward activity is incessantly publicized by the popular media – even if it never happened, and it probably didn’t – then this publication fosters a new perception of reality. Dear Leader's enemies are now branded as villains, threats to society, heinous and unfit to live among us.
All this occurs, this “reality control,” in the minds of the unthinking ones, by virtue of controlling the popular media. By this same method, Dear Leader can create by fiat, by declaration, national crises. All he need do is continually broadcast that a crisis exists, even if it does not, and the fearful unthinking ones, so terrorized now, will quickly fall into line and believe in the reality of the crisis. Crises are either created, or opportunistically taken advantage of, but in any case, fanned into greater flame, all for the purpose of controlling, and minimizing the personal freedoms of, the expendable populace.
The so-called crisis could be a disease epidemic. Did it really occur? If so, to what extent? And compared to what? We cannot know. Dear Leader uses the book “How To Lie With Statistics” as his bible. You will notice that the disease itself, and the occurrences of the disease, are never actually and strictly defined. It’s all rather vague concerning the degree to which the so-called disease has afflicted us. If the disease is real, just how bad is it? – and compared to what? We’re never given comparisons. Is the disease rate more or less favorable compared to the common flu or cold? We’re never given this audited-accounting information. A sense of proportion is glaringly absent. It’s all quite hazy and indistinct.
Dear Leader wants it all to be hazy and indistinct because, for his purposes, as the author of “How To Lie With Statistics” puts it, “they can’t pin it on you.” Notice, too, Dear Leader can keep this disease-crisis humming along for as long as he wants it to exist! The purported disease exists as a function of Dear Leader merely saying it exists, quite apart from any objective, scientific standard, or testing-criteria. Who's to know otherwise when definitions are never offered? There's no way to verify, no way to know if the reporting is true. All we have is the Wizard fulminating with smoke-and mirrors, shouting, "Don't look behind that curtain!" Further, dissenting voices, doctors and scientist who proclaim that there is no cause for alarm, that there is no widespread disease, are ignored, shut down, stifled. Their testimonies, of course, are not reported by the popular media; therefore, according to the rules of Dear Leader's "reality control" game, none of this contrary opinion even exists. Dear Leader wants the terror of the disease to go on as long as possible; it keeps everyone off-balance: as Orwell said, "The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous."
By controlling reality via the popular media, you can destroy the reputations of good people, whole groups of people, or good organizations - anyone who disagrees, anyone who gets in the way of Dear Leader’s totalitarian schemes. He gives the term "conspiracy" new meaning. Just keep repeating the lie, incessantly repeat and repeat, keep the drumbeat going, and the unthinking ones will cultishly goose-step their way toward frothy true-believer-ism. The Soviets had a term for these fawning credulous ones - they called them "useful idiots." That's how Dear Leader apprises his servile minions. The "useful idiots" were the first to be purged when total power was gained. Keep in mind that if Dear Leader can destroy one person, or one group of people, with propaganda, some day he'll come for you, when you're no longer "useful."
Dear Leader is a cunning and treacherous predatory animal. Most often, unless hubris overtakes better judgment, he will hide in the shadows, biding his time, avoiding direct frontal assault, until he’s sufficiently mustered his forces to overwhelm. Until then, he inveigles his way into more advantageous position via stealth, conspiracy, fake news, and deception. He comes bearing gifts, the poisoned candy of evil, and is garbed as the proverbial lamb, but cloaking the wolf’s rapacious heart. He knows how to smile and smile, as Shakespeare warned, even with a big sloppy grin, as he seduces the puerile-gullible, canvassing for support among the unthinking ones, his purchasable and venal “useful idiots.”
Dear Leader has always existed in history with his insatiable grasping for power and control. Today, however, the efficacy of his prevaricating methods have been augmented by several powers of ten due to instant, worldwide communications. Lies can be disseminated, round the world several times, sold to the unthinking ones, before you can say "John Adams" or “the Bill Of Rights.”
Once this dark process begins, Dear Leader never gives up; he can't give up, he's too needy. In our modern age, his never-sated cravings will lead to an entrenched and global dystopia, a colossal and imposing edifice of dysinformation, which will be extremely difficult to overcome and extirpate. Eventually, if not by other means, the machiavellian Dear Leader will fall into ruin and perdition via his own hand, a moral cancer and corruption from within. But, before then, if Dear Leader is not stopped, he can and will cause worldwide destruction, even a new Dark Age. It's not as if it hasn't happened before.
In the meantime, Dear Leader's scourge, what Orwell brilliantly termed "reality control," will direct us, herd us, into more and more diminishment of personal liberties, and more oppressive forms of slavery.
Editor's note: For those of you who do not understand the depths of evil in the egoic, unenlightened heart, I would offer you the three articles on spirituality, the nature of the dysfunctional ego, and an essay on "The Course In Miracles" page.