Are you willfully ignorant? To define: it is the state and practice of ignoring any sensory input that appears to contradict one’s inner model of reality. At heart, it is almost certainly driven by confirmation bias.
My definition of willful ignorance: Blindingly following along with the established or widely excepted truth without giving it any thought, or even questioning its validity.
Now to be fair, in most cases it is not that we choose not to see what is in front of us…it is that we have been taught not to see what is in front of us. And worse yet…if a lie goes on long enough…it may still be a lie…but the teller believes it is true, so they aren’t necessarily lying, but rather repeating a lie that they believe is true…and how does one combat that? Even in yourself.
Especially in yourself!
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“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” ― Isaac Asimov
I like that word, ignorant, I prefer it over stupid…because in reality one can recover from ignorance, as it is simply the lack of knowledge…stupid would imply you don’t have the ability to think…and we all have the ability to think. And as to what Isaac said…I think it is not just the US that has this problem…I think it is much deeper and has a long history…for far too long we humans have been enslaved one way or another…but mark my words…we can fight this…we can.
We, the people not in charge, can no longer afford or stand for willful ignorance or any other type of ignorance. Now, I am keenly aware that we are tired, we just want a piece of happiness, a little bit of hope, but as time ticks by we are losing our ability to even hope….what is life without hope? Love? Peace? Happiness? And what is to become of a country that becomes polarized? I’ve talked about this a bit…in the Eight Stages To Genocide (You can Watch On Youtube as well)…but right now I would like to focus on giving hope and helping to stop the machine.
Step one, Willful ignorance has to be stopped…but how do we do this? We start with ourselves, slowly branch out to our family, and then we start moving toward a more public spectrum.
To end ignorance, one simply needs to have the ability to teach oneself by asking: Who, What, where, when, how, and why. You must also learn to recognize doublethink, newspeak, propaganda, and Public Relations. This last bit is where the majority of us go wrong. We do not think we are ignorant, no…but if we continually buy into doublethink, newspeak, propaganda, and public relations…we are nothing more than cogs in the machine that was created to enslave us and take away our desire for freewill…or to at least make us feel bad about wanting freewill.
“Doublespeak is not lying, nor is it merely sloppy language. It is the intentional use of euphemisms, synonyms, jargon, and vagueness which pretends to communicate but really does not, or implies the opposite of what it would appear to communicate.” -Metta Winte
Let’s get some definitions down:
Doublespeak or doublethink: doublespeak is used to control thoughts, it is saying one thing yet meaning another, usually its opposite, but not always. It can be an entire idea.
Newspeak: Speech or writing that uses words in a way that changes the meaning to persuade people to think a certain way (War becomes defense, having a sense of duty to yourself and family becomes selfishness, propaganda becomes education…etc…)
Propaganda: information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc. The deliberate spreading of such information. (One should always question any article that uses FEAR as a tactic, fear is one thing…but using fear as a justification to bully another is not education..it is propaganda)
P.R.: Public relations is the formal practice of managing communication between an organization (or person) and its publics. (It did wonders to get young women to smoke…remember they are not cancer-causing, life shortening, HIGHLY ADDICTIVE cocktails of chemicals…they are torches of freedom) (PS…don’t get mad if you smoke, you and I both know they really aren’t good for us…I was just using it as an example)
Oops, I almost forgot….If you are to self-educate, you must also be aware of the Creation of public debate that appears to embrace many opinions but in all actuality stays within very narrow margins.
If you look at the actual definition of the words above you will find: The goal of each one is to preemptively strike down thought and debate. (We often hear: It’s for the children…well crap…if I love children, I must, by default, believe in that idea…NO!)
So whether it is Newspeak, Doublethink, Propaganda, P.R. or any other clever word: Its all basically the same: control another persons thoughts regarding an organization, government, or personal agenda, ideas, or missions it wants to accomplish, from selling cigarettes to selling war….it is all around us. Why? You wouldn’t buy a product that you didn’t need…right? “Keep the masses fighting and you keep them under control”
So let’s dive deeper into the problems…and come up with solutions.
First we must recognize there is an ever pressing issue. We, the people not in charge, are being lied to. We are fighting amongst ourselves all the time. Our unity and our self identities are being ripped away. Ask yourself this: Why have we created a society where 2 people must work to support a family? (Think about this, and don’t get all narrow minded, it could be any two people The answer may be that: The people must work or the system fails, the control system that is. They (here, they is defined by people who want to rule and control over the people) must keep us busy and tired…when you are too busy and too tired…it is really hard to be able to put in the energy needed to get outside of the box of propaganda they press upon us each and every day. Right?
But I assure you, once you understand and start spotting propaganda, doublespeak, etc…and you start asking in your mind: Who, What, where, when, how, and why it will become second nature…kind of like walking…sure it took a bit of time and effort in the beginning, but now its just what we do.
Monsanto loves the poor little children in third world countries. Those poor little children don’t get enough vitamin A and are going blind, and getting sick…because they only have access to rice. Monsanto wants to help by creating a seed of rice that contains vitamin A. You love children don’t you? You want children healthy…don’t you? Why are you trying to deny a poor little child vitamin A.
UM….What? …..Okay…Let’s think about this critically. Put aside any and all doubt that this genetically modified rice is unhealthy in anyway…Just pretend for a moment it is completely healthy. When you do that…you can still see something more. (Now if I am tired, worn down…I might not question what they are saying…I mean Monsanto really is trying to help…they are giving these children vitamin A..and I don’t want to be anti-science)
But if I have structured my life as a unit, I have made it such that one-parent stays at home and keeps the home in order, and another goes off to work…I might question that statement. I might pull out a book. ….And what might I find.
First I realize that Vitamin A, or lack thereof, can cause: Small cell anemia, Impaired growth in bone and tooth, diarrhea, immunity depression, infections, night blindness, complete blindness, Xerophthalmia (inability to produce tears), and Kidney stones. But I will also find that there is a toxicity level, which can cause RBC breakage, nosebleeds, joint pain, growth retardation, abdominal cramps, hyper-immunity, blurred vision, headaches, dry skin, hair loss, hyperkeratosis (an over growth of the cornea), amenorrhea, retinoid embryopathy.
Then I might ask: If we start indiscriminately adding a vitamin (or maybe a mineral) to food products (or water)…could overdose happen? Yes.
Then I might ask: Why don’t they just plant plants that have vitamin A, like dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, deep orange fruits and vegetables. You know: pumpkins, squash, cantaloupe, apricots, peaches, mangoes, carrots, sweet potatoes…etc…the list goes on and on and on…you would be surprised by how many plants have vitamin A…not rice…but many.
Then I might learn about Seed Patents…And how a corporation can own a seed if they change it a little…and not only the seed…but also the seed of the plant.
What does that mean: A farmer will buy the Vitamin A Seed of rice…plant it…but they must destroy the seed. Next year…same thing…and it goes on forever….Every year they have to buy the seed from Monsanto. Clever Monsanto…Great Business Strategy…
Wow…sounds like they are creating a “Need” so they can fill it.
Whereas if you really wanted to help third-world countries …you could send a group of people that can teach new farming techniques so the people could plant other crops besides rice. And guess what…They could be self-sustaining. 1 cantaloupe seed will grow into five-six- and even more fruit…that can be eaten. And in that fruit are hundreds of seeds…First year: 1 seed ten fruit. Second year 1000 seeds…ten-thousand fruit…on and on we go. Monsanto’s way…1 seed ten fruit….1 seed ten fruit…1 seed ten fruit. Nice.
Sigh…we could think…but we don’t..We have many people struggling to put food on the table…they don’t have the time or energy to think…but think we must. We can learn simple techniques that allow us to spot things quickly…so even if we are tired, our brains feel numb…we will be able to spot the fabrications, lies, and manipulation that is continually thrown at us.
Let’s talk more about red flags and how to spot them. We must be on the look out for euphemism: it is a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing So when you hear a phrase…Simply ask: What does it mean, really.
Examples: “Using the facilities” means: going to the bathroom. “Downsizing” means firing people, Reducing costs could mean cutting peoples salaries or work hours. Detainee means prisoner of war. Preemptive strike: unprovoked attacked, enhanced interrogation instead of torture. Ethnic cleansing, instead of genocide…on and on) Key here, when you hear a euphemism, put the real definition in place…and ask the question again.
Remember to keep the defining attributes of doublespeak in your mind: misleading, distorts reality, pretends to communicate, avoids or shifts responsibility, makes the negative appear positive, creates a false verbal map of the world, limits, conceals, corrupts, and prevents individual thought, makes the unpleasant appear attractive or at least tolerable…
Example…I may be against torture…but hey enhanced interrogation is just fine….because hey strapping someone to a board…then making them think they are drowning is okay…that’s not torture…not at all…besides…they hate us for our freedoms…and we must be free…right?
We are free aren’t we? That’s for you to decide.
To sum up: the first step in self-education is to start asking Six Basic Question:
Who, What, Where, When, How, and Why
Next be alert to Euphuisms and try to spot: Doublethink, Doublespeak, Propaganda, or PR…To get really good at this and to have it become second nature…simply watch commercials…or you could watch some “opinion news anchors”
All right I am out of time…I will be talking more about Self education in the next segment which will look at the opposite of Euphemism, basically putting “mean” or “over-the-top” words in place of the real situations…
So today I would ask that you start slow and set aside at least 10 minutes a day to learn about something…anything…it’s a great first step.
XOXO Elicia Clegg
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