“. . . the newspapers of Utopia, he had long ago decided, would be terribly dull.” ~ Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey
To read my latest essay, please go to https://khmezek.substack.com/p/utopian-madness
Here’s the beginning:
We are in the midst of a mass psychosis. This psychosis is built upon delusions which originate in the ruling class. We must never forget that no matter how powerful the elite appear to be, no matter how intelligent or benignly nerdy, they are insane. In their deluded state, they believe they have all the answers and thus they deserve to have the absolute power to dictate those answers to the rest of us. If we disagree we are a danger to ourselves and to society. This they truly believe. They are our saviors.
In order to accomplish their goal of saving humanity they must inflict “menticide” on the masses, or a killing of the mind and the spirit. Joost Meerloo explains this in his book, The Rape of the Mind:
“Menticide is an old crime against the human mind and spirit but systematized anew. It is an organized system of psychological intervention and judicial perversion through which a [ruling class] can imprint [their] own opportunistic thoughts upon the minds of those [they] plan to use and destroy.”
In order to accomplish this, the elite must manufacture waves of fear within the populace. Each wave is followed by a period of relative calm, but after each calm, the fear intensifies. We’ve experienced such a period of calm this summer. A respite from our prisons. We were allowed to go mask-less, to travel a bit more, gyms reopened. And now, everything is even worse. By the winter the waves of terror, in the form of ever worsening news, conflicting reports and downright lies, will become overwhelming.
Confusion has resulted in the minds of all of us experiencing these onslaughts. Desperately, we try to decipher the strange and terrifying things that are happening around us and to us.
Meerloo further explains:
“Each wave of terrorizing . . . creates its effects more easily – after a breathing spell – than the one that preceded it because people are still disturbed by their previous experience. Morality becomes lower and lower, and the psychological effects of each new propaganda campaign become stronger; it reaches a public already softened up.”
Emotion, without reasoned thought to temper it, becomes the automatic response and, we feel, justifiably so. Meerloo again:
“Logic can be met with logic, while illogic cannot—it confuses those who think straight. The Big Lie and monotonously repeated nonsense have more emotional appeal … than logic and reason. While the [people] are still searching for a reasonable counter-argument to the first lie, the totalitarians can assault [them]with another.”
If you feel like you are always one step behind the game, you are. We keep repeating to one another in horrified fashion “I can’t believe this is happening.” And the more we say that, the more it normalizes the realization that these things we “can’t believe are happening” are happening. There becomes no answer other than to accept it.
Unless you live in a hut in the middle of the Amazon forest (and that’s beginning to look very appealing) you cannot escape the onslaught. Every single person with a smart phone gives in to this repeated propaganda, even those who think they don’t, because unless we throw away our devices, we are under its power to constantly influence us. And I mean constantly. Very few people ever turn off their devices anymore. We have learned to be connected twenty-four/seven. Throwing away our devices is not an option for anyone who wants to survive let alone excel in modern society.
This realization creates the “killing of the mind.” No longer do people pause and reflect. This is a useless waste of time. There is nothing to reflect about and no one to reflect with.
Even those of us who think we are rebelling, continually repeat the same mantras on forums like Twitter of “I can’t believe this is happening.”
People have retreated from reality. Beyond the closed doors of our minds dwell unpredictable demons. Stay inside. If you go out, you must arm yourself with the weapons of the COVID warrior: a mask, sanitizer and a vaccine. Navigate the battlefield by maintaining a safe distance from others. Don’t engage in conversation. If you notice anyone disobeying the rules, report them. Attack their reputation, get them fired from their job. Deny them health care. Why should they be allowed to buy food and maybe infect me? Better they die than me. They deserve it.
In our self-righteousness, we think they are the selfish ones. We have forgotten what compassion means.
In this state, depression, violence, drug use and suicide increase. People lash out at one another. Despair overcomes morality and decency disappears. We read the statistics and throw up our hands in horror. “I can’t believe this is happening.”
But there is hope, offered to us by the all wise and powerful gods. Once we have accepted the totalitarian of health and safety “dos and don’ts,” we have a breakthrough of “psychotic insight.” Following the rules means we will be saved. Order can be restored. It does not matter if the rules are absurd, or if they say one thing one day and the opposite the next. We have received so much conflicting information by this point, our brains are too weary to contemplate unraveling it.
As one example, the science on masks has changed multiple times, but that’s okay because science changes. On the other hand, only the changes made by the State-accepted narrative are allowed. Anyone who presents an opposing view, no matter how rational—even if it has the potential to save millions of lives—is a heretic.
I keep thinking of The Terminator, as I mentioned in my last essay, where first he was evil and then, he became good. By the time he reaches out his hand and says “Come with me if you want to live,” the world is so dangerous that anyone who wants salvation has no choice but to trust him.
This is what the gods are doing to us right now. They are reaching down and offering salvation. But that salvation comes at the price of our personal freedom. We must give up ourselves for the good of all. There can be no middle ground. Everyone must submit equally.
If we do this, we are promised that the fear and the chaos will stop. We will enter a utopian era, free of worry, free of work, free of the weight of ownership.
Of course, danger will always await us in the wings. That is why we understand that the gods must be ever vigilant, monitoring us to ensure uniform obedience. After all, no one wants to be punished for someone else’s mistakes. Any deviants will be dealt with swiftly, and rightly so.
COVID was the perfect umbrella under which to create this new world. With the vaccine, and the FDA approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vax, we have officially entered the Era of Totalitarian Rule under the guise of Health and Safety.
Like a hundred science fiction stories, “A new life awaits you in the Off-World colonies.” ~ Blade Runner, 1982.