In your language you use the name Lucifer for an angel who was in authority before God, who rebelled, fought against the work of the Father and was cast down to earth. His name means holder of light, or light bearer, for he had gathered light by his heed and diligence before he rebelled. He has become a vessel containing only wrath and seeks to destroy all who will hearken unto him. He is now enslaved to his own hatred. (Teachings and Commandments, 157:7)
We also know through Joseph Smith that Lucifer sought to destroy the agency of man, however, he is not always able to directly do this. I mean, he got pretty close in communist Russia and other totalitarian regimes, but to be effective in destroying agency his strategy has to be focused on the mind rather than the physical body. Thus, the real target of his "wrath" is knowledge; the prerequisite of agency. If he can destroy knowledge he can destroy agency, without us ever realizing that our agency has been destroyed. He gives the illusion of a choice by presenting incomplete or subtly skewed ideas. Ideas that sound good and make sense to someone not privy to correct principles. He withholds just enough truth to make the victim think that they have made an informed decision when in reality they have been duped. Lucifer knows that human beings love to be puffed up with knowledge, so he purposely creates controlled "rabbit holes" and intellectual psyops to trap his victims into endless cycles of mental gymnastics. In other words, the victim is sidetracked on his way to discovering the unvarnished truth. This detour usually involves some type of appeal to morality, community, or the common good, and of course, the temptation to trust in an authority figure. The slave has got to be convinced that he is free and that his master is benevolent. This is Lucifer’s talent and genius; the art of propaganda.
Moralism vs Freedom
Q (Jon): The Public--
A (Ellis): --The public thinks that the moon is made of green cheese if the right people say it is. Look, part of the major propaganda effort, the meta-effort, is to get people to forget there is a difference between freedom and "the right thing."
Q: What are you talking about?.
A: This is the key, believe me. I could show you how, through the use of propaganda, people now believe that drugs are always wrong and therefore no one should be allowed to use them AND that that conclusion represents freedom. Which is false.
Q: You're saying people don't know what freedom is anymore.
A: Exactly. They don't. They think freedom is getting other people to do the "right thing." And the REASON they think that... propaganda people have been at work for a long time bringing that insanity about. That illogic. You HAVE to see what I'm talking about. It's a little complicated. But it's so very important. Let me put it to you this way. When the country was born, the USA, freedom was considered to be a pretty precious thing. It was. It was supposed to mean that any person, or at least a lot of persons, could live their lives any way they wanted to, as long as they didn't interfere with anyone else's freedom. I mean, that was pretty clear to them. Do you get it? If in 1800 you wanted to smoke pot and I thought pot was disgusting, I had no recourse. It was a free country. This is a silly example, but you understand. Now, as time passed, it became clear to those who were in the business of manipulating society that, all in all, this freedom thing was a very bad idea. It made people hard to brainwash. So on a mind control level, a new concept would have to be introduced. It was, "morality above freedom." Groups of every stripe were encouraged to shout their morals from the rooftops and rail against the bad people... this was, in a real sense, a PR operation. It was divide and conquer, but more than that it was pour on the morality from all directions on the heads of the American people--beat them to such a degree with that flood that after awhile the idea of freedom would take a back seat in their minds to MORALITY. The ultimate of all this, you could say, was the Prohibition of alcohol. That never could have been achieved without a populace that was half-mad with the steady diet of overbearing morality-preaching coming from all corners of society.
Q: You're saying this is intentional, this inducing--
A: --This inducing of a moralistic fever. Yes. And it still is. War on drugs. Whatever. There are lots of examples. The basic propaganda operation is, make them forget what freedom means. Because freedom would dictate you say, "if you want to use a drug, go ahead." Who cares? And of course there are other layers of lies used to keep people from seeing that simple truth. The fear mongering around the idea that if you let people use drugs, everyone will become either addicted or the victim of a crazy person with a gun on drugs. That's called PROPAGANDA. It doesn't work that way in real life. If you let people alone, some of them do stupid things and some of them don't. It's never "everybody." But if you can make people forget that freedom comes above morality, you have them. They're yours. Do you see that? If you don't see that, you see nothing. This is why I call it meta-programming. It's the programming that makes all the other programming work. (The Matrix Revealed, Volume I, p. 27-28)
What was Satan's plan in the preexistence? To force everyone to do "the right thing." Thus, pinning morality above freedom is one of his trademarks. Sorry conservatives, the war on drugs is satanic. But worse than that, it is propaganda to bamboozle you into giving up your freedoms by allowing the proxy State to enforce so-called morality. Because we are unwilling to go around with guns and force people to stop using and selling drugs ourselves, we outsource this to the State, but in doing so it becomes our master; which was the plan all along. The appeal to morality is the hook that catches decent people in this trap. Medavoy clarifies that the emphasis on morality has nothing to do with morality: "You may find this hard to believe, but no morality at all is the inevitable outcome of pounding morality into every skull" (p. 28). And then he reveals that real motives behind the programming:
Q: Back to the war on drugs.
A: Perfect example. Because we can add one more dimension to the picture I'm making here. Profit. Money. If people around the world couldn't be moved by moralistic statements about drugs, the drugs would never be illegal and then the groups that make billions of dollars would make pennies instead. Since legal drugs are dirt-cheap. Moralisms equal money. (p.29, Emphasis added)
Now if a man desired to serve God, it was his privilege; or rather, if he believed in God it was his privilege to serve him; but if he did not believe in him there was no law to punish him. But if he murdered he was punished unto death; and if he robbed he was also punished; and if he stole he was also punished; and if he committed adultery he was also punished; yea, for all this wickedness they were punished. For there was a law that men should be judged according to their crimes. Nevertheless, there was no law against a man's belief; therefore, a man was punished only for the crimes which he had done; therefore all men were on equal grounds. (Alma 30: 9-11)
Freedom: Its Ultimate Meaning
The most obvious requirement for a person to accomplish his purposes is some degree of physical and mental health and strength, or life itself. Throughout history, the destruction or injury of this element of freedom by murder, mayhem, or assault and battery, has been a sin in the sight of God and a crime in the eyes of the law...
The second element, liberty, is the absence of coercion or restraint. When we enslave a fellow man, or unjustly subject him to our will, we have committed both a sin and a crime...
The third element is the right and control of property. Wealth, or organized raw materials, is an essential ingredient of freedom: First, because our very survival depends upon access to such things as food, clothing, and shelter; secondly, because the right and control of property permits us to increase our physical and mental powers almost without limit... If you deny a person access to the necessities of life, or course he will die. If you deny him these necessities unless he does what you say, you can make him your slave because most of us will obey nearly any command to remain alive...
The fourth element of freedom mentioned above is knowledge. One may achieve a desired result only by complying with that particular law upon which the result depends. No person can consciously obey a law unless he knows what that law is. Thus, freedom to attain any goal is impossible without a knowledge of the pertinent facts and laws.
If one bases his actions upon false information and principles, his failure is certain, his efforts rendered futile, and the exercise of freedom frustrated. Consequently, one who deceives or deliberately misleads, is condemned by both the laws of God and man. The effect of perverting the truth hinders or prevents compliance with law and destroys freedom.
In contrast, one of the most approved and righteous of all callings is to increase freedom by disseminating truth, thereby increasing men's ability to reach their goals...
We have heretofore defined freedom as the power and opportunity to achieve goals. Let us observe in the light of the above discussion that the only goals which are of any importance are to increase or decrease joy and freedom. In other words, the only desires which matter are to do good or evil, and these desires are nothing more nor less than the desire to increase or destroy joy and freedom. This being so, we may now restate our definition of freedom as follows:
Freedom is the power and opportunity to affect the freedom of others. (pp. 8-11, Emphasis added)
There are two ways to destroy the freedom of others: one, we can use physical force, or the threat of violence, to coerce, restrain, or enslave them, or two, we can deliberately withhold, skew, distort, or block their access to knowledge. When the former is done collectively in a nation it is called totalitarianism, when the latter is done en masse it is called propaganda. The art of propaganda is getting people to destroy the freedom of others, and their own freedom, by restricting their knowledge of facts, history, and principles, and convincing them that there is some "moral" imperative that obliges them to submit to authority for the good and safety of society. The end goal of propaganda is getting people to submit to slavery while thinking that they are still free, and worse than that, to even glory in it.
Just as knowledge is a prerequisite to freedom, propaganda is a prerequisite to totalitarianism; no group of people would submit to a dictator unless they were convinced of his legitimacy. To accomplish this a prison must be created for the mind, complete with a scrubbed narrative of history, and replete with multiple mental mazes that all end in the same lie. The victim must not be allowed to discover the truth, and must be convinced of the delusions that were deliberately planted by propaganda. But because he will instinctively feel that something is wrong, he will be fed alternative narratives and intentional psyops that give false hope of freeing his mind from the prison, but will lead him inexorably back to his cell. Violated, humiliated, exhausted, and defeated, the slave submits to his intellectual masters, accepts his fate, and settles into his misery. But deep down he knows that something is not quite right, he knows that his human spirit has been crushed, he knows there is something more "out there," than what he has been fed. His soul longs for truth. Although his body may be fed, he is starving for knowledge, knowing not where to find it. This is why propaganda is a most pernicious evil; it deprives us of what it means to be a rational human, and squelches the last vestiges of our cognition; the precious gift of knowledge.
The Rape of the Mind
The word "rape" is derived from the Latin word rapere, to snatch, but also is related to the words to rave and raven. It means to overwhelm and to enrapture, to invade, to usurp, to pillage, and to steal. (p. 11)
As we can deduce from the definition above, the "rape of the mind" is tantamount to stealing knowledge from the mind and replacing it with propaganda. This is accomplished through an invasion of the frontal lobe with subtle methods that Meerloo writes about in the book. These methods are time-tested and based upon science and psychology. The brain behaves a certain way, especially the subconscious mind, when it is subject to certain stimuli, just as the Russian scientist Pavlov proved with his salivating dogs. When certain propaganda techniques are used, the brain will essentially shut down and go into survival mode, virtually turning off its cognition and reasoning centers. This reaction to trauma is no different than a rape victim with PTSD, the subconscious mind attempts to eliminate the memory of the traumatic event by creating constant mental diversions so the victim does not remember and relive the pain. But this defense mechanism will not heal a person from trauma, and must be overcome. Similarly, if we want to heal our brains from government propaganda, we must "wake up" and reboot our reason and cognition centers, we must eliminate doubt and fear and see the propaganda for what it is: nonsense and lies.
For the remainder of this post I want to focus on some of the propaganda methods that Meerloo expounds upon in the book. These are key to understanding thought control and will help you see what is going on right now with the Covid campaign. Although the book was written in the 1950s, the following methods haven't changed: fear, paternalism, mass psychosis, technology, and boredom. Before we get into all of that, here is another quote from Medavoy that you should keep in mind as we go through these concepts; he shares the secret of "how to run a world":
Not long after we met for the first time, he [Medavoy] said to me [Jon], "I can tell you how to run a world, you know."
I laughed. "Really."
"Sure," he said. "You make up something complicated. Then you insert it into the bloodstream of the society, and you watch it bloom. You make it complex enough that it will take armies of people to sort it out and argue about it, and then you have them. The other thing is, what you make up has to cost money. A lot of money."
"Why?" I said.
"Because people want their lies to have value, and that is judged by how expensive they are." (The Matrix Revealed, Volume I, pp. 2-3)
Fear and Hatred
Totalitarian leaders, whether of the right or of the left, know better than anyone else how to make use of this fear of living. They thrive on chaos and bewilderment. During unrest in international politics, they are most at ease. The strategy of fear is one of their most valuable tactics. The growing complications of our civilization and its administration make the impact of power politics felt more than ever before. When the totalitarians add to their tactic all the clever tricks that we had already discussed--Pavlovian conditioning, repeated suggestion, deconditioning through boredom and physical degeneration--they can win their battle for the control of man's mind. (p. 182)
Meerloo also explains how fear can become so embedded into our subconscious that we don't even realize we are manifesting it:
Most people think of fear reactions as hysterical expressions of desperation. But... fear and panic also have their paradoxical expressions in indifference and apathy, reactions which, just because they are less commonly recognized as fear-created, can be much more dangerous to the individual than a good hysterical cry. It is the hidden, silent fears that have such an impact on our social and political behavior.
Fear and panic are reactions not only to overt danger and threat, they are also reactions to the slow, seeping intrusion of disquieting propaganda and the constant wave of suggestion to which we are all exposed. Fear is at work all around us, and often it throws its shadows where we least expect to find them. We may be acting out of fear without even knowing it; we may consider that our behavior is perfectly normal and rational when, in fact, psychology tells us that creeping fear may already have begun to work on us.
Fear and catastrophe fortify the need to identify with a strong leader. They lead to herding together of people, who shy away from wanting to be individual cells any longer; they prefer to be part of a huge mystic social organization that protects against threat and distress, in oneness with the leader. This protection-seeking instinctual reaction is also directed against dissent and individualism, against the individual ego. We see in this a regression toward a more primitive state of mass participation. (pp. 183-84)
Because human beings are naturally insecure, we seek to identify with and belong to a group. Meerloo calls this social organization "mystic" because people feel a false sense of security when they associate with a herd; almost like magic. When there are national crises, like war or epidemics, this tendency is magnified an hundred fold, and the "strong leader" of the herd becomes a human god to trust in. We all do this automatically without consciously thinking about it; we don't necessarily think we are "worshipping" the leader, but we find ourselves trusting in their "expertise" and "authority." To escape from group think takes considerable mental effort; we have to abandon fear and embrace love. In a talk presented at Sunstone in 2018, Denver Snuffer said the following:
There are two great competing forces in the whole of creation: love and fear. (The Restoration's Shattered Promises and Great Hope)
If love and fear are the two pervading forces in God's universe, then we can assume that hatred, the opposite of love, is synonymous with fear. And hatred is another powerful tool of social manipulators. One which the Book of Mormon warns us about. The major war between the Lamanites and Nephites was started with hate speech and propaganda by cunning leaders like Zerahemnah. He knew that the Amalekites were more wicked and bloodthirsty then the Lamanites, so he appointed them to be the chief captains of the Lamanite armies, and they stirred them up to anger against the Nephites:
Now this he did that hey might preserve their hatred toward the Nephites, that he might bring them into subjection to the accomplishmen t of his designs. For behold, his designs were to stir up the Lamanites to anger against the Nephites; this he did that he might usurp great power over them, and also that he might gain power over the Nephites by bringing them into bondage. (Alma 43:7-8)
It's interesting that it was Nephite dissenters, the Amalekites, who spread the war propaganda. This is a clue that conspiring men do not care what side they are on; they are simply opportunists. Notice that Zerahemnah was trying to accomplish two goals through hate propaganda: one, usurp power over his own people, the Lamanites, and two, bring the Nephites into bondage. Ruling over one group of people was not enough, he wanted all the power, and hate was the key to obtaining it. Later on we learn that Amalickiah followed a similar pattern. After he obtained power over the Lamanites through fraud, deceit, and a false flag operation (which you can read about in chapter 10 of my book), he mounted a propaganda campaign against the Nephites:
And now it came to pass that, as soon as Amalickiah had obtained the kingdom he began to inspire the hearts of the Lamanites against the people of Nephi; yea, he did appoint men to speak unto the Lamanites from their towers, against the Nephites... he sought also to reign over all the land, yea, and all the people who were in the land, the Nephites as well as the Lamanites. (Alma 48:1-2, Emphasis added)
It's interesting that the word towers is used; today the propagandists speak to us through radio, television, and internet towers. It seems as though the more we change, the more we stay the same. Again we see that ruling just the Lamanites was not enough for Amalickiah, he wanted to rule "over all the land," the entire known world to the Nephites at that time. Joseph Smith warned us that almost all men will usurp power if given the opportunity, that means that there are very few who won't; a sobering thought. There is one more example in the Book of Mormon that catalogs the effects of group hate that I wrote about in chapter 6 of my book, the chapter entitled The Nationalistic Disease. It bears repeating here. Group hate, based upon fear of a foreign enemy, can make murderers out of average citizens, who can be easily persuaded to support an unjust war when a "strong leader" declares it. We all saw this happen in 2003 when Bush declared an unconstitutional war on Iraq with no evidence of WMDs. Even the supposed prophet of God, Gordon Hinckley, capitulated to government propaganda in a talk called War and Peace. He told the Latter-Day Saints that government officials "have access to greater political and military intelligence than do the people generally," so we should trust them and do our duty to our country. He was wrong; the intelligence was faulty. He should've quoted the Book of Mormon and spoke out against unjust war.
The Nephites were nationalists just like we Americans are. It is easy to hate the idea of a foreign people that you've been taught is an enemy. This seed of hate planted in your mind becomes an abstraction; you can't see or touch it. It's not real. It is yet another powerful component of propaganda designed to fool you. This is why very few Americans care when drones kill foreign women and children; they are part of the abstraction, the collateral damage. The faceless enemy that your government told you to hate. God warned us about this phenomenon in the book of Alma. When Ammon was preparing to go on a 14 year mission among the Lamanites, he was mocked by his brethren:
Now do ye remember, my brethren, and we said unto our brethren in the land of Zarahemla, we go up to the land of Nephi, to preach unto our brethren, the Lamanites, and they laughed us to scorn? For they said unto us: Do ye suppose that ye can bring the Lamanites to the knowledge of the truth? Do you suppose that ye can convince the Lamanites of the incorrectness of the traditions of their fathers, as stiffnecked a people as they are; whose hearts delight in the shedding of blood; whose days have been spent in the grossest iniquity; whose ways have been the ways of a transgressor from the beginning? Now my brethren, ye remember this was their language. And moreover they did say: Let us take up arms against them, that we destroy them and their iniquity out of the land, lest they overrun us and destroy us. But behold, my beloved brethren, we came into the wilderness not with the intent to destroy our brethren, but with the intent that perhaps we might save some few of their souls. (Alma 26:23-26, Emphasis added)
"Kill the abstraction before they kill us. We are better than them; they are savages and terrorists. We should just nuke the entire Middle East. They are little more than animals. They won't stop until we are all dead so we should kill them first. Don't let them practice their religion here. Every Mosque is a terrorist cell. Throw them all in Guantanamo and torture em. Go Murica!”
Sound familiar? These are God's other children we are talking about. He loves them. He created them. Very, very few them are our real enemies; most of them are good people just trying to live their lives. The ancient Lamanites were no different. See how powerful hate propaganda is? Of course this was twenty years ago and now we know it was all nonsense, but it worked. Bush got his war, and it lasted twenty years (in Afghanistan), and we all have less freedom because of it. Now the new terrorist is another faceless enemy; an invisible germ.
Paternalism: The Strong Man
Many of the people I investigated, who had chosen to identify themselves with aggressive totalitarian groups, had this problem. For such people, the totalitarian party became both the good father who accepted them and the proxy which gave expression to all their hidden and frustrated hate. The party solves, as it were, their inner problems. (p. 210)
It's not always the neglected type that gravitate to authority figures. Meerloo also points that those who are raised by strict and dogmatic parents also find solace in strong leaders. Unbeknownst to these parents, who were most likely raised similarly, is that nonconformity is a virtue, not a vice, and an indication of human strength, not weakness:
Our human strength lies in our diversity and independence of thought, in our acceptance of nonconformity, in our willingness to discuss and to evaluate various conflicting points of view. In denying the diversities of life and the complexity and individuality of the human mind, in preaching rigid dogmas and self-righteousness, we begin to gradually adopt the totalitarian attitude we deplore. (p. 183)
Self-righteousness seems to always spill over between church and state. This has been seen throughout history; just think of the Pharisees and Sadducees, the Egyptian priestly class, the Roman-Catholic Church, etc. Self-righteousness also leads to persecution, which is much worse when perpetuated by the State, as was done to primitive Christians during the pre-Constantine era. The Book of Mormon also warns about this concept:
... and because some of you have obtained more abundantly than that of your brethren ye are lifted up in the pride of your hearts, and wear stiff necks and high heads because of the costliness of your apparel, and persecute your brethren because ye suppose that ye are better than they. (Jacob 2:13, Emphasis added)
There is a human tendency to believe that obedience to an authority figure somehow makes a person "better" than someone who is disobedient. This lie is seen prominently in the LDS ChurchTM; blind obedience to leaders is somehow considered a virtue, while those who question are seen as spiritually indolent, rebellious, and heretical. Even if they are not directly punished by church leaders for such skepticism, the culture does not allow them to escape scrutiny. Ironically, this same culture elevates secular leaders to similar heights, and many members find satisfaction in the fact that church leaders mingle with political elites and other famous celebrities such as the Pope. This is what Meerloo was talking about: people who have insecurities stemming from childhood latch onto such "strong men" because they fulfill a role for them that has been neglected. The ultimate paternal figure is God himself, and to many religious people these leaders represent God on earth, who to them is some abstract being they cannot see or touch. In other words, the "strong men" have become their carnal idols; carnal because they can see, hear, glean from, and get to know them through electronic media. Here is a final word from Meerloo on this subject:
Whenever there is parental compulsion, which gives the child no chance to develop its own attitudes and evaluations, the child grows up into a conforming adult, whose entire life may be spent in a search for outside authority, for someone to tell him what to do. (p. 213)
Many people love to be told what to do; it is their comfort zone. They are terrified of autonomy and freedom. They want someone to solve all their problems, to eliminate all of their risk, to feed them, to clothe them, to house them, to give them a job, to tell them that everything is going to be all right, and most egregiously, to tell think how and what to think. In other words, they want to return to the womb, a mental regression that manifests in the worship of "strong men." Joseph Smith also warned us about this type of thinking in the church:
We have heard men who hold the priesthood remark that they would do anything they were told by those who preside over them [even] if they knew it was wrong; but such obedience as this is worse than folly to us; it is slavery in the extreme; and the man who would thus willingly degrade himself, should not claim a rank among intelligent beings, until he turns from his folly. A man of God would despise the idea. Others, in the extreme exercise of their almighty authority have taught that such obedience was necessary, and that no matter what the saints were told to do by their presidents they should do it without questions. When Elders of Israel will so far indulge these extreme notions of obedience as to teach them to the people, it is generally because they have it in their hearts to do wrong themselves. (Millennial Star, vol. 14, #38, p 593-595)
Mass Formation Psychosis
Menticide is an old crime against the human mind and spirit but systemized anew. It is an organized system of psychological intervention and judicial perversion through which a powerful dictator can imprint his own opportunist thoughts upon the minds of those he plans to use and destroy. The terrorized victims finally find themselves compelled to express complete conformity to the tyrant's wishes. (p. 24)
When mass formation is taking place in a population, both menticide and mass delusion are happening simultaneously. Meerloo defines delusion as, "the loss of an independent, verifiable reality, with a consequent relapse into a more primitive stage of awareness" (p. 221). Thus, delusion is the regression of the mind; this is why people will still believe in the false narrative even when you show them facts and admissions from authorities (the same authority figures they believe in like the CDC and the WHO in the case of Covid) that reveal holes in the story. Facts become meaningless because their minds have regressed and latched onto the belief; the belief has become reality for them, and there is no convincing them otherwise. According to Meerloo, this even happens to the highly intelligent and academic:
So many philosophers surrender their theoretical thinking under the impact of powerful mass emotions. The reason lies not only in anxiety and submissiveness. It is a much deeper emotional process. People want to speak the language of their country and fatherland. In order to breathe, they have to identify with the ideological cliches of their surroundings. Spiritually they cannot stand alone. (p. 223)
Indeed, it is a difficult thing to "stand alone" against an unthinking majority. The scriptures are replete with examples of men who did this very thing: they were called prophets. Lehi's preaching to the Jews left them "angry with him; yea, even as with the prophets of old, whom they had cast out, and stoned, and slain" (1 Nephi 1:20). Abinadi was labeled by king Noah as a madman and burned by him, and Samuel the Lamanite had arrows shot at him while he preached on the walls of the city of Zarahemla. These are examples of how mass formation can lead to populations committing atrocities; every dictator must have his accomplices. And once a justification has been formed in their deluded minds there is no crime they aren't capable of. We read in scripture that most prophets were either murdered or threatened with murder and had to flee; Christ himself being the ultimate example. And what was their "crime"? Telling the truth. People hate to be told the truth because it cuts deep into their comfortable lies. Remember that Medavoy said that people want their lies to have value, and when you threaten that, they get angry and act irrationally. Here is a final word from Meerloo on delusion:
For it is delusional (unadapted to reality) to think of man as an obedient machine. It is delusional to deny his dynamic nature and try to arrest all his thinking and acting at the infantile stage of submission to authority. It is delusional to believe that there is any one simple answer to the many problems with which life confronts us, and it is delusional to believe that man is so rigid, so unyielding in his structure that he has no ambivalences, no doubts, no conflicts, nor warring drives within him. (p. 224)
It is the very subservience to technology that constitutes an attack on thinking. The child that is confronted from early youth with all modern devices and gadgets of technology--the radio, the motor, the television set, the film--is unwittingly conditioned to millions of associations, sounds, pictures, movements, in which he takes no part. He has no need to think about them. They are too directly connected with his senses. Modern technology teaches man to take for granted the world he is looking at; he takes no time to retreat and reflect. Technology lures him on, dropping him into its wheels and movements. No rest, no meditation, no reflection, no conversation--the senses are continually overloaded with stimuli. The child doesn't learn to question his world any more; the screen offers him answers--ready-made. Even his books offer him no human encounter--nobody reads to him; the screen people tell him their story in their way. Technical knowledge forced upon him in this way makes no demand that he think about what he sees and hears. Conversation is becoming a lost art. The machine age rushes on, leaving no time for quiet reading and encounter with the creative arts...
These inventions steal time and steal self-awareness...
As in all mass media, we have to be aware of the hypnotizing seductive action of any all-penetrating form of communication. People become fascinated even when they do not want to look on. We must keep in mind that every step in personal growth needs isolation, needs inner conversation and deliberation and a reviewing with the self. Television hampers this process and prepares the mind more easily for collectivization and cliche thinking. It persuades onlookers to think in terms of mass values. It intrudes into family life and cuts off the more interfamilial communication. (pp. 234, 237)
Coming from the 1950s, these statements are truly prophetic. Today screens of all shapes and sizes are all around us. Many young people do not even know how to have a normal conversation or even look someone in the eye. Everything is done on a screen; life is lived vicariously through social media; a fantasy world. Endless hours are spent scrolling on never-ending platforms that teach us nothing of real value. People are forming political views from memes instead of reading books, and propaganda is hitting us from all angles, every minute of the day our cell phones are on. To learn anything, especially the things of God, requires deep pondering and quiet reflection. The mind must be stilled and quieted; introspection must be paramount. Consider this gem from Joseph Smith that he wrote while reflecting in Liberty Jail:
The things of God are of deep import, and time, and experience, and careful and ponderous and solemn thoughts can only find them out. Your mind, O man, if you will lead a soul unto salvation, must stretch as high as the utmost Heavens, and search into and contemplate the lowest considerations of the darkest abyss, and expand upon the broad considerations of Eternal expanse. You must commune with God.
There is a reason that they call television shows "programs." It is programming indeed. Medavoy has been around for a long time, he was part of a propaganda campaign during WWII to get "Americans to view the Japanese as animals, sub-human" (The Matrix Revealed, Volume 1, p. 12). This is what he said about television in 2011:
TV is a splash of images and voices. People do not learn anything of any depth from TV. They THINK they do, and then they can't remember it. It all goes away. I retired because TV is now doing my job. The fact of the set being on all the time produces a lobotomy far beyond anything I ever did. It solves everything... You can't learn while a TV show is on. You're a receiver. You're a machine... I've seen hundreds of studies on the subject of television over the years. Some of them were never broadly published. You can bet that farm on that [that brainwashing through TV is intentional]. A world poised in front of their TV sets. That's a wet dream for the owners of the planet. In front of the set, you learn nothing but you think you're learning. A terrific delusion. You watch your favorite people in the whole world, who are really just images made out of light. It's a religion. The stars are the gods, and they only show up as images made out of little tiny pieces of light. But people think they're absolutely real. (Ibid, pp. 36-37)
I'm sure the above statement is nothing new for the readers of this blog. I mean, if you were a bunch of TV watchers, you probably wouldn't be reading this in the first place. But know that TV has laid the ground work for the coming technocracy, ran by the global technocrats. The zombification of the world has been happening for decades, the last one especially, and with the advent of social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, the stage is set. And remember that Shakespeare said, "all the world is a stage."
I am going to share a video with you that you should watch carefully. It is an interview with Catherine Austin Fitts, a brilliant financial analyst and the former secretary of housing and urban development under the Bush administration. She is currently the president and publisher of the Solari Report, and has been since 1998. Here is a quick summary of the video: the world elites, whom she refers to as "Mr. Global," now have access to technology that could potentially create a system of global slavery. This phenomenon we have all been hearing about called "the Great Reset" will be the catalyst to usher the system in. Mr. Global will allow the dollar to be destroyed (it is no longer the world reserve currency) and there will be chaos for a while as banks close and people no longer have access to money. Then Mr. Global will offer the "solution" by introducing a basket of digital currencies to use as new SDR's (special drawing rights) to back the IMF and Federal Reserve banks. All cash and other private forms of money will be outlawed. The financial institutions deemed "too big to fail" will be bailed "in"1 while all others will be liquidated. This is the real reason why the economy was shut down in 2020.
1. Bailouts are what happened in 2008 for privileged corporations like Goldman Sachs. While other banks were failing all around them, they received money from the FED to continue operation. Bail "ins" are a little different. Instead of using federal funds to bail them out, they steal the money that is already in the accounts of their banking clients. If you're one of these unlucky account holders, access to your money will be denied you with the excuse of a "bank holiday" because of a financial crisis. This very thing happened in Cypress in 2013, which was probably a simulation planned by the globalists for future scenarios.
The Covid jabs could possibly contain biotechnology (why else would Bill Gates be involved in vaccines?) that could upload your body to the cloud and monitor everything you do; this is Orwell's 1984 on stilts, a surveillance state that would make the worst dystopian novel seem like child's play. With this technology they could control everything about you: your health, your access to money and services, and even your very thoughts. A social credit system would be implemented and you would only get your meager subsistence, in digital currency, if your credit score was high enough. In other words, you have to be a good little slave to eat and participate in society. This would ultimately be the mark of the beast, but we know that God wins in the end. Remember, they can try to implement this, but the scriptures tell a different story: Babylon the great will fall in one hour, "and the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her." The rest of the world will be in chaos, and we will have to flee to Zion for safety; the only place on earth where there will be peace.
Here is the video: Planet Lockdown
Boredom as a Mental Weapon
We can make comparisons with what happened to our prisoners of war in Korea. Under the daily signal of dulling routine questions--for every word can act as a Pavlovian signal--their minds went into a state of inhibition and diminished alertness. This made it possible for them to give up temporarily their former democratic conditioning and training. When they had unlearned and suppressed the democratic way, their inquisitors could start teaching them the totalitarian philosophy. First the old patters have to be broken down in order to build up new conditioned reflexes. We can imagine that boredom and repetition arouse the need to give in and to yield to the provoking words of the enemy. (p. 44) Emphasis added)
Make no mistake. Boredom is a deliberate method of thought control. According to Meerloo, political conditioning is not "persuasion or even indoctrination," it is taming. You read that right, the aim is to tame you as if you were a wild animal. And once the mind has been sufficiently broken down, it becomes susceptible to "catchwords, verbal stereotypes, slogans, formulas, and symbols" (p. 48). Totalitarians use an interplay between fear and terror on the one hand, and boredom through long speeches and monotonous repetition of suggestive words on the other, to break down your mind. Hitler was very skilled in these techniques:
Long speeches are a staple of totalitarian indoctrination because finally the boredom breaks through our defenses. We give in. Hitler used this technique of mass hypnosis through monotony to enormous advantage. He spoke endlessly and included long, dull recitals of statistics in his speeches. (p.159)
Our lives are filled with boredom and conditioning; from our upbringing in public schools, our boring lessons in Sunday schools, and the daily grind of our jobs. We are constantly bombarded with drab and drudgery in all aspects of our lives; some of this is part of daily living, and some is intentional. So when we feel the emotions of fear and terror from sensationalism in the news and in TV shows, we gravitate towards it. We become enthralled with it because it offers a temporary escape from the boredom. Medavoy revealed that this is precisely why crime shows are so popular:
People who watch TV insist on seeing crimes. That's because they feel trapped in their lives and crime is an emotional symbol for escape. But then the symbol is too scary, so people want to see the forces of good arrest the criminal. It's all a balance, see? There is the thrill of escape from utter boredom, and then there is the pulling back on the fishing line and the bad guys are brought to justice. This whole light show mirrors the human being who wants to escape and at the same time wants to be secure. (The Matrix Revealed, Volume I, p. 37, Emphasis added)
The constant revolving barrage of boredom and terror is a major tool of propagandists, and a difficult cycle to free yourself from. You have to realize that it is all smoke and mirrors; a theatrical play for your mind. Religious leaders engage in similar tactics, especially when it comes to boredom. My favorite part about LDS General Conference was a comfortable couch and the ensuing nap that always accompanied the soothing voices. When something is painfully boring, sleep offers the only reprieve. Perhaps many of us have joked about sleeping through conference, but there is something much more sinister at play here. Instead of terror as we see in the mass media, religious institutions use other aspects of fear to offset the boredom. These manifest in the form of guilt, gaslighting, and threats of losing our salvation through disobedience to the institution. You see, church leaders never take responsibility for the mistakes they make, they simply put that burden on the members. All they have to say is, "since you didn't listen to us before, God is punishing you through this or that program or policy." Because they are the "representatives" of God on earth, they will always be in an advantageous position over you; they can always play the "God said so and you have to obey" card. This is one way they shut up the kingdom of God against men.
One quick example illustrates this point. In 1981, Boyd K. Packer gave a talk to religious educators at BYU called, The Mantle is Far, Far Greater than the Intellect. He used the tactics of fear and gaslighting to get these professors to avoid the "temptation" of being too transparent in teaching church history. His most famous line from the speech was this:
"Some things that are true are not very useful."
He uses gaslighting to project the sins of the leaders onto the hapless faculty. Let me explain. Church leaders have deliberately covered up church history and created a varnished narrative that places all successional leadership in a favorable light. And when honest historians are "tempted" to expose the falsity of the narrative, or point out the mistakes of past church leaders, it is them who are committing sin. This is nothing but the old bait and switch. Listen to Packer's words as he threatens their very salvation:
That historian or scholar who delights in pointing out the weakness and frailties of present or past leaders destroys faith. A destroyer of faith--particularly one within the Church, and more particularly one who is employed specifically to build faith--places himself in great spiritual jeopardy. He is serving the wrong master, and unless he repents, he will not be among the faithful in the eternities.
One who chooses to follow the tenets of his profession, regardless of how they may injure the Church or destroy the faith of those not ready for "advanced history," is himself in spiritual jeopardy. If that one is a member of the Church, he has broken his covenants and will be accountable. After all of the tomorrows of mortality have been finished, he will not stand where he might have stood.
Of course, what he was threatening is total nonsense. The scriptures define truth as things as they really are, really have been, and really will be. God is no respecter of persons, he doesn't care that an institution looks bad when it's leaders did despicable things in history. He simply declared that the truth will make us free. What Packer was worried about was members losing faith in the institution, not in God.
This brings me to my final point: propaganda is vulgar. It is an assault on our humanity, our spiritual essence, and our very beings as children of God. The gospel, truth, knowledge, whatever you want to call it, is supposed to be delicious to us as Alma once declared. Learning is supposed to be exhilarating to the mind; like a good book that you can't put down. This is the way God designed it. It should fill our minds with joy and excitement. His universe is filled with wonders, and he is waiting patiently to teach us if we will just open our minds to him, and stop trying to control the flow of knowledge to others. Earlier in this post I quoted Joseph Smith's reflection in Liberty Jail. I stopped halfway through the quote. I'll leave you with the second half, which should stir in you an abhorrence for the trivial, mundane, and outright boring meetings we have been exposed to our entire lives:
How much more dignified and noble are the thoughts of God than the vain imaginations of the human heart? None but fools will trifle with the souls of men. How vain and trifling have been our spirits, our conferences, our councils, our meetings, our private as well as public conversations: too low, too mean, too vulgar, too condescending for the dignified characters of the called and chosen of God, according to the purposes of his will from before the foundation of the world.
The human mind is more powerful than the world's most advanced quantum computer. There are no limits to the amount of knowledge and data it can hold. Our potential to learn new concepts and store them in our brains is limitless. There is no end to God's knowledge, that is why he is called omniscient, and we are his children; our potential is to become like him. We have always had our intelligence, and we will always have it; the choice to increase it is solely our own. This is why propaganda, the deliberate restriction of knowledge, is such an obscenity to God; it treats humanity as if it were on the cognitive level of an instinctual animal. But we are not animals, we are the offspring of God, beings whose minds were designed to transcend the mundane, the low, the mean, the vulgar, and the condescending. We were meant to dwell on higher things, things which surpass all human understanding. But our minds will never reach those planes of higher knowledge while we continue to listen to the connivers who constantly babble the most insidious nonsense; deliberately designed to destroy our health, our reason, and our freedom.