Hysteria for our own good, or a well deserved mindset?
Change is almost never done for the sake of change, because the world of high finance and politics are inexplicably interconnected, and accidents rarely happen. Change is most always designed by a mindset, pre-planned, so it seems, and in some instances ostensibly for generations... Mindsets can be definably written and re-written every generation, some dating back for thousands of years, where speculative predictions are interpreted and justified to promote profit. The end time hysteria has been in existence, for instance, since the first soothsayer, high priest, businessman, lawyer, politician, or trader found ways to manipulate a mindset, for profit.
Wikipedia's definition of a Mindset: In decision theory and general systems theory, a mindset is a set of assumptions, methods or notations held by one or more people or groups of people which is so established that it creates a powerful incentive within these people or groups to continue to adopt or accept prior behaviors, choices, or tools. This phenomenon of cognitive bias is also sometimes described as mental inertia, "groupthink", or a "paradigm", and it is often difficult to counteract its effects upon analysis and decision making processes.
On the positive side, a mindset can also be seen as an incident of a person's Weltanschauung or philosophy of life. For example there has been quite some interest in the typical mindset of an entrepreneur, as in the study of Business Management.
One might consider the attempted destruction of the American Oilfields designed change, based on a mindset. Breaking an infrastructure to promote a new way to make energy by a so-called green machine is a case in point. The moratorium caused the loss of countless jobs... and the displacement of families looking for work fragments not only Texas and Louisiana, but the entire Gulf Coast.
The biggest oil spill since the founding of the People's Republic of China began on Tuesday, October 2010, when two containerships collided in the South China Sea near the mouth of the Pearl River, and yet most Americans are not aware of it. 450 tons of oil, and no moratorium there... Could it be that they see the broader picture; what is actually good for their country? What a concept.
With the hysteria that has been instilled by what some regard as a nationalized media, one might come to the conclusion that it is the end of our oceans, the end of our way of life, and in that regard there may be a glimmer of truth, even by proxy. A new way of life on the ashes of the old has many lucrative opportunities, and is historically documented. The Industrial revolution displaced many of the previous ways of doing things, and even the Marijuana Tax Act of the 30's promoted nylon over hemp...
Some may argue that the typical taxpayer, the Average Joe, along with those on the dole, can't see the future because they are not the movers and shakers, the planners. They might postulate that it isn't so much that we Americans are getting what we deserve, but that we don't know what is good for us. Progressives think this change is for our own good, certainly theirs, as hosts for their manipulative agendas. You see, like a true parasite, killing ones host would be suicide... Better to extort just to the point of weakness, in this way, in the long run, there will be more to suckle on... What happens though, and this is a notable human trait: without stops, at times, there are just too many parasites, and the host dies... In America, these "stops" come from "we the people."
No other place on earth has every had a moratorium on drilling. Only the USA... As we become deeper in debt, deeper in energy dependency, controlled, manipulated and dominated by a top heavy government that ignores our Constitution and shreds Liberty by a Patriot Act , we get deeper involved with overseas entanglements bringing us to war by contrived religious justifications to control oil. It becomes more evident that this is designed, calculated, and that there is an external cause... Something outwardly, beyond our American shores are pulling the strings of this administration, as they have for 100 years, and these bankers and international corporations are pulling us in directions that will change our dynamics forever. by debt slavery.
We must act, surely, but we must see the reality of what is happening, beyond the hype. For Americans to take back a dictatorial government, we must understand them... Though I have faith in America, this job will be the biggest challenge we have ever faced, and it looks extremely doubtful on many fronts that we can pull this off. Incumbents are seemingly changing their tune, singing what they think we want to hear, and like sirens, they might be pulling us further to the rocky shore... Would it be unfair to look closely at all incumbents in our future elections? I'd say we had better, as we should have all along.
Americans still can't see that doing something unselfish, something for the good of America instead of themselves, will in the long run be for their own good. Instead, they seek immediate gratification built on ignorance and ineptitude, and grovel like beaten dogs before the lies like fools. To graphic? Beaten dogs who polish their collars in servitude, blinded by their own ego, and what is left of a form of pride without honor? Not accurate to describe nearly fifty percent of us?
To take back America, we must first and foremost take back ourselves, and this will not be easy. These individuals are so blind they can see little or nothing beyond the box that both depicts and promotes their circumstances, and will fight by riots to keep the peanuts thrown to them, or just a promise for more. They have in the past burned their own neighborhoods to make a point, killed innocent hard working people to make a point, and snubbed the very good that makes us free for this point of absurdity. This mindset is dull, and is also at the root of the loss of our collective liberty and freedoms. They are the bane of a free man who believes in himself and the American dream, and yearns for his family security, and hope. Our prisons are full of them, and yet their numbers are growing all around us, nurtured by our own government... as Louisiana has the largest prison system in America, and America has the largest prison system buy a factor of 4.5 than any place on earth...
Those who use hysterics as a tool for control find fertile ground in this negative mindset, designed implicitly for nearly four generations of government subsidies. They will be the hardest to reach, because they will need a realignment of many social norms the working American takes for granted. Morals and ethics will also have to be addressed, as the basic postulates of the principles of right and wrong are void in them.
Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City, recently got negative press for saying this: "There are lots of threats to you in the world. There’s the threat of a heart attack for genetic reasons. You can’t sit there and worry about everything. Get a life…. You have a much greater danger of being hit by lightning than being struck by a terrorist."
Sure, terrorism is a danger, but we must look at the facts. Why would Bloomberg get in trouble for saying what he thought true? Well, at the time hysteria was promoting a schema, and this mindset put the brakes on.
US Senator John McCain wrote after 9-11: "Get on the damn elevator! Fly on the damn plane! Calculate the odds of being harmed by a terrorist! It’s still about as likely as being swept out to sea by a tidal wave. . . Suck it up, for crying out loud. You’re almost certainly going to be okay. And in the unlikely event you’re not, do you really want to spend your last days cowering behind plastic sheets and duct tape? That’s not a life worth living, is it?"
Misinformation can provide the proper hysteria to promote change, as it indicates that a given situation cannot be handled by usual methods, disregarding common sense, historical precedence, and any contrary evidence can be overlooked for the endorsement.
The results of international terrorism, generally, only kills a few hundred individuals a year. Statistically, until 9-11, Americans were more likely to die by lightening then by any form of international terrorism. Except for 9-11, virtually none of the worldwide terrorist deaths were in the US, and though this might sound extreme, and somewhat incensed, but these are indeed astounding statistics that can give a true perspective.
Even when you include the 3000 deaths from 9-11, those killed by international terrorists since the late 1960's is about the same as national lightening deaths, or losing control of one's car by hitting an animal. Even the statistics of those dying from a snake bite, or from the allergic reactions from peanuts or bee stings... In fact, more healthy adults have died in bathtub drownings in the US then all worldwide international terrorist combined.
Not to minimize the problem, but to put it into the proper perspective will give us a clear understanding to face both concerns and fear. Is it worth taking over one country after another, killing countless innocent lives for a supposed greater good? If this is true how can we get it so wrong? The answer is not a simple one, but mainly it is because we are generally very bad at estimating risk collectively, as we are driven by the powers to overestimate the significance of disasters, and other unusual events with a group mindset. We trust too much in so called information pouring through the black box, and believe, like little children, that what is said to us sets the true tone on a true stage. Most will deny even the remote possibility that their mind is not their own, as they drink copious amounts of beer and watch, on average, 4.2 hours a night of black box.
"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; " -William Shakespeare
News reporting magnifies an event for maximum ratings, but they are also biased in reporting. In no way does this excuse our ignorance, or our blind acceptance of bogus fact. The media is in the business of exaggeration and being both rational and calming is not in their best interest. They exist in a world of drama. Boring does not sell, and their constant smoke and mirrors perpetuates hype, based on halve truths and deception. How can we not know this? Because we are immature, trusting, little children? Yes, and lazy too. Too lazy to do the work necessary to find truth, some have nothing else to do in an emergency but cry, and beg for assistance. As reality isn't a part of their life, they have nothing of substance to give them strength.
Politicians have a lot to gain by exaggerating a threat, real or fanciful. Displaying their ability comes from projecting potential tribulations, and their value, but it is much more. Like no other President ever, Obama has surrounded himself with new and in some cases inexperienced Czars and advisers, administrators, accountants, managers, directors, lawyers, and they all give him their advise to promote their worth. As these advisers are unelected, they have very much to gain by what hysteria can promote.
Data bases supplying information on citizens are growing exponentially, and this increases the need for civil servants, and a growing government. Increased funding of security, from local police to the CIA, to the increased subsidy of the US War Machine, grows like weeds. Billions are spent on new technology, and increased funding is sought from university to independent lab. Politicians listen to what is said, as lobbyists divvy exaggerations for their greater good, and thank under the table. Then in the middle of this craving, this hunger drawn from need, lawyers feed.
Though unverified as genuine, it is promoted that a video released in December 2001 is Osama bin Laden:
(…Inaudible…) we calculated in advance the number of casualties from the enemy, who would be killed based on the position of the tower. We calculated that the floors that would be hit would be three or four floors. I was the most optimistic of them all. (…Inaudible…) due to my experience in this field, I was thinking that the fire from the gas in the plane would melt the iron structure of the building and collapse the area where the plane hit and all the floors above it only. This is all that we had hoped for.
Remember... "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759 US author, diplomat, inventor, physicist, politician, & printer (1706 - 1790)