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PostSubject: Fear Mongering?   Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:49 am

All these lies,worries,conspiracies,financial collapses,rumours of wars,etc....
Who on earth can be trusted?
Is Government to blame? Are You or I ??
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PostSubject: Re: Fear Mongering?   Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:43 am

Hello Dan,

I would say that gullibility is to blame. If we lowly humans did not consume the popular propaganda (fear mongering) like it is manna from heaven, then nobody would so easily accept the status quo.

But, unfortunately, it does not work that way. Instead, we are taught in our schools to think one-dimensionally. They tell us there is only one correct answer to every question: thus imbuing us with the idea that knowledge is some absolutist commodity that can be had by simply consuming the culturally approved books and media. The problem with this concept of "learning" is that it only provides us with singular one-sided views of every concept or idea. We begin to see the world from a myopic subjective point of view, generally believing (in typical absolutist fashion) that our particular view represents a fabled "ultimate truth".

Of course, this completely ignores any other or opposing viewpoints. We simply paint the infinitely shaded gray world in shades of black and white, good and bad, "truth" and "fiction".

Once we accept the notion that knowledge is a one-dimensional commodity, then the status quo government and its compliant toady media can fill our brains with whatever kind of garbage that suits them. Fear mongering is a popular fad. It sells newspapers and encourages us to watch the "news" on TV. Our popluar media sells us fear every day in our prime time TV shows and dire "news" warnings about whatever the popular fear factor d'jour might be. This intemperate consumption of fears and worries also keeps us locked into a knee-jerk reactionaryism where we respond to such ideas emotionally and impulsively.

This kind of brainwash (for that is what it is) completely bypasses the analytical mind. It goes directly to our response mechanisms and we all dutifully respond like Pavlov's salivating dogs every time the government and media ring the fear-mongering bell. And we become so addicted to this corrosive stimulation that many of us actually go out looking for optional consumer fears. These would be the types of crap that people like David Icke and Jim Marrs sell us wholesale.

The only way out of this conundrum is to be aware of what is happening, its inherent insidiousness, and not buy into the crap in the first place. The cure is to apply critical thinking to all such nonsense. Refuse to look at it only from the angle it has been presented to you. Much like that cherry car in the want-ads, once you see the thing from the other side, you can tell what a horrific piece of crap they are trying to sell you. affraid

In a world of vast unexamined assumptions, critical thinking will set you free. Don't consume the brainwash just because everybody else is doing it. rabbit

So, in answer to your question: they are to blame for setting up the game against us AND, we are to blame if we allow them to con us. There is enough responsibility to go around for everybody.... pale
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PostSubject: Re: Fear Mongering?   Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:44 pm

Hello, we the world don't want to learn from our history. Back in the 1970's gas prices where up, car companies needed help since they made nice but big boat for cars, unemployment was up, we where pulling out of a losing a war (police attaction). Then we had the greed of the 80's. I take that back we did learn gas prices could and have gone higher, the car companies lost their money building even bigger car (I call them tankers), unemployment bounced back up to new highs and we're in an even bigger war (police attaction). We learned to super size our mistakes. Shoot we even learned to super size greed. lol! Laugh it will help raise the energies of the world.

Maybe its time we have to ask differnet question or try to see the old answers in different light?! We're going down the same path time and time with the out come getting worse. We fear this,that or whatever and we need to do this and that to bring it to an end, but we only end up putting a band-aid (quick fix) on it.
To me the bigger question is what is in our human souls (energies) that we keep repeating these patterns of building up to destory. Its a pattern that we do in all areas of our life, and please don't say but that's human nature. I say no, WE can grow like Darwin wrote, but right now I look back at our history and all I see is that we now make deadlier weapons to kill each other with.

We have to stop trying to go from one extreme to another and honestly find a middle ground, each side giving a little then maybe will find the truth in that middle ground.
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PostSubject: Re: Fear Mongering?   Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:06 pm

We have no one to blame but ourselves. We elect politicians from both parties who have nothing real to say but a few 30 second sound bites. We want solutions to complex problems in three sentences or fewer.

We want a balanced budget, tax cuts and then scream when our beloved programs are cut. (You can't cut defense, cut social programs. Us seniors need our social programs, cut education. etc)

We cannot name our Vice President or the capital of Vermont, but we know all about which celebrity is sleeping with. We care more about Jon and Kate than our own family members.

We want total deregulation, and when we see what happens when the greedy CEOs and corporations take everything, we cry and demand they be punished.

We want a greener planet, yet we buy carbon offsets so the other guy will give up his giant SUV and luxuries.

We are the richest country in the world and have one of the poorest healthcare systems.

We need trillions of dollars to rebuild our aging infrastructure. Most of it was built during and before the Great Depression. Instead of the needed programs, more tax cuts are given to the wealthy few.

We need to get involved with our local town halls and school boards. We also need to get involved with our community centers.

Most important of all, we are failing our youth. We do not discipline or even show love. We ignore them and think the TV will take care of them. If they get in trouble, we abandon them and cage them.

On a brighter note, I do what I can to make this a better place. I have been a foster parent and have done what I can to help those who are less fortunate. I vote and get involved with the local community centers. It may be small, but it is a start.
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PostSubject: Re: Fear Mongering?   Wed Jun 24, 2009 5:14 pm

I don't really mean to sound like a wimpy alarmist..I'm just so fed-up with the way things are & seem to be heading.
I wish I was a child again in the early '60's riding my tricycle in the driveway, with the sun shining & the birds singin! sunny
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PostSubject: Re: Fear Mongering?   Thu Jun 25, 2009 3:48 pm

I grew up in the 1970s and seemed to be shielded as to what was going on. Racial unrest, school busing, the Oil Embargo, inflation, unemployment rising, the last vestiges of the Vietnam War, etc.

There will always be problems, and now we are adults and pay attention to the news (which we always found boring when we were kids).

When we watch the sitcoms from the 1950s, we forget about problems such as segregation, the Korean War, the budding Vietnam problem, the Cold War, the H-Bomb with its three mile wide mushroom cloud, air and water pollution, and many other problems.

I also wish I could be back at my birth house riding my tricycle, and not necessarily as a kid again! jocolor

It is true the 24/7 news networks do not help as they need filler all the time. If it bleeds, it leads.
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