The months following an election usually get people thinking collectively more than usual. And this election is no exception. I have never taken elections seriously. Whenever people ask “don’t you want to improve your nation?” I respond “sure. But I’m gonna do it my way, on an individual level, on my own. I don’t think its a good idea to rely on others to do this.”
This has been my default answer to those kinds of questions for roughly 20 years now. That’s right, I’ve been one of those “evil anarchists” since before high school. My arguments are always consistent. I believe in freedom: Freedom of choice, expression, enterprise, all of it. The elite (Major Corporations and the State who allow them to do what they do) don’t like this. They don’t like the idea that a person can govern themselves. They don’t like the idea of several small governments (which is what the Founding Fathers of the US and most other prominent figures in the west that appeared after the revolutions of the 18th century wanted by the way) instead of one universal government.
People like to talk about the elite like they know what they are talking about. And as usual, they are both right and wrong about their analyses. It’s a common pitfall, and it comes with the territory when someone talks about worldviews.
That being said, I’d like to offer my list of agendas set forth by the secret elite. This is continued from the last article, where I responded to someone else’s set of agendas. Mine are similar, but different as they don’t approach race and gender nearly as much. Also they are somewhat connected.
The Self Esteem Movement: The eventual coding of Narcissism into our DNA
“You are special”
“You are beautiful no matter what”
“There is nothing wrong with you”
“You won just by participating”
Put this on repeat, and then have it repeated to you constantly throughout your childhood by EVERY source imaginable: Parents, Teachers, Religious Authorities, Counselors, you name it. What the hell do you think is gonna happen as a secondary effect? How could anyone NOT become a raging narcissist after this kind of treatment?
I’ve always said that there are two concepts that are absolutely hated nowadays because they scream truth: Eugenics and Fatalism. Some people just are not fit to have certain roles or do certain things in life (Eugenics), and nothing’s gonna change after you die (Fatalism). The elite have decided that the exact opposite should be presented: That everyone is special, and that the world will end when you die. Again, a secondary effect of this is deep narcissism. And we are witnessing this more and more as time rolls on.
What we have now are a population of people who almost literally think that they are God. Narcissism is slowly being coded into our DNA because of this, and its starting to show. Parents now act more childish than their own kids. People post about social and political issues all over social networking as if they have PhDs in Sociology and Political Science and God help you if you disagree with them.
Elites want this. They don’t want a group of people who can micromanage their egos, realize that their opinions aren’t the truth, and be self accountable.
Collective thinking: The existential death of the individual
I invite you to take a look at any type of worldview and physically write down how many times you see any reference to sex, race, income, social status, or anything of the sort. This is how the elite have been training us to think for a long time now. They know that the more their public thinks in terms of large scale differences and not on small scale case-by-case bases, the more they can hold their public on puppet strings.
Sure, there may be some semblance of thinking that isn’t on a collective level in some aspect, but these arguments are far outweighed by collective level thinking. Social Media is a very good example of this. Just a decade or so ago, the only real purpose of social networking was to check up on your buddies who you may be far away from, or to meet people who know your buddies, or to reconnect with people you knew in the past. That’s all it was for others as well.
But how is social networking and media now? As soon as I get on social networking I am bombarded with articles, pages and what have you about all the horrible people doing whatever horrible things are in style. Even the blogs I read and follow are mired in collective thinking, always talking about “evil conservatives” or “evil progressives” or “woman hating alt-rights” or “man hating feminists” or whatever is cool to hate on that day. Even when I talk about the elites in this article, I know I’m doing this. But the difference is that I am self aware about it, and know that there is something good and bad in every worldview. I like and dislike certain things that each of those four groups are about. Even my “camp,” the anarchists aren’t safe from this.
Everything that happens to you is your fault no matter what. And logically, this seems like a very fair thing to say. No one would disagree with that statement. But actually believing in that statement and following through on it means that you can’t be a collective thinker. Because we think so collectively, blaming someone else for our problems is now a default. This is not a new development; I’ve been seeing it being played out and the effects of it long before progressives were protesting at President Trump’s inauguration.
There’s nothing wrong with expressing a worldview, or having an opinion about other people. It’s when you go out of your own way to display these opinions and allow them to run your life is where you fall into the trap of default collective thinking. Resist the temptation to be a POS. No one cares about your attempt to save the world (and most know that you aren’t saving the world, you are just making it more convenient for you). If you are sharing or posting social and political opinions on social media, I hate to say it, but you are already guilty of this.
Obsession with Nostalgia: The Past is the Present and the Future
Before I discuss this, I will admit that there are certain aspects of my life where I still act like a kid: I still play video games that I grew up playing, I watch video game speedrunners just as religiously as I watched sports as a kid, I still watch wrestling just as religiously as I did when I was a kid (although I watch it more analytically than I did when I was young), I’m still broke and eat ramen noodles like they are going out of style like I did when I was a college freshman, and I hardly ever dress formally. I haven’t aged much at all compared to my peers.
But there’s a big difference. Despite all that stuff I do on the surface, I don’t LIVE like a kid. Unlike roughly a third of men in the US my age, I don’t live with my parents, I work a full time job, and pay all my bills with money that comes from my own bank account.
So why exactly are we seeing websites like Buzzfeed placing decades like the 80s, 90s, and early 00s on massive pedestals? Why are we seeing kids born in the 1990s who look like they were born in the 1890s? Why did Nintendo come out with a console that has nothing but remastered versions of 30 year old video games (which sold out in HOURS)? How come Stranger Things, a show that more or less glorifies the 1980s, is such a big hit on Netflix?
For the last decade or so, we are seeing more and more references to nostalgia. Why is this?
The elites don’t want us to grow up and create the future. They want us to believe that the years past were the ONLY good eras and that there is “nothing to look forward to.” To that I say that they are manufacturing the public’s demise when they do this. Keeping the public in a nihilistic daze of nostalgia is the perfect plot for the elite. With all the conveniences we have at our disposal, we should be raising hordes of geniuses who are hell bent on creating things that make our lives easier (as well as the planet’s own life).
But no. The elite don’t want this. They want the world to float around in what I call the “good ol’ DAZE.” Because a daze is what it is. They still want the public to believe that the way to be successful is to go to school for 80% of your first quarter century (start grade school at 5, end college at roughly 25) learning nothing but complicated mathematics that only mean anything if you decide (?) to develop in the fields of accounting, advanced social science (like social research), very basic grammar that can EASILY (and more efficiently) be taught outside of the classroom, and very biased physical and social science that is MIRED in worldview. And then they want you to get a job and stay there until you can “retire” in your 60s.
This is NOT the way of the future. Using this as a roadmap to success nowadays is a set up for complacency at best, and failure at worst.
No one knows exactly how antiquated the concept of public school and religious institutions are. Those “traditions” have held us back for decades (for the most part, not all of it is bad obviously). But we still hold them high on a pedestal.
Things aren’t the way they were 60, 40, or even 20 years ago. Letting nostalgia run your life means you aren’t invested in your future and you just want to run on a hamster wheel of (false) good emotions. This is EXACTLY what the Elite want, this way they can keep making stupid rules and making us pay taxes for things that don’t benefit us.
The perpetual high school mentality: Constant shallow comparisons and a lifetime of buyer’s remorse
And while we’re on the subject of school, I’d like to also argue that high school doesn’t end nowadays. Think back to your high school experience. For me it was a psychological warzone of controlled chaos. Every day felt like a different TV show. There were my buddies, who were the “good guys” and then the popular people who were the “bad guys.” Everything and everyone was shallow, including myself. I’m not above judging myself that way.
I too, for a small while, compared myself to other based on how many chicks were attracted to me (and how attractive they were), how fast and new my car was, how good my grades were, what college I was going to, etc. Back then I was proud that I was unsuccessful and unpopular and I did that as a way to “stick it” to my classmates that their quests for better possessions, popularity, and value were meaningless. In many ways, the joke was on me because I held myself back, but I will contend that “not playing their game” removed me from a lot of stresses that the common high school kid goes through. Yes, there were things I should have done in high school that would have made life much easier down the road. But giving into the high school mentality was definitely not one of them.
I thought that kind of mentality would just magically come to an end when I finished high school. I was wrong. It just gets worse.
These days even adults hold popularity contests and compare their value to shallow possessions and status more than ever. Its become an unwritten law of sorts, and if you decide to go your own way and not play their game, then shame on you. I for one choose not to buy in to the elite’s constant message to make sure I have “cooler” stuff, a “cooler” job, and a “cooler” lifestyle than someone else. I choose personal happiness over the constant meaningless pursuit of possessions and status. You don’t need a lot of money and status to maintain a level of happiness in this land of plenty and this era of convenience.
Money doesn’t buy happiness. It only buys convenience and stability, both of which can be achieved with very little money if you are creative enough and if you have enough discipline to live below your means (and the means that others determine for you) and acquire possessions when you have enough money to pay for them.
So how do you deal with this, and are they all bad?
Ego management, the ability to discern between what works for you and what doesn’t work, and the ability to maintain an open mind is the secret to dealing with this, and any other agenda of the elite. There is nothing overly bad about any of those four things, but if they are seen as absolutes then that’s when the negative secondary effects can emerge. And each of these four concepts or agendas can be reinterpreted to benefit you. Doing this means you know that there is there is a gray area in any statement. There’s a reason why I say “Gray is Where You Play.” Its because there is a gray area in EVERYTHING, and it is your job to find these gray areas and embrace them. Here are my interpretations of each of these “agendas:”
The self esteem movement: I know that its not a bad thing to think highly of myself, but I also know that ultimately I am only important to those in my close circle and must earn things. If I think highly of myself for the sake of thinking highly of myself and not based on merits, it means I am falsely manufacturing my self esteem. If I accept a participation award, I am lying to myself about my self esteem. If I feel like there is something wrong with me, I should admit that there is something wrong, and I should be proud of my efforts to fix the wrong thing.
Collective thinking: Although it is generally an unhealthy thing to form collective opinions and align myself with any group of collective thinker, I know that it is equally unhealthy to ONLY think in terms of individuality. Each collective group has something good and bad to offer. Gray is where I will play and I will treat every opinion from a collective group on a case-by-case basis. There are gray areas in the rantings of the man hating feminists and the woman hating alt-rights, and it is my job to find them, embrace them, and then make them my own.
Nostalgia: It is fun to indulge in stuff from my past. However, I am aware that the only reason I like them so much is because I liked the innocence of my younger years just as much or more. In my development as a person, nostalgia is nothing more than a pleasure instrument. There is plenty to look forward to in the future and the past shouldn’t affect this or be a part of it.
High school mentality: Competition is healthy and it is ensures survival, but if its for shallow ends then its a waste of energy. Pursuing money and status is a good thing if I am doing it for myself but there is no way I would ever do it to please another person or to “keep up with the Jones’s.” I compete against myself as well as others just as I lead myself and others. I don’t live to impress others. I live to impress myself so that I may inspire others.