Mistaking Indoctrination for Awareness

Today’s food for thought…

I have friends and family members who look forward to becoming digitized zombies in the New World Order, and that’s great. “The world will always need ditch-diggers,” a friend of mine’s father once said, not necessarily as advice.

Society will always need order-followers, those who do not spend too much time questioning things or thinking for themselves. I laud that, and have occasionally admired these people, especially as workers. We don’t know for certain why any of us were put here.

“Only proles and animals are free,” murmured Orwell’s Winston Smith.

We should never assume however that only the common folk are affected by lack of initiative. Every level of society consists mostly of those who are along for the ride, not plotting the course.

These friends of mine (and family members) dismiss anyone with opinions or facts other than their own as ignorant, uneducated, or misinformed. They mistake their own indoctrination for enlightenment.

Yet few if any of them have ever read, pondered, and expounded on Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four, Huxley’s Brave New World Revisited, Le Bon’s The Crowd, Bernays’ Propaganda, Machiavelli’s The Prince, Griffin’s The Creature from Jekyll Island, Buber’s I and Thou, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

It never occurs to them that just perhaps there are levels of spirituality and awareness beyond their own.

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