Shock and Roll

FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real

In Noemi Klein’s book The Shock Doctrine, she talks about how the government will often induce a shock, or trauma, in order to maintain control over the population. Think of the Kennedy assassination, for example, or the Reichstag fire. The program goes like this: when people are confused and scared, they’re unable to make rational decisions. Thanks to this distraction, the government can jump in to introduce restrictive–and often illegal–legislation to reduce their freedoms, often in the name of “protecting” them.

I hope you discover one day that your mind has been using this same technique in order to control you all these years. Every time you get close to catching it lying to you, or hiding information from you in order to scare you (i.e. not seeing the car keys right in front of you when you’re late for work), begin to watch it very carefully. Your mind was created to predict possible future outcomes based on past occurrences, but whenever you tire of repeating past mistakes and want to find a New Way to Live, the mind finds very creative ways to keep his power over you by manufacturing crises.

This is presented brilliantly, in my opinion, in the movie Tangled, where a witch has kept Repunzel in a tower her entire life, stealing her healing energy and convincing her that she shouldn’t try to escape because all the bad people outside would simply use her for her powers.

But the outside hooligans don’t scare Repunzel. That’s the witch’s job!

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