Listen to a reading of this article: It is true that this civilization is made of lies, was grown by lies, is powered by lies, is controlled by lies. And it is true that this civilization is woven from violence, was birthed by violence, is sustained by violence, is preserved through violence.
A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and, in order to divert himself, having no love in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest forms of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal. And it all comes from lying - lying to others and to yourself.
~ Fyodor Dostoevsky
Brilliant and Beautiful.
Yes - all of that is true.
So many original and beautifully refreshing observations are made. The contrast between the lies and the beautiful also helps make the nature of evil very clear. Evil isn’t something per se, so much as the absence of something. At best, evil will seek to understand the good, the nature of the human mind, or some scientific concept, but only insofar as it may be used to somehow subvert “the real thing.”
The more I think about it, the more it becomes clear that evil is usually trying to present an imitation and saying “this is a good” or “this is the truth.” Evil depends on being able to mimic the good, true, and beautiful so that people are led to pursue the fake thing, rather than the real thing. So we are presented with drugs which we are told will “open our minds” without us ever even having to do the work of figuring out how the greatest minds before us even thought (or thinking we do when we don’t); instead we just take a drug or pill and make a bunch of “connections.” Or we are told that Good citizens are those who comply with government restrictions, no matter what. Those who don’t are “conspiracy theorists” or “selfish people.” There are a million examples, but at the end of the day, we see that evil is always most effective when it targets people’s innate desire to do good. And these desires are most perverted when people are made to believe with great fervour those things which aren’t true, but which were presented as “the real thing,” causing people to go full hog destroying themselves or others.
Beauty often serves as a reminder that shakes people out of their stupor. Many people have lost the ability to create such beauty. But it still exists, and it’s very powerful.
We need more of this. More beautiful films and series. More beautiful stories and poems. These are ultimately the things that shape people’s thoughts and actions at the most basic level, since as Shelley observed, evil and good, virtue and vice, wisdom and ignorance, all first take root in the imagination before becoming something in the real world.
The lies and exploitation aspect applies most globally to the big lie that unlimited growth is necessary to sustain us, when ecological economics explains that it's a lie (see today's NY Times for an unexpected and long overdue interview with Herman Daly re: steady-state economics and a non-exploitative approach to the rest of the biosphere). But it also brings to mind a comparison expressed by Chris Hedges. In parallel with the lies that pimps tell to exploit women, Hedges calls military recruiters "uniformed pimps," who tell equally exploitative lies about the glory of war. Quite simply, the lie permeates every aspect of today's Capitalist societies, in each case a mechanism of exploitation that sucks the marrow from the lives of often quite decent people.
Caitlin showing the essence of het humanity
I can only anwser quoting Goethe:
I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
I possess tremendous power to make a life miserable or joyous. can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and a person humanized or de-humanized.
If we treat people as they ought to be…we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”
I know for certain that this civilization has been taken over completely by liars.
I dunno, but seems like I gotta rain on this parade.
Climate: Scientists Stunned to Find Atlantic Plankton 90% Gone; Marine Life, our Oxygen Imperiled
This study just came out today (couple of hours ago) so it hasn't hit the MSM yet.
There's going to be an awful lot of lying in the next few months unless the study is shown to be mistaken.
Deception is part of survival and works for good and evil. Utopia is a wonderful idea but has proven a terrible goal. All human beings are capable of unimaginable acts of kindness and unimaginable acts of cruelty and that is true, wanting it to be different is denial. Denial is part of the foundation of survival in a conscious mind that can anticipate death and the potential for pain. We are taught throughout our lives to ignore death and avoid pain and this denial is what allows happiness for those capable of focusing on more immediate opportunities and requirements. Of course lies are everywhere and we can can't escape that in all societies virtue and altruism are in short supply. Virtue is in short supply and always has been, thats why its held up as an ideal. We need ideals not expectations of utopia in a world capable of beauty and kindness but shared with liars and evil doers.
You are so close to Islam it is not even funny. Seriously
"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." Jesus Gandhi King
BS lies flow like cheap wine at a mob wedding. We've grown up jonesing for tiny hits of dopamine, adrenaline, beta endorphin from LED screens (TikTok is stomping Google). We're amphetamine monkees clicking spastically on porn, hook-up & shopping sites. We bought vax-only, RussiaRussiaRussia & LIVE With It campaigns. Our betters bought-into Unvaxed Bubba, It's SCIENCE, Back to NORMAL and Heros of Azovstal sales pitches?
We refused to heed the warnings
Honey, lies and exploitation is the human condition ( not angelic condition!) that makes us know that sovereignty is necessary to make mistakes and thus learn (as we live in a cognitive domain). Even a perpetual motion system I believe, in which our species will not go extinct as so many other species have done. 🎉I admire this clever divine plan and have had to forgive myself for many mistakes and watch myself and others take the consequences for my mistakes. The Truth and Beauty of Alexander Hamilton’s System of credit economics is being used by BRICS joined by over half the world’s population. Necessity being the mother of invention something had to be done about the neo-colonial global corporatism of the oligarchs ergo Hamilton’s invention of a special school of economics. study larouchepub.com for further explication. A moment in history where virtual global assembly is possible means sticking together in Truth and beauty means exposure of the children of satan will lose their power. What a weapon is Truth. No guns needed‼️
with all ugliness, mass shootings, imperialism etc, there is beauty in the world, and the most beautiful things have not happened yet--the inevitable self organizing of the producing class. We who provide the necessities for survival have the need for the beauty and diminish the ugliness.
The Empire of Lies
That how a certain nation's political leader referred to the USA in a speech that was widely reported around the world about five months ago. In Western news the speech was generally dismissed as the lunatic ravings of a deranged maniac. Different opinions were given elsewhere.
100% RIGHT......small anecdote, I was born in YU, and one day I was about 14-15y. old , I ask my father, look in news 'they' say we are............on and on about Tito and YU, it must be true?!, and he answered me: when you learn read between the lines, you will understand everything.......turn out ...lies and only lies.....and all my life nothing but lies, small big gigantic and nothing......... .. thigh 100% lying!! ....