Listen to a reading of this article: I talk about narrative all the time partly because narrative control is the source and foundation of the power of the US-centralized empire. The ability to control the way people think, act and vote with mass-scale psychological manipulation
This essay reminds me of Robert Anton Wilson, a person hero. Belief should always be questioned. Especially one’s own. Unfortunately I find that very few are open to this attitude, and many more are quite hostile to it. Dogma is truly the death of reason.
If narrative is a tool (and I agree), then it is described by the statement "Tools are good servants but poor masters."
An East German friend was seventeen years old when the Berlin Wall came down. He said that the actual reason the Soviet Union collapsed was simply because there was no one left who believed anything the government media said. They collapsed under the weight of their own lies.
Those who presume to feed us propaganda and propel this current narrative have, in their hubris, overplayed their hand. This is a good thing, the silver lining. These lies become unsustainable.Every push of ridiculous lies wakes a up a few more. People get red-pilled. No one ever gets blue-pilled.
I read recently a quote, something along the lines of: it’s not necessary to make people believe the propaganda. The purpose of the propaganda is to demoralize and destabilize so no one can agree what is true. So, now that their narrative is showing its weaknesses, it becomes increasingly important to anchor our own narratives of truth and ethics, and join with others in the work.
Caitlin, you cleave through the BS and take no prisoners in your search for the truth. If only there was one leader today with an ounce of your integrity I might still have hope for the future.
"The quest is not just to refute propaganda, but to cease having an experience that is dominated by narrative."
this is impossible - we humans use narrative to make sense of out world - we are story telling animals - the quest is to understand this truth and to take control of it by examining where our personal narratives come from and who benefits from others .... without assuming we know their narrative
even the people we point out as "controlling" the narrative are more than likely living from unexamined narratives of their own - or at least unquestioned ones - we are all part of a narrative that began a very very long time ago
Is the unexamined life worth living? Tolkien thought so. Look at most of the hobbits.
I began to doubt and question at the age of 13. 53 years later I am amazed that there is still so much to question and learn about the Universes outside and inside.
The social narrative is hard to escape from our termite nest of expectations.
Reading a different kind of book narrative or anything else revolutionary keep’s sanity alive.
Like tuning into Wild Caitlin here .
Narratives are unavoidable but they are simply someone's point of view, or that of societal institutions as tools for control. And certain forms and implements of control have positive and liberating value, and others don't. Society itself is neutral, can be good or bad depending on its forms and objectives. But the fact is those forms and objectives have been hijacked, in the past and at present, by powerful elements in their own selfish and destructive interests. It's a matter of unravelling, analyzing, finding security in insecurity, and having faith that good exists, and is the basis of all creation. The true narrative is, salvation is awareness of the gift of creation of which we are all equally part: there is no other kind.
narrative control is also a WEF/globalist 'thing'. Featured prominently in Event 201 and the preceding exercises.
Excellent article Caitlin! Right on.
So, the next reasonable question to ask and answer is why would anyone ever let the narratives of others overrule their own narrative?
That just doesn't happen when a person is secure in the narrative they've developed.
But who develops their own narrative?
We live in a world where developing your own narrative is frowned upon, ridiculed, and despised – unless you can get OODLES of people to agree with and follow it. Then the same narrative that was bonkers when you were alone in it suddenly becomes worthy of some consideration, at least – as long as it’s got the numbers and doesn’t challenge prevailing narratives that everyone believes are central and crucial to their security.
If your narrative does “threaten ______ security” (fill in the blank), then you’re a no-good, a rebel, an insurrectionist, a cult leader, a megalomaniac, especially if you're so secure you can stand on your narrative even when everyone around you disagrees or spurns you or even attacks you -- *not* because your narrative is wrong, because people who attack over narratives have done shitall to figure out what's right and wrong. You become the “enemy” merely because you have, in their minds, “threatened ______ security.
Insecure people attack. People who are so beaten down, beset with inferiority, and powerless that they cannot imagine creating their own narratives – let alone a narrative that diverges from prevailing, central narratives – cannot tolerate threats to their security.
Secure people have no need to attack anyone. They can defend against their attackers. But when someone tries to rape their children, they’ll fucking attack those people.
Why don't people develop their own narratives and marvel and appreciate the narratives of others? Why do people think that narratives are something to spurn and attack and eliminate people over?
Obviously, this is a psychotic degree of insecurity. But it's all we've known, so it's been "normal" ever since we were kids.
We are that abjectly insecure because, since day one of our lives, our security proved to be either baseless (neglect) or it was undermined ("parenting") or it was devastated (abuse).
After all, *everyone knows* (right?) that children are *always wrong* until the gods of their world *make them to be right*.
And no one seems to notice that doing so is none other than psycho-spiritual rape.
Well, after a lifetime of "learning” – i.e., being penetrated without consent for the insertion and embedding of cognitive and affective (far more important) information into our psyches, whether we wanted it or not, whether we thought it was true or not, and getting punished if we resisted – having been soul-raped by every "authority" in our lives, *dictated to* about true and false, right and wrong, smart and stupid, success and failure, is it any wonder we come out with Stockholm syndrome that's socially approved as "good" and "moral" and "respectable" and "nice"?
No sane, free, secure person allows others to overrule their own narrative. Such people are *not* considered normal by most others, who see them as abnormal, “wild”, “uncontrollable”, “dangerous”. Of course they’re abnormal, because the first rule of normality is "must conform".
Conform to what?
To the prevailing normality, whatever it might be. The “what” is variable, but conforming is not. Conforming is mandatory and absolute.
For authentic people, there is no "normal”. They're not interested in conforming to anyone or anything other than what *they* want and *they* decide is true. Nor are they interested in forcing others to conform to them.
We live in a world where freedom is the worst threat to security imaginable. We’re watching people by the billions beg for their freedom to be taken from them, trusting that they’ll get security in exchange.
And of course they will get it. Nothing is more guarded and secure than the capital of a capitalist. And the most valuable kind of capital is peepstock, aka “human resources”.
People who are “normal”, who bristle and object to creating their own narratives without regard to the centralized, approved ones, who expect everyone else to conform to the narratives that they selected for themselves – these are not powerful, secure people. That’s why they believe there is “strength in numbers”. That’s why they believe that they are powerless *unless* they join or create numbers.
That’s why they don’t recognize what real power is.
None of them have gone through a detox and deprogramming process to free themselves from the raped-in crap they grew up with. None of them is secure enough to develop and stand on their own independent narrative ("Uh... what's that?") when everyone around them disagrees or THREATENS THEIR RELATIONSHIP OVER THE DISAGREEMENT.
How does being *extorted* by people you’re dependent on constitute a “relationship”?
What kind of narratives do I / we want? That's how I prefer to think these days. It's useful to criticize but it's also important and rather harder to imagine and propose alternatives that might help us.
I've often wondered what makes some people quite willing to see their paradigm shattered while most are, understandably, fearful. I suspect the use of psychedelics may be a factor.
A writer's point of view, Id say, but her main premise was true, she just went overboard.
I'd like a narrative spun in reality where the world isn't blown to smithereens through nuclear warfare, and we actually are compelled take action to alleviate the effects of climate change before it's too late. The oligarchs who actually rule the world don't seem to think those are stories worth telling, alas.
But even your hand before your face is a type of narrative in the Matrix. The color you see in your hand is not really color, but electromagnetic frequency waves. And scientists today, don't even know how one perceives color itself. How is "color" color? And where and what is the Self that knows itself? It seems to exist, but is that too an illusion of narrative?
I wrote an article related to narrative. It's why you can't change the mind of an NPC.