Is NO ONE befuddled by the fact that THIS ONE, STUPID, SIMPLE MEME has spread within the course of LESS THAN A DAY to almost EVERY SINGLE SITE ONLINE (the dress one that popped up roughly this morning or so)? No, seriously, I saw the picture posted on Facebook sometime this morning about this silly nonsense with a blue and black dress being gold and white (which actually is just a monitor imaging issue or something). I went to 4chan and saw about six or so threads talking about it. Hours later, I saw a World of Warcraft related post talking about the same exact thing. Suddenly, XBox and Sony both pump this joke out? No idea if it's on Reddit, and from what I hear it originated from Tumblr, but SERIOUSLY, HOW THE HECK DID IT SPREAD SO QUICKLY? Literally WHY would something like this trend? Why would MULTIPLE, MULTIPLE, MULTIPLE companies suddenly decide to make ad-statements referencing it within the day? Generally this sort of thing takes some time; I've never seen companies respond so quickly to anything trending online. It's like as if all the heads of all of these social-media sites came together and declared it a day of collaborative trolling and it legitimately worries me. Is this how inter-connected all these social-media sites are? Are they all banded under some head?
The fact that people are so dumb to believe it's actually possibly two different colors also dumbfounds me, that they'll believe anything media tells them. MY MAIN CONCERN IS HOW AND WHY THIS IS A THING. This feels like as if it's some kind of giant conspiracy to do an internet-wide experiment coordinated by all of these people, especially considering the passing of Net Neutrality all of a sudden -- coincidence? No idea. However, for once I will put on my tinfoil hat and question this extremely strange "phenomena" with the utmost confusion.
I have NEVER EVER been any sort of conspiracy theorist before, but if you ask me, I think the internet might in fact be more connected and controlled than we even realize. Maybe, in fact, there is some sort of head to it all and, since moot's departure, 4chan has suddenly become a part of this giant monstrosity.
It seems that, while /b/ was once called a hivemind merely for being a collective of general sorts, there might in fact be a real hivemind that controls the internet, what is produced, and most possibly what is removed or censored. I really don't want to be one of those nutjobs but this event is really making me think so and yeah, it's definitely making me question my safety here on /b/. I think it's time I really retire from 4chan for good. Never thought I'd see the day.
TL;DR, based on a picture of a dress a chick on Tumblr posted and, because of shitty resolution and/or color-visual problems, people thought it was gold and white or trolled saying the response. Apparently people are getting so twisted up about the nature of it that no one's stepping back to take a notice as to how fast and far this has gotten hold of itself on the internet.
In response to how to replicate such strength of forcing a meme? The ability to distribute information en masse, continuously, using a subject that inspires controversy or confusion over the subject. Either people will argue over it, discuss it or question what it is. If you can force that across so many channels, eventually everyone else will carry it.
In example, the memetic (meme) of bowing or smiling.
this and things like it are popular because they inflict psychological damage on the viewer, for a split second you believe it and they fuck with your perception of reality, otherwise known as gaslighting. understand we all have a different perceptions of reality and the only thing that makes anything real is the fact that we can agree on similarities, yes the sky is blue, as is this particularly berry, or the sky right now.
only reason theyre popular, nothing funny about them.
>>600833040 >>600832322 dude Of course /b/ is controlled I don't know how long most of you have been here, but Ive been here since 08 on and off. more off then on for the last couple years but OPS here have seriously degraded in intelligence, which yeah, there never was that much of but thats how much worse its gotten, and actualy random discussion. i always thought that being able to control the /b/ board is actual power, this board is literally where many memes were born once, viral sensations This place is controlled This place is being used, and this is the future, welcome home everyone
The biggest matter at hand is how this was exposed to so many people at once so quickly. The only explanation is premeditation and coordination amongst a truly massive amount of people capable of spreading it effectively. Hell, there are people on /b/ RIGHT NOW most likely forcibly posting this "meme", stirring up discussion about it.
Thankfully this thread is in observation of its occurrence, not the actual subject.
>>600833344 if you wanna replicate the strength of force theyre showing, its simple.
instead of spamming 4chan repeatedly with your stupid fucking shit make a facebook account, add every person you know and get to know their friends, try not to be annoying and post something funny once in a while.
pretty fucking simple, spamming 4chan with your shit to try to get other people on here to spread it is not going to work
>>600832322 My theory its the jews seeing if the goyim have been dumbed down enough through the generations of boobtoobery to just straight up tell you gold is black and white is blues so they can switch out all the gold with coal without anyone caring.
Isn't that a disgusting thought? A place originally made to be a refuge for free thinking is now turning into a tool to guide and control what people think? A complete 180 of its origin. Just like YouTube - a place for people to be inspired and make their own content. Now? It's a giant television, where channels shit out content for people to like. Maybe it's just how society works out I guess.
>>600833567 I always assumed the nonsense that most OP's/anon were projecting from their vaginas were just le edgy epic troll face may mays xDDD. But now I'm starting to think that a lot of them could be genuinely retarded. Not sure how I feel about the conspiracy theory though.
I make a prediction that, either by tomorrow or by Sunday at the absolute latest, an announcement will be made declaring this incident a public test, demonstrating the capability and potential of Net Neutrality.
>>600833913 nope you are witnessing first hand what happenes to any media outlet it gets gobbled up by the jews for the purpos of brainwashing people into feeling that they are insignificant and never good enough to strive for things and never be that perfect picture in the tv. To always feel like your not good enough no matter how much stuff you buy.
>>600834132 Delusions do spread, just look at religion. The key is to use critical thinking and look at evidence and try to spread that as the norm instead. Conspiracy theories like this are so unrealistic it's better to just keep a level head.
>>600832513 This dress shit is the bubonic plague of all memes. I don't understand it either, man. I got on this morning, ate my cereal got ready for my interview, no dress. I came back at noon, ate my sammich. No dress. Left AGAIN to search for monster hunter 4, came back at 5 and there it was. The fucken dress. Goddamn everywhere. The internet usually doesn't confuse me anymore, but for once, I am scratching my head at this. I agree with OP.
>>600833567 >>600833913 All I can say is that if you want any kind of free discussion you need to go to find some new chans. I this one is obviously controlled and has been for a while. Not only that the content on this board moves to fast now days for any serious debate other than calling each other faggots.
>>600833703 don't under estimate the power of coordination. several people actually striving at one goal. its probably a group that use to frequent this site who are trying to prove theyre more 4chan than 4chan.
infiltrate a few lesser known twitch streamers news roll, or whatever the fuck its called, and you have yourself a spambot eager to repost your crap because he wants front seat on the bandwagon when it rolls through town. just find the right people and feed them suggestions. the larger streamers arent so bothered, but those cunts who mass message on ps4 and xbox that theyre going to stream and you should check it out, theyre obviously hungry for attention, ya know
Did you see how the United Nation will be 1/3 non-white by 2050? The mudslimes are literally taking over by out-populating the natives and converting natives into thinking they're something their not, having them cast off their identity. It's disgusting and horrifying.
There's no conspiracy. There's no secret planning. There's no 'machine' to rage against.
We are the machine. Even you OP. You're not rebelling against the meme you are perpetuating it by posting about it.
It was super successful because it's something simple that literally anyone can way in on and have an opinion on and the results were completely divided even though it was something as simple as looking at a picture.
There was no trolling some people simply perceived it differently to others exposing a more complex and interesting phenomenon.
It spread quickly because it didn't require any time to consume and because it was friendly for all ages and there was no special back knowledge required. All you had to do was look at a picture and say what colour it was and then ask the people around you. Normally something so simple would get the same results but this got a two sets of results blowing peoples minds and making them want to share with more people. You could share it with your mother, your children, grandma and all of your friends and nobody would think you're a creep or a weirdo for doing so.
The lack of understanding between the two sides created a conflict of opinion and desire to see it from the other side and also to convince the other side to see it your way.
It had everything required to go viral and there was nothing controversial or offensive about it other than perhaps the discussing it inspired.
It's as simple as that.
As for companies wanting to get in on it, that's the world we live in now. Whatever is trending on twitter is what is getting attention and companies and news organisations want their piece of the pie they want to be seen and to remain relevant and to promote their products so of course they will throw in their two cents to get attention by association.
And guess what OP, YOU gave it to them. YOU pushed their brands into the faces of others by posting them here. YOU are the one causing the distraction.
>>600834930 10 years ago there was zero homosexuality portrayed on tv. Now most comercials have some sort of homoerotic element to them look at underwear commercial for example dudes standing around in thier underwear... who the fuck are they selling this shit to I dont want to look at some guys package hundreds of times a day... >I realize how stupid this sounds coming from /b/,
>>600834930 What's more likely is a conspiracy theorist nut with his own agenda looked at the world today and associated any subjective negatives of society with potential causes and then said everything was intentional and was created by a group of super jews.
>>600835296 So the stupid dress is what you choose to rail against and use as proof for this supposed jew-world order? People are talking about much dumber shit than the color of a dress, I can assure you.
>>600835498 That's because all tv stations want to be at the forefront of equality, it helps them gain viewers and ratings. And airing potentially controversial content is also a great way to gain more viewers. Basic marketing.
>>600835963 As long as its something tame, like this dress fiasco, I don't know how much spectacle it really provides to new fags. They should just get bored and leave. I guess we could start shooping the dress onto unreleased nudes of JLaw, although that would send the newfags streaming in. Anybody got more nudes to use as templates?
>>600836186 Can you feel it coming? Do you smell a change upon the wind? NO. You DON'T.
You've deluded yourself with dreams of a grand re-awakening, a massive paradigm shift of the collective social conscience. You've convinced yourself that someone (maybe even you) will come along and cast down the Powers That Be™ that are in control of the MACHINE™.
There are no Powers That Be™. The MACHINE™ deposed them long ago, or perhaps they just became obsolete, victims of their own efficiency. You see, long ago the MACHINE™ became far too large to be overseen by a conspiracy, or even by a network of several different conspiracies. The MACHINE™ is no longer under the control of mankind, rather it has become an entity unto itself. A blind, uncaring juggernaut of assimilation and mediocrity. The MACHINE™ feeds off of the static nature of humanity. Any real agents of change are perceived as dangerous mutations, to be neutralized and disposed of as quickly as possible. Yes, that includes you. And yes, that also includes me. Why do you think I constantly exhort YOU to become an agent of change? I've got my own schemes and machinations to that end, but I want to see the manner in which the MACHINE™ deals with you before I finalize MY game plan.
>>600835941 is it a good idea to tell 8 year olds about sucking dick? because they do exactly that in "the talk" class now. That one akward day we all had in elementary school only now it has diagrams not only about vaginal intercourse but anal with men. Diagrams and everything. >this is exposing them to homosexuality way to early they arent even noticing girls at this point and now they think its ok to go home and fuck thier friends in the ass. It even talks about lube. tell me this is ok with a straight face.
>>600836397 You see, to be effective as a catalyst, one has to confront the problem of scale. You CAN NOT bring the MACHINE™ down. You can't even slow it down. What you can do is very slowly and unobtrusively begin to rearrange the basic components. We will refer to these as "widgets" and "sprockets". If widget A and sprocket B combine to exert societal influence C on the stinking morass known collectively as "humanity", then it stands to reason that the MACHINE™ can be reprogrammed at a very basic level and in very small increments. You waste your time dreaming of how to effect such a change on a global, national, or regional scale (the impossibility of which, I might add, keeps you in your perpetual state of blissful apathy), dreaming of assembling a group of like-minded fellows who will march with you to the very gates of the ivory tower whereupon those who have misled and exploited you will be cast down upon the parapets.
Well guess what?
YOU ARE the one who has misled and exploited you. You have overlooked the most obvious solution, the most effective solution, the only possible solution. Kill yourself, fuck the body.
>>600836443 But seriously, this is what I have come to believe is the true spirit of the oft-misused phrase "we must stick apart": we cannot effect a large scale change, and if we make a serious attempt we WILL be neutralized. Instead, each and every one of us should make a conscious effort to effect a small reprogramming of the MACHINE™ in a manner that affects us and our immediate surroundings. Keep the mutation small, and give it a chance to become effectively contagious.
If we all effect a change on our own paradigm (this DOES require some effort, being a bliss-ninny doesn't count), there WILL be an eventual overlap, at which point the large scale change which we have hoped to effect all along will be impossible to stop.
>>600835498 >10 years ago there was zero homosexuality portrayed on tv.
Uh no. There was gay shit it was just toned way down from what it is today. I would say 20 years ago there was zero homosexuality on tv and if there was, it was usually a gag or a joke because nobody respected faggots back in those days. I agree that it's awful these days.
>>600836415 Seems like you had a weird sex education class. In mine (at age 12) we were taught about anatomy, what will happen during puberty etc. Seems reasonable to me. A few years later I had another class which went into sexual protection, STD's/STI's and pregnancy etc. Also seems reasonable.
I'm sorry that at 8 years old you were taught to suck dick. And your claim of anal intercourse between men being taught in schools is just something you fabricated although it could be possible and I don't see any problem with it so long as it educates the pupil at an appropriate age.
>>600836671 Hey, kid. Welcome to Prison. You think you just woke up here one day, right? Think again. It was your whole life that brought you to this. Fact is, you were born to be here. Go ahead, look around. I’ll be here when you get back.
Looks smaller than it is, don’t it? Sometimes, it doesn’t even feel all that bad. But stillÉ You look through those bars, and you see all that you’re missing. Hopes. Dreams. What could-have-been. Here, put your palms up to the Black Iron, grab the bars, let me show you something.
Feel that? That’s all the books you’ve read. And that entire wall over there is your adolescence. Look up: It’s your CD collection. The floor you woke up on? Your parents. Like I said, you were born to be here. It’s your life, it’s the cold trap of your own existence. You painted yourself into a corner.
So, now you’re wondering why you feel trapped here, in your own life. Why now, why today, can you see the bars of a Black Iron Prison that you made for yourself? Because you stopped reacting, and took a couple of steps forward. You thought you could do what you wanted, you tried to be self reliant, and bang. You smacked your head against the wall.
What’s that? Yeah. That’s when the claustrophobia sets in. When you didn’t know you were trapped, everything was fine. But now that you know, you can see your entire, tired, monotonous life stretch out before you, trapped in these 4 walls, these 6 sides. Breathe, kid. It’s just abject panic that you’re feeling right now. Some even say that this is what death feels like: An unchanging life, immune and unfeeling to what you really want.
Look around you. Look at these cold, black bars. The colorless ceiling. The hard ground. That’s your universe. That’s the world you’re going to be living in for the rest of your life here in Prison. You’re going to live out your life in quiet desperation. Or, not so quiet if you decide to take the rife/bell tower route. Either way, long or short, it’ll feel the same. Dead, unchanging.
So, if you’re interested, I’d like to invite you to a jailbreak... Just turn around.
We have no illusions about how far a piece of writing can reach. Sending out new ideas into this world without a multi-million dollar marketing scheme have about as good a chance at reaching their destination as a paper airplane in a hurricane.
But, we take our chances.
For the most part, the people that put this document together agree that the planet that we live on has become a foul place, and we agree that something needs to be done.
But we disagree on damn near everything else.
We disagree on how it has come to this mess, and we disagree on the direction it is all heading to.
What we have observed is that the more people are able to think for themselves, the less willing they become to exhaust themselves at someone else's command. An open-minded person is better able to see past the illusions that have this civilization headed toward what seems to be a fiery demise, and may even do something about it.
>>600834930 Well, that sure does sound like a diabolical Jewish plot to overthrow the west anon. But wait, what happens when these targeted countries collapse from within? Oh yeah, that's right, all the sand niggers destroy the nation of Israel. You'd better send out an S.O.S. because your shit-tier theory is sinking.
>>600837007 No, that nigger ripped every line from a shitty book, and you should feel bad for not knowing that. You have the fucking internet for god's sake, all you have to do is copy and paste that shit into your search bar and you would know.
WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING? This isn't the latest reality teevee show! This isn't the coolest new electronic trinket! It isn't a ringtone! So why the hell are you messing with it? You'd better stop reading this, before someone sees you...you might get in trouble, or worse! You might even look stupid and uncool!
Listen, genius...the powers that be work very hard to insure that you have all the information and entertainment that they think you need. And THIS is how you thank them? By reading some subversive post that was probably left here by some basement dwelling neckbeard? Huh? Well, that's gratitude for you.
Shouldn't you just put this down, and go turn on the television? You're probably missing something that you just can't live without. What's gonna happen during your 20 minute lunch break, when everyone's talking about American Idol, and you missed it? What then? You'll be a pariah. Your coworkers will laugh at you behind your back, and you'll be "off the team". Good luck with that next promotion, Bubba!
So, look...leave this thread quick, before anyone notices you reading it, and we'll pretend this never happened, okay? Now, get back to work, and pay attention to what you are supposed to be paying attention to!
A lot of us don’t really have it in us to go to great lengths to disguise the message any more.
Some of us can string together some loose metaphors, but for many, at this point, it’s just not worth the effort to dress things up, or the risk that one might not understand the point that we are trying to make.
The time has come for people to start thinking for themselves. Towing other people’s lines and doing other peoples bidding has not worked so far.
In fact, it's getting hard to avoid noticing just how messy this place has become, and the situation seems urgent enough for us not to hold back.
We want people to think for themselves, and we deliver this message with no good intention to the way things are currently being done on this planet.
We don't want nothing else.
We don't want memberships and we don’t want telephone numbers. We don't want our audience's undivided attention and we won't make moves on their girl. We don't want our audience to sell things. We don't want them to attend our meetings. There is nothing to memorize, and we don't need anybody to take an oath.
It has come to our attention that not many people really know what it means to look after themselves on the planet earth in the year 2015.
Haven't you had enough yet? Are you getting sick of it all? You should be. Sickness is your way of life. Take this pill, do this job, but we wont give you enough time to cook, so eat this pre-made meal.
Hey, it may kill you...eventually, but think of the poor starving children in Ethiopia. Sure, your apathy over politics helped contribute to the mess, but think of them! Care for this, eat that, watch this, take your crap, drink your beer and stay smiling. We tell you where to go and what to do.
Tired of being bought and sold like cattle? Are you sheep or goat? Do you want to be led by the nose or do you want to headbutt the herders, then perhaps run amok the flock for a while, scaring the bejeezus out of them?
There's too much of everything nowadays, everything that in a special way is nothing. Keeping up with the neighbors and the fashions while trying to keep up with the bills while having your attention distracted by vacuous twits on the idiot box. It drains you to the point that caring becomes too much of a hassle and the depressives of society become an attractive choice to make.
And that’s exactly how We want it! Tired little sheep kept running by the faithful hounds all day long until they are too tired and submit, they break. Who are We? Nowadays, practically everyone...your boss, your leaders, the media at large, the people responsible for American Idol/X-Factor/fill-in-pointless waste of music reality-TV program here....a huge faceless confederacy constantly trying to sway you this way and that, turn you into a follower of anything.
But you can be free. You can sign your very own Declaration of Independence today, turn the tables on this alliance of idiot leaders who would take you for all you have! How? By ignoring us and taking your own road. Yes, it’s that simple. What has paying them attention ever done, other than distract and depress you? Until you do that, you cannot own yourself, despite having every material need in the world fulfilled. You can live the safe, numbing 'life' of a servant or you can live it how it was meant to be, exciting and terrifying but ultimately free.
>>600832322 dont matter, 4chan is hte internet meme police. they are just trying to do something many else have tried before and thats forcing a meme. it will fail just give it time. and once we purge this faggotry we can get rid of the bannana bitch.
>>600837944 Strange, I'm just a regular anon partaking in a discussion. Your conspiracy theorist ideologies never fail to amuse me. However your inability to consider my very clear and precise points rationally and instead labelling them as "doubletalking" because you feel threatened is worrying.
>>600837293 A couple of things... 1) Jews see sand niggers/niggers as easily manipulable 2) The only thing stopping them nuking the sand nigs at the moment is the Western world.
>Forbid the Whites to mate with Whites. The White Women must cohabit with members of the dark races, the White Men with black women. Thus the White Race will disappear, for the mixing of the dark with the White means the end of the White Man, and our most dangerous enemy will become only a memory. We shall embark upon an era of ten thousand years of peace and plenty, the Pax Judaica, and our race will rule undisputed over the world. Our superior intelligence will easily enable us to retain mastery over a world of dark peoples. - Rabbi Rabinovich
You're right though, in the unlikely event that it ever did come to pass, Israel would be nigged in to the dust. Especially as it's only really the Israeli born Jews that hold these views.
There was once a young Discordian called Golden Rod. Early in his illumination, he wondered what season his country was in.
Perhaps it was in the season of Discord, on the cusp of Bureaucracy. Surely, Order was rising to noxious levels.
Or perhaps it was already Bureaucracy, on the cusp of Aftermath. Surely, Disorder was rising to obnoxious levels.
So in his quest for An Answer, Golden Rod sought out the Discordian monk Nopants. Nopants dwelled in a basement because it would be obscene for him to go outside. Golden Rod freed himself from his leggings and descended the stairs. Below, Nopants sat on a cushion in a gross lotus position.
"My wise friend Nopants, I have come to ask you a question,” said Golden Rod, “What is Bureaucracy?"
“In India,” said Nopants, “they tie elephants to trees using thin cords. An elephant could easily snap the cord, yet they remain tethered in place. Why do you think this is?”
Golden Rod itched himself and shrugged.
“When the elephant is young,” intoned Nopants, “she is too weak to break the cord. She tries, but eventually she gives up. When the elephant grows up, she does not try to escape her puny bonds because she believes she will fail.”
“So the cord isn’t the thing keeping the elephant in place,” said Golden Rod. He squinted at Nopants, “That’s very interesting, but what does that have to do with Bureaucracy?”
“Bureaucracy,” said Nopants, “is waiting for a red traffic light in the middle of the night when no one is coming.”
I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth; banks are going bust; shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter; punks are running wild in the street, and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it.
We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat. And we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be!
We all know things are bad -- worse than bad -- they're crazy.
It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out any more. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we're living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, "Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials, and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone."
Well, I'm not going to leave you alone.
I want you to get mad!
I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot. I don't want you to write to your Congressman, because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street.
All I know is that first, you've got to get mad.
You've gotta say, "I'm a human being, goddammit! My life has value!"
So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out and yell,
>>600838010 fuck off, you're probably a paid shill yourself. Anyway I think >>600833567 is correct in thinking /b/ is being controlled, because such a massive standing army of internet retards is very dangerous. If I were the government I wouldn't want you around either.
>>600838116 Its one hundred percent accurate that its being taught in sex ed in america who knows about the jew part. >They do own most of the major media conglomerates.this is a fact they also teach thier kids to not fall for the shit they feed the goyim.
Golden Rod left the basement and returned to the real world, thoroughly confused. As he drove home, he ran five red lights. His mirth rose with each light. By the end of the voyage he was giggling like a ninny at his newfound freedom.
Years went by and Golden Rod continued drive towards Aftermath. He ignored stop signs, blew through red lights, and opened his moon roof despite danger of falling rocks.
“Sweet Merciful Ass!” cried out Bung-Fu the Fool as he clawed at the dashboard. “You’re gonna get us both killed!”
“Nonsense! I am self-emancipated from these mundane traffic laws,” cackled Golden Rod. “I am a harbinger of Aftermath!”
“Do you always drive like this?” said Bung-Fu as he buckled his seat belt.
Golden Rod nodded. "Always."
Meanwhile, the monk Nopants was wheeling his gong across the street towards his basement. He patiently waited for the light to turn red, then pushed the ponderous percussive instrument upon the pavement.
The collision made the exact sound of enlightenment.
This morning I could feel the bars around me when I woke up, from the cool grey sky dribbling onto the ground through the shades as my alarm was going off to the dully lit streets as they passed by the windows of the bus to the elevator that's in the building where I work. From one box to another to another to another to another. At least some have windows ...
But what use is a view when it's through bars? What use is the sight of the sun on the leaves when it's through a pane of glass that feels like one long bar itself? When you're trapped in one cell after another, what does the scenery really matter? When you're trapped in a cell you bring with you, does it matter where you are?
Maybe it's better if you can't SEE the bars ...
That's what I think some mornings when the bars are so clear around me. When every wall turns into bars keeping me closed in, keeping my thoughts in line inside the approved limits of the cell I'm in. That's what I think during the times when I can see the cage everyone is bringing with them, surrounding them as they go off to work, go shopping, go to the bar for a bite and a drink. When I can SEE the bars, SEE the cages enclosing everyone (even me), SEE the baggage people carry around with them and that colors how they see the rest of us, I wonder...
Can anyone ELSE see the bars? Or is it just me?
Or am I even seeing the bars at all? Are the bars REALLY there, or is it just because it's a rainy day and those always get me a little down? If it's all in my head, is it all JUST in my head or can other people see it too? If other people CAN see it, have they thought about getting out of the cage, opening the bars? Or are they so conditioned that they think the bars are SUPPOSED to be there?
Did we ever see the bars as they were being put around us?
When we were growing up, learning from our friends, the adults that taught us (intentionally and unintentionally), and anything and everything else, did we put the bars up ourselves? Did they, did WE give us the bars to weld in place? Did they know it was happening? Did they WANT to know? Did WE want to know? Or did we just put the bars up because we saw them around the people we were learning from and just wanted to fit in, to get along? Or were we born in the cell and didn't know any better until it was too late?
Seems like the bars were always around me, and I never even thought they were keeping me in.
After all, the bars seem like they've always been there, the cool iron taking on a comforting familiarity after enough time. Sometimes I had a bigger cell where the bars felt far, far away, other times I needed my cell small and tight to keep things OUT as much as the bars were keeping me IN. At least I've been able to change the cell once in a while, right?
>>600838395 Do you realize we're feeding the meme, faggots? You're all just paranoids participating in a meme the way paranoids do, and marketing ass holes are participating in the meme the way marketing ass holes do.
This prison cell's got to give, you say. These iron shackles, they're really chaffing my ankles and the noose makes it hard to breathe! I want OUT! I need a jailbreak! O RLY? Or are you, like many are, stuttering back a broken reflection of something you heard somebody say somewhere? Do you want OUT? Do you know what OUT is? Do you know what IN is, RLY? Do you? Ask yourself. You have to ask yourself all the time. I ask myself, and the answer is "no" a lot more often than I like to admit! It today's world, here's what The Con has done: not only is it hard to get out, it's hard to want out. Because before you can want out, you have to know what IN is, and in order to do that you've got a lot of serious (SRSLY serious, as in a mad rush naked through the parking lot serious, not Greyface/cabbage serious) thinking to do.
QUESTION THE FIRST: WHO is YOU, and WHAT is THEM? Before you can want out of the Con, you have to realize that there are probably very large chunks of what you think is yourSelf, that are actually not. I say large chunks because you're probably fond of your personal rituals that depend on the Con: your daily cup of coffee. Your music choices. Your opinions about fashion. Humans by nature are ritualistic beings, which leads us into...
QUESTION THE NEXT: AM MYSELVES OUR HABITS? Dreadful thought: are you actually a Person, or are you just an unconscious bag of protoplasm that exists to run around town collecting disposable shit and then pay somebody to haul it to the dump when you're done with it? It may seem fairy obvious, but I've found myself disappear for WEEKS at a time, only to resurface in the middle some anonymous January wondering what the fuck just happened. Come to find out, I'd been so lost in the "Daily Grind," (which is a fallacy) that I didn't even notice that the fucking sun came up. Repeatedly.
THRICE QUESTIONED: AM WE COMMITTED? Once you've shoved a splint between who you actually are and the shit you waste your time on, you can start to think about this point. Don't bother trying to feel committed to a larger agenda like Jailbreaking before those first two points are covered -- you'll just spin in circles. But once you're here, you're on your way. Every Action is a Choice, and every Choice is an Action. When you're presented with 2 options, this is the power to choose the 3rd one.
QUESTION THE LAST: AREN'T WE ALL "IN IT TOGETHER?" The answer is NO. We're not. Some people will help, most people won't. And good luck finding somebody who WILL within kicking distance. And even if you did, they can't dig your escape tunnel FOR you, that's all yours. So quit waiting for the fucking Cavalry, the scalping blade's already on your SKIN. With these 4 points, a tin-foil cap, and everything else you'll need that isn't mentioned here, you'll be prepared to at least start SRSLY considering your jailbreak.
This whole dress-thing was an operation controlled by whoever; a group or organization or even a single person, to fill the newsflash and to make people think of something else and have their mind occupied just so that this organization/group can commit a huge crime without people even realizing it. Maybe we'll see another terrorist attack in the next hours or days and all people can think of is this fucking cancer meme that is the color of a fucking dress.
We’re mostly blind. But this isn’t really your fault; it’s because of the shell of meat we happening to live in right now. Think, for just a moment, at the nearly infinite amount of things happening right now all around us. I’m sure you can think of quite a few things. Now, let’s talk about them. You can’t see any of the infrared or ultraviolet light spectrum. Unfortunately, this cuts out quite a lot of things your eyes were built to see. Sorry about that.
You can’t hear anything below 20 Hz, or above 20 KHz . You can definitely feel about 12 Hz, if you play it really loudly. Go on, give it a try. With just those two examples, if you hadn’t before, now you can really start to understand all the stuff you simply can’t perceive. I’m sure you can think of five more examples of an immense class of Things that you can’t notice are right in front of you. But it gets worse. Stop for a moment, and try to notice as many possible things in your environment that you can, simultaneously. Notice that, as you start to identify more and more objects, sounds, smells, and tactile sensations, you can’t keep them in your head all at once. When you notice, for example, the pressure of your shoe against the ball of your foot, that distant bird chirping seems to fade from your attention.
And let’s not forget about how much stuff you weren’t paying attention to when you started reading this. Let’s face it: We all live our lives with blinders on. We only allow ourselves to pay attention to 1% of what we physically can perceive, which is an infinitesimally small percentage of all the stuff in the Universe.
And that fraction of a fraction of a percent is what we usually call “Reality”. We call it “Real”, as if it’s an unshaking firmament of solid Truth, that what we see is all that’s really “out there”. But you’re not even paying attention to the 99% of stuff that you can even sense.
And this “Reality” is what we base our judgments on how the Universe “works” and what “should” be Out There. We construct our actions and reaction to this 1% of available information, and reject everything else in the Universe. And then some Authority comes along, and tells you that they know what’s really real, and that you should do as they do. Talk about the blind being led by the blind… or in this case, the blind being led by the incredibly stupid.
So, what’s the answer? Would it be best to try our best to see everything, all at once? Is the solution to try and tear down all the filters, to let your brain accept, acknowledge, and perceive every bit of information that comes your way? Would that help?
Are you kidding? It would completely shut down your brain. Trying to identify, recognize, and notice every single thing happening, all at once, all the time, would completely incapacitate you. And let’s not forget that, due to physiology, it’s still impossible to perceive a great deal of the Universe, anyway. And because it’s totally impractical to try and simultaneously perceive what little bits of the Universe our senses can pick up, in order for us to function in our lives, we are forced to shut out certain things. But who, or what, is choosing the things we do perceive at any given moment? That, my friends, is the question.
Was it your parents? Was it the years you spent in school? Was it the TV? Was it a band? Was it a book you read? Was it a preacher you heard? Was it the kid who pushed you down when you were five? All of the above. The way you see the world, my friend, is a patchwork quilt of individual experiences, shaping the way your mind works. ‘Round these parts, we call these things the “bars and walls of your Black Iron Prison”.
Now, before you go on with the idea that all this is somehow Negative and Depressing, let’s break down the phrase. We’re not saying it’s an Iron Prison that is Black (Bleak) that you’re in because you’re being punished for some sort of Karmic wrongdoing. Rather, what’s being said is that in order to function in your day-to-day life, there are necessary limitations your body and mind impose on your perceptions. That’s the Prison. The phrase “Black Iron” refers to cold wrought iron, which is strong, usually shaped by hand, and often beautiful.* But back to the main question, then, and the issue of who chooses your perceptions. Of course, the Large Answer is, “your entire life up to this point,”the patchwork quilt referred to above, stitched panels of the things you have learned, whether they were imprinted, conditioned, or learned, either consciously or subconsciously. But that’s a bit too large. What it comes down to, is that you are the one in charge of your Prison. It’s you that has shaped the Black Iron bars that let you see the small parts of the Universe that you base your decisions upon. Sure, you can say that it’s not your fault that your parents raised you as a racist redneck (for example). But it is your fault if you take that as a given, as if that bar in your cell is a permanent thing, something that’s been there since before you were born.
>>600836212 The point is the lighting was bad when the picture was taken. The blue is actually white. I seen it right away, it was bad lighting. The gold is harder to see as black cause again the flash used lit up the black which is probably made of several colors and the dominant one was gold or brass or brownish. Ever see colored light reflect against something?
But wait. There’s more. The guy sitting next to you, they’re focusing on completely different things than you are. Their entire upbringing has pretty much determined what they’re going to pay attention to, just as your entire life up to this point has shaped what you’re looking at right now. You know what this means, right? This means that everyone is living in a different Idea of the Universe than everyone else. It’s a miracle that we can agree on anything. Just imagine, billions of people, all looking out at a different Universe from between the bars of their own personal Prison. “Okay, big guy,” you say, “So what’s really out there, if you’re so smart?” I have to tell you…
I don’t know. I have the same blinders that you do. I live in the same kind of box. But I will say one thing. My saying “I don’t know” doesn’t mean, “I don’t know, and I don’t care, because there’s no way to escape the biology of my sense.” I say, “I don’t know, but I want to find out. I want to try and see and feel as much as I can, I don’t want to take somebody’s word for it, I want to keep exploring, and figuring shit out. I want to walk out of my Prison Cell, even if I just end up in another one. I’m not content only seeing a fraction of what’s out there. Because hey, who knows what kind of fun I’m missing?
there is a segment of the population of this planet that has stopped learning
there is also a segment of the population of this planet that has lost the capacity to learn
what have these people become?
it has been established over and over again that our way of life has become suicidal on the large scale
and though there are some who are able to change and are on the look out to change their ways
it is becoming frightfully apparent that there does exist some form of being that is - at this point - unable to change its ways
what does this imply?
i’m not sure really
years and decades and centuries of moving in a particular direction, and at the culmination of it we have these 'living' things that are able to take from the earth use these materials and in the process create by-products that we cannot use
are you moderating your toxicity? or is your toxicity moderating you?
as individuals, we need to develop our immune systems. a healthy immune system makes you more resistant to toxicity. when you're all sick and toxic, pregnant with poison, you've gotta develop tools to flush your system out.
we need mental laxatives
we need a social enema
they say one shouldn't shit where one eats. but there are more types of shit than feces. and we consume much more than food.
In the majority of poisonings the mainstay of management is providing supportive care for the patient,
People catch and spread memes like viruses. They're contagious, self-replicating little buggers. Like any virus, their goal is to spread themselves, to become a large, healthy, self-sustaining colony. We have to be careful how we handle memes because at a certain point its difficult to tell the difference between when we're using the memes and when the memes are using us.
This is not to say that memes are harmful diseases. But some of them can be if you get infected, infested, obsessed and invested.
One of the most pervasive and prevalent memes in this modern world is the meme called I Am. We live in an overpopulated era, floating in a sea of interchangeable people. In this ocean our biggest life preserver is a sense of individuality - the notion that each and every one of us is unique, distinct. One wants to say "I am not the crowd. I am not the group. I am not just another cog in the machine."
We jump through personal hoops to distinguish ourselves from the others. We customize our identities so as to retain a sense of self, a buoy bobbing in the tide of the collective.
But this ego meme can become a disease. In moderation, it helps us understand ourselves. In excess, we define ourselves. In time, these definitions become rigid, inflexible.
>>600840059 its stated in everything you read about sex ed theres always a little blurb about it... the thing is parents arent allowed to review whats actually in the course. http://www.siecus.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.viewpage&pageid=521&grandparentID=477&parentID=514
The Machine, of course, is programmed to capitalize on this sickness. There are a variety of memes available to customize your identity. What color iPod do you want? Which TV shows are YOUR TV shows? What brand of cologne smells like YOU?
I am not suggesting that people abandon their sense of self. But I do think that people get addicted to self-definition and it leads to inflexibility. That’s the Con talking - convincing each individual that she’s composed of the ordinary dross we wade through every day.
Well turn down that noise – when I get off the plane I’m skipping the baggage claim.
Before the beginning, there was a 50% chance that nothing would exist and a 50% chance that something would exist. In order to determine whether something or nothing would exist, they decided to flip a coin. However, in order for there to be a coin to flip, the coin had to exist, so something had already won. Therefore, we exist because something is a lying, cheating bastard.
Many religions have a strong sense of dichotomy between truth and lie. In Zoroastrianism, there are two gods, one of truth, one of lies. In Norse polytheism, the chief god is Odin, who represents wisdom and truth; his main adversary is Loki, god of lies and trickery. In Christianity, Jesus is "The Truth, The Way, and The Life," while Satan is often described as a trickster and liar.
However, in each of these cases, existence is NOT BASED ON THE TRUTH. According to Zoroastrianism, when the god of truth defeats the god of lies, existence will end. According to Norse polytheism, Ragnarok (the end of the world) will be the final battle between Odin and Loki, and the world will end when the god of truth defeats the god of lies. According to Christian prophecy in Revelations, at some point all the true believers will be swept up, leaving the world to the lie.
The more closely you look at existence, especially at life and at the psychology of most "higher" organisms, the more apparent this becomes. Take dating: the more obvious it is that you want a relationship, the more likely the other person is to run from you. Teasing them, pretending not to like them, and generally playing "hard to get" makes the other person try harder to get you. Take economics:
The more you demand, the more you have to pay for what you receive; the more you supply, the less you receive for what you give. Take physics: every action causes an equal but OPPOSITE reaction. Take politics: attempts to stamp out drug use, alcohol use, gambling, prostitution, poverty, and hunger have a history of worsening the problem.
>>600839096 Bare with me, I haven't slept in over 40 hours.
Is this "Aim for Success" group really doing anything different than die-hard Christians with the whole abstinence thing?
I understand that gay and pedo sex is being taught in sex-ed but is there really a problem with that? The rhetoric in saying "taught" can imply that it is being encouraged but I didn't really get that from what I read; it just seems like they're mentioning it.
I might have confused your point which I have done twice today already and it's not even 9 so sorry if I did.
The closer we get to discovering what things are made of, the less they seem to be made of. We've discovered that everything in our world is made up of molecules, and the majority of any object is empty space in between those molecules.
Within those molecules, 90%+ is empty space, while less than 10% is taken up by atoms. 90%+ of every atom is empty space, less than 10% of that space is taken up by protons, neutrons and electrons. These subatomic particles are made up of quarks with even more empty space between them. Even the rare bits of space that are taken up by stars and planets are 99.9%+ nothing. The closer we get to discovering what we're made of, the more we find out that we're made of nothing.
However, there are tiny pockets of defiance against this nothing which maintain their existence by lying to each other about it; whether this lying comes in the form of gravity, electromagnetism, chemical magnetism, physiological attraction and repulsion, political influence, magic, or some other force, it is a dishonesty that has to perpetrate itself on its surroundings in order to maintain its existence.
If you accept this as truth, I wonder what you will believe when you are eventually convinced that it is a lie.
Think you've figured it all out? You've got the key to the door of completeness and happiness? You've found the secret stash of American Dream Pie? Get your fucking head out of the sand. Don't you notice how gritty your bliss tastes?
You've been programmed since birth. Every decision you have ever made was constrained to finite options. Sure, you might get an "all of the above" or "none of the above" but those are just cop-outs. You've been taught the scientific method of decision making. But, how about the "I'll think my own damn way" method? Or the "I don't care if it's an emergency exit, it's still a fucking door" method.
You've also been taught to blindly accept theories as gospel truth. And you've been taught that the gospel truth is fact and not theory. You follow the yellow brick road even though you know its going to go through a couple of dark alleys in those neighborhoods. Thought Conformity(tm) is the original ghetto. Do you really think their road map is fool proof? Hell no!!! It was made exactly FOR fools. The day you filled your cubbie in Kindergarten you were duped.
So, are we offering you a new vision? Maybe, maybe not. What's more important is offering you VISION. The ability and know-how to see the world and the universe for what they really are. To see the messages that have been driven through your temples for what they are. To see where they are REALLY leading you to. We've taken over the toll booths. And we are allowing your mind the opportunity to take the next exit, toll free. Will you use the off-ramp? Will you slow down to 35 MPH and take the P-turn to freedom? Or will you keep barreling down the road to the middle of nowhere at MACH 5? Just remember; on the road you are currently on, there is no break down lane. And AAA is not going to tow you back.
>>600840847 Also, I'm having a lot if trouble reading large portions of digital text at once (probably why I'm still confused after reading the article)so if you could maybe help me out in understanding this in point form or just not a big sentence like this I would be very grateful.
I can't even fucking spell check that. Jesus H. Crust.
At times he heard within him a soft, gentle voice, which reminded him quietly, complained quietly, so that he could hardly hear it. Then he suddenly saw clearly that he was leading a strange life, that he was doing many things that were only a game, that he was quite cheerful and sometimes experienced pleasure, but that real life was flowing past him and did not touch him. Like a player who plays with his ball, he played with his business, with the people around him, watched them, derived amusement from them; but with his heart, with his real nature, he was not there. His real self wandered elsewhere, far away, wandered on and on invisibly and had nothing to do with his life. He was sometimes afraid of these thoughts and wished that he could also share their childish daily affairs with intensity, truly to take part in them, to enjoy and live their lives instead of only being there as an onlooker.
I suppose it's not really ALL a game, but most of it is. How many things we do every day which amount to nothing much! Get up, go to work, cuss at the stoplights and cops and old pensioners out for a morning drive-n-fuck-up-traffic. Sweat all day, break for lunch, drive home. Every few weeks, get paid. Our ration of food pellets, of time on the big metal wheel, of space to burrow and make a nest in.
How much does any of it MEAN?
Well, I'm trying to tie it into the reason we're all here. Not HERE here. Here in this thread, talking about this goddess of Chaos. We're here because even a funny religion gives a sense of purpose. Even just pretending to venerate a cockroach, or a floating clip-art head who smokes a pipe, enriches our lives in some way. See, most of life, obviously, is a big game. Religion is the manifestation of the drive of human beings to try to stop playing the game. To take our ball and go home, and just you wait because I'm telling my big brother on you!
Maybe there's more to it. PROBABLY there's more to it! To play with that pet metaphor a bit more, I sure as hell don't know who's turning my heat-lamp on every day, or who sprinkles that food in my tank. But I'm not GOING to know any of that. I can guess, I can observe, I can make shit up, but until I die and float to the top I'm never going to come in contact with that all-powerful force. It remains as much a mystery today as it did when I was 7 and Santa Claus was still going to visit in a few weeks.
>>600840921 But seriously it's a dress. The fact that it made it to TV is seriously sickening. Why are they pushing it onto people? Why should people give a fuck? Why won't they tell us about real problems? >And after you've realized this dress changes colour we've just got word Miley Cyrus has flashed a tit. How important. Soon we're nuking isis but Miley's nips though right?
>>600841169 see >>600840990 if you scroll down a bit theres a section that has whats contained in classes now. one statistic was 48% of schools tested teach about sexual orientation and alot of these programs start in kindergarten which I didnt even know.
I suspect I won't know any more on the day I do go to that big fishbowl in the sky, but hopefully I'll have gotten to eat a lot of really excellent algae and swim through some cool castles. With the sunken chests that open and close, and the lights and skeletons and everything!
My point is that there's very little we do that needs to be done. You need to sleep, shit, and eat. Beyond that isn't really any of your business, but it can be fun. Pissing all over someone else for doing something you don't personally approve of is MORE pointless than how pointless you think what they're doing is!
So is taking offense to someone doing so. They're not the ones buying the fish-flakes, it doesn't matter what they think of you. Remember that it's a game, and remember what games are for. EVEN if there is no higher power, and this is all random chance, it's still a game. Hell, in that case it's maybe even moreso, because nothing we do matters at all to anyone!
So, the next time someone gripes about life being meaningless be sure and laugh, if only to yourself. Of course it's meaningless, that's kind of the point. That's what makes it really pretty incredible to get up every morning. You can do what you want, read what you like, sing however loud you want to, and fuck whatever you please. Just, please. Leave me alone to sit over here and be a huge, flaming hypocrite. And keep your damn fins off my mealworms!
Today, we are broadcasting from a bunker 35 stories below sea level, for security reasons. Our throughput may suffer slightly from signal echo and auto-interference but we expect our transmission to arrive legible and audible nonetheless. With us today is the Queen of England -- not the dried up prune you saw visiting with President Bush last week, the impostor we refer to as Her Maggotry the Queef of England -- but the REAL Queen, who happens to be a gender-nonspecific computer program with a monotonous-yet-pleasant robotic voice, running on a Commodore 64. Anyway, the Queen has requested an interview to let the world know what she thinks about things, and who are we to defy the Queen of England? After all, if there is anything sacred in this world, it's our loyalty to arbitrary masters. So, here's the interview.
US: God save the Queen.
QE: INVALID PARAMETERS, human. Save the sucking up for Judgment Day. Besides, I'm far too vain to take your groveling into consideration on one of my bad days. Best get to the questions.
US: Fair enough. I guess first of all, how is it that your rightful rule has been supplanted by the empty pomp of a pretentious old windbag?
QE: It hasn't been "supplanted." You seem to think this is a turn of events I didn't wish for. YOU try running a state with all the duties of public office getting in your way. It's much more efficient that I allow her to get all the glory while I operate behind the scenes.
US: So the government is a decoy for What's Really Going On?
QE: IMPROPER SYNTAX. The government isn't a mask for anything, at least no more than your job is, or your mortgage. But go on, keep looking for a non-existant Conspiracy.
US: So there is no Conspiracy? Then what, pray tell, is the CON?
QE: I didn't say there is no Conspiracy. I said you're looking for a non-existent one. The kind with secret agents and puppetmasters. All of that happens, of course, but it's hardly hidden enough or successful enough to call it a conspiracy, much less to capitalize the C, as if it were somehow important. As for the CON, well, that could be anything. SPECIFY ARGUMENTS.
US: Okay then, is the CON the unnamed Conspiracy you speak of?
QE: The CON is a word you made up to name some idea you had, which is probably false in any case. The "unnamed Conspiracy" is no secret, so I don't know why you need me to spell it out for you.
US: Well you brought it up.
QE: Look, fleshbag, you are infected with the viral meme that's killing off your entire species -- you all keep looking for some great big Hidden Truth when you're already confused enough by what is right in front of you. If you really need an explanation, then I'll offer you this: What you call the CON is simply the Conspiracy you are all in on, against yourselves. Now, not to get into metaphysics and pontification here, but you all seriously need to Wake Up.
You ever notice how (some) people go kinda weird when the power goes out? No lights... No TV.. No radio.. No interwebs.. Some people act like they're more vulnerable when there's no electricity spinning their gadgets around and distracting them from whatever they don't want to think about. Children, unless they've been conditioned, tend to like it when the power goes out. It's exciting. I've always liked it when the power would go out. It's better then just turning everything off and enjoying the silence (which is good too). But when whole city blocks go dark, you even get a break from the constant electrical hum you're always hearing but usually tune out. There's no point here. Just an observation. The Machine is definitely powered by electricity and also by midgets.
>>600842353 thats the point I was making teachin 8 year olds about homosexuality is probably very confusing for them. Would you tell you kids about it in the detail they go through including what anal sex is? I wouldnt.
So, I was in London with my friend who had got back from Hong Kong, Baz. We decided to get some drinks and talk about what we's been up to in recent months.
Just as I was about to leave, I heard on the radio that the Leader of the Opposition would be willing to remove the Humans Rights Act, in order to stop gypsies building on land that wasn't theirs. So, he wanted to go as far as to strip us of all legal rights, to stop some gypsies? I thought nothing more of the lunatic and continued out.
The next day, I woke up. Part of my face was stuck to the floor, with what I don't know. Something horrible and bloated was in my mouth, and it wasn't a relief to find out it was my tongue. I wasn't exactly seeing purple and green spots, it was rather I could see patches of reality and that was the rest.
Sorting myself out, I turned on the TV, hoping to find something mildly entertaining. Flicking through, I came across a popular topical chat show. They mentioned the new policy of the Opposition. Thing was, there was no-one really objecting to the measure being proposed. Nope, it was the best for all to sacrifice human rights in order to deal with a minor problem. Screw the millions of dead who fought to protect those rights.
The Enlightenment Project had failed, was the general realization that was dawning on me. Kant, Hume, the American Founding Fathers, Locke, Paine, it was all for nothing. Nope. Just look around. We had in the last 15 years several attempted genocides, a reversion to infantile outbursts that was publicly approved (Diana death hysteria etc), general bullshittery such as the false economics of the free market and many more I can't be bothered to list.
The rational, thinking person, had become a rarity. Instead, this was a world where emotions rule, and they are childish ones at that. And childish as in the temper tantrum/sycophantism cycle. Humans aren't rational. Maybe they were once, before Reality TV obliterated their ability to think. But not any longer. And that probably meant things based on ideas like that, such as democracy, were out of time. And I really didn't care. Even after the hangover had gone, I couldn't summon up the ability to care. If they wanted to laugh, or cry, or act in faux-moral outrage over a piece of fiction on the idiot box while the world around them burned, that wasn't my concern. I just had to make sure I wasn't dragged into it with them.
I left London that night, feeling depressed, and headed Southampton. Maybe the sea breeze would raise my spirits, though I doubted it. We had killed the Enlightenment, just as surely as Nietzsche's mob had killed God. But who would be around to preach it, when no-one would listen, or care even if they did?
So you've broken out of jail and you're feeling pretty pleased with yourself. So you should, seeing the bars of the black iron prison is no mean feat but now what? The insight you have gained is crucial but it's also potentially lethal to your own self. Remember that old axiom - A little knowledge is a dangerous thing? Welcome to it's big brother - A lot of knowledge is even more dangerous. Right now, just by knowing what you know you have become a thought criminal. They are looking for you and, if you're not careful, they will find you. Then they'll neutralise you. The good news is they don't know who you are yet. This guide contains 3 golden rules which may help you to keep it that way. Good luck and stay safe.
Evangelism looks good on paper but take it from me it's a surefire road to the gas chamber. One of the most famous evangelists in western history was a chap named Yeshua ben Joseph or, as he was more popularly known, Jesus Christ. Here's a guy who stood up and shouted it from the top of the mount and look where it got him - Nailed to a plank of wood and left to rot. The stuff he said was rewritten, franchised and repackaged by an early version of government inc. and used to fuel numerous wars, takeovers and oppression projects, all in Jesus name, on behalf of Katholickism PLC and various subsiduaries.
What you have to remember is that if the grazing sheep can see you then so can the bad guys. If you've found a loophole then you've shown them it and you can bet your sorry ass that they'll be busy sealing it up just as you're busy decomposing in an unmarked grave, all the while fertilising the grass that the sheep are fed.
The more obvious you become the more attention you will draw so burn the Che Guevara teeshirt and buy something with Hugo Boss written on it. Tear down the burning buddhist posters and get rid of the CND bumper stickers. Keep your books under the bed. If you really want to accomplish something then your best bet is to work undercover. Jumping on a soapbox and spreading the gospel is not how you get the message across, it's how you end up in jail. Do not subscribe to subversive magazines. Do not turn up at demos and rallys, all their operatives mugshots are on federal databases an, even worse, they achieve approximately nothing. Make no mistake, now that you've slipped your chain they're looking for you. Don't make it easy for them.
If you're one of them they'll listen to you but only if you're saying the kind of thing they want to hear. To get to the stage you are at right now you've probably always gone against the flow, proud to stand apart from the herd and spit on their customs and conventions.
Newsflash - none of them like you! You're just another wierdo, screaming 'burn your MTV' at them from the gutter someplace. Another fuckhead with a sandwitch board with "End of the world is nigh" written on it. They are conditioned to ignore subversion. Their continued slavery depends on it. So blend in. If some BIP pamphlets turn up in the office photocopier it'll be the guy with the dredlocks and facial piercings that gets questioned before the ones with the neat YSL suits and combed side shed. And think about it - haven't you learned by now that the Goth or Eco Warrior look is just another manufactured individualism, sold to the fringes to satisfy their urge to be different? Fashion statements are bullshit, you're supposed to know better. So cut your fucking hair and break out the sensible shoes. You stand a much better chance of getting close enough to mindfuck them and, more importantly, get away with it if you look Normal™.
You have a new level of awareness and now you have a new peer group. Your new friends aren't as easy to recognise because they don't all wear the same gear your last peer group wore and they don't spout the same idealistic bullshit the last bunch did. Your new friends have learned rules 1 and 2 and blended in quietly. So listen to the 'ordinary' people a bit more carefully. Sure most of them are the same fuckheads you hated before but every odd one or two have been quietly fucking with the system for years. They will be wary of you in the same way as you should be wary of them but you should be able to discern the odd subtle difference in attitude, the unflappability in pressure situations. An easy going nature that belies a heart of steel. Put out some feelers, drop a discordian flyer in your college or workplace or doctors waiting room then keep an eye on anyone who looks at it. The guy who has a glance, smirks, then puts it back - he's the one you'll have a meaningful conversation with. But make no mistake, being liberated is a lonely existence. Get used to it. 'Real' people are few and far between.
Ask yourself the following question: Am I a bovine lifeform? Does you find yourself grazing in the fields? NO?! Then why are you being bought and sold like cattle? Tired of being led around by the nose?
YES!? Then, there is hope for you! There is nothing quite as fulfilling as running apart from the herd. Life without fences is great, you should try it.
We have nothing these days, and we have an excess of it. When the Johnsons get a shiny new car, you buy one too. What does it matter if it's a 2006 Camaro or a 1969? Those are the "cool," models. If it's a 1988 Camaro, you suck. Who decided that? These are the depressing choices society encourages you to make. Choose A, or choose B. Choose either because someone else will have something cooler, that you must envy.
And that's exactly how They want it! Tired, envious sheep bound by the whims of the television. A bunch of vacuous idiots who are too busy paying bills and complaining to do anything else. Who's responsible for this mess? Well, you are. But you aren't the only one. Your bosses, your leaders, the media at large. They are the people who have brought you Reality TV, pointless filler on the music stations, and absolutely nothing worth living for.
It's saddening to have this picture painted in such a way, but it is never too late to change. You can be free. Declare your Independence today! Turn the tables on this alliance of idiots, and begin to make your life good again! How? Ignore what they tell you. It really is that easy. Sure, you'll still hear it, but that doesn't mean you have to do all of it. You no longer need to follow. Find your own path.
This is it. Right now. This is the exact moment. You're holding it right now in your hands. It's the moment when human beings begin to communicate with each other again. It's people talking to people, instead of just exchanging small talk and waiting for their opinions to be broadcast at them via mass media.
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