Are you in control of your thoughts?
The question posed in the headline of this hub,has probably been answered rather quickly by anyone who read it,that's why I followed with the second question.Even though there are influences sociologically,that seek to coerce conscious thought,being aware of these influences is the reason I am confident that my thoughts are my own,having an introverted personality almost ensures that I have thoughts even about my thoughts themselves.You can be aware of these subtle(sometimes not so subtle) influences even if you succumb to them but I think that knowing certain things ensures that your decision was your own.Hence you had a choice and it wasn't simply an illusion of choice.
Even with the abundance of information available in our technologically advanced society,I found the pictures and videos coming out of Mexico recently,of people wearing surgical face masks or articles on empty churches,businesses and other places of gathering rather troubling and most elucidating in respect to the power in the hands of the distributors of information and wizards of public relations.For example,40,000 people die in automobile accidents every year,yet find myself in traffic everyday and it's rare that the highways are empty.Where I want to go into great detail here,is the power of information itself.
During the 90's an average of 36,000 people died from influenza each year and that statistic was never mentioned during the intense coverage of the Swine Flu.With every form of information dispenser focused on the swine flu from radio,television and even here on this oracle we call the Internet,the panic engulfed the entire Mexican populace.I cannot doubt the validity of the claims that the swine flu has the potential to be a pandemic,I am not a scientist,biologist or a physician.However my introverted personality causes me to ingest information and wash it down with a grain of salt.The figurative grain of salt being my resulting research.I am a staunch advocate for civil liberty,my own and my families and beneath the 24 hour coverage and breaking H1N1 updates,the men behind the curtain were passing draconian legislation with little resistance and mostly zero resistance.All because of an outbreak of the flu that could be avoided by....wait for it....washing your hands,covering your mouths when you cough and avoiding close contact with people displaying symptoms.Most of our mothers taught us these things and if we were lucky they baked really delicious cookies too!What was the Wizard of Oz cooking up behind the curtain of impending doom?
Please allow me to reverse a typical recently broad-casted scenario,Imagine you are watching the lined up programming of your favorite 24 hour news channel and the following happened:
C.N.D.N (Communicable Disease News Network)
On scene reporter (sans face mask of course)
Dr.Doom:....I'm standing here in the city square in Mexico City,Mexico and it's sheer pandemonium (as people casually stroll by wearing face masks) every pharmacy has run out of face masks and hand sanitizer ...blah blah,blah
Talking Head(In studio):...I have to interrupt you for a moment Dr.Doom for this breaking H1N1 virus update from Boston Massachusetts
Talking Head:...There you have it folks,the government is moving quickly to contain this situation.Please stay tuned for Dr.Gloom followed by Chicken Little,who will be joining me shortly,in studio and now back to Dr.Doom live in Mexico City.
With the exception(that I know of) of Brit Hume from Fox News there hasn't been any mention of the exaggerated coverage of this outbreak.
According to the A.M.C.A(American Mosquito Control Association) over a million people die worldwide from mosquito borne diseases every year.At the time of that news report in the video clip above the total number of deaths from the H1N1 virus in America was a whopping,one,(or 1.000.000.000 in light of this hub)and that was a Mexican citizen visiting relatives in Texas.It was a child that died and my heart goes out to his parents and family,I am sure from their perspective the H1N1 virus is a harsh reality.The point I'm trying to make here is that the narrator in the news clip mentioned that the bill had been languishing in the state legislator for quite sometime(several years after failing numerous times) before passing unanimously under the guise of imminent necessity during this wave of the flu(propaganda).
This wave seems to be a tsunami but you're already surfing so let's surf this one out.The alternative is to make your way back to the safety of your hotel room,like everyone else but what you may not know is that Sigmund Frued already littered the halls with banana peels on the ground and you may end up doing the Freudian slip into an Orwellian slide right smack into a Brave New World and that may be more dangerous than even a mosquito bite.
Edward Bernays,the father of public relations
Edward Bernays was also the nephew of Sigmund Frued and he applied his uncles theories on collectivism beautifully in propaganda and later for commercial interest.With the addition of polls and surveys(collectivism) and the validity of a title Dr.Doom Dr.Gloom,even though the "Dr." bringing you the information is a paid employee of the C.D.N.N,collectiviely the provided data is taken without the proverbial grain of salt.Unfortunately it's true even if the information is of utmost importance to your future,liberty or well being.
See how Camels agree with your throat.The commercial is funny 60 years later but imagine the impact it had in 1949 and I see a similarity to how my grandchildren may watch a swine flu commercial and the way I feel when i watch this one from 1976
Yes,we've been down this road before,the difference this time is the advancements we've made in the scientific development of marketing,advertising,public relations and propaganda.There are now marketing companies that use M.R.I.(Magnetic Resonance Imaging)to gauge the impact a potential ad will have on the mind of tit's targeted audience.Leading the charge towards advertising that impacts different areas of your brain without your knowledge,is MindSign Neuromarketing.Here is a clip showing the brain of a 26 year old male while he's watching a news story on the Swine flu on C.N.N.(Thanks for breaking my Fruedian slip if you caught it in this paragraph,the power of words...gotta love em.I caught my typo during proof reading but it was simply too delicious for me to delete.)
There have been many pandemics,that have killed hundreds of millions of people throughout human history.There is a rational argument to be made for preparations by governments,however at the time of this writing the flu is no longer front page news and laws have been passed or re-written that have the potential to impact our daily lives dramatically.Most of these laws are vague in the definition of a pandemic and it is left up to W.H.O.(World Health Organisation) or the C.D.C(Center for Disease Control) to determine when to enact them.If their reaction to this latest outbreak was any indication of future results then it bothers me.W.H.O. raised the pandemic threat level to 5 out of a possible 6.If you'd like to see exactly how the rules have changed visit the C.D.C.'s website and they have the protocols for every state.Here is a warning from Aldous Huxley the author of A Brave New World from an interview with Mike Wallace.In the first part of the video Mr.Wallace can be seen smoking a cigarette,I wonder if it was a Camel)It's worth listening to his views on propaganda and politics,in my humble opinion.
One of Edward Bernay's most dramatic experiments was to persuade women to smoke.It is explained in the full length version of the clip on Bernays seen at the beginning of this hub.One of Mr. Bernays first clients was George Hill the president of the American Tobacco Corporation and the rest is history."You've come a long way baby"was a popular ad campaign in the 70's for the cigarette brand Virginia Slims.TheMindlessBrute has to ask himself " A long way,In which direction?"If you'd like to learn more on these "Torches of Freedom" it begins around 2:45
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