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The Hard Truth — Squeeze play – Mind control

22nd October 2012   ·   0 Comments

By Min. J. Kojo Livingston
Contributing Columnist

Part II
You may have heard of recent lawsuits against department stores for broadcasting subliminal messages either hidden in music or in subsonic or ultrasonic messaging. The latter terms refer to sounds that are either below or above the range of audible human hearing. However the sounds are strong enough to penetrate the subconscious and appear to you as thoughts…your own thoughts.

There is now an entire field called neuro-marketing, which is only part of the larger field of subliminal technology. Big Business claims it is their first amendment right to communicate or play with your subconscious mind without your knowing about it.

TV, radio, the movie and music industries are all seeking more ways to influence your thoughts, beliefs, behavior and of course, your buying habits by putting subliminal messaging in whatever you watch or listen to.

Not only should it bother you that both the government and big business – which are increasingly becoming one and the same – want to influence you without your knowing it. You should also be disturbed to know that neuro and subliminal technology is leaning more toward long-distance control and observation of your thoughts and emotions, also without your knowing it.

Is this the kind of world you want to live in? Because that’s exactly what is being planned and carried out by an almost overt fascist conglomerate that I’ll call Big Brother. Why re-invent the wheel when George Orwell nailed it?

Fifty years ago half of what Big Brother is doing or even considering doing would have drawn protests, riots, boycotts and strikes. Recall elections would have been held for every official who failed to oppose such measures. Today we see it happen before our very eyes and pretend it’s not there. Some are too preoccupied with computer games, chat, and blogs or TV “reality” shows to deal with the political, cultural and economic realities of this day. Many of those who do acknowledge the problem claim that we are too powerless to do anything about it.

This is not true.

The point of all this mental manipulation is to prevent us from using our power to create a better world that promotes justice, peace and prosperity for everyone.

We can turn this around, but reversing this trend requires work on several fronts. That is why Big Brother is likely to succeed. Most of us are addicted to the illusory world that mass media has created. We are too into our games, TV shows, and Internet chatter to actually get up and face the real world.

So the first set of action solutions that I recommend relates to freeing your own mind from electronic media addiction. I encourage you to come up with more of your own.

1. Reduce electronic media consumption. How much time do you spend in the virtual world versus dealing with real people and real things in real ways? Do you prefer texts to conversations? How much face-to-face interaction do you have with key people in your life? Trying going one day per week without the computer or Internet and making a daily limit of how much time you will spend in computerland.

2. Increase real interaction with the real world and real people. Talk to people. Play board or other games that involve touching or moving objects. Exercise. Touch a real tree or plant. Grow some food and eat it. Sit by a river or lake for an hour (turn the damn phone off).

3. Practice Critical Thinking – question everything and everybody. Start using your brain to differentiate lies from reality. Do your own research into things you believe to be true.

4. Read printed books, magazines and newspapers. Write a journal by hand. Talk to elders in your community.

When you start doing these things you may notice that you are having withdrawal symptoms just like any other junkie. You will have to fight the urge to cheat. You might not be able to concentrate. Tech addiction is a mother!

So what would you do, how far would you submit if they threatened to turn it all off?

Next week we conclude with some really scary but likely scenarios and a prescription to Fight the Power!

Until then Whatchagonna Do?

This article was originally published in the October 22, 2012 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper

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