This article is so well done with two great videos that add to our understanding! My thanks to author, Dick Croy, for suggesting it. . . ~J
May 16, 2014
Thanks to Dick Croy!
A story about 9/11, and many of the anomalies of that day, is just what the activist community needs. The American military is investigating ways to control people’s belief systems, and even their hormones, by deliberately manipulating the form and content of the stories they hear. The mainstream media has long been in control of the dominant memes in society, and with such a constant barrage of propaganda, it is clear that we need as many counter-narratives as possible.
One such narrative is False Flag, written by Dick Croy; it tells the story of a man who dares to discover the most important facts of 9/11. Frank, who lost his daughter that day, is slowly awakened to many of the issues which were not dealt with in the official investigation.
We journey with him on his voyage of discovery, from ignorance, to disbelief, to coming to terms with the painful truths. This is a journey many of the readers of Activist Post will recognize, since many people’s eyes were opened by what they have learned since that terrible day in America. What happened lit their fire – it made them hunt down the information that’s missing in the mainstream media. In doing so, they dared consider what, to many, is ‘the unthinkable’ – the possibility that the people who are ‘in charge’ may not always have our best interests at heart, and could even stoop so low as to kill.
But many people just don’t want to know. It’s far easier not to know. As Croy explains in the afterword to False Flag, he heard of a woman who was introduced to the uncomfortable facts about 9/11, and complained, “Thanks for ruining my life!”
Most people, when faced with information which conflicts with their belief system, struggle with cognitive dissonance. They have already had their heads filled with stories from the mainstream media, all of which have helped shape their belief systems; so when the brain receives information which conflicts with those beliefs, it does everything it can to ‘make it fit’. The media has popularised the meme that government/corporate sceptics are ‘conspiracy theorists’, and has taught people to ‘switch off’ from certain subjects:
My picture of the world is set
in stone. And, as far as I can
see, I’m not alone. So don’t tell
me stuff to mess me up. Don’t try
to frighten or enlighten me.
Don’t shatter my reality!
I’m hangin’ on, I must confess.
Just lost my job, just flunked a test.
Don’t throw me in the wilderness!
Denial! Denial! It’s stronger than
a smile. When things get tough,
you’ve had enough,
Just pull out that denial!
(from False Flag)
It is the ability to transition through this denial (by doing the required research!) that allows people to finally accept there are consequences to corruption ‘at the top’.
Ironically, “We also seem to use storytelling to reconcile our conscious and subconscious thoughts – as, for example, when we make choices based on subconscious reasoning and then invent fictions to justify and rationalise them.” (Source)
Cognitive dissonance is another topic woven through the story False Flag, and as such, it helps people like me understand how others can be so blind to the corruption at the top, because I’ve been a lifelong skeptic when it comes to government and power. You see, I was nursing my newborn baby when I first saw the footage of the planes just ‘melting’ smoothly into the Twin Towers. I didn’t, and still can’t, believe what the pictures showed my eyes. I was already a committed activist, and my very first reaction was to shout out at the people at the top of the pyramid – because I recognised it as being a false flag too far; part of a campaign to make us believe we need ‘protection’ from terrorists in caves – radicals, extremists, suicide bombers … And yet people fell for the official story – hook, line, and sinker – even though the ones with the most power are the biggest terrorists of all.
Stories fill our lives, from those told to us by friends, to those we tell ourselves, and of course, those selected to be told by the media as the ‘news of the day’. The problem is, the media has been honing its propaganda techniques for decades now, and most of the stories we hear are re-tellings of corporate and government news-releases. We are told which ‘current events’ are affecting our lives; one event builds upon another, and narratives are formed, shaping our world views, and our understanding of how the world works.
Because of the potential power of carefully contrived narratives, DARPA is investigating the deep psychological effects that stories have upon humans, in an attempt to ‘win hearts and minds’, the sly way. Academics have discovered that stories shape our belief systems, our sense of identity, our choices, and our actions.
They alter our mental state, making us highly suggestible, especially when we empathize with the characters. Stories have physiological effects upon our bodies – brain scans reveal that when people read a story or watch a movie, “the same brain regions that are active in real-life situations fire up when a fictitious character encounters an equivalent situation.” In other words, our brains perceive, and react to, whatever the characters are experiencing, just as if it were happening to ourselves. (Source)
Stories can also trigger the release of neurotransmitters and hormones such as oxytocin and dopamine. Head of the ‘narrative networks’ research at DARPA, William Casebeer, commented that this effect is similar to having “a tiny hit of cocaine”. (Source)
This is the beginning of the “story wars”…
… the most troubling psy-ops imaginable. Humans the world over use universal story lines to understand the world around them, with the basic story mechanism of cause and effect, or problem; reaction; solution. Oftentimes it’s the classic story arc, of the hero’s journey. The deep, but subtle, effects of cunningly crafted narratives will feature more and more in our lives, so all you budding story tellers out there get busy! Tell us stories yet untold, let your imagination unfold – art of all kinds can tell a story, as it speaks from heart to heart. Songs, dances, videos, blogs, and fiction … they all tell stories and make a difference to the world.
As activists, you could send stories like False Flag to people you think may be able to open their eyes, and cope with our somewhat grim reality.
As Croy remarks:
The choir is being preached to with brilliance and passion, but it’s time to enlarge the congregation. Exponentially.
Click Here to read a short passage from False Flag, by Dick Croy.