Some would have us believe Henry Kissinger was a great statesman. Others consider him a deranged war criminal. Contrary to some beliefs, Dr. Strangelove was not based on this warmonger, but it may certainly have been a premonition or influence (perhaps he saw the film himself) for his own rise to power and world view. Substantial controversy erupted when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973.
With the advent of the “digital age“, the ability to control and direct the thoughts, emotions, beliefs, fears and “realities” of a population has risen to heights never before seen in human history.
Some startling events have transpired during my lifetime that had a profound effect on my beliefs (principally my lack of beliefs). I’ve always preferred the truth to beliefs and realized early in life that beliefs, particularly those that are commonly accepted, are often not the truth. In many cases they’re the product of childhood programming by the public school system combined with adopted familial, societal and cultural beliefs.
Truth seekers, and particularly truth tellers, have been mocked, despised, persecuted and shunned decade after decade, century after century, when their “truth” clashes with the common beliefs of society. Dr. Guy McPherson and Michael Ruppert are two such truth tellers.
Glossophobia is one of the most common fears amongst humans. For most of us, it eclipses snakes, heights, and for some, even death. I signed up for a weekend workshop on acting and improvisation in the late 1970’s, in an attempt to conquer it in myself. It seemed in my best interest to retain fear of heights and snakes don’t need my affection.
Much of what seems real only exists because enough people believe it. Our culture is based on a number of core beliefs. I am a hard core skeptic and a seeker of the truth. I continue to avoid joining groups as it inevitably means accepting their beliefs, which is what they hold in common and make them a group. I choose knowing over believing and am not afraid to say “I don’t know”. (more…)