Here’s why you need to think different in 2017

I imagine that right now you’re feeling a bit like Alice… Tumbling down the rabbit hole? Hmm?

Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know,you can’t explain. But you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life. That there’s something wrong with the world.

You don’t know what it is, but it’s there…like a splinter in you’re mind, driving you mad. Do you know what I’m talking about? The Matrix is everywhere. It’s all around us, even in this very room.

You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you pay your taxes. The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes, to blind you from the truth.

That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage, born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch.

A prison…for your mind

The late comedian George Carlin once famously said:

When something is ‘new and improved’, which is it? If it’s new, then there has never been anything before it. If it’s an improvement, then there must have been something before it.

Have you ever noticed that there seems to be this concerted effort to make us believe things that are not true? Have you ever felt like there was a conspiracy to life? 
 
 I’m a military buff, and of all the armed conflicts I’ve studied, the Vietnam War always gives me the excitement chills. This war introduced so many of the modern operations and peripherals we have become accustomed to in America; televised battles and embedded journalists, Air Cavalry, guerrilla warfare and a scientific recognition of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (known as shell shock in previous wars and not considered as a treatable medial condition). In so many ways, American politics, public sentiment about our troops in combat, and even the war of drugs was massively impacted by this war. 
 
 And it was all a sham. 
 
 The war was precipitated on the following “factual event”;

Shortly before midnight, on August 4, President Johnson interrupted national television to make an announcement in which he described an attack by North Vietnamese vessels on two US Navy warships, Maddox and Turner Joy and requested authority to undertake a military response. Johnson’s speech repeated the theme that “dramatized Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh as the aggressor and which put the US into a more acceptable defensive posture.” Johnson also referred to the attacks as having taken place “on the high seas,” suggesting that they had occurred in international waters.

Wikipedia: Gulf of Tonkin Incident
 
 Almost 50 years removed, it is now well documented that,

In 2005, an internal National Security Agency historical study was declassified; it concluded that Maddox had engaged the North Vietnamese Navy on August 2, but that there were no North Vietnamese naval vessels present during the incident of August 4. The report stated regarding the first incident on August 2 that “at 1500G, Captain Herrick ordered Ogier’s gun crews to open fire if the boats approached within ten thousand yards. At about 1505G, the Maddox fired three rounds to warn off the communist boats. This initial action was never reported by the Johnson administration, which insisted that the Vietnamese boats fired first.”

Wikipedia: Gulf of Tonkin Incident
 
 In other words, the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, which is what President Johnson used to send combat troops to Vietnam, was based on a lie. The Golf of Tonkin incidents did not happen as presented to the world. Does this sound familiar?
 
 Controversy still engulfs the legality of the Iraq War. Did Saddam have weapons of mass destruction or not? So many people simply aren’t sure, and it is this uncertainty that is changing the country and the world and the laws we live by each and every day. 
 
 We cannot simply assume that things are the way we think they are, just because they are presented to us as such.
 
 Which registers more on your radar: March Madness 2016 or Secretary of State John Kerry’s announcement that ISIL is committing genocide? In America, we care more about the Superbowl than we do Syrian refugees. Nothing wrong with sports (go Bulls). Just understand that sports is non-lethal gladiatorial amusement, and the term amusement was originally depreciate, because it distracted a person from his or her duty. To muse is to ponder and think upon, and the prefix a comes from both Latin and Greek and means not. That makes sense; sometimes we do not think while we are being amused, and sometimes we seek amusement so as not to have to think at all. 
 
 We have to think differently. Our lives may very well depend on our ability to do so. Love him or hate him, Edward Snowden showed us that there is another world going on all around us, while we are busy being blind in our bubbles.

Isolation chambers like the one late David Vetter was forced to live in, kept out germs well enough; it kept out everything and everyone else as well. We are blinded and deafened and our senses are dulled by the myriad distractions, the advertising, the Academy Awards and the Grammys. We are the frog that is slowly cooked to death because it doesn’t know it’s in a pot on a stove.

We are all children of this bubble, and the sharp prick of fresh thinking and critical review can grant us freedom.

Was the destruction of the Twin Towers in 2011 a controlled demolition? We’re the recent Paris attacks a classic false flag operation? What you think about these events is less important than the fact that you are thinking about them. We have to pop the bubble. We need to think clearly.

We can’t afford to operate the way we always have in 2017. No matter who wins the 2016 United States presidential election, America is going to change in ways our parents could have never imagined. Traditional, longstanding views about gender and sexuality are evolving and transforming at breakneck velocity. The FBI is developing AI that can identify and track people by their tattoos. United States citizens will soon need passports to travel between the States. Times will never be as they once were.

The Chicago Thinkers Journal implores you to let this be the year that you begin to think differently about things you may have taken for granted your entire life. Subscribing to this blog and blogs like it can be that critical first step.

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