COVID-19 brings the world to a screeching halt. Economies teeter, stocks plummet, and citizens become compliant robots all too willing to remain quarantined. Perhaps an election is lost by the incumbent (I’m crossing my fingers this does not occur). A year later, a vaccine is suddenly discovered. If you wish to board an airplane or cross into a neighboring state, not a problem as long as you possess legal documents proving you’ve received the vaccine. In other words, comply, and those in power can tell you what else is okay under their totalitarian state. Cite your freedoms and rights as a sovereign citizen, FEMA camps stage-right to re-educate you. Sound far fetched? Maybe not.
With a little bit of detachment and a wider lens, one can see events devoid of spin or emotional plea. Sensationalized stories by the media about the need to reform gun laws, coverage concerning political leanings, even the recent #metoo movement – what do they all have in common? They are divisive. The easiest path to vanquishing any foe is to divide them from within, then conquer. While you and I bicker over the trivial, the Deep State abolishes our rights. Today they demand we take a vaccine, tomorrow we’re being microchipped. Simply put, give the powers that be an inch, rest assured they’ll take a country mile. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. Step back, look at a given situation, and ask what the long-term implications of the occurrence hold.
Each day, we are inundated by countless information outlets – be it television, internet, music, motion pictures, magazines, or newspapers. We look at the outside world for social cues; what behaviors are acceptable, the kind of political views to adopt, contentions about world events – this is nothing new. However, with the amount of information available in today’s world, awareness by the individual has never been so vital.
Recently while on house arrest (not actually, but this mandated quarantine is essentially the same thing), I was watching a dystopian film from the mid-2010s called ”Oblivion”, starring Tom Cruise. On the surface, it seemed like the typical action film. The hero leads a life he’s grown accustomed to, has a lingering feeling that things aren’t necessarily what they seem, and discovers the side he’s been affiliated with is the true enemy of humankind. Formulaic, been there, done that type of story. But, it’s in between the lines where Hollywood yields its predictive programming.
Earth, as we know it, no longer exists. It’s the year 2077, and the majority, save for a few humans on Earth, have migrated to one of Saturn’s moons. Cruise’s character is responsible for fixing drones that need repair throughout New York City, which is mostly sand and rubble. These drones aren’t your typical drones. They not only fly, but are equipped with lasers which can incinerate a target in mere seconds. Furthermore, Cruise’s whereabouts are continuously tracked by a futuristic government that is more machine than human. Bottom line: this film is Orwell’s worst nightmare.
When absorbing any art form, step back, and identify what’s being set forth by its creators. More often than not, there’s an agenda at play, and it takes work to see what they might be leaking into your subconscious. Enjoy whatever art you choose, but learn to train your mind to be aware as much as possible. The next time you’re watching a television program or film, focus on how members of the power strata are depicted. Are city streets filled with heroic FBI agents in swat gear, clutching AR-15s as they destroy civil liberties? Are characters with right-leaning political views portrayed as mentally unstable, apathetic individuals lashing out at society? Is technology depicted as overwhelmingly positive without costs? It’s an interesting exercise to engage in, and the more you flex those parts of your brain, the better you will become at deciphering the true intentions of those in power.
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