4 Important Steps Towards Discerning Truth in a World of Deception

Extra, extra, read all about it! Amazingly, somebody tells the truth for once!

For all you movie buffs out there, let me start this post with a relevant quote from ‘The Matrix’, which will hopefully give you some sense of where this particular post is coming from:

“What is “real”? How do you define “real”?”

“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill — the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill — you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.”

“I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.”

“Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream, Neo? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world? ”

“The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.”

“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 your mind, driving you mad.”

“Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.”

“If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.”

“The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it.”

“There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”

It maybe a movie but there is a pertinent message for humanity behind it’s plot.

Wake up out of your Dream world of an Illusion and Seek the Truth

A few questions you should ask yourselves:

What is the truth?

Who can we really trust in this apparent world (The Matrix) of deception?

Should we trust:

  • The Educational System?
  • The Religious Leaders?
  • The Media?
  • The Law?
  • The Government?
  • The Conspiracy Theorists?
  • Or in fact, any sort of so-called authority of information and knowledge, such as the ones mentioned above, who are suppose to be the benevolent and wise leaders of truth, integrity and justice?

The next thing I’m about to say may contain more than an air of cynicism and conspiracy, but if we are to be honest with ourselves, frankly, we have been led down the garden path for most of our lives.

Unfortunately, there are powerful people out there who choose to monopolise the dissemination of knowledge and information to the masses, and who wish nothing more than to seduce our minds to the point of slumber whilst manipulating us towards submitting our will, freedom and very lives for them to do what they wish – no matter how pernicious.

In other words, through our own ignorance (which is mostly conditioned into us from childhood) we are unbeknowingly empowering them to enslave us psychologically.

Now is the time to take back this power and learn to empower ourselves with the knowledge and wisdom that can eliminate these masters of deception (aka disinformation agents), so that we can then emancipate our minds towards a joyful existence filled with integrity, truth and meaning.

I think the late American writer, radio host and truth-seeker William Cooper was on the right track when he offered the following advice to the rest of us:

“Read everything, Listen to everybody. Don’t trust anything unless you can prove it with your own research.”

~ William Cooper 1943-2001

Joel Skousen’s Four Steps Towards Truth

In the following excerpt from the article ‘HOW TO ANALYZE THE NEWS AND WHAT GOES ON AROUND YOU’, political scientist Joel Skousen offers, I feel,  priceless information and advice on how one can hope to discern truth from manufactured falsities, especially in regard the media.

Be warned, it does border on the conspiracy near the end, but all I ask is for you to have an open mind and try not to immediately dismiss Joel’s seemingly unconventional views (which proves my point if indeed you react negatively.  We have been conditioned to believe implicitly the popular and accepted view over a more polemical alternative – even though the totally dismissed controversy may in fact be true) as a case for him to be locked-up in a padded cell.

Just keep the following quote from my old grumpy friend Arthur in mind when reading:

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

~Arthur Schopenhauer

As Joel Skousen writes:

1. Reliable Sources: No journalist or historian bases his writings on original material, except when relating what he or she personally experiences. This world is much too big with much too much going on for anyone to directly witness anything but a small fraction of life’s happenings. Thus, we all have to rely on sources of information. As all of my readers know, most of the world has become heavily reliant upon the establishment media. People are busy, with little time to study and analyze current events. So they scan the front page each day, or watch the TV evening news, relying on these easy, quick sound bites to “inform” them about the world.

Almost everyone who gets this minimum dose of daily news thinks that they know what is going on in the world. This is not so, even though the media rarely tells an outright lie. What writers and editors do is purposefully omit key pieces of information that would significantly change people’s opinion about what is being presented. This brings up the first rule in finding reliable sources. Search for someone who is skeptical of the official version, and who searches out key information that has been withheld by establishment sources…

2. Education and Experience: I don’t accept anything in the news at face value without comparing it to what I already know is true. The greater the body of true knowledge that you possess, the easier it is to see fallacies and falsehoods. The more shallow your store of “facts” and true experiences, the harder it is to scrutinize new information, especially when it falls outside your limited area of expertise or experience. Those who come from a home where learning is a continuing affair enriched by good books and alternative news, and not confined to television and establishment schools exclusively, have a head start in this process. In public schools students develop a body of “knowledge” in the social sciences and historical areas that is politically skewed and largely distorted. Because these “truths” are repeated by everyone and assumed true, even good people can sometimes become resistant to changing their minds. All of you who have tried to introduce others to evidence of conspiracy and corruption in government know what I mean.

Regardless of your background, the best way to become a critical thinker is to start reading argument-oriented commentaries on various subjects. The best source of such commentaries is transcripts of debates where contrasting presentations are given on two opposing issues, followed by a counter to each view and lastly a counter to the counter. That’s what it takes to really see error. States that publish voter pamphlets often use this format for initiatives. Also, the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) each month publishes “Ideas on Liberty,” a collection of confrontational essays directly countering bad ideas in economics, law and politics. It makes for stimulating reading, and is not difficult to understand. See www.fee.org on the web…

3. Using logic: It is not enough, however, to merely accumulate knowledge and facts like so many books on a shelf. You must also learn how to filter that information and assemble it into a realistic view of the world. Most people know how to draw a simple conclusion from a logical proposal: A = B and B = C. Therefore A must equal C. This is deductive reasoning. However, in a complex world filled with multiple layers of deception and sophisticated lies, it is inductive reasoning that you must master in order to analyze the news and put together a coherent view of modern history.

Inductive reasoning is much more difficult to master. It involves taking a wide sampling of seemingly random information or observations and picking out patterns of truth, sufficient to derive broader conclusions. There are several reasons why most people do so poorly at inductive reasoning. For one thing, few have access to a wide range of details to analyze in the first place. Much of the blame for this lies with the media and the school system, on which the vast majority of people are reliant for their information, and which systematically omits critical details. Even when more information and evidence is available, however, few people have the patience to remember the details, much less to sort through the conflicts and contradictions found in the details long enough to derive conclusions or see the patterns. Inductive reasoning takes a good memory and a lot of mental processing…

4. A Correct World View: We cannot understand how this world operates if we hold to a purely secular, evolutionary, or humanistic view. Even though the spiritual spectrum is mostly hidden to man on earth, its workings can be detected if one is sensitive to truth, and if one avoids offending the source of all truth by chronic violations of conscience. You cannot, for example, really understand the following conundrums about conspiracy without contemplating the possibility of Satanic control:

· The fact that people involved in the conspiracy for global control already have more money and power than any man can use. Why should these continue to push for global control?

· The generational affect. The conspiracy doesn’t fade or alter course after the death of key people. If the driving force were only an individual or a small group of megalomaniacs, they would be incapable of controlling the direction others would take after they are gone.

· The fact that the globalists, in prepping the world for WWIII and encouraging a Russian/Chinese nuclear preemptive strike on the West, would also destroy the wealth and power of these same powerful conspirators. Why would anyone do this?

These aspects of the conspiracy cannot be explained by conventional leftist anti-capitalist jargon about greed, power and class struggle—even though these do play a significant role. The thirst for control of oil is also part of the picture, but it doesn’t explain the globalists’ plan to risk partial destruction of the West in an effort to create a Hegelian conflict out of which people can be induced to give up national sovereignty and join in a NWO…

Please read the full version of this thought-provoking article here.

Mission Impossible?

Before I go, please allow me to remind my fellow truth-seekers about “The Mission”:

Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to:

  • turn off the TV and radio
  • dispose of the newspapers
  • question everything you have been told and taught to be true
  • inquire for yourself to discern what the truth may be – in other words, educate yourselves
  • Seek and gain the practical and beneficial knowledge that can actually help you to become conscious beings, self-reliant, self-determined, pragmatic and wise
  • Look within yourselves for the true answers towards achieving your aims in life – the truth and wisdom is within you to use to your advantage
  • Take responsibility for your own health, income, and general well-being

5 Comments

  1. Jason,

    I read this on my Reader and wanted to commend you on a very well-written article.

    My life’s passion is to help people think for themselves. You’re right, there are powerful people dictating what information we receive and how.

    Too many times, I think most people underestimate their own innate, intuitive ability to dissect the “unknown”. The more “conscious” people always look at the why’s and how’s as opposed to just knowledge. More times than not, you have to dig deeper to seek clarity. Not so much in information but within self. We hold the answer to every question we have. The Universe made it this way.

  2. Jason Cooper says:

    Hi Ali,

    Thanks for the kind words.

    Yes, self-knowledge is the key towards general self-improvement, self-understanding and wisdom, which is something that I have mentioned more than once on this blog, as demonstrated by the following:

    http://www.knowledgereform.com/2009/09/09/quotes-of-wisdom-inspirational-words-towards-self-knowledge/

    and,

    http://www.knowledgereform.com/2009/09/14/self-knowledge-is-power-knowledge-of-self-towards-successful-living/

    If you can unlock the truth about yourself you will open the door to all the tremendous possibilities that you wish to achieve in life.

  3. Anon says:

    I’d say the only thing you need the radio for is to tune into Coast to Coast AM. Of course, there are definitely disinformation agents on there, but the majority of listeners are quick to call of them out ;). There are lots of folks who have been doing tons of research to help expose the veil of the Matrix on a mass level.

    If you aren’t already tuned in to Coast to Coast, you have no idea what you’re missing!

  4. David Powell says:

    Great POST. AS ALWAYS….Truth is that GREAT SWITCH that goes off in our hearts no matter what others say. For a real treat watch our Govt. in action and inaction on CSPAN if you must watch TV, but I choose to turn it all off and read new and old nonfiction dealing with primary sources of research along with LOVING people and lighting fires of TRUTH everywhere we go. YEE HAW!!!! Keep at it…As long as we pay attention to history and solutions to GLOBALLY UNITE we will win. I highly recommend a book called Talking to the Enemy by Scott Atran, a renowned Atheist. I am learning so much about how others think based on his primary on the street experience as well as his thoughts on human kind with a very accurate portrayal of our misconceptions and reasonings and lack, esp. for me a follower of Christ, thereof. LIKE THIS from long ago that applies specifically to this THREAD….WEEEEEEE GET SOME….Scott Atran’s BOOK IS GOOD!!! Check it out and see for yourself. LOL….LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL esp. when we open our eyes and listen to what others we disagree with say!!!

    “There is a great difference between historical facts and speculative opinions; nor is the knowledge of the one propagated in the same manner with that of the other. An historical fact, while it passes by oral tradition from eye-witnesses and contemporaries, is disguised in every successive narration, and may at last retain but very small, if any, resemblance of the original truth, on which it was founded. The frail memories of men, their love of exaggeration, their supine carelessness; these principles, if not corrected by books and writing, soon pervert the account of historical events; where argument or reasoning has little or no place, nor can ever recal the truth, which has once escaped those narrations. It is thus the fables of HERCULES, THESEUS, BACCHUS are supposed to have been originally founded in true history, corrupted by tradition. But with regard to speculative opinions, the case is far otherwise. If these opinions be founded on arguments so clear and obvious as to carry conviction with the generality of mankind, the same arguments, which at first diffused the opinions, will still preserve them in their original purity. If the arguments be more abstruse, and more remote from vulgar apprehension, the opinions will always be confined to a few persons; and as soon as men leave the contemplation of the arguments, the opinions will immediately be lost and be buried in oblivion. Whichever side of this dilemma we take, it must appear impossible, that theism could, from reasoning, have been the primary religion of human race, and have afterwards, by its corruption, given birth to polytheism and to all the various superstitions of the heathen world. Reason, when obvious, prevents these corruptions: When abstruse, it keeps the principles entirely from the knowledge of the vulgar, who are alone liable to corrupt any principle or opinion.”
    David Hume, The Natural History of Religion, 1757

    And this very profound and DEEP TRUTH from Scott’s book page 425 if your so inclined.

    “The belief that true knowledge and discovery of facts about morality and (nonhuman) nature is a philosophical conceit common to both religious dogmatists and new-atheists “realists”. But whereas religious dogmatists see all facts as products of some divine fantasy, new-atheist realists imply that facts and fantasy have no common ground in the brave new world of scientific realism applied to human affairs. In both cases, dogma can be dangerous. The scientific ignorance and tomfoolery of many of the new atheists with regard to religion, and history, makes me almost embarrassed to be an atheist.”
    Scott Atran, Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood and the (UN)Making of Terrorists, 2010

    I AM FOR TRUTH and anyone who gets their eggs scrambled when their faith is tested by opposing views really don’t believe in what they claim, (in my opinion)…hehehe…That is what I like about someone like Marilyn Manson. Great parents who raised him up to be who he is supposed to be despite the freak out opposition effect and peoples’ own fears of what he merely brings to surface. Rock on to THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE by Marilyn Manson, but for real humor and twisted logic, imagine them playing this song at Woodstock in 1969 while everyone is on LARGE DOSES of LSD….WEEEEE….LOL Thanks for posting and letting my crazy self add to this thread…YIPPEE from DALLAS…KEEP EM COMING!! WE LOVE THIS WEBSITE!!! Now who’s down for a PEACEFUL GLOBAL STRIKE???!!!