THE BATTLE FOR YOUR MIND
"Society is built on a careful balance of thinkers and non-thinkers. Society relies on a few thinkers to break the rules and bring innovation, but at the same time relies on non-thinkers to perform the daily tasks that keep society alive. Business relies on a few people to bring innovation and on millions of non-thinkers to buy it. Capitalism, communism, fascism [globalism] all rely on people not to think too much, otherwise the system would become highly unstable. If people thought, McDonalds and Coca Cola would be out of business, and nobody would listen to the Beatles or watch Hollywood hits. And probably very few people would work as hard as they do. It would be total anarchy. Not only there exist different levels of consciousness, but society (and possibly nature at large) depends on a delicate balance of those levels." -Piero Scaruffi
"...‘our rulers’...are engaged in the manipulation of symbols. We must consider ourselves a symbolic, semantic class of life, and cannot cease from being so those who control the symbols rule us. "Bankers, priests, lawyers, politicians, [and news media] constitute one class [of our rulers] and work together. They do not produce any values but manipulate the values produced by others, and often pass signs for no value at all. Scientists and teachers also comprise a ruling class. They produce the main values mankind has, but, at present, they do not realize this. They are, in the main, ruled by the cunning methods of the first class." - Korzybski
"The fault with modern society lies in its suppression of difference and its alienation of persons from what they can do. We must overturn established identities and affirm reality, which is a flux of change and difference, and so become all that we can become -- though we cannot know what that is in advance. The pinnacle of Deleuzean practice, then, is creativity. "Herein, perhaps, lies the secret: to bring into existence and not to judge. If it is so disgusting to judge, it is not because everything is of equal value, but on the contrary because what has value can be made or distinguished only by defying judgment. What expert judgment, in art, could ever bear on the work to come?" -Deleuze
The shadow side of this historical current manifested in secret societies and an influential academic and political Enlightenment "priesthood" with sociopolitical agendas. The specific "gnostic" conceit of the 20th century was the attempt to OBLITERATE humanity through a combination of genetics, eugenics, social psychology, linguistics, pharmacology, eschatology, synthetic religions and robotology.
The gnostic arrogance is a tendency to impose its 'superior' values on others universally, much like religion. And like religion it uses powerful techniques of persuasion in the war for your mind. Persuasion is the ability to offer compelling value to others, promising motivation and direction toward goals and away from problems. Its modern roots include Tavistock Institute and the CIA's MK Ultra programs. Jung was supported by Tavistock, while the CIA funded nearly the whole field of parapsychology and mind control.
This human potential agenda has led to evironmental saturation with mediaspeak, pop culture groupthink, and mind control technologies that work by manipulating and controlling attention and beliefs. Postmodern thought is a reaction to it, rejecting all metanarratives. You cannot think freely without understanding the cultural background in which we all exist. Who among us is wise enough to be the Magister Ludi of the Glass Bead Game of Global Architectronics? Who actually plays the Game of generating the future and doesn't just say it? See my Parapsychology site at http://psiona.50megs.com
In persuasion, values are related to desires. You can find another's values with simple questions:
What do you want in a _________?
What's important about________?
What do you value about_______?
What will having that __________do for you? both toward goals and away from problems?
All forms of institutionalized groupthink from advertising, academic trends, to political spin are based on these universalized answers. Recent examples include "cocooning" which is turning our vehicles into rolling pleasure palaces where it's not just your wheels, it's your freedom. Where is the real psychic "fallout shelter" in modern life? Certainly not in your car! The propaganda campaigns surrounding recent wars are even more transparent. One answer is continuing personal education and development, self-actualization. Only when we're not obsessive, are we at peace.