Are you wondering what’s really happening in Ukraine and Taiwan? Will there be world war 3? Will there be inflation, blackouts, famine? What is going on?
In today’s message I will tell you exactly what is going on.
But as important as it is to explain Ukraine and Taiwan, it’s even more important I show you how to find such answers for yourself. I don’t want you to rely on the news for understanding the world around you. I want you to trust your own faculties.
Are you ready? This will only take a minute – stay where you are.
The news are disorienting. By design.
If you’ve done any rollerblading you know that in order to stay balanced you need to avoid looking down. If you keep staring at the ground all you see is turbulence.
Throughout the times, experienced mariners advised passengers to avoid seasickness by focusing their gaze at some fixed object in the horizon.
Such is the case with information.
In Black Swan, Nassim Taleb suggests we ignore the noise of daily news. In Antifragile, he explains that the longer a publication has been around the higher the chances it will persist and have lasting relevance.
If you are seeking clarity about what is happening in Ukraine and Taiwan – or any other important topic – you need to unplug from the news as soon as possible. Instead, focus your attention to the fixed, solid, and unmovable truth of old books.
“What? How on earth can old books tell me what is happening in 2022?”
I will explain this in as few words as possible – stay with me, all the juicy parts about Ukraine and Taiwan will follow in just a minute.
First, humanity – like everything else under the Sun – goes through seasons. Everything from the weather, to our bodies, to the economy, and the stock market, is subject to cyclical ebbs and flows.
Our ancestors knew that, but we have been made to forget.
In The Fourth Turning, Strauss and Howe explain how modern humans rely on “technology to flatten the very physical evidence of natural cycles.” And they do the same with history. As Harari writes in Homo Deus, “movements seeking to change the world often begin by rewriting history, thereby enabling people to reimagine the future”.
The fact that history is cyclical may, therefore, sound unbelievable to modern urban dwellers, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Which is precisely why historical records and old books are so important; and why those who seek power always like to fiddle with evidence from the past. “He who controls the past controls the future,” wrote Orwell.
But the second and more important reason is this:
Every single challenge humanity is facing right now is part of a war that started long ago.
That war defined the lives of our predecessors every bit as much as it is shaping ours. If you study the classics you will soon realize they were written with us, future generations, in mind.
Which brings us to the topic at hand.
What on earth is happening in Ukraine and Taiwan?
As it happens, the answer to this particular question is in George Orwell’s 1984, a book that was published in 1949.
The world in that book is divided in 3 superstates which closely match the 3 superpowers in today’s world: Western NATO countries (Orwell’s Oceania), Russia (Eurasia), and China (Eastasia).
In 1984, those regions are in a constant state of war. That war, however, is for domestic consumption only. None of the superpowers intends to conquer their opponent. All they need is an external enemy in order to justify ever-increasing draconian measures against their own people.
Any wonder why Spain just imposed a limit on how much energy their subjects are allowed to consume? Oh yeah, because “Russia bad”. Any wonder why the US is about to throw billions at the IRS so they can “audit” their subjects even more? But of course: “Russia bad”.
China, by the way, is not treating their subjects any better. Neither is Russia. The only difference is their perceived “enemy”.
The controllers of our 3 superpowers are not threatened by each other. Those people have much more in common than the rest of us think. In fact, they are after the same exact goal.
That goal is power. But we are not talking about conventional power here.
We are talking about absolute control over everything and everyone. Control over people’s movements, thoughts, control over life itself – down to the DNA level.
There is no end to that goal because there is no end to how much power the architects of “our democracy” seek to obtain. Their quest is endless.
War on drugs, war on k00v1d, war on Russia, war on China, war on climate change, war on this, that, or the other. It’s all a charade. The narrative is fake, the politics are fake, the footage is fake, everything is fake. The real war is against the people, you and I. And it will never cease, if they can help it.
Of course, me telling you all this won’t change a thing. Facts and rational arguments cannot change subconscious decisions. Our subconscious mind can only be shaped by emotion.
From the golden age of radio in the thirties to the Netflix TV series of today, mainstream media has been driving our emotions for decades, making us believe that their commands are our decisions, and that their cult is our progress.
The fundamental doctrine of that cult is that perception is more important than reality. Hence the famous “2+2=5” in Orwell’s classic. Nothing is objective in that world, nothing is self-evident. Everything is mutable, including morals.
That’s how we end up with billions of westerners falling for the latest “current thing”; flaunting their latest idea-implant, much like a sticker on their laptop and tattoo on their arm, as tokens of their compliance.
But there is good news
The thing with perceptions is that they are virtual, immaterial, and ephemeral.
All it takes is a few days of disconnected time – a few days of undirected, undistracted and undistorted thinking – for this house of cards to collapse. The moment you unplug, the noise disappears and you begin to orient yourself again using your own built-in compass.
Indeed, all it takes is a conscious choice to unplug, for each of us to reclaim our individual agency, our freedom and sovereignty.
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