Wednesday, December 19, 2012
You Are What You Buy...and Buy Into
There's an old marketing idea that in order to sell us things we don't need a connection to our identity must be created. If that connection can be made, subliminally or overtly and of course through manufactured peer pressure, almost anything can be sold to the consumerist masses.
It's the same with what we buy into regarding politics and current events. Propaganda depends on us identifying with certain concepts, making them a part of our thought process and even urging others to think like we do. We feel most comfortable when we have a support group that we can identify with and it matters little whether the solidarity is based on lies. This applies to some but not all.
When it comes to events that have political, societal, and cultural implications, some of us twitch and scream at what we are being told by the engineers of deception. We don't believe a damn thing they say. That's normal for us and we identify with others who see through the lies. We may not agree on all points but that's to be expected.
We are conspiracists for lack of a better term. Not necessarily because we want to be but because we have to be. Somebody has to do it. We take what the government and media say and shout NO. We counter with conspiracies and speculations and take them sometimes to the outer limits. We also pull back from the extremes when facts come to life but real facts are problematic. Inundated with disinformation and diversion from all angles we find facts elusive. For every person who is behind a crime of national importance there are many many more who exist only to provide cover for what they have done.
Daring to actually speak of conspiracies, especially in traumatic events, we find ourselves ostracized and called names. Our mental state is called into question. Our motives seen as nothing more than crazy. Our intentions said to be divisive.
So what's a poor boy or girl to do?
From JFK to Oklahoma City to 9/11 and beyond, at least we've tried to be consistent. Not always right but certainly not always wrong.
We don't have to follow the Buyers Road or the Sellers Lane. There's this path to truth I've heard about. It's hard to find but it's not impossible.