A Constant State of Trauma
The coronavirus can best be described as the latest crisis the government will not let go to waste. America is in a state of panic and in a very timely fashion, the powers that be are responding with their pre-planned solutions. Unfortunately, most Americans do not see this for what it is. They are allowing themselves to be guided into a state of predictable behaviors. They are willingly self-quarantining, for example, while the government is considering using our cell phone data to track us to ensure we are practicing good social distancing behaviors. Allowing the government to control how many people can socialize in one group will only result in Americans being isolated from one another when we need to be coming together. It seems that after years of discrediting the mainstream media as fake news and propaganda, millions of Americans are now, following their every dictate. This is because of fear, and that fact that our reaction to it has been made into a science.
Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution. (Alinsky, Rules for Radicals)
Americans have been exposed to constant chaos and trauma since at least, the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. The media, since that time, has been used to create a state of mind that is always reacting to a frightening stimulus. Constant shootings, economic problems, global warming and the threat of dangerous weather, war, terrorism and of course, killer viruses by the dozens. Zika, mersa, sars, bird flu, swine flu and Ebola, to name just a few in the past ten years alone. Americans are addicted to entertainment media, spending an average of thirty-five to forty hours a week in front of the television. There is research that suggests that too much television changes the way the brain functions. In an article entitled “Brain wave Measures of Media Involvement,” by Herbert Krugman, it is suggested that the brain’s Neo-cortex, also known as upper region, shuts down while the limbic system, (the lower portion) becomes more active. These lower regions of the brain cannot process information the way the Neo-cortex does, therefore, the ability to discern reality from television programming is diminished.
When you’re watching television the higher brain regions (like the midbrain and the neo-cortex) are shut down, and most activity shifts to the lower brain regions (like the limbic system). The neurological processes that take place in these regions cannot accurately be called “cognitive.” The lower or reptile brain simply stands poised to react to the environment using deeply embedded “fight or flight” response programs. Moreover, these lower brain regions cannot distinguish reality from fabricated images (a job performed by the neo-cortex), so they react to television content as though it were real, releasing appropriate hormones and so on. Studies have proven that, in the long run, too much activity in the lower brain leads to atrophy in the higher brain regions. (Krugman, 1971)
In other words, watching too much television activates the brain’s natural fear mechanisms. The powers that be have known this since the War of the Worlds radio broadcast in 1938. The book “Invasion from Mars: A Study in the Psychology of Panic” highlights this by noting the fact that social scientists immediately began studying man’s panicked reaction to the belief that Earth was being invaded by Martians. As silly as it seems, they were able to gain valuable “insight into his intelligence, his anxieties and his needs, which we would never get by tests or strictly experimental studies” (Cantril, 1940). This suggests that we are always under a microscope, with our reactions being studied, and our behaviors being manipulated.
We are being conditioned to respond to fear, and our reactions are being studied for the purpose of developing future policies and gaining control of our behavior. There are those who would call this alarmist and conspiratorial; however, in 2015 an executive order was issued which essentially laid the groundwork for such an agenda.
A growing body of evidence demonstrates that behavioral science insights — research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them — can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people.
While the order seems to revolve around making life better for the American people, very few could legitimately argue any of the objectives have come to fruition. Instead, society is spinning out of control. The order also proves that government studies us and uses our reactions to push us in certain directions. In the case of the coronavirus, it can be argued they knew how we would react, and they are taking advantage of our fear by encouraging us to isolate ourselves from the world while buying large amounts of toilet paper.
Fear is a powerful motivator. It could theoretically be argued that Americans are trapped in a constant state of post-traumatic stress like symptoms. Since September 11, 2001, as mentioned earlier, we have been constantly exposed to media propaganda aimed at creating a state of panic. Our schools are beating our children down with an indoctrination designed to cause angst and hatred towards the country, undoubtedly causing them stress. According to an article in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, traumatic memories can be triggered when the brain receives a stimulus in the context of that traumatic event. It does not have to be the same, nor does it have to have a meaningful relationship with the original trauma. This is, of course, the standard definition of post-traumatic stress disorder. Given the evidence presented in this article, it must be considered that media, along with the government and other powers that be, are deliberately creating panic in order to guide and further learn how to predict your behavior. When we see a mass shooting for example, and they call it homegrown terrorism, our brains are subconsciously reminding us of the horror of September 11. Furthermore, with every mass shooting that occurs our reactions to anything gun related are likely to be the same due to the created association between guns and terrorism. The coronavirus is just another panic-inducing crisis that will be capitalized on by our government. The best thing you can do is shut the TV off and live your life.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Article posted with permission from David Risselada