An Introduction to this Website

By Wade Frazier

Revised July 2014

 

Introduction

This Site’s Thesis

How It Stands, and How We Got Here

Who is Paying the Price of our Progress? - A Sampling of our System’s Losers, and What Can be Done About It

Blinded by the Paradigm

Scientific Paradigms

Other Paradigms

Forgetting the Basics, and Turning Vices into Virtues

Footnotes

 

Introduction

This web site is part personal odyssey, part scholarly research and part visionary speculation.  I have had the benefit of many friends in cyberspace and elsewhere who have contributed mightily by providing learned criticism, new information, editorial observations, and shoulders to lean on.  Without their help, this site would not appear as it has, and might not have been completed.  They know who they are.

This essay is designed to introduce this site, summarize its central thesis - the situation humanity faces today, and how it got here - as well as summarizing solutions that await use today.  It also discusses the paradigms that dominate our thinking in the West.  It links to the site’s other essays, which explore the topics in greater depth.  I hope that you find the reading experience worthwhile.

While my ultimate goal has been the same since I was a teenager – a healed planet and humanity – as of the summer of 2014, I have a special purpose for my site, which is helping train people to think abundantly, and the last major essay that I will likely publish in this lifetime presents the primary curriculum.  It is all about energy and consciousness, and always has been. 

 

This Site’s Thesis

Here is this site’s thesis, stated as plainly and succinctly as I can. 

 

 

Right or wrong, that is this site’s thesis.  Criticisms of this site are dealt with at this link.

 

How It Stands, and How We Got Here

Today, humanity stands poised on the brink of two divergent near-term futures.  Several trends may spell humanity’s doom.  One or all of them may become vehicles of our destruction, which may take most of the planet’s ecosphere with it.  Some can be immediately catastrophic, while others are millennia-old trends that might have chaotic conflations, resulting in or contributing to disasters of unprecedented magnitude for the human species.

First, here are looming catastrophes that could spell immediate doom for billions of humans. 

 

  1. The current “War on Terror” has hidden objectives (as with all “wars”).  Its long-term objectives are securing unfettered Western access to the oil and gas resources of Central Asia and the Middle East, and destroying anybody or anything that hampers that objective, as well as further securing American global hegemony.  Ironically, the industrialized nations do not even need fossil fuels, as there are alternative and free energy solutions, but they have been actively suppressed for generations.  The War on Terror has destabilized Central Asia and the Middle East, with nuclear powers such as Pakistan and Israel in the mix, as well as other nuclear powers that covet the region's hydrocarbons.  Other weapons of mass destruction may also make their appearance, from secret programs that would curl most people’s hair to hear the smallest fraction of them; with America’s recent invasion of Iraq, Armageddon might not be far off. 

  2. Earth’s human population of more than seven billion people in 2014 is more than five billion more than it was a century earlier.  Earth is currently experiencing the greatest mass extinction episode since the dinosaurs’ demise, and this one is manmade.  In addition, the world is quickly hitting the wall of food production on several fronts.  The so-called Green Revolution may be nearing its end, and billions of people may soon be at risk of starvation.  If that happens, it may well trigger a global food war. 

  3. Related to the Green Revolution is the trend of mega-corporations trying to patent life itself.  Monsanto and other corporations are genetically engineering plants to be dependent on artificial fertilizers and pesticides and making crops whose seeds are sterile, so farmers are forced to buy more seeds for the next season’s planting.  A global food monopoly is taking shape; already, two companies control about 80% of the global grain market, and Asia is quickly becoming dependent on imported grain.  The most ominous aspect of that trend is genetic engineering.  It is not confined to making “Frankenfoods.”  Perhaps the biggest risk is an inadvertent creation of a super-disease that kills off most of humanity.  Those fears are not outlandish

 

Those are three manmade catastrophes that loom today; the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse might be ready to ride.  Humanity’s “progress” has been damaging Earth’s ecosphere for the past 50,000 years, which began when humans began driving the megafauna of Australia to extinction and burning large tracts of vegetation for human benefit.  That initiated the golden age of the hunter-gatherer phase of human existence.  Humans were too successful, as they hunted all the planet’s large, easily killed mammals to extinction, which is a finding supported by what happened when humans migrated to uninhabited islands during historical times.  When hunter-gathers exterminated their primary energy source, the Domestication Revolution began about 10,000 years ago in Malthusian fashion.  All economic systems ride atop ecological systems, and all ecological systems operate on the principle of the acquisition, preservation, and consumption of energy; all political systems are about controlling economic systems or serving them.  When the Domestication Revolution began, Earth’s ecosystems also began undergoing dramatic change and destruction, and several man-made trends have reached ominous levels today.  Some are summarized below, with the energy issue figuring prominently.

 

  1. The Domestication Revolution led to civilization.  Plants and animals were domesticated, and humans were no longer nomadic hunter-gatherers.  The alteration of Earth’s ecology by exterminating all the big, easily killed animals was modest compared to what the Domestication Revolution did.  Forests have created most of Earth’s topsoil.  Because humans cannot digest cellulose, which comprises most of non-woody plants, they domesticated and ate animals that could.  They also razed forests to use the wood for structure and fuel, and used the exposed soils for growing plants that humans could digest.  Deforestation, plow agriculture, and irrigation eventually destroy soils, through wind and rain loss, salination, and mineral depletion.  Without forests to create new soils, that trend is a one-way ticket to desertification; most of Earth’s agricultural land has experienced serious soil loss and depletion, and huge tracts of land have already turned to desert.

  2. With the Industrial Revolution, humanity’s ability to manipulate the environment grew by another order of magnitude.  Mining, deforestation, city building, road building, and other ecosystem-damaging activities accelerated enormously.  Species exterminations accordingly increased, as well as soil losses.

  3. Earth’s surface would average about 0° F if not for what are called “greenhouse gases,” with water vapor and carbon dioxide being the two main components, the lack of which would have made life on Earth’s surface a questionable possibility.  Between 10% and 25% of the warming currently attributed to greenhouse gases is attributed to carbon dioxide (and it would be more pronounced in colder climates, as carbon dioxide has a much lower boiling point than water, but estimating that carbon dioxide makes Earth about 10-15° F warmer than it would otherwise be is probably not far from the mark, with all the uncertainly of climate science).  Burning fossil fuels has increased the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide content by a nearly half during the Industrial Revolution, as of 2014.  That dynamic is contributing to today’s global warming, which is rapidly melting the Northern Hemisphere’s glaciers, the arctic icepack, and the Antarctic ice shelves are beginning to break up.  I might see dramatic sea level rises in my lifetime; the climactic changes from such rapid warming will be nothing less than catastrophic for humanity, with record droughts, floods, crop failures, and other disasters.  They are already happening.  Among the “minor” effects of such a change, it could kill the Gulf Stream, and Western Europe will be about 20° F colder in the winter, while other regions parch and bake.  “Natural” catastrophes have been increasing at a rate of 6% per year during the past generation.  The long-prophesied Earth changes are already upon us. 

  4. Humanity is quickly running out of oil and gas, and Peak Oil was reached in 2005-2006, but even if more oil and gas are discovered, it is estimated that Earth’s oceans have absorbed half of the carbon the Industrial Revolution has vented to the atmosphere, and the oceans have become more acidic, which threatens all ocean life, which is also where most oxygen is generated.  A cascading feedback effect could drastically affect the ocean’s ability to absorb carbon and produce oxygen. 

  5. World War II was a global watershed event in many ways.  One outcome was the USA's global hegemony, a new era of neocolonialism, and the resultant war against the world’s poor.  Another outcome was the rise of the chemical industry.  Modern chemotherapy came out of World War II chemical warfare experiments, DDT, napalm and other chemicals were first used in World War II, and deadly substances such as fluorine and uranium were transformed by an alliance of industry and the military into seemingly beneficial substances.  The flooding of the environment with toxic substances has created many environmental and health disasters.  Government and industry have gone to great lengths to buy up scientists such as Harold Hodge, Elizabeth Whelan, Steven Milloy, and others to make those deadly substances appear harmless.  The cost that humanity and the environment are bearing due to this situation is reaching surreal levels.

  6. Related to the chemicals issue are numerous toxic waste issues, such as pollution from chemical farming and nuclear waste.  The U.S. Department of Energy admitted to my face that the “management” of nuclear waste is a racket, and none of the proposals put forth to make it harmless will be pursued, unless it makes the waste management racketeers a pile of money.  There are more situations like that - where greed triumphs over issues of common sense and even survival - than this or any other website can possibly chronicle.

  7. The world’s most diverse ecosystems, the coral reefs, are in danger of becoming extinct during the next century, as well as the most diverse land-based ecosystems: tropical rain forests.  If that happens, humans may also face extinction.

 

Those are simply some of the more prominent issues facing humanity today, and their magnitudes are barely debatable, except for scientists and academics who have sold their souls to the moneyed interests.  What is being done about this looming catastrophe, especially in the nation that leads the parade to oblivion?  Virtually nothing.  Julian Simon's highly questionable scholarship, or the opinions of about six scientists, who are all in the oil industry’s hip pocket, are given a respectable hearing in the corporate-owned mainstream media, as if their interest-conflicted opinions matter as much as the scientific findings of the world’s most qualified climate scientists.  Earth is dying, and the rich and ruthless are raping and plundering as never before, determined to wring every last cent out of Earth and humanity…for what?  Noam Chomsky said that the West’s current institutional ideology ranks hegemony above survival; that is another way of saying those who run the show would rather rule in hell (or even kill themselves off) than be regular members of heaven.   

Because states in the West currently have limited ability to inflict violence onto their domestic populations, they have developed the world’s most sophisticated and subtle mind control systems, although much of the brainwashing has been accomplished by the corporate order, not the government.  Americans are consequently Earth’s most brainwashed people.  One of America’s finest teachers has stated for years that the American “educational” system’s primary goal is turning Americans into stupid, childish, easily manipulated consumers.  It is not a new phenomenon, but a trend since the nation’s founding.  It accelerated when America’s robber barons began diversifying, particularly John Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie.  Rockefeller built the University of Chicago, which dominates mainstream, largely capitalistic, economic theory.  Carnegie and Rockefeller’s “philanthropy” also took over modern medicine early in the 20th century, and Americans have been paying in awesome ways ever since. 

During my traumatic adventures while trying to bring alternative energy to the American marketplace, my biggest surprise was not that people are brainwashed, or that corporate and governmental interests can be more sophisticated gangsters than the Mafia.  It was not a pleasant realization, and came after several years of gradual and brutal disillusionment, but is why humanity stands on the abyss’ brink today, and few want to hear it:

 

The world is like it is because not enough people care enough.

 

That is not to say that nobody cares, but not enough care enough, to counterweigh those proudly on the dark spiritual path, and the inertia of the easily manipulated masses.  I would love to be wrong about this, but my experiences told me otherwise.  My Pantheon of modern-day saints is not large.  Dennis Lee and Mr. Professor are in it, along with some other free energy comrades, but as a group, I have found more people of high integrity in America’s radical left than anyplace else, populated by Edward Herman, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti and others like them.  Some overgrown Boy Scouts, such as Ralph McGehee, discovered from the inside, the hard way, about the dark reality of the system that they worked for.  About one in two thousand American doctors possess the necessary integrity to declare that orthodox cancer therapy is a racket, and dare to provide actual cures.  In choosing their cancer treatment, Americans are among Earth’s least free people.  Most of the high-integrity saints in my Pantheon have come under intense attack from America’s establishment defenders.  America’s cultural managers do not want people waking up, and keeping those of integrity from being heard, or vilifying them if they are, is one of the mainstream media’s tasks, even to the extent of wiping out their own publishing companies to prevent the modern secular saints’ works from being published. 

However, America’s whistleblowers have often reported that the worst abuse they received did not come from those who ruined their careers and lives – they were “just doing their jobs” – but from their colleagues, friends and family, with ostracism and attacks that were shocking.  Those saints all-too-often are crucified while the mob cheers, something that I witnessed happen to Dennis more than once.  Dostoyevsky’s parable of the grand inquisitor is not all that fictional.

There is auspicious news to report, which is the motivation behind creating this website.  The answers to all of our problems are here today, or nearly so.  Free, non-polluting energy technology has been around for generations, but the people calling the shots on Earth do their best to hide that fact, and the vast majority of humanity comprises their easy-manipulated accomplices. 

The situation is not hopeless; there is good news to report:

 

We can have heaven on Earth instead of hell on Earth, but enough of us have to care enough.

 

If a tiny fraction of one percent of the population simply began waking up to possibilities of healing that most are completely (and partly willfully) blind to, it might help catalyze enough awareness and action to bring a healed humanity and planet into being.  The two groups that I have encountered that are at the stage of their spiritual evolution where they are closest to “getting it” are the radical left and the mystical left.  I have seen more human caring and more ability to see the bigger picture in those groups than in any others.  Those groups will not put humanity over the top, but they are pointing in the right direction.  This site was not designed to exclusively cater to those groups, but anybody who can read English can probably get something from it.  Those groups also have their particular addictions to scarcity, and in 2014 I will present a curriculum for developing comprehensive thinking, where the potential for abundance can be understood for those who do the work, but their hearts have to be in the right place before they even begin.  I likely will not find candidates for my effort from any one group, but I am planning to use the Internet to reach those rare people who are scattered across the planet. 

 

Who is Paying the Price of our Progress?

A Sampling of our System’s Losers,

And What Can be Done About It

A common response to this site, mainly by white men, is that life here (in the West, and the USA in particular) is good, so what am I complaining about?  Life is "good" for the winners, and white, educated American men are history’s biggest winners.  The point is not about how good the winners have it, but how the losers are suffering.  Below is a sampling of the losers that this site’s critics usually ignore or minimize.

 

 

That is a sampling of our system’s losers.  For the relatively few winners in such a system, life is good, as they enjoy cheap oil, land, bananas, software, running shoes, luxury cruises, tin, sex, wood, cars, hamburgers, and the like.  Most of the system's participants are losers, however, and not all that willing.  The situations listed above are only a sampling of the immense cost that humanity and the planet is paying in order for those white, educated Americans to live the good life.  The USA is the world’s stingiest industrialized nation.

This site discusses activities that can be performed, today, to completely eliminate not only the situations listed above, but create heaven on Earth. 

Some problems are easily remedied.  Some will take longer to fix, but all can be readily resolved.  Edmund Burke’s famous quote comes to mind:

 

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

 

It is has been said in different ways over the centuries, but it is quite true. 

True spirituality (one's relationship with one's maker) has little to do with religion, and religion has often been spirituality's greatest enemy.  For people with love in their hearts, and who act on it with minds engaged, they need not study any teachings or join any religion or have the "right" beliefs.  They will never advocate violence, will be willing to see the deeper truth of matters, and will play an important role in the upcoming healing of humanity and Earth.  According to Neale Donald Walsch's god, humanity is a primitive species that regards regression as progress (such as destroying the planet).  In societies of highly evolved beings, there are no lawyers, accountants, soldiers, policemen, surgeons, etc.  There are three basic principles that they orient themselves around:

Humanity and the planet will not be healed by using ideologies based on greed and fear (such as capitalism, or any ideology dogmatically adhered to), through theft (such as starving out nations so we can steal their oil), through exploitation (such as wage slavery and neocolonialism), through coercion (such as prisons and punitive laws), or through violence (police, armies, etc.).  Love is the essential ingredient, and with it comes truth and joy. 

There are those who believe that the head needs to wake up first, and the heart will follow.  Some are head people, and some are heart people, and I think the head, heart, and enlightenment issue is like the chicken and egg conundrum.  While I respect trying to get at the heart through the head, I have also seen many stuck in their heads, unable to connect with their hearts.  Those with whole hearts have a kind of wisdom and can see things that others cannot.  Jesus was perhaps the wisest person to ever walk on Earth, and it was his heart, not his head, that led to his attainment.  Nobody with a whole heart goes to “hell,” but many ingenious people, whose hearts are dead, do.  If people want to try waking up their minds first, and then their hearts, they are welcome to try. 

The thesis and information on this site just might be wrong.  Noam Chomsky said that in order to truly learn, we must do the work.  Nobody is going to open our skulls and pour in knowledge and truth.  When somebody says that they will, what is delivered is often the opposite.  It is up to each of us to find our own truths.

We are all in this together, and we can make great progress in healing humanity and the planet, if we care to

 

Blinded by the Paradigm

This site is iconoclastic, and challenges the system and the beliefs of Americans in particular.  The same dynamics seemingly play out in all intellectual disciplines, whether they are science, religion, politics, economics, philosophy, etc.  They all fall prey to dogmatism.  The dogmas appear related.  Holding rigidly to a point of view, no matter what evidence flies in one's face to contradict or temper it, is dogmatic.  Dogma is based on denial, which is rooted in fear.  It can be called blind faith, or a faith that blinds, but it short-circuits the thought process.  

In religion, the set of beliefs adhered to can be called a faith.  In science, it can be seen as a set of beliefs (theories) called a paradigm.  In politics and other disciplines, it can be called a worldview.  They are all how people view "reality."  Do we each have our own reality?  Do we co-create it?  How much does mine have to do with yours?  Those are timeless questions.  Below are presented several examples of "paradigmatic thinking."  Paradigms always seem to be built from the bottom up.  Children are conditioned into the prevailing paradigms of the society that they grow up in.

 

Scientific Paradigms

The modern meaning of the term paradigm was coined by Thomas Kuhn in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.  A bedrock presumption of the scientific worldview is that of objectivity.  There is a world out there, as related to our senses, and we can "objectively" observe what it is.  Some of the greatest physicists of all time have challenged that notion.  Is there really anything out there, and if there is, is there an objective perspective of it?  Science has no answers to that question, but operates from that presumption.  That presumption can be right or wrong, but if I do not share that presumption, the direction that science pursues may well be meaningless to me.  That does not mean that I am right, but I can hardly have a meaningful dialogue with a system of thought in which we differ on our most basic premises.  Lines of thought follow from their presumptions.

The most influential work of physics ever written was Isaac Newton's Principia.  In the beginning it makes three presumptions.  Two of those are the notion of time and space being absolute.  For more than two hundred years, Newton's Principia was the guiding light of physics.  In the 1880s two scientists, Michelson and Morley, performed the most delicate experiment in history to that point and determined, much to their surprise, that the speed of light did not vary, no matter the velocity of the light's source.  A generation later, Albert Einstein theorized that time and space were not absolute, but relative.  It appears that Einstein was right.  His theories led to today’s physics, with black holes, lasers, atomic bombs and a new paradigm from which to view the universe.  Its foundation was built on challenging the presumptions of the previous paradigm, and challenging the presumptions is how paradigms and belief systems are changed.

People have tried minimizing the paradigm shattering that Einstein did by saying that Newton's work was good enough, until our instruments were able to prove his presumptions wrong.  Wrong is wrong.  Ptolemy's theory that Earth was the center of universe also worked for its time, until it was eventually proven wrong by scientific observation that led to new theories.  Although Ptolemy's astronomy "worked" for the day, it did not make it right.  Nearly identically, Newton's derivation of accurate calculation systems regarding the effect of gravity did not make his presumptions about time and space right.  In addition, Newton did not even say what he thought gravity was, but merely described its effect, which relativity modified.  Einstein will eventually be proven wrong, and Einstein expected it.  If Einstein had a professional descendent, it may have been David Bohm, and Bohm’s theory of the implicate and explicate order makes the seemingly dualistic nature of light - appearing as a particle at times and a wave at others – partly an interaction with the observers’ point of view.  That can be seen as a direct challenge to objectivity, as well as bringing human consciousness into physics, which was an interpretation that other giants of science also held.  In quantum physics, that paradox was eluded by the Copenhagen interpretation, which focused on getting accurate predictions and avoided understanding what was really happening at the quantum level, which did not satisfy Einstein and Schrödinger, who wanted to know what was really happening. 

Einstein said that every theory is eventually killed by a fact.  That did not make Newton any less of a towering scientific figure, but his presumptions were eventually shown to be incorrect, which radically altered today's physics.

James Watt invented the steam engine that powered the Industrial Revolution.  A couple of generations later, Sadi Carnot created a theoretical framework for technology that already existed.  Victor Fischer challenged the foundation of thermodynamics, stating that Carnot presumed an ideal gas as the working fluid in his ideal engine.  He then extrapolated from his logic with gas engines to all working fluids.  Wilhelm Reich and Eugene Mallove adduced experimental data that directly challenged the Second Law of Thermodynamics.  Fischer and others maintained that Carnot's presumptions and extrapolation were his crucial errors.  Fischer maintained that beginning with the steam engine and extrapolating that logic to all engines marched thermodynamics off in the wrong direction, a misdirection from which it has not yet recovered.  Because of that faulty presumption (at least in the eyes of Fischer and others whose scientific opinion I respect) regarding heat engines, the notion of liquid heat engines was ignored ever since.  Fischer and others explained that thermodynamics textbooks are gloriously wrong as they teach students about thermodynamics, building on Carnot's presumptive foundation.  The first prototype of Fischer's engine came closer to Carnot's ideal efficiency than any other heat engine ever had before.  Among others, Tom Bearden has challenged the theories of electricity at their root, once again questioning the presumptions.

In the realm of microbiology, the same phenomenon can be seen.  Antoine Béchamp was one of the nineteenth century's great scientific minds, and disproved the notion of the spontaneous generation of life at the microscopic level with one of his Beacon Experiments in 1857.  Louis Pasteur was an opportunistic chemist who quite possibly plagiarized Béchamp's work.  Many years after he may have stolen credit for Béchamp's work, he still did not understand the process of fermentation or why the spontaneous generation theory of life was inaccurate.  Pasteur may have marched microbiology off in the wrong direction more than one hundred years ago.

Today’s microbiology textbooks present expedient fairy tales regarding Pasteur’s disproval of spontaneous generation theory.  At best, the fairy tales are misleading, and at worst, it leads students gravely astray in their first day of class, which is a misdirection that they never recover from. 

Royal Rife, Gaston Naessens, and others have shown that pleomorphic theory is more persuasive in describing disease dynamics than Pasteur's germ theory.  The findings of the revolutionary microscopes of Rife and Naessens not only support Béchamp's pleomorphic theories, but also overturn today’s optical theories.  Einstein proposed radical ideas of space, time and gravity, and the microscopes of Rife and Naessens produced radical data about optics, enabling them to see life processes never seen before.

Unlike the relatively gracious reception that Einstein's theories received, the work of Rife and Naessens, the proof of which was evident by looking through the lens of their microscopes, was met with jailing and other vile behavior by the scientific and medical establishments.  Why?  In a pattern that repeats throughout this website, it appears to be because their work led to cancer cures that were harmless, cheap and effective, and threatened the cancer racket.  Today's "attack the tumor" paradigm is thorough insanity, but it guides orthodox cancer therapy and research in 2014, and Pasteur's seeming plagiarism of Béchamp helped create the paradigm that serves up an attack-the-tumor philosophy.  This site’s medical essay presents more than twenty examples of how cancer cure pioneers were wiped out in the West, mainly in the USA.  The treatments were mainly harmless, cheap, and effective.  Most medical professionals, especially in the realm of cancer research and treatment, appear to have been blinded by their paradigm. 

Science goes far beyond optics and microbiology.  A math wizard once told me that today’s geometry is merely one of an infinite number of "valid" math systems, and with different presumptions (such as Einstein's presumption that parallel lines meet at infinity), each is "valid."

The respected astronomer Halton Arp questioned one of the foundations of astronomy and cosmology: that the universe is expanding from a primordial "Big Bang."  The universe may not be expanding at all.  Naturally, his work is marginalized, although he did not go to jail.  Theorizing whether the universe is expanding or not generally will not land people in jail, because no economic empires are built on it…yet.  Einstein enjoyed that grace.  The work of Nikola Tesla, however, had a more practical impact on the lives of average people, so he has been severely marginalized by history, although he invented the electricity technology that powers our homes today, and was pursuing free energy before the robber baron J.P. Morgan pulled the rug out from under him more than a century ago.

Those are issues in the "hard" sciences.  The disciplines of optics, thermodynamics, astronomy, microbiology, mathematics, etc., are all subject to radical revision.  Supposedly, those are no-nonsense studies, but their very foundations are subject to being seriously questioned.  What do we know?  There has probably been a major cover-up of extraterrestrial life by those who think they run the world.  I sought and watched a UFO myself in 2005.  People I know and trust have received secretive free energy and anti-gravity demonstrations, whose revelations would wipe out many “laws” of physics today as well as radically transform the world economy.  Numerous areas of "hard science" are apparently faulty in their theories and data, often because vested political and economic interests actively thwart any progress.  The paradigms are shaky at best.

Try engaging a scientist on those issues and watch what happens.  Only scientists as internally secure as Einstein can gleefully admit that we barely know anything, or that they were taught lies (or "expedient rubbish").  I have interacted with scientific giants, and they have all acknowledged that we barely know anything.  That is regarding "hard science."  It becomes more problematic regarding the "softer" issues such as history, the media, politics, religion, economics, etc.

 

Other Paradigms

As a child in California, Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Junípero Serra, Thomas Jefferson, George Custer and others were held up to me as American heroes.  My adult investigations have not supported their heroic stature. 

The lies that American schoolchildren have been taught for centuries about Columbus and his heroic feat is the very beginning of their American history studies.  In his important Lies my Teacher Told Me, James Loewen clearly demonstrated how vapid American high school history textbooks are.  Loewen observed that high school children hate learning American history, partly because they know that on some level that they are being sold a lie.  Loewen devoted a chapter of Lies my Teacher Told Me to the Columbus Myth that children are taught.  Virtually no facts about Columbus and his voyages as taught to American schoolchildren are undebatably true, except that he sailed in 1492 on the Santa Maria.

Loewen, a college history professor himself, made the case that college history, on the other hand, is partly about disabusing those students of the fairy tales that they were raised with.  I still have the history book I studied during my first year in college.[3]  Just as high school history books do, the text began American history with the voyage of Columbus. 

After half a page of dubious information on the natives who lived here for most of what we call history, and many thousands of years before that, the authors quickly went across the Atlantic Ocean and described the European dynamics that led to the voyage of Columbus.  They briefly sketched Columbus's career as "discoverer" and concluded that he "deserved the fame that ultimately came to him."[4]  The big news of Columbus's career was initiating the world's most complete extermination of at least one million people, who were the Taino of the Caribbean.  Regarding that truly historic event there was barely any mention, and it was only mentioned after the section regarding Columbus concluded.  The text stated:

 

"The first experiments with forced labor, as in the island of Hispaniola, resulted in the near extermination of the natives, but Indians continued to work in the mines or on the ranches of the mainland for centuries…The whites exploited the colored peoples, yet the Spanish conquerors were not particularly cruel and predatory, no more so than the later English colonists.  The millions of Indians who died in Spanish America were mostly victims of the white man's diseases."[5]

 

My college textbook was not exactly an exercise in iconoclasm.  I am not the only student who finished college thinking that Columbus was a hero.  Howard Zinn, with a Ph.D. in history, earned at Columbia, never found out any differently about Columbus, until he began researching his A People's History of the United States.

There it is again; the paradigm’s foundation is formed with the subject’s introduction, and the disinformation deludes the students from that moment forward.  As Loewen stated, the purpose of the lies in history textbooks is partly to inculcate a sense of nationalism in American children, to lead them to believe that their nation is a great one, forever unstained, marching off to endless feats of "progress."  It is a story of state as hero.  As Loewen demonstrated, the more "educated" Americans were, the more they supported the rape of Vietnam. In 1971, 80% of those with a grade school education were against the war, 75% of those with high school education, and only 60% of those with a college education.[6]

In 1925, the American Legion listed the ideal American history textbook's features:

 

 

In 2014, that largely remains the philosophy of American history textbook publishers.  The "dumbing us down" thesis of John Taylor Gatto is elucidated by William Griffin and John Marciano, who wrote:

 

"Textbooks offer an obvious means of realizing hegemony in education.  By hegemony we refer specifically to the influence that dominant classes or groups exercise by virtue of their control of the ideological institutions, such as schools, that shape perception on such vital issues as the Vietnam War…Within history texts, for example, the omission of crucial facts and viewpoints limits profoundly the ways in which students come to view history events.  Further, through their one-dimensionality textbooks shield students from intellectual encounters with their world that would sharpen their critical abilities."[8]

 

"There is no other country in the world where there is such a large gap between the sophisticated understanding of some professional historians and the basic education given by teachers." - Marc Ferro[9]

 

I was raised in Ventura, California, a mission town founded by Junípero Serra.  The grade school that I attended, down the street from where I grew up, was named after Serra.  I was taught three years of California history, and as with Columbus and American history, Serra is the first significant figure of California history (if the pirate Drake, who briefly visited it, is not counted), while the many thousands of years of native habitation merit a brief footnote.

As with the Columbus Myth, I looked into the Serra Myth.  Serra was officially declared saint in 2015.  It turns out that Junípero Serra was a fanatical and masochistic priest who initiated the genocide of California’s natives, which escaped the history that I was taught.  What was the difference between Serra, Columbus, and Hitler?  In the end, not a great deal besides the level of technology available to them.  Hitler was not so much an aberration as the logical conclusion of the Western mentality.

Similarly, George Washington was America’s richest man when he became president, building his fortune on his inheritance, marrying well, owning slaves to plant and harvest his tobacco (on stolen native land), and stealing Indian land.  He was the primary architect of the strategy of forcing the natives to sign treaties that the new nation would never honor.  Nearly every subsequent American politician faithfully continued that strategy, until there was no more land left to steal.  "Heroes" such as Custer and Jefferson fared similarly under scrutiny, as well as Andrew Jackson, Kit Carson, and Wyatt Earp. 

That kind of "teaching" creates a paradigm that guides thinking.  In the case of the history that I was taught, the paradigm was that my ancestors were great and noble heroes, "civilizing" the Western Hemisphere.  Why?  Apparently, so I will believe that I live in a great nation, forever progressing to new vistas of wonder, and leading the world to the light.  It worked for a while.  The paradigm blinded me to reality and put me in a fantasy world.  Why?  Apparently, it was to control me.  With my brain carefully washed, I would gladly march off to distant lands to annihilate the natives, to "defend" my great nation, or cheer as others do so.  I would believe in the insanity of attacking the tumor as a way of "curing" cancer.  That cancer paradigm has created a tremendous amount of suffering and death, while "coincidentally" lining the pockets of the drug companies, doctors, and others in the medical business.  The nationalism paradigm has created even more suffering and death, but generally for people of other nations, those we have attacked with the world's biggest killing machine, while "coincidentally" lining the pockets of military contractors and others.

In religion the same paradigm manufacturing can be seen, also at the beginning. The Book of Genesis, in its first section, stated:

 

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  And God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’”[10]

 

If Genesis is to be believed, God put humans in charge of Earth.  Westerners generally feel that they have the right to treat animals and other "lesser" creatures however they wish, which has led to the evils of factory farming and the animal experiments of today.  That was also why the English saw Native Americans as subhuman.  Europeans could be in charge of the natives, treating them however we saw fit, annihilating them when they got in the way.  Although that first creation myth said nothing about the inferiority of women, a later passage in Genesis, during the Garden of Eden tale, has God making the first woman from Adam's rib.  Then Eve ruined the paradise deal with the serpent and forbidden fruit, with Adam blaming Eve for his sin, which has justified the treatment of women as inferior creatures, a paradigm that continues to the present day.  Women did not get the right to vote in the USA, that revered democratic nation, until the 20th century.  Slaves and Jews got the right to vote in America before women did.  For a man, the paradigm as initiated by Genesis might sound like a good deal.  For women and animals (or "inferior" races), the deal was not so benevolent.

In economics, a paradigm built on presumptions and myths prevails. The dogma of free markets dominates capitalistic theory.  There is no such thing as a free market or free trade.  Free markets are as plentiful as unicorns.  With capitalism, the game is giving consumers the right to buy whatever they want, but their menu must be limited to one or two items.  Americans can choose any cancer treatment they want, as long as it is surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.  Americans can get their energy any way they want, as long as they pay the electric or oil companies for it.  Americans can pay for their goods any way they want, as long as it is in American dollars.  Americans can get around any way they want, as long as it is by car.  In practice, alternatives can be chosen through great effort and privation, such as going to Mexico for cancer treatment, if the USA's medical gangsters do not burn down the Mexican clinic or kidnap its director.  Generally, it is far too much trouble, if Americans are even aware of the alternatives, so they shuffle along with the herd.

In orthodox economic theory, there is the law of supply and demand, called a law, as if it were gravity.  The law of supply and demand is founded upon a presumption of human greed.  Societies exist where greed is not the "law."  Donald Walsch's god said to him, when discussing the highly evolved societies around the universe (humanity’s does not qualify today):

 

"In those cultures it would not be possible to fail to share.  Nor would it be possible to think of 'charging' increasingly exorbitant 'prices' the more rare a necessity became. Only extremely primitive societies would do this.  Only very primitive beings would see scarcity of that which is commonly needed as an opportunity for greater profits.  'Supply and demand' does not drive the HEB (Highly Evolved Being) system.  That is part of a system that humans claim contributes to their quality of life and to the common good.  Yet, from the vantage point of a highly evolved being, your system violates the common good, for it does not allow that which is good to be experienced in common.[11]

 

Greed was nearly an unknown vice in the "primitive" civilizations of the New World and Africa (the Aztecs being a rare exception), before Europeans arrived.

Again, a paradigm is built on a presumption, and a primitive one at that. How does one enforce the paradigm?  By attacking and marginalizing anybody not subscribing to it.  Hence, the USA's war against "communism" and its anti-capitalistic heresies of sharing.  Ironically, Christians were the West’s first communists, going back to its earliest days.  The paradigm enforcers harass, jail, and murder doctors who cure cancer patients without attacking the tumor.  They throw free energy revolutionaries such as Dennis Lee into prison on fabricated charges. They write Béchamp and Tesla out of the history books.  Halton Arp and Noam Chomsky are unheard of by most Americans, but Carl Sagan and Rush Limbaugh are household words.  The paradigm creators/enforcers parade Columbus, Serra, Washington, Jefferson, Custer, and the rest of that rogues' gallery as heroes that children are supposed to look up to.

In the world of politics, similar enforcement mechanisms are in place to keep the paradigm from being challenged.  Much of it is "innocent" in that once people get the paradigm drilled into their heads, they are incapable of seeing beyond it.  Ralph McGehee discovered the hard way what his employer, the CIA, was really up to. 

Ralph had to run the gauntlet in order to tell the American people what the CIA really did, and suffered greatly to live by his conscience.  The CIA has nothing to do with defending freedom, and never did.  The CIA has always been about keeping the subject nations enslaved to capitalism, which is largely colonialism with new rhetoric.  Ralph wrote about how the CIA policymakers "culled" the data so it would conform to the prevailing ideology.  Thus, most Americans and nearly everybody at the CIA did not realize that what happened in Vietnam and the whole Cold War were generally the USA's efforts to keep the people of the post-colonial world enslaved to the West.  The realization that the "communist menace" was only the attempt of the populations in Vietnam, Guatemala, Chile, Indonesia, etc., to free themselves from the white man's domination was fleetingly acknowledged by barely anybody in America, and America’s mainstream media and its pundits have never admitted it.  In 2000, soon before he was silenced, Ralph wrote:

 

"As I discovered in my 'Vietnam days' policy dictated intelligence with William Colby and others ensuring that no information challenging our policy saw the light of day.  However, the rejection of reality started from the very first days from just after WWII and prior to the creation of the CIA.

"Later even Sam Adams, the number one analyst/protestor on Vietnam, had little knowledge about the Communists "People's War," written about ad naseum by Vo Nguyen Giap, Ho Chi Minh and even Mao Tse-Tung.

"Agency analysts do not use open source data/datum - and herewith lies one major cause of its egregiously terrible intelligence.  Another is the multi-leveled bureaucratic structure of the CIA that authorizes politicized bureaucrats at all levels to hack away at raw intelligence until it supports policy.

"In my last few years in the CIA as a skeptic I saw that distorting intelligence to support policy was a universal truism.  This can be deduced particularly from Mel Goodwin's experience regarding CIA intelligence on the Soviet Union.  William Casey was a total practitioner of this phenomenon.

"…For a successful career in the CIA one must accept that the Emperor wears gorgeous robes - stating the obvious kills the messenger."

 

Of the major ex-CIA authors who have been critical of the Agency, four men make up nearly all of them: McGehee, Phil Agee, John Stockwell, and Victor Marchetti.  They all either endured huge legal battles to publish what they did, or endured many illegal intimidations.  Agee essentially lost his citizenship for publishing Inside the Company, and lived under political asylum in Germany, after being hounded across Europe.  The CIA tried cloak-and-dagger strategies to prevent him from publishing his book, bugging his typewriter to find his Paris hideout while he wrote his memoirs and trying to lure him to Spain to possibly murder him.  Marchetti and McGehee engaged in huge legal battles with the CIA, as they tried publishing their books "legally."  Stockwell was like Agee in that he did not let the CIA censor his book before publication, and had a running legal battle with them after he published his In Search of Enemies.  Other ex-CIA authors write under pseudonyms to avoid those fates.  Wiping out the messenger is how the false paradigm can be sustained.

In their Manufacturing Consent, Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky clearly demonstrated the complete subservience of the media to government/corporate policy during the Vietnam days, during the bludgeoning of Central America in the 1980s and so on.  The true motivation of our aggression in Southeast Asia was never hinted at.  The media completely inverted reality, so that the people we invaded and murdered by the millions were the aggressors, while our invading army was doing all the suffering.  It would be as if the Nazi invasion of Poland were depicted as a Polish aggression against Germany.  That inversion of reality over Vietnam lasts to this day in the USA's mainstream mediaOrwell would have been impressed.

What Manufacturing Consent and other works clearly demonstrate is a total adherence to a paradigm (e.g., we are the good guys) that no amount of contradictory data is ever able to shake, no matter how bald and undeniable.  No matter how many obvious lies America’s politicians told, no matter how many dishonorable actions by its diplomats, the corporate media could be counted on to put the best possible spin on it, somehow transforming genocide into a noble affair.  Somehow, the USA killed several million people and destroyed the lives of many millions more in Southeast Asia, but our motives were pure, through and through.  The media as propagandists reached new heights during the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

The American people themselves did not buy the Vietnam propaganda (most saw the war as immoral on America’s part), but the media and other establishment mouthpieces have never admitted it, and it looks like they never will.  They repeat the dogma that America’s motivation was pure, but the strategy unfortunate or "unwinnable."  Although most Americans believed that our motivation regarding Vietnam was tainted and immoral, that notion has never entered the pages of the mainstream media.  As astute scholars have stated, the notion is simply "unthinkable" by mainstream media personnel. 

It appears that the USA will never apologize to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Iraq, Cuba, El Salvador, Indonesia, Chile, the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Philippines, etc., etc.  Being the world's most powerful nation, with the world's largest killing machine, means never having to say you are sorry.

Fluoride was magically transformed from a deadly industrial waste into a tooth's best friend.  Most fluoridation pioneers had conflicts of interest or directly worked for fluoride polluters, as Harold Hodge did, although the nature of his employment by the fluoride-polluting military was kept secret.  Industry-employed scientists fabricated and distorted data to make an industrial waste appear as a safe cavity preventive, although no credible evidence supports that notion, and all evidence shows that fluoride is a deadly poison that actually destroys the teeth and damages brains, among other health disasters. 

The system can be sophisticated and subtle.  It is not always easy to see through the many layers of deception.  The reason why all those false paradigms are held in place is because they provide comforting fictions for many people, and great wealth and power for a select few.  If, like Nazi Germany and probably every other nation, Americans can see themselves as forever noble, virtuous and heroic, as a presumption, they can then inflict their violence at will on anybody else with a clear conscience.  In that regard, the American history brainwashing, the CIA's lies, the media inversions of reality and so on form an interlock of self-interest.  For those at the top of that food chain, life is "good."  In addition, Americans get cheap bananas, oil, tin, and other imports due to America's enforcement of the international neocolonial order.  White, educated American men are history’s most privileged demographic group, and eagerly believe the lies because it justifies their privileged position.  Virtually without exception, they are the people who most take my work to task.  As the Ralph McGehees, Rodney Stiches, and Dennis Lees of the world discovered at great personal cost, the enforcers of those murderous paradigms do not deal gently with their heretics, and for the nearly 99% of humanity who are the losers in such a system, life is not pretty.

Although those at the food chain's apex think life is great, they are also sacrificed on the altar of power and profit, dying agonizing deaths from cancer and drinking fluoridated water, which helps give them cancer and impairs their intelligence.  Under the prevailing paradigm, everybody is ultimately a loser.  If today's genetic engineering wizardry, in which there is a capitalistic rush to own life itself, ends up unleashing something like Stephen King's Captain Trips onto humanity, annihilating nearly all of us (Walsch's god says that humanity is facing exactly that, as do others), it will be a monument to the dangers of allegiance to a paradigm that elevates power and greed while denigrating truth and love.

Not all paradigms blind their adherents.  The problem is adhering rigidly to any paradigm and suspending our mental and emotional faculties.  Many paradigms can illuminate, but in a world where power and greed rule, the healthy paradigms are still waiting to be adopted.  It is not yet too late, if enough people begin waking up and caring

 

Forgetting the Basics, and Turning Vices into Virtues

Intimately related to the issue of founding paradigms on false assumptions is a phenomenon where people conveniently forget the lessons taught them as small children, thinking they have become too grown-up and smart for that.  People often recall the self-serving assumptions, while forgetting the other-serving admonitions.  That part of growing up is not a triumph.  One of the greatest American spiritual masterpieces to make it into mainstream awareness in my lifetime is Robert Fulghum's All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.  For literate Americans, it has been virtually impossible to avoid seeing the list that he developed.  Fulghum made the case that all the truly important things worth knowing were taught to us by age five.  The first seven items on his list were about being a “good citizen” and being considerate when interacting with others.  I will present his first seven rules, and how the West, and the USA in particular, has learned those lessons.

ShareEurope’s conquest of the world is history’s greatest act of genocide and theft.  Its effects over the centuries have resulted in the situation where in 2014, Earth’s richest 85 people have as much wealth than the poorest half of humanity, for a wealth ratio of greater than forty-million-to-one.  The USA-inflicted genocide in Iraq had everything to do with controlling the Middle East’s oil supplies, and the current “War on Terror” is more of the same.  The USA stole Iraq’s oil, while millions of Iraqi citizens died.  Today, the USA has less than five percent of the world’s population, but consumes a quarter of its energy, and the West consumes the vast majority of the world’s resources, while the people in the subject nations live lives of dire poverty and oppression.  Because of neocolonial institutions such as the World Bank and International Monetary fund, nearly all the world’s poorest nations export food to the USA, as they earn “foreign exchange” to pay off “loans” that those nations’ people never received any benefit from.  It is merely a new form of slavery.  In the USA, the richest 1% owns more than the poorest 95%, and in 2000, the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, had more wealth than the poorest 100 million Americans combined.  These situations are not laws of nature, but due to several hundred years of exploitation of the world by white people, with the current incarnation of the rapacious system called “global capitalism.” 

Play Fair.  The West has never come close to playing fair with those it exploited and murdered.  From the very beginning of the world’s conquest, Spanish legal tactics were used as a form of fraud to steal land from the natives as well as enslave them.  Priests, soldiers, and lawyers formed the vanguard of the enslavement of Mesoamerica’s natives.  The natives of the Caribbean were almost completely exterminated during the early days of conquest, so today’s Mexico is the first place that the Spanish truly “colonized” (if their rape of the Canary Islands is not counted).  That colonization was anything but fair.  When the other colonial powers got into the game, the same patterns were repeated.  Christopher Columbus and George Washington were anything but heroes, yet they have national holidays in their name.  Washington first proposed the strategy of stealing native land by forcing treaties on the Native American tribes that the United States would never honor, which was immediately adopted by the Continental Congress, and of more than 370 treaties forced on the Native American tribes by the USA's government, historians cannot find even one that the USA honored.  That legalistic fraud is not merely something in America’s history that has been covered up.  In the early 21st century's international arena, the United States is the world’s most lawless nation.  As Noam Chomsky said, the USA's disregard for the restraints of international law has been the worst the world has seen since the days of Nazi Germany.[12]  The blatant vote fraud (and subsequent Supreme Court fraud) that took place in Florida during the 2000 USA presidential election is one more example of how America “plays fair.”  During the 1990s the United States began kidnapping people from Mexico to bring them to America for “justice.”  Although it was a violation of international law that not even Hitler could get away with, the Supreme Court chief justice, the noted racist William Renquist, ruled that kidnapping people from Mexico was OK because the extradition treaty with Mexico did not explicitly forbid it.[13]  I had brutal experience regarding how our legal system plays fair when I tried to help bring alternative energy to the marketplace.

Don’t Hit.  Internationally, the USA is history’s most violent nation.  Nobody comes close.  The genocide of Native Americans during the nineteenth century was a mere prelude to the violence that the USA has inflicted on humanity since 1945.  Usually, the USA merely finances and arms its pawns, as with Indonesia, Iran, Afghanistan, the Central American banana republics, and elsewhere.  That record would be bad enough, and by itself is one of history’s bloodiest records.[14]  Using its armed forces, the USA has also killed several million people directly since World War II, in Southeast Asia, Korea, Iraq, Panama, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.  More people have died as a direct result of the USA's efforts in Southeast Asia and Iraq than died in Hitler’s death camps, but somehow the USA is defending the high principles of freedom.  Rhetoric and reality regarding that situation are on nearly opposite ends of the spectrum, and the most fervent believers of the propaganda are educated Americans

Put Things Back Where You Found Them.  This rule is related to not taking things that belong to others and cleaning up after ourselves.  It relates directly to the “play fair” observations above and the “clean up your mess” rule, dealt with below. 

Clean up Your Mess.  The USA is the world's leader in creating environmental devastation.  From fossil-fuel emissions to the environmental devastation of its subject nations, the USA (and the West in general) has created the greatest environmental devastation that the world has known.  As the environmental movement in the USA gained momentum during my lifetime, environmentally-disastrous activities such as mining, oil exploration and pumping, deforestation and the like have been exported to subject nations.  America has also dumped its toxic waste onto subject nations.  In the USA, waste has always been dumped in the poorest areas, including the land the remnants of Native American tribes live on.  For a clear illustration of that principle in practice, a memorandum from the World’s Bank’s chief economist was leaked to the public during the early 1990s.  In the memo, the chief economist, Lawrence Summers, encouraged the bank to promote the migration of the “dirty industries” to the less developed nations.  What kind of public disgrace and career scuttling did Summers experience when that memo became public?  In 1999, Bill Clinton promoted him to be the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. 

Don’t Take Things That Aren’t Yours.  All imperial cultures have been master thieves, and the USA is no different.  From stealing the native land, using George Washington’s criminal strategy, to stealing Iraq’s oil with the oil-for-food swindle, the USA has always been a kleptocracy, and is now playing the game on a global scale.  

Say You Are Sorry When You Hurt Somebody.  After the USA shot down a passenger plane taking off from Iran, killing hundreds of people, American Vice President George Bush the First said, “I will never apologize for the United States of America.  I don’t care what the facts are.”[15]  That is not an aberration, but standard American foreign policy.  Soon before leaving office, lame duck Bill Clinton made a public relations trip to Vietnam.  The USA indefensibly murdered millions of Vietnamese citizens during the 1960s and 1970s while trying to recolonize the region, even though the Vietnamese people, led by Ho Chi Minh, were instrumental in thwarting Japan’s imperial ambition in the area during World War II, and were considered American allies.  While Clinton expressed a willingness to let the past be the past, and to move forward in bettering USA-Vietnamese relations, when asked if he would apologize for what the United States did to Vietnam, he declined to do so. 

Declassified documents have now demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt that dropping nuclear bombs on Japan, and especially Nagasaki, had virtually nothing to do with saving American lives, saving Japanese lives, or any of that noble-sounding rhetoric.  Harry Truman proudly justified the atom bombs dropped on Japan long after he had left office, even openly calling it an act of revenge.  Clinton also refused to apologize for the atom bombs, as every post-war president has done.

Those Seven Noble Rules.  Regarding those seven noble rules, the USA regularly ignores them, usually conjuring impressive-sounding rhetoric to justify its behavior, and most Americans either cheer those actions or quietly acquiesce to them.  Why is humanity heading toward the abyss?  Because people reject rules of consideration for others that they were taught as young children, thinking that they no longer apply, or lying to themselves that what is so obvious is not really happening.  People are either mindless, or are knowingly doing these things.  I think it is a little bit of both, which all begins with a hard heart, which is because people are afraid.  It does not have to be this way.

Turning Vices Into Virtues.  Long before Robert Fulghum walked on Earth, the West has been familiar with the seven deadly sins.  They are: pride, greed, anger, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth.  Americans have enshrined some of those deadly sins as not only benign, but worthy attributes of our societies, even making them the centerpieces of our ideologies.  That is exactly the kind of inversion of reality that George Orwell wrote about, where freedom is slavery, war is peace, and ignorance is strength.[16]  When the year 1984 arrived, I read discussions of why Orwell’s dark vision did not come to pass.  It largely has.  Here is how Americans have been turning deadly sins into either virtues or valuable attributes of our ideologies, or rendering them benign or invisible.

Pride.  Nationalism is all about generating feelings of national pride.  Most of what I was taught regarding generating feelings of national pride was a pack of lies.  As we inflict endless violence and suffering onto the world’s people, we do it with great national pride, which is partly how we are blinded to the true nature of what we support.  That dynamic was never more apparent than the flag-waving aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks of September 2001.  Since September 2001, I have regularly sat in traffic behind cars that wear bumper stickers with a picture of the American flag and the words “Proud to be an American” or “The Power of Pride.”

Greed.  America’s capitalist ideology has made greed a centerpiece of its theoretical framework.  The so-called law of supply and demand assumes greed.  The “law” states that people will raise the price of something if it becomes scarce or demand increases, as they seek profits at the expense of others.  As Neale Donald Walsch’s god remarked in Conversations with God, it is a “law” that only applies to “primitive” societies, and the mark of a primitive society is that it regards regression as progress, and inverts reality.  In Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, the corporate raider played by Michael Douglas told an audience that “greed” was good and made our system work.  Stone was being ironic, but I have heard such sentiments coming from the mouths of today’s educated Americans.  Douglas even became a hero in Wall Street circles, because of his character’s “greed is good” sentiments.[17]  In the minds found on Wall Street, greed is good, as it makes our system work.  Instead of wondering about a system that runs on greed, or perhaps greed being something to try to reduce, it is cheered as a beneficial aspect of our system, and the very engine that drives it.  That same mentality has been adopted in corporate ideology, where continually-increasing profit is the only reason for a corporation’s existence.  The complementing aspect of capitalistic theory is the “invisible hand of competition.”  That “invisible hand” is the fear that your competitor will erode your profits or put you out of business.  In such theorizing, fear of the competition is what kept people honest.  It makes fear a vital component of how our system works.  Instead of working to reduce such dynamics in our society, it is worshipped as a centerpiece of our ideology as a vital piece of our system.  Wiping out the competition is the essence of capitalism, which I discovered the hard way during my days with Dennis, which even Smith remarked upon in his work.  Capitalistic ideology is based on greed and fear.

Anger.  American men, especially born before the post-war boom, are emotional cripples, and anger is about the only emotion acceptable for them to openly display.  American men have gotten a little better in that department, but anger has too often been enshrined as a virtue.  For many years, I have read and heard Christians (and even supposedly enlightened mystics) laud Jesus’s moment of anger in the temple, as he whipped the moneychangers out of the temple.  What those people always ignored was that his moment of violent anger (the only one that we see in the New Testament) led directly to his death, as the high priest Caiaphas, who was getting rich from the temple coffers, led the effort to put Jesus to death, sparked by his performance in the temple, which impacted the temple’s cash flow.  Yet, so many people point to what was likely the lowest moment of Jesus’s life as his greatest triumph.  A friend justified bombing Yugoslavia to me with Jesus’s moment of anger.  Jesus’s temple tantrum more likely showed that even a Christ can have his bad days, while it has been used by Christians countless times to justify violence.  Christians are by far the most violent people of all time.

Envy.  At this stage in America’s journey, it does not envy anybody else much of anything, except perhaps Middle East oil.  What it wanted, it took long ago.  America is the king of the global hill.  The people who run the USA knew that a long time ago.  Before World War II ended, the American government knew it would emerge with unprecedented global power.  Declassified documents displayed the mindset of those who ran the USA's government back then.  It was all about hoarding the world’s wealth and keeping the world enslaved to U.S. capitalismGeorge Kennan even used the word “envy” when describing how other peoples might view the USA's unprecedented wealth, and he suggested abandoning all pretence of pursuing “unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of living standards, and democratization”, and begin dealing in “straight power concepts” to keep the world under the USA's boot, and Kennan was a foreign policy dove.  The hawks had even more ruthless plans.  The USA's foreign policy is merely a modern variation of a very old dynamic.  Also, there is a lie in that logic.  Much of the so-called “envy” of the world’s poor was not envy, per se, but the desire to be free from the West’s shackles, so that they can eat the food they grow, etc.

Lust.  Among my psychologist friends, sexual abuse is the childhood abuse that they see almost more than any other, at least for ones that can leave debilitating effects for the rest of the patient’s life.  The porn industry was the first one on the Internet to make money.  On television, Americans are flooded with titillating ads and shows with endless sexual double-entendres.  Even Shakespeare played to that passion in his plays.  It is also part of what I have called the “War against Women.” 

Gluttony and Sloth.  These are related vices; with gorging one’s self complementing laziness.  Americans are history’s fattest and most sedentary people.  In 2012, 69% of American adults were overweight, up from 65% in 2003.  That is partly due to the high calorie, high fat, high sugar, high protein, junk food diet that Americans eat.  It is also due to the cars, garage-door openers, and other conveniences that Americans are history’s fattest people.  From 1980 to 2012, the percentage of American adults considered “obese” has climbed from 15% to 35%.  Americans are particularly gluttonous when the starvation happening across the world is taken into consideration.  In the West, about half of all adults are overweight.  In India and elsewhere in the so-called Third World, a high proportion of adults are underweight.  What the West is doing is called “overconsumption” in academia’s parlance.  It used to be called gluttony.  The world’s overweight and hungry people are of approximately equal number: more than a billion of each.[18]  American gluttony and sloth is the greatest that the world has ever known.  Not to say that Americans consider that distinction a great virtue, and pathological reactions to that situation, such as anorexia, are understandable.  In general however, most Americans do not think much about it, and the media bombards viewers with all manner of food ads, and most of that advertised “food” should not be touched with a ten-foot pole.  The day I originally wrote this, my wife handed me the Sunday newspaper, where an article discussed the abysmal American diet and how it directly led to heart attacks and other degenerative diseases.  It is worse in the “beef belt” of America’s Midwest, where coronary surgeons have a booming business.  Even as undeniable as the evidence is, most afflicted people, filling their plates with greasy food, do not really care.  In the words of one customer at a Kansas City barbecue establishment, “We’ve grown up on meat and potatoes.  There was always a meat and starch at every meal, and it just carries on to how we eat today.”  That customer drove 200 miles to eat that meal.[19]  In Hawaii, gluttony is a virtue, with billboards advertising all-you-can-eat establishments with smiling local residents who have eaten themselves into gargantuan size.  They are local heroes.  My brother worked in Hawaiian hospitals where he regularly treated those trenchermen and trencherwomen, where they ended up after having heart attacks and other health failures, for those who survived long enough to get to a hospital.

Forgetting the basics because we think we are too smart for those old lessons, or inverting reality by turning vices into virtues, is an integral aspect of why humanity stands on the abyss’ edge today.  It can be different.

 

Footnotes

[1] See Stephen Schlesinger and Stephen Kinzer’s Bitter Fruit; The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala

[2] See Neale Donald Walsch's Conversations with God, Book 3, p. 362

[3]  See Richard Current, Harry Williams, and Frank Freidel's American History: A Survey, Fourth Edition, Volume 1: to 1877, published in 1975. 

[4] See Richard Current, Harry Williams, and Frank Freidel's American History: A Survey, Fourth Edition, Volume 1: to 1877, p. 8.

[5] See Richard Current, Harry Williams, and Frank Freidel's American History: A Survey, Fourth Edition, Volume 1: to 1877, pp. 10-11.

[6] See James Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me, p. 305.

[7] See James Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me, p. 272.

[8] See James Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me, p. 275.

[9] See James Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me, p. 271.

[10] See Genesis, 1.26 to 1.28, The Revised Standard Version.

[11] See Neale Donald Walsch's Conversations with God, book 3, p. 306.

[12] See, for instance, Noam Chomsky’s The New Military Humanism, pp. 150-157.

[13] See William Blum’s Rogue State, pp. 210-211.

[14] See, for instance, William Blum’s Killing Hope

[15] See William Blum’s Rogue State, p. 227.

[16] See George Orwell’s 1984, in its first few pages.

[17] In the April 2004 edition of Premiere Magazine, p. 68, Michael Douglas talked about the Gordon Gecko character that he played in Wall Street, and said that nearly twenty years after he played that role, he regularly experienced “half-drunk Wall Street investment bankers coming up to me and saying, ‘Hey, man, you were the guy, greed is good.’  They look at me like I am a folk hero, but I was supposed to be a bad guy.  It’s a very sad comment.”

[18] See Gary Gardner and Brian Halweil’s “Nourishing the Underfed and Overfed,” in The Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World, 2000, pp. 59-78.

[19] See Stephanie Simon’s “Straight to the Heart,” The Seattle Times, p. A3, May 27, 2001.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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