“Mass misdirection”

Bruce Charlton asks an interesting question, one which I’ve also been puzzling over. How is it that having seen and absorbed so many dystopian novels, movies, and TV series, people are not able or willing to recognize the totalitarianism at work in our real world?

How is it that the majority of people seem to have accepted the situation in which we suddenly found ourselves a couple of months ago, when the restrictions on our liberties were put into place with so little objection?
Dr. Charlton offers some answers to the questions.

It does seem that as far as any spiritual (negatively spiritual) element to this situation, most people, even Christians, have been conditioned towards a strictly materialistic and scientistic view of life. And as Dr. Charlton surmises, they recognize a system as evil only if it is overtly, openly violent and punitive towards the population. So far it has been more subtle; soft-pedaling it seems to have lulled people into the belief that all is meant for our good, our well-being.

Dr. Charlton also notes the tendency to omit the idea of moral agency on anyone’s part, and I believe I touched on that in my previous post. Nothing is anybody’s fault or responsibility, and that lets the average citizen off the hook as well as the people in power — whoever they are. Well, we do see the faces of the leftist governors who are issuing all these draconian orders, but even that fails to set off any warning bells in most minds, with the exception of a few people.

By degrees and by degrees, it looks — sadly — as though people in general are prepared to accept being herded and treated as property rather than as free people.

There have been news articles asserting that people are turning to their religion lately, though I’ve seen little sign of it. There are some people who are reportedly planning to hold religious services in spite of the edicts banning such gatherings. I’ll believe in a religous revival when I actually see it. Just after 9/11 people reportedly got religion — for about five minutes, after which business as usual proceeded. But then 9/11 was not as world-changing as these recent events, if people but knew it.

The bargain

An interesting piece at 28 Sherman makes an analogy between the ‘deal’ made by our so-called elites, in which for supposed economic benefits they agree to a deal with  outsiders which incidentally changes our very identity and essence, and the ‘deal’ made by the people of Innsmouth in a fictional story.

The story is by H.P. Lovecraft,” The Shadow Over Innsmouth”. Although I’ve read that story (more like a novella) several times since my adolescent days, being a Lovecraft fan, it never occurred to me to look at what is happening to Western countries as basically ‘the Innsmouth Bargain’ or Innsmouth deal, as the blogger calls it.

In the story, which I always found particularly creepy and disturbing for some reason, the seafaring families of the fictitious town of Innsmouth in New England, having contact with some unusual civilizations in the Ponape area of the Pacific, bring some rather atypical native wives — and native practices home to New England, and for some reason their town prospers in comparison with neighboring towns.

But a price has been paid, and must continue to be paid, in order to maintain that prosperity. Read the piece; it is a very fitting analogy for our situation and the ‘Innsmouth Bargain’ — the one our ‘leaders’ have committed us to.

Maybe what really disturbed me about the story when I read it in the past was the idea that a people could willingly morph themselves into something completely other — and in pursuit of some supposed material benefit.

Of course we know it isn’t just about economics; our ”elites” are ideologues on a vendetta it seems, but their phony excuse is that immigration benefits us. And giving up who we are, our culture, our faith, and ultimately our DNA is a small price to pay — right?

Maybe Lovecraft was warning us.