Thursday, May 26, 2011

Why People Don't Care About Freedom

By Ted Twietmeyer

There is a 1971 song by Janis Joplin/Michael McClure titled, "Mercedes Benz" that started like this:

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?

She then goes on about color TVs. Even in 1971 not everyone owned a color television; many people still owned black and white sets. Today this all people seem to care about ­ the latest computer, the latest cell phone, latest television, etc... It seems material issues are all that matters. Or is there something else going on?

There are people among us who intentionally deny freedom is mutating into tyranny and society crumbling down all around their ears. For others, it's as though they can see the coming tsunami police state that will wipe freedom off the face of the Earth ­ they eagerly jump into a rowboat and vigorously row out to sea to greet it.

In pre-Nazi Germany, citizens eagerly paddled out to greet the virtual tsunami. First the German people were ordered to register all their guns. Like dutiful citizens they did what they were told. Then the guns were confiscated, followed by the people.

Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892­1984) wrote about about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group. His text is presented roughly here:

First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me

Why did this happen?

What is it that motivates people to be intentionally ignorant of the facts, not see what's already here and what's on the horizon? Is it brainwashing? Fear? An inability to mentally see the wave coming at them? Or are we as human beings genetically programmed to obey, obey, obey? Consider how easily a dog can be trained. Are human beings all that much different than a dog or cat? History and evidence unfortunately says no.

Men and women go into military boot camps, carrying with them paradigms they have known their entire life. Six weeks of training by drill instructors and they become a very different person, not only able to kill but also know many ways to kill. Ever see a boot-camp graduation photo of a man or woman? All have a cold, lifeless stare bearing no resemblance to the man or woman who started basic training only a few weeks earlier.

When you try to change someone's paradigm, the very moment you begin to do so a defensive all immediately pops up. Boot camp instructors are experts at ripping down those walls fast. Re-training someone is something like the fight or flight reflex. Unless the person you're talking to already has undergone some enlightenment already, that invisible wall will pop up happen every time. It will be your job not to tear down the wall, but disable the mechanism that drives it. More on that later.

Is there a difference between any boot camp and simply teaching someone? In a boot camp, there is no free will and no choice but to obey and stick with it. When you start to teach someone a new paradigm of truth they can easily laugh at you and walk away. You need to get their undivided attention with cold, hard facts to minimize the giggle factor.

Awhile back I thought that when senior citizens refuse to see the truth it was based on the fear that their social security, disability, veterans disability or retirement checks will stop coming. But there is a refusal to see the truth with younger adults, even those working full time jobs who don't fear losing a check coming in the mail or other fear factor. In some cases it's people who just don't want to know. They want to continue to believe all is well in Camelot. For others, it may be part of the inherent reflex and response to something new prying its way into their paradigm. We are creatures of habit just like our pets. Snickering and smirks are clear signs the wall has popped up. If you're persistent, that wall will eventually stop popping up ­ for good. When you finally disable the wall mechanism it has a lasting and permanent effect.

Astronauts undergo violent training to survive the rigors of space and are trained to know systems inside and out, learn hundreds of acronyms and know how to make a quick escape in the event something goes wrong. What NASA does to train these men and women is just another type of boot camp which is absolutely necessary.

Military boot camps are brainwashing and body-building centers while classrooms teach passively. Pass all the tests and you get to stay in and eventually graduate. Just a few hundred years ago it was relatively easy to create a soldier. Life was violent and ruthless, even more so the further back into history you look. But over time the idea of shooting, stabbing or bayoneting someone up close and personal became abhorrent idea to the average person. Probably a good thing it did - or society would never have developed, and you would never have been able to have a computer to read this.

But the fact is that war is war. It's kill or get killed. Unfortunately, boot camps serve a needful purpose. If America did not have the army, navy, marines or air force you can be certain every one of us would be speaking some other foreign language by now. America would never have been formed.

So what does all this have to do with trying to teach someone? Consider that your job to enlighten someone else is an uphill battle. It doesn't matter whether you talk to someone about impossible expectations of jet fuel in tall buildings, a blatant forged birth certificate, buildings that drop too fast, groping at airports or freedoms being stolen left and right. Or even vehicles parked blocks away that ignited by themselves. This is a battle to help someone see the truth that YOU CAN WIN if you conduct it right. Time is running out, and the internet may not be available much longer.

To get people to understand this and much more is to understand that you must open an invisible classroom of your own to teach people truth. Disinformation has many faces seen and unseen such as family training, school training, military training, the media, movies and more.

Remember the three stages of conversion to the truth? Paraphrased, the first responses to the truth will be laughter and ridicule for presenting facts that attempt to cross that pop-up wall. Acceptance will only come if you're persistent, but not to the point of being annoying. After that, your successful recruit becomes yet another teacher of freedom to other people.

Just how far can this go, and how fast? Consider the mathematical principle known as binary progression. If you convert just one person, and that person converts two people, and those two people convert 4 more, etc... look what happens:

1 2 4 8 16 32 64 128 256 512 1,024 2,048 4,096 8,192 16,384 32,768 65,535 131,070 etc...

Now consider this. If each person teaching converts more than two people, the progression will accelerate faster. Just 18 levels deep and that one person you converted becomes more than 131,000 - and it won't stop there. Your freight train is running and there is no stopping it.

Your classroom is requires a well thought out plan to teach people to think. There are countless well-meaning people out there leaving comments on websites and on blogs everywhere and sending emails to people with remarks like "Wake up people!" Comments like that are utterly useless and accomplish absolutely nothing.

A wise and well-seasoned marketing manager co-owned a small corporation I worked at many years ago. He told me about a selling principle he often used I'll never forget. It's about planting seeds in customer's minds. You might not make a sale today or tomorrow, but down the road when the need arises for the product you have they will remember you.

All seeds need to be watered from time to time, including the seeds of a paradigm shift.

There is only one way to enlighten receptive people ­ first get them to look at the evidence themselves. Just present the best, undeniable facts and wait for their comment or question. Let THEM start thinking and talking first with you saying as little as possible. Do not rush it or you'll drive them away. Whether one does religious missionary work or this the basic premise remains the same: Some people are teachable, others are not, some will never be.

At some point you have to decide if progress is being made and you'll feel it in your gut. If you don't find any change taking place with them over a period of time, then just let it go. Our time remaining for expressing and teaching others freedom is running out, and you need to quickly move on to someone else. Remember ­ you've planted the seed and just maybe one day it will take root and grow.

It was said centuries ago that "Every war is won before it's ever fought." Leaders must know who they are up against and prepare for how they will fight a war. In the case of teaching people in your invisible boot camp a similar principle also applies. Although that person you're teaching isn't your enemy, you still need to properly prepare and be fully knowledgeable about your subject matter.

People you teach must believe in you and see calm conviction in your eyes. Never use texting or email for this; it simply won't work. Period. Paradigm-shifting requires a person-to-person effort. You must teach people in person. Don't email people a URL link or create yet another website and think that's all you need to do. Don't scream and yell like some radio personalities ­ it will destroy your credibility before you even get started and make the pop-up wall permanent. Go about teaching others calmly and intelligently. Let the facts speak for themselves so people can decide for themselves.

Only teach people to think and never teach violence. Patience, planning and time are the keys.

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