by Augustine Tan
If there is one truth that nobody can deny, is has to be the fact that nobody is perfect. Perfection is unattainable at best, and the only way to ever come close to it is to do our best in anything we do. But what happens when we ignore our flaws altogether and allow ourselves to bask in the glory of others praising us for our strengths? The flaws will still be there, but there will come a time when we have to face them head-on.
The “dark side” of the human being is an intriguing concept. It is an acknowledgement that we all sin, yet it does nothing to change the destructive behaviour that causes us to sin. How can we say with humility that we are bad, when we don’t put in effort to start anew and be good? Might as well keep quiet and hide our “dark side” from others, lying and pretending to be something we are not in the process.
Perhaps there is no such thing as the “dark side” of our being. Could it be that people are unhappy that they commit sinful acts and use their “dark side” as an excuse? Happy people have no reason to harm other people, but artificially happy people have all the reasons to take advantage of others by deception. Truly happy people are content with their lives, but artificially happy people need constant approval and attention to fill the void in their souls.
The presence or lack thereof of a “dark side” can be contested. However, we have to be aware that there are narcissistic, attention-demanding people who use their artificial happiness for their own benefit. We have to be aware that there are sinister, corrupt people hell-bent on manipulating others to their needs. These people aren’t the terrorists we hear about in the phony mainstream media. They are the everyday people we meet who go about their lives with no real purpose.
The awake know better than to live with the lies they have been subjected to when they were still asleep. They have already made up their minds to live with honesty and integrity, never once looking back at the time when they blindly accepted that everyone was inherently “bad”. The awake need to live by example and encourage the asleep to take a good look at themselves. Hopefully then can we truly dispel the notion of there being a “dark side” in the first place.
by Augustine Tan
I have had enough.
The things that are going around me are so distant from reality, so disconnected from what I perceive, that I want to get away from it all. Annoying “modern” music, the shallowness of the asleep, meaningless online content and so much more are causing me to sigh and look away in disdain. How did we get to this point? Why are we doing all of this?
Amusing Ourselves to Death, a book by the late Niel Postman describes the worrying trend of people becoming addicted to entertainment during the television era. I would say that this trend has only gotten worse with the rise of the Internet. There is simply too much nonsense to go around, and the truth often gets drowned in a sea of irrelevance. On the other hand, if it were not for the Internet, I would not have woken up. There is still a lot of valuable information just waiting for us to uncover, but that doesn’t help since Google now ranks search results based on “truthfulness”.
As I lay in bed before getting up earlier this morning, I asked myself, Who am I? No answer came to me. I have been thinking too much these past few days. Not to say that this is a bad thing, but somehow these episodes of deep self-reflection often come at an important part of my life. Somehow, as “important” as these times are, they pale in comparison to the mission that I have determined myself to embark – exposing the lies of the world. Even so, I still have reservations when it comes to waking up my asleep friends and family.
“Too much of anything is bad for you.” Could this be a misleading generalization? Of course, too much nonsense will only make you dumber. But are there any drawbacks of knowing too much truth? I suppose that there are many drawbacks, particularly in respect to dangerous truths that nobody wants to confront for fear of being hated, or worse, killed. But let’s think of it differently. Perhaps knowing too much truth will help us to counter the nonsense and lies that this world presents us with.
by Augustine Tan
People’s denial to seek the truth, perpetuated by lies propagated through the mainstream media, results in them being blissfully ignorant of the reality of the world. The awake know better than to believe any word that comes out of a news anchor’s mouth, let alone a politician’s. Whether or not one argues upon the fruition of either Orwell’s totalitarian government or Huxley’s pleasure-induced nightmare, one thing is clear: waking up is no easy feat.
When one hears the word ‘conspiracy theory’, his mind instantly shuts off, for in his perception a conspiracy theory is nothing more than a made-up story attempting to explain something relatively straight-forward. He has been conditioned to believe that none of these theories can be trusted, no matter how probable they may sound. Ignoring any gut-feeling whatsoever, he continues on with his life as if nothing was wrong in the first place.
Cognitive dissonance: the closing of the mind to anything contrary to what it believes. I have explored a similar theme in one of my earlier blog posts, The Bubbles of Reality. Needless to say, people would rather live in an illusion, for fear of it being exposed as completely fake. They turn to the “official story” of events and pay attention to the incoherent storyline being played out in front of them, never questioning its validity.
Somehow, something will get through to the closed mind. The minute one questions something that seems to be a lie, he begins a quest to find answers. Those answers will not be apparent at first, but slowly, surely, he will find them, provided he puts in the effort. No amount of knowledge will prepare him for the awakening that awaits him once he has been through it all.
Is it worth it to wake up? The answer is yes. Even though the awake must bear the fact that those around them are still asleep, they need to do whatever it takes to wake others up. They might loose a friend or two, tarnish existing relationships or even make a few enemies along the way, but nothing will compare to getting people in on the struggle for the truth.
by Augustine Tan
The reality we are presented with is called many names: the Matrix, the Beast Machine, the Grand Deception, etc. We are born into this reality, and are expected to play by its rules lest we face the consequences of not doing so. Those who are above the rules abuse them to their advantage, while those under the rules will be punished if they break them. The unfair nature of this game is obvious, but we nevertheless continue to serve and participate in this game because life becomes tough when you cease to be a player. The eliminated players are ignored and shunned at all costs, for to the remaining players the eliminated got what they deserved by going against the game.
In order to fit in, the players conform to the norms of the game, changing their behaviour, joining in other players’ discussions and abiding by the rules. The basis of group conformity is established when the players agree to compromise their identity to be one with everyone else. The individual players do not feel left out on anything, so long as they please the other players and gain their approval. If anything, the players would rather be together than to spend time alone in solitude to question their role in the group.
The player who thinks critically is a threat to the game. He is labelled a heretic, an infidel, a rebel and many other nasty names, all because he is different. He dares to challenge the very nature of the game, pointing out its glaring flaws and setting straight unsettling facts. The other players attempt to avoid him and look away, feeling uneasy because he has exposed them for what they have been doing all along: mindlessly conforming to the majority. They soon learn to despise him and hurl insults at him in an effort to force him to back off, but the more they oppose him, the greater his retaliation.
Rejected by the other players, the rebel player is left with two choices: submit to them and allow the tentacles of conformity to entangle him once more, or walk away knowing that he had tried his best to convince them to come to their senses. It does not take long for him to make his decision. Once he has left the game for good, he is no longer “a player” – he is his own person.
by Augustine Tan
How many times I have been forced to remain silent in my effort to expose the truth? Countless times, perhaps. It is only natural that people have selective hearing: there are simply too many ideas out there, many of which are either too lame or too absurd for the mind to comprehend. The deep-rooted social conditioning, the belief in divisions and differences and the nullification of the brain’s true potential all contribute to the dumbing-down of society, producing infantile people incapable of independent thought.
One’s perception on the truth is influenced by what he already knows. There cannot be further exploration of a topic without prior knowledge that such a topic exists. In simpler terms, we will never understand anything of something we don’t know. In order to know something, we must “listen” – and by this I mean not just literally listening to what others say, but through reading and observation. One must find a balance when it comes to listening. When we refuse to listen, we loose the opportunity to learn something new. Yet, when we are too willing to listen, we may end up learning an infinite deal of nothing.
The moment we are exposed to a new information, there are three ways to handle it: accept it without question, reject it completely, or take it with skepticism. One must be careful with the information he receives, for it will greatly impact his attitudes towards the subject matter. The only safest way to believe any of the information is to back it up with evidence and research, something most of the asleep have no time for, as they are more occupied by their daily distractions. Left with little time, most of the asleep turn to mainstream media as a means to obtain news, unaware of the propaganda being sown into their consciousness.
The awake must stop at nothing for the greater good. We have seen Edward Snowden fleeing his own country after exposing the US government’s secretive mass surveillance on the American public. Snowden was lucky: there are many others who spoke the truth and were persecuted for it. The elite don’t want people who can think for themselves; they need the asleep to continue running their unsustainable paradigm. The rest of the awake have to make up their minds: either to continue serving the system and do nothing, or stand up against the tyranny and strive for the greater good of humanity.
by Augustine Tan
The mind is a powerful tool. Its sense of perception towards external circumstances varies from person to person, allowing for infinite interpretations on a single event. Creativity thrives on this ambiguity, dissecting and playing around with it until it is rendered unrecognizable. Truth, however, cannot be subjected to this, for there is only one version of truth. Facts associated with this truth is often twisted, manipulating others’ thoughts on the truth itself, causing misconceptions from disinformation.
As such, the mind is able to create a “bubble” that surrounds a person. This bubble contains abstract concept and ideas floating about like dust particles, which the person is familiar with. Any contrary concept or idea is immediately rejected by the bubble, bouncing off its surface and drifting off into the unknown. Even if the bubble accepts a new concept or idea, it often does so with reservations.
The awake individual knows that his bubble – his only protection from the outside world – has long been popped. He observes the actions of those around him, noticing their complete denial of the true reality of the world. Whenever he is forced to talk to them regarding these issues, he cringes at their lack of understanding. Tired of their shallowness, he turns to other awake individuals to share his knowledge, provided he is acquainted with one.
The individual is able to look at ideas for their value and credibility, for his only defense – the bubble – has long vanished. He is no longer bound by his biases, for he knows the bigger picture. Forbidden ideas such as “conspiracy theories” become interesting to him, for he realizes the underlying truth among the lies and deceit.
Are not most people living in their own bubble they call reality? But what is reality? Can there be several abstract realities present in one physical reality? There can be only one reality; the rest are mere illusions from those who are disillusioned by their long-held thoughts and beliefs.
by Augustine Tan
The awake individual who decides to choose his own path instead of following the crowd is faced with many dilemmas. For one, he cares about his asleep loved ones, but acknowledges the fact that they themselves must wake up in their own time. Not only that, he must endure a mental ostracism of sorts, whereby the people around him grow cold and distant as they are increasingly unable to relate to him. Finally, he must remain sane around those who have nearly lost all sanity and succumbed to worldly things.
The ridiculous nature of the current paradigm can only be fully realized by the individual. This paradigm was built on collectivism, full of followers but very few genuine leaders, as most of the leaders are members of the corrupt elite. Propaganda is used as a tool to manipulate public opinion, without people ever realizing it on a conscious level. The individual recognizes this, as he knows the dangers of subliminal messages and the power of suggestion.
Trends and fashion dictate the unnecessary obsessions of those too concerned with being admired and idolized. Like a dragnet, most people become carried away with these trivialities, unaware that they have fallen into a trap. Those who stand to benefit from all of this have all the reasons to laugh at their naivety.
Staying sane in an insane world is the basic goal of the individual. He can only help others so much as he watches them amuse themselves pointlessly and engage in activities that would only cause them to inflict harm on themselves. He will remain steadfast on his values, never giving in to any temptation that may be presented to him. As he sees the world slowly descend into chaos, he will calmly walk away with the understanding that it was all too predictable, for he saw beyond the veil that had once fooled him.