Your Mind

Can animals other than humans practice politix? The answer depends on how one defines the word. Animals certainly know how to use power to get their way, and some species appear to negotiate.

However, we humans are probably the only animals that have belief systems. We also dabble freely in opinions, speculation, predictions, and theory, not to mention conspiracy, surveillance, torture, terrorism, and war. All of this is made possible by the mind, which is the most extraordinary thing in our solar system. (I’m assuming there are creatures with even more highly evolved minds in other solar systems.)

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. — Wayne Dyer

Just as carpenters are almost glued to hammers, so do political students need their mind—but not just any mind. You can’t really understand politix unless your mind has been properly conditioned and prepped. Have you had a decent education? Do you know how to engage in critical thinking? Do you understand the difference between common sense and logic? Have you ever studied psychology or philosophy?

Perhaps most important of all, you have to understand the mind is imperfect, and you have almost certainly been brainwashed to boot. You might say your mind is full of junk, just as mine once was. (Actually, I still have some junk to get rid of, but I’m constantly working on it.)

To really drive home the fact that you are in fact brainwashed, make a list of ten things you used to believe in that you later discovered were planted in your mind by propagandists, even if they acted through your parents or teachers. Here’s my list . . .

  1. The United States is the best country in the world.
  2. George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were our greatest presidents.
  3. Adolf Hitler was the most evil person who ever lived.
  4. The Jews have suffered more than any other group of people.
  5. Communism is evil.
  6. Capitalism is good.
  7. The U.S. government’s version of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is truthful and accurate.
  8. The wars in Korea and Vietnam were necessary for stopping communism.
  9. We should all support the troops.
  10. China is America’s enemy.

Most of these are opinions, of course. You’re free to disagree with me, just as long as you can back up your position with facts, evidence, or logic. Let me comment on my list . . .

The U.S. may be the most powerful country in the world (though I suspect China will soon overtake us), but best? I live in Seattle, which is one of the most famously liberal cities in the world. It’s also the home of Bill Gates, the world’s most famous philanthropist. With its high population of highly educated, highly paid liberals, Seattle should be a utopia. In fact, it’s a stinkin’ sewer.

The U.S. government is a worldwide joke; just look at our recent pResidents. How could anyone be proud of “Genocide Joe” Biden, Donal Trump, Obama, or George W. Bush? I could go on and on, but you get the point.

As for Hitler, have you ever studied history? Joseph Stalin is widely believed to have killed more people than Hitler, and most of them were his own citizens! Even centuries ago, there were people who committed monstrous deeds, from Genghis Khan to Vlad the Impaler. When you put Hitler in the proper context, you may understand why some people don’t regard him as evil at all.

The first socialist state was the Soviet Union. Whether or not it can be accurately described as communist is an issue I won’t discuss here. However, I won’t argue the fact that the Soviet Union was one scary place. If I could choose between living in the Soviet Union or “Nazi” Germany, I would choose the latter. (If I was African American, I might even choose Nazi Germany over the U.S.)

Cuba, on the other hand, is not an evil country, though it is widely considered communist. Libya was sometimes called a communist state, and it boasted the highest standard of living in Africa. Its leader, Muammar Gadaffi, was a hero to millions of people around the world.

However, even the Soviet Union might have been a better place to live than Haiti, which is a capitalist country.

To cut to the chase, I don’t think either capitalist or communism are inherently good or evil. Though I love socialism in general, I think communism (which might be thought of as hard core socialism) is a very poor tool for most modern countries. Capitalism has some good points, but I think it must be tightly regulated, to the point where some people begin calling it socialism.

The U.S. government’s version of 9/11 is utterly preposterous. And if your thinking skills are so poorly developed that you can’t even spot multiple red flags, then you’re never going to understand politics. (See the last video on the Videos page.)

As for fighting communism, what was the point in the first place? Don’t other countries have the right to choose their form of government and economic system? In related news, you might be surprised to learn that the overwhelming majority of Koreans favored communism! However, the U.S. insisted that South Korea embrace capitalism instead. Some 100,000 South Koreans who supported communism were executed. And what happened after the U.S. was defeated by North Vietnam? Did communism start spreading to other countries? No. The war against communism was as phony as the war against terror (which is really a war against Muslims).

Supporting the troops is a tricky one. You see, I already support them through my tax dollars. And since I don’t like my tax dollars used to slaughter innocent people, that’s where I draw the line. I refuse to say those loathsome words, “I support the troops.”

China has never been America’s enemy, though that could change if we keep messing with them. In fact, the U.S. has occupied China in the past, but no Chinese troops have ever set foot on U.S. soil. China is also infinitely more peaceful than the U.S. Even ancient China was relatively peaceful. While the Greeks, Romans, and Mongols conquered vast empires, the Chinese built a great wall in hopes that neighboring peoples would leave them alone.

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Getting back to the main point, all of us have flawed minds, and we have to defend ourselves from the propaganda matrix at the same time. It’s a challenge that you need to embrace.

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