If factual, Trance Formation of America paints one of the bleakest pictures of American reality that could possibly be. If it is fiction (which it most definitely claims not to be) it still provides us with insight around how our own minds can be used against us.
Whenever we internalize values we give them a certain power. We begin to base our assessments of what we see as favorable or unfavorable in the world upon those values. The longer we hold a value, the more decisions we make based upon that value, the more central to our internalized worldview it becomes. We literally are organizing our mind around the values we adopt. If a value can be implanted within our mind at an early age it stands a very good chance of becoming a foundation stone of our consciousness. Believe me, a lot of people in positions of power know this and know how to use this knowledge to their benefit.
It is to our benefit to assess the values we hold or are considering as to whether or not that value is a “handle”. Does accepting this value give somebody else a “handle” with which to get me to perform behaviors which benefit them but may not really benefit me? Sorry to say but nationalism and other institutions often contain many “handles” (words, symbols, phrases) which can be used by those in a position of power within the institution to manipulate people who have internalized that value/handle. Internalizing such handles is an act of great faith that those in power won’t misuse the power that we are giving them over our lives…or our children’s lives. Unfortunately, we may not get much of an opportunity to consider the values we’re internalizing if we’re programmed with them at an early age.
Just as we may find ourselves very reluctant to consider deconstructing a house to repair or replace a fault deep within the foundation, we can be reluctant to consider deconstructing or questioning our thinking, our deeply held beliefs in order to repair or replace a faulty value we internalized at a young age. Doing so may mean spending a long time in a greater or lesser state of disorientation while we reexamine our beliefs and reorganize our worldview. Just as we would find ourselves homeless while the repair on our house is taking place we can find ourselves feeling very uncomfortable with the state of uncertainty we take on when we begin to question our deeply held beliefs. We find ourselves psychologically homeless during such a deconstruction/reconstruction. During such a time we may not have much of a persona or indentity other than as mental wanderers, searchers after truth.
How do we prevent ourselves from facing the task of a pervasive deconstruction/reconstruction of our values, our life orientation? One way is to simply not ever consider doing it. Right or wrong, regardless of the consequences to others or to ourselves, we can stick by the beliefs we are given and/or develop early in life and act upon them for our lifetime. Many choose that path. The alternatives aren’t always readily recognizable and often may not appear attractive. There is an old saying in psychotherapy; We change when it becomes too uncomfortable to stay where we are.
However, there are those that choose, when confronted with irrefutable evidence that their preexisting values are not based in factual reality, to take on the often grueling task of seeking values more in harmony with actual reality. Often, especially in the early stages of this process, these people may be seen as being on the fringe of our society. They may be seen as “bookish”, withdrawn, or even as exhibiting signs of some sort of mental illness. Depression at various times is not uncommon with people who have undertaken this quest.
But, if we persist on this path, (which for many, if not all, who enter the path there is no alternative to doing), as we find the nuggets of bona fide truth with which to replace the propaganda or outright falsehoods we were previously laboring under, we experience our world, ourselves gradually healing, becoming whole again in a more reality based, resilient form.
We need to realize that the best possible path, “the best defense”, if you will, against the illusions and propaganda others may try to burden us with is that, as Benjamin Franklin put it; “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
We need to instill our children with sound, reality based, and factual information. Information on how to live their lives as happy, healthy, whole human beings whose worldly efforts not only benefit themselves but also serve to establish and maintain a worldly culture that provides a healthful, nurturing environment for all. Two essentials in this endeavor are; knowing what human beings genuinely require to be whole and healthy, the other (which is actually part of the first) is recognizing the mutuality of our worldly plight. When we see all people as our brothers and sisters, facing mutual challenges in our efforts at building a desirable life for ourselves, we provide for ourselves (or our children) a fair amount of inoculation against being duped by any self-serving, unbalanced set of values or worldview another person may want to see us internalize. Especially one that involves persecuting or making war upon another people.
Along with the resistance such a worldview can instill from being led down a (self) destructive path by another person’s agenda, a reality based worldview provides a solid foundation a person can build upon. A value/thought foundation that is less likely to require a pervasive deconstruction and reconstruction. That is a considerable blessing. I have found that when we keep a perspective on ourselves as being one among many and recognize the value of caring for our natural resources, new information from studies which take place on human behavior and/or environmental realities all fall into place quite well.
When we truly grasp the reality of the mutuality of our plight here on Earth, we innately understand the wrongfulness, the lack of survival orientation that accompanies any scheme that leads to too great an imbalance in the distribution of (or pollution of) the physical resources of our planet, our home.
If we ground our values in the enduring realities, conditions, that lead to healthy individuals and healthy cultures we all will benefit. We can rejoice in each other’s accomplishments, rather than envy or covet, because they will benefit us all without creating imbalance and/or hardship in any area.
There is the saying that: “The devil is in the details.” There can be truth to that, however, if we keep our mind on maintaining balance and harmony between individual wants and needs and our culture’s wants and needs, any details can be ironed out.
Does it sound too ideal? It better not because the alternative is more of the same old, same old; ongoing individualism, competition, nationalism, avarice, economic imbalance (extreme wealth for a few with extreme poverty for many), scheming and plotting against each other. Wars of acquisition and all the death and destruction, tactics and techniques, such as mind control, that go along with them.