Collectivism vs Individualism

Instead of whining about my crappy youth I’ll do write something else for a while. Every now and then a viewpoint or an idea is labeled collectivist in the “awakened”/alternative/conspiracy nut world. Soon after the preference for individualism is stated and defended. I too prefer individualism to collectivism, however…

First of all both are isms, and isms tend to suck ass. Really no exceptions there. Some seem less bad than others (Buddhism vs fascism), but an ism is still an ism. Moreover there shouldn’t be a conflict between collectivism and individualism, since we as human beings are a collective of individuals. We only need to realize that. Every human being is an individual. Even if two people are born in the same town, to the same race, in the same culture, go to the same school, believe in the same religion and so on ad nauseam, they still will have numerous differences. Different ideas, experiences, genetics, and a different soul. Only by brainwashing, lobotomy or turning people into mindless cyborg slaves could one take the individuality away from people, and even then the core being of the person would be an individual, albeit a suppressed one. However, almost all people live in a collective consisting of other humans, and prefer to do so. The main reason why persons who lead an alternative life style with beliefs that greatly contradict the beliefs of the masses grow eremitic because the people around them do not conform to their outlook on life. They still have inner desire to interact with other members of their species, they just find it difficult to communicate with others in a meaningful way.

Instead of bitching how sheepish other people are, even though justified yet ultimately pointless, we should learn to be our best in this collective of individuals so that others can stand us. Act with compassion and kindness toward especially those who are lost in sheepleness, without letting parasitic individuals take advantage of you. Both the collective and individual are important, I don’t see much point in arguing which one is more so.

The Media

I didn’t need David Icke or any other professional conspiracy nut to make me feel apprehensive toward the media, although they did later help me understand it better. My disrespectful relationship toward the media started in my teens. I was into Magic: The Gathering and other the collectible card games like Star Trek, later on I got acquainted with roleplaying games, and I hung out with the Warhammer crowd, even though I didn’t play it myself. Around the time I was fifteen our school held some sort of press week where all of the students were involved in media related projects. I, together with a friend, wrote a news article about Magic: The Gathering, where we explicitly mentioned it is not a roleplaying game, despite the common misconception that it was. The press chose our article as the best one, the main reason probably being we plagiarized half of it from a Finnish gaming magazine, although we didn’t see it as plagiarism since we had no idea what we should be doing and needed a model to help us produce anything at all. When our article was mentioned in the local news paper they mentioned Haukipesukone and Associate had produced the best article where they introduced the roleplaying game Magic: The Gathering. We were livid. We even had told out teacher that it is not an RPG, and she claimed she had told the press, yet this had happened.

From this incident I learned two things: to be successful in the media you can basically come up with any story, whether fabricated, plagiarized or simply wrong as long as it sounds good, and there’s no obvious way of getting caught. OK, I didn’t quite think like that at the time, but in hind-sight that observation is appropriate. The second lesson, the one we cared about, was that the media had completely missed or ignored the social commentary we were passionate about, i.e. Magic: The Gathering is not a roleplaying game!

Later on, whenever the media mentioned Magic, roleplaying games, Warhammer or anything relating to that sphere of experience, they made stupid mistakes, or simply sounded dumb. I remember thinking, as a teen, if the media cannot be trusted with getting the story right when it comes to fantasy games, how can we trust them in other issues? Alas, over 10 years later I would realize how right I was. Maybe if I got back to reading the butchered news stories that had annoyed me then, they’d at least have some redeeming qualities. Fantasy games are easier to understand than global politics, economics and all that, after all.

9/11 happened when I was nineteen. Around that time I didn’t know much about politics and the stuff they talk about on the news, but I had figured I should try to find out. I just didn’t know where to begin. 9/11 gave me the incentive to start following the news. Gradually I gained a better understanding of the world, yet of course, a rather limited one as the main stream media isn’t there to inform you. At least I can say it acted as a stepping stone to following real news years later.

In 2003 the US with the aid of Britain and some other countries invaded Iraq. I followed the war pretty closely on the TV rooting for the Iraqis hoping to see many Western soldiers dead. BBC World showed almost continuous footage from Iraq and I watched. Then the “suicide” of Dr. David Kelly happened. He was obviously murdered in order to cover up something, probably relating to the Iraq war, and possibly by someone in the British government. You really had to be quite dumb or dumbed down not to see it was a murder. I expected the BBC to figure it out also, I expected them to at least mention the possibility of murder. BBC was a respected news organization after all. There was no mention of murder, not on the BBC or on any other channel that I looked. I couldn’t fathom how couldn’t they see the obvious. Of course there wouldn’t be mention of it, but I was too naive to think the media actually cared about the truth. The whole incident left me disgusted and confounded, and made me weigh my sanity vs the sanity of the world.

As a teen, even before 9/11, I viewed the Islamic world to be backwards and boring, their only hope to embrace the democratic, materialistic ways of the West, as that was what I had been told in the media. I, of course, had had no experience with Islam nor hadn’t met any Muslims, and was generally fairly uninterested in the region they inhabit. I had been told to hate a people whom I knew nothing about, and I had had no reason to question it. It wasn’t a burning hatred, but rather a distant disdain filled with smug sense of false superiority. You know, the usual European liberal brew. However, since 9/11 the Islamic world had gained a much bigger role in the media, and in the beginning I had been afraid, hateful, suspicious, strangely accepting or whatever emotion they wanted to sell us, of Muslims. In the course of time, though, I came to realize how the media tries to makes us feel a particular way about them, and many other issues. I’m proud to say it was around the year 2006, before I was properly “awake”, that I came to realize how Iran was being systematically demonized, probably in order to give the US an excuse to attack them, should they so desire. It was quite simple actually, there are never any good news about Iran, with only focus on the bad stuff that happens there. It didn’t mean I began liking Iran, but nothing is so black and white as the way Iran was being portrayed. I don’t like being told what to feel.

Media treatment of Israel and the Zionist agenda was also something that made me see how manipulative the media is. However, I don’t have time to go into the Jewish issue here. It demands an individual post, or two.

Conscious Conspiracies

The concept of conspiracy is refreshing viewpoint to the main stream world view where everyone is an automaton who only lives to satisfy his or her immediate needs, or merely to stave off boredom. Around the time I was twenty, it seemed that most people of my age, and society in general, only looked forward for the next Friday when they could get drunk or, if really lucky, get laid. Society intent on acquiring more money, seemed only to be looking forward to the next yearly quarter to score more profit.  I figured there must be something more to life than this. Some more conscious way of living. Why weren’t those people even wondering whether they way they live their lives, the way they have organized their mind and beliefs, makes any sense? I didn’t know how I should live, but I figured one should have some sort of conscious understanding of life despite the claims of society that it’s just crazy talk.

Modern science teaches us life is just a cosmic accident, societies are formed because of complex intersocial processes, but basically the effects conscious action are left to a minimum. It was a horrible thought, and somewhat cognitively dissonant as well, as on the one hand we are told man is the culmination of evolution, the master of his environment, the only intelligent form of life in the universe, yet we are victims of instincts and needs learned from the environment and inherited through genes. Where did purpose, consciousness, telos fit in in all of this? Surely there is some difference between an individual who takes the time to examine the world, himself and the nature of the cosmos in order to understand how to live, and how his way of living affects the rest of the world, compared to a good citizen who does as he is told and goes to work, watches sports on TV, drinks beer, fantasizes about J-Lo’s ass, complains about the government, but goes to work and pays his taxes anyway? Especially since it’s not hard to see that many things in our world are simply wrong, you just have to be 5% awake to see that. It would be a scary thought had we gotten ourselves into this mess with no conscious action at all.

The majority of humanity is obviously acting like unconscious automatons, no doubt, yet that cannot be the whole story. All my life I had endeavoured for some degree of conscious realization of reality. There must be other people who have achieved more than me, especially people who had had more time to do so than a mere 20-year-old. As the world is a shithole based on satisfying the basest needs, we default back to the lowest common denominator, if there are people acting consciously, the majority of them would be malevolent, purposefully contributing to this monstrosity. If we resort two a childish dualistic approach, we can say that the existence of conscious benevolent people is few at best. If then we are to think there are several conscious people who contribute to the way the world is, it wouldn’t seem logical at all to say none of the co-operate with each other to fulfill goals they share, at least partially. In short, conscious malevolent people have conspired to construct the world we live in.

If conspiracies are just crazy talk and I’m delusional, kill me now, as the alternative is unbearable. The alternative would mean humanity is trapped in a cycle of pursuit of unconscious desires we do not understand despite our perceived intelligence and spiritual faculties. We are like a highly advanced robot follow the commands input into it, yet with incomplete programming we repeat a loop with no understanding of it. But this is all bullshit, throughout history there have been countless people in various culture who have sought conscious understanding of the world, they have had thoughts of deep insight and created works of beauty. Philosophers, artists, writers, thinkers, philanthropists and people of all walks have been conscious, more than automatons. No-one has had all of the answers, but they’re proof enough of benevolent conscious people. Why then haven’t they had more beneficial influence? For some part it must have been absorbed by the ignorance of the sea of unconscious people, but such people are ultimately weak. They couldn’t be the sole reason. Throughout history dissidents and independent thinkers have been persecuted, marginalized or murdered. One factor in that would be conscious conspiracy to suppress information harmful to their hegemony.

Eschatological Ruminations

It’s often remarked in the conspiracy and “alternative research” community how people seem to have an odd fascination with end of the world scenarios. Book of Revelation, World War III, Ragnarök, Mayan 2012, one version of the Nibiru story, and the Finnish favourite The Russian Invasion. I’ll elaborate on my own perspective on the issue.

Basically my reasoning over 10 years ago was: the world sucks, my life sucks, I want it to change, the only possible end I can imagine is destruction of it all. Teen angst, loneliness, failure to establish significant relationship with the opposite sex in high school, and general dislike of most things in society made my life rather unenjoyable. Which isn’t that uncommon in high school according to my understanding. If we add my antipathy toward humanity for all of the oppression, wars and suffering  humanity has wrought throughout the centuries and desire for retribution, an old fashioned apocalypse seemed like a rather welcome occurrence. However, life seemed too stable and unchanging. I basically perceived the world to be imprisoned by American lead capitalism. Then 9/11 happened. I found that to be pleasant surprise for the possibility of WW3 and the end of the world began to seem at least a somewhat conceivable. On top of that I felt hopeful that the soulless American money machine wasn’t invulnerable if a bunch of Taliban extremists living in a cave could inflict such damage. Another fine example of how you can convince yourself to believe anything, no matter how ludicrous, as long as you want it to be true. Hindsight is 20/2o, but had I not been consumed by the desire for destruction and revenge, it shouldn’t have been difficult for me to see through the obvious faulty nature of the official 9/11 narrative.

After 9/11, my hopes for the end of the world had acquired at least some ounce of validity. I could conceive of a possible end to the repulsive capitalist ideology enslaving the world. 9/11 gave me hope. A few years later I entered university, the internet also became an everyday tool for me. I had of course used the internet occasionally ever since the late nineties, but during that time it became a normal affair for me. I dabbled in reading about all sorts of esoteric stuff like occultism, the hollow earth and Nibiru. I didn’t read any of Zecharia Sitchin’s books, I didn’t dare. I found the story fascinating, I read all sorts of internet rumours about Nibiru, but I was afraid to really delve deep into the idea of Nibiru, because deep down I believed it couldn’t be true, so I didn’t want to look too deep. Yet I so wanted it to be true. Nibiru was a promise that the materialist, “scientific” world view according to which only boring things are real, might be shattered. Yet I was too cowardly to see it through. On the other hand, it was another harbinger of doom. One story was something like when Nibiru comes it going to rip earth apart, or the Annunaki or going to kill us all. Both seemed desirable scenarios.

I believe it was around the year 2006 that I first heard about the Mayan calendar end date 2012. Somehow it seemed more plausible, and back then 2012 seemed so far away in the future. Another promise of apocalypse. It seemed reliable and mystical as well. A few years after, I was familiar with some versions that 2012 might not mean end of the world, but end of the world as we know it. Maybe our world could change for the better. I still preferred the old school payback for humanity for its sins, yet I was at least open for a different narrative.

Now, in August of 2012, I don’t think this year will be any more significant than the last or the next one. I think all of them are going to be important years. The world will change for the better. It’s for each individual to decide are they going to change alongside with it and help the process, or resist out of sheer idiocy. I don’t think anything too significant will occur on December 21st, however I still wanna keep my eyes open on that day.

That is my lust for the apocalypse in a nutshell. It no longer affects me, but I wouldn’t call it a mental disorder or anything like that. It too, like many other painful things in my life, was a process. No pain, no gain. Human beings are often fascinated by tragedy, and us Finns are melancholic and pessimistic by nature (or should I say culture), that combined with the genuine desire for the world to change can result in eschatological dreams.

Climbing up from the Pit of Despair

For most of my teenage years and until late twenties I had felt depressed, oppressed or just confused. Dealing with those emotions and understanding their causes had been one major factor in growing up. The default state of my feeling and self-image had been low. On a scale from -10 to +10, where zero would be mean I feel normal, not too happy, not too sad, not too inspired not depressed, I would generally feel like -5. Every now and then it would have been -10, perhaps +2 at the best of times. I got to know the lower end of the spectrum pretty well, at times I had a sick gothic adoration for it, yet there probably always was some part of me that had decided to rise above it. It seemed I wasn’t going to commit suicide, either because I was too much of a wuss, or because I felt there was something I needed to do. At times I would try to climb from the pit of despair into sunlight, but eventually I ran into a setback that knocked me back in. However in the course of time I became so familiar with the depths of angst and desperation it took me practically no effort to climb up. My self-image rose from -5 to zero or +1.

That is where I am now. There are tedious and distressing things in my life every now and then, they drag me below zero, yet it only takes conscious effort to rise back to surface. Right now my challenge is to climb up the lighted path. At best of times I’m around +5, hopefully even higher, that however doesn’t last long and I return to +1 or +2. Feeling happy and positive, with little fear or anger in sight, is still rather new to me. It’s easy to just chill and enjoy myself, but I know I have to arise above mere pleasure. Writing this blog is hopefully one step in that effort. Reaching out and communicating with the external world. Both to settle ideas and feelings dwelling within me with myself, and perhaps someone who reads this finds things they can identify with. I really want to do something to help others in this time of upheaval.

Personal Responsibility for One’s Beliefs

I no longer regarded David Icke like teen boy obsesses over his favorite rock idol. I bean to understand he’s just a man, wise man and who has done a lot of good, but not infallible. However the process, of myself growing up and letting go of childish attachment to Icke’s words, began with the simple emotion: he doesn’t hold all the answers. Naturally it followed that I felt a bit angry and paranoid over his failings, i.e. being human. This period didn’t last too long, and I never doubted him to be disinfo very seriously, yet the phase was there.

Somewhere during the years 2010-2011 I had noticed I had grown up. Society tells us we become adults when we are 18, but I didn’t feel like an adult when I turned 18, nor even as I turned 25. When I was 18-19 I observed many supposed adults, 40-60 of age weren’t really adults either. It seems that a great many people stop their mental development sometime during their teen years. Age does not equal wisdom, however one needs a bit of age to acquire wisdom. I became adult in the age of 28 or 29. Sometime during early 2011 I had noticed I felt like an adult, not as I was before.

Now, being an adult, I can say that David Icke’s ideas have inspired me a great deal, reminded me to use the courage I already possessed, but he cannot hold all of the answers. The most simple reason being: that’s not how reality works. It’s not that you can just read one book, or listen to one guy in order to become wise, enlightened or compassionate. You have to do most of the work yourself. There are various people who guide in the right direction, the wrong direction or merely waste your time. You yourself must seek information, once that is done, you must be still and observe without interference.

Having grown up I now I am responsible for my own actions and beliefs. Even if significant portions of Icke’s work turned out to be false, I can not blame him. I am grateful for the information he has provided. I trust that he is being genuine in what he is saying, but it does not necessarily mean it is all correct. Take the reptilian issue for one. I cannot say I believe Icke’s claims about the reptilians or the Moon Matrix, nor can I say I disbelieve it. Icke makes a convincing case, and it should not be ignored, but I need much more evidence than vague references to people he’s met who say they’ve seen reptilians to believe it. On the other hand if indeed such an elaborate and multidimensional conspiracy is true, we can assume it would not be easy to prove. We cannot act like ordinary TV viewers who know that the identity of the bad guy will be revealed by the investigator after 45 minutes. Simply put, I think there is something worth exploring in the reptilian case, but we need to figure out ourselves what it actually means.

Period of Fear

Having woken up to the reality of conspiracy initially filled my heart with more fear than before, yet it was in many ways a positive experience that gave me hope.  Ever since I was a child I had hated the human race for several reasons. The wars and oppression that our history seemed to excel in, destruction of nature and cruelty to animals, religious dogma, general stupidity were among the chief reasons for my hatred of humanity. Although I had always despised Christianity I too believed in some sort of Original Sin, that every human was somehow guilty of a horrible crime by his or her mere existence. I honestly have a hard time recalling a time even as a young child when I would not have agreed with the notion that humanity was a cancer that needs to be eradicated for the sake of morality and survival of nature. I did not want to consider the possibility that humanity might be able to redeem itself. The best explanation for the various atrocities and simple transgressions toward common sense humanity has unarguably committed was the usual “it’s just human nature”. For the last 5000 years or so of human history, which is pretty much what you learn in school and on television, there is little good to be said of human development. As human nature hadn’t really changed during the period of history I was (vaguely) aware of, I figured that simply is what it means to be human. However, as I came to realize it seems likely there has been something like the Illuminati manipulating humanity for that time, for the first time I found a rational reason to consider alternative explanations for the rap sheet of humanity.

I came to realize humanity wasn’t 100% responsible for all of the malicious acts it has committed. It was still dumb and gullible, and responsible to a great degree for going along with the manipulation, but my idea of what being human meant began to change. In short, realizing the existence of the Illuminati was the first thing ever  in my life that gave me hope for humanity. For the first time I allowed my heart to open to the idea that human beings could be something more than mere brutes who revel in destruction, exploitation, enslavement and misery of others and themselves. I had heard claims by Christians (who supposedly believe in Original Sin yet) who believe people are fundamentally good, but Satan or demons goad them to commit evil acts. I found the notion to be appalling in trying to allay responsibility away from humanity, yet now I don’t find the idea totally implausible. Whether the demons exist somewhere in spirit realms or in the minds of people is another story.

This was in the beginning of my awakening process. Now, a few years later, after having a read few books, looked stuff up on the internet and a lot of reflection, I’ve come to realize that 5000 (or maybe 10 000) years of oppression is simply a period in the history of humanity. What happened before was probably very different, for better or for worse. What happens for the next 5000 will also be different if I have anything to say about it.

Even though accepting the prevalence of conspiracies in our world was a positive realization, it was also a scary one. For a time I was more paranoid than usual. Almost anything seemed like it might be a ploy by the Illuminati to deceive us. Myself, like many other conspiracy nuts, viewed the Illuminati as an all-powerful force that decided how we live, guiding us toward their unknown and nefarious goal. Even people with a positive message, perhaps I should say especially people like that, seemed like disinfo agents. That was a period of one or two years perhaps. That period of fear and paranoia was one stage in my mental and spiritual development. I was facing my fears. Many of them already existed within, but I refused to acknowledge them. Now I was admitting their existence and slowly dealing the fear. In the course of time I began to realize much of the imagined omnipotence of the Illuminati was silly, yet it was an important step in my life to undergo the period.

During that two year period of fear the only one I felt I could trust was David Icke. I knew for a fact that many of his ideas had helped me a great deal, so he represented the sole stable point in my chaotic world view undergoing great change. However after a year or year-and-a-half after discovering Icke, I began to realize he’s not so infallible either. I began to suspect him. This little detail here, or that suspicious thing he said there. What does it mean? Could he be misleading me as well? Basically, I had built him up to be a kind of champion archetype during a time of great crisis, as that idea began to degrade I projected the doubts I had toward the idea I had constructed onto Icke. Illusions were shattering, the shards were sharp.