Will the real crisis actors please stand up?
It’s been almost 20 years since the massacre at Columbine High School. That was in 1999, when cable news was really just beginning to sinks its teeth into American culture.
It was a new format, and for the first time such horrific news was in your face, everywhere you went, all the time. People watched in rapt attention as 24 hour coverage of the shootings went on for days and weeks afterward. Continuous replays of audio and video of the event, witness testimonies, candle light vigils, pundits contemplating every angle and facet of the horror were a new thing for us at that time.
It was a sustained psychic blitzkrieg happening in your living room, in your personal space, in the comfort and security of your own home. It was a new form of spiritual warfare. Shocked, stunned, and frozen, the psychic damage sank deep in to the collective conscience foreshadowing a dystopian future. The damage went far beyond what happened at the school.
I don’t think we ever really recovered from Columbine. Instead, I think we just hardened ourselves a great deal, and learned to accept an anxious ever-present fear. We built up shelters of beliefs around ourselves to try to serve as protection from such shock in the again, and we knew more was on its way.
Fast-forward to the now, and we’re all pretty well-versed in how to deal with the next shooting. Everyone has their beliefs on standby, and everyone is ready to go with their narrative. It happens every time. It’s a repeating loop.
The bulk of mainstream media, which is undeniably left-leaning (it that term even means anything to you), gets right after their political agenda of gun control. As if guns are the only factor here. At the same time, the self-proclaimed alternative media sticks to its formula of picking out the conspiratorial aspects of the event. As if absolute truth can be uncovered by carefully examining every pixel in CNN’s predictably biased coverage of the event.
Before the shooting has even stopped, both sides of the media battle are already firing salvos of spin. No one ever wins, though, we just keep entrenching ourselves deeper in our cultural divide.
It’s a remarkable and bizarre situation. Kind of like a Chinese finger trap. The more each side presses their narrative, the more entrenched each side becomes. The more stuck we become, the more vicious the struggle becomes.
But what’s really happening here is spiritual warfare. We’re being goaded into subscribing to beliefs about the truth, when the truth is impossible to grasp. Our attention is being sucked from the affairs of our personal lives and sequestered for deployment in an externalized struggle for an intangible prize.
And the term ‘crisis actors’ is a recurring meme in events like this. Every time. Sure, there is no doubt that the big media uses actors to shape public opinion. Just look at how phony the big news anchors are.
But we already know the media lies, and we know it fabricates, and omits, and stages, and we know it does what it can to use human tragedy to serve its financial and political interests. This is true for both sides of the argument.
We’re not supposed to be able to sort through this. We’re not meant to recover from these horrific terrors that keep on coming. The end game is an ever-piercing wedge of division by fear, with actors on both sides working the crisis to their advantage.
Much of it has to do with money, with clicks, traffic, and eyeballs on the TV screen. Beyond that, though, it’s about using every crisis to inflict more psychic damage into a population who is so distracted from their own lives and purpose that they hang on every word of a corrupt media just to pass the time.
The real crisis actors are the ones who act as though they know for certain the end-all-be-all truth. The real crisis actors are the ones who secretly look forward to the next crisis, so they can act as though they care, jump the gun, and capitalize on mass fear and anxiety. The real crisis actors are the ones feeding off your fear, your anxiety and the negative chi each event like this generates.
What very few seem to want to acknowledge, though, is that these type of mass killings keep happening because our culture is sick, toxic, polluted and distorted. No one has a purpose or a good reason to live. Life is cheap when war is the health of the state.
And so, our sense of community is busted. We are divided. The damage is done. Unity is a joke. And the individual is lost in a sea of meaninglessness.
This doesn’t self-correct until the individual chooses to step out of the hamster wheel of fear and speculation, then moves on beyond the news narratives to create meaning and happiness in their own lives.
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