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That Which Plagues Us – The Prescription, Part 3 of 3

The Prescription

The tv is not brainwashing your kids, you’re simply not parenting. Take some responsibility. If you can’t sacrifice your time or standard of living to invest in your children, then it is your fault if they are raised by the tv and exposed to the content and values therein.  You know what is on tv, the onus is on you to cut it out of your life and your children’s lives.  This era has the easiest living in recorded history but people are too narcissistic and greedy to give more of themselves to their own children if it means they themselves might have to live with less comfort or convenience. If you have a family member who is raising a child in an unhealthy manner, or is themselves living harmfully, and you can’t be bothered to take a dignified stand with your family, then you cannot blame anyone other than the person in the mirror. If people do not have responsibility for their children and families, then who does? Who SHOULD? You ought to be embarrassed to blame the tv when you sit idly by in comfort and do nothing so you can “keep the peace.”  Everyone feels so brave when they externalize their own shortcomings onto X group, but become quietly passive when it comes to their friends and family members. They prefer to shy away from any meaningful action in their personal lives, in favor of self-victimization.

It only costs your dignity and agency.

Are westerners so cowardly and incapable of meeting any opposition to not even take the risk of addressing an issue in their own family? Is being friendly in your home more important than the long term outcome of not addressing unhealthy behavior? This is why the tendency for tolerance towards those whom you have a close personal connection with leads to far more slippery slopes than any brainwashing ever could. If your sister is raising children in a lesbian relationship and you haven’t even voiced disapproval in an intelligent and calm manner, then don’t blame some abstract bigger picture.

It is common knowledge that those identifying as homosexuals tend to be far more chaotic and their lifestyle is less likely to lead to a fulfilling, life-long pair bond, and are incapable of naturally making a family but they will ignore this and demand their unions to be on-par with traditional marriage, because their acceptance is more important than what is healthy for society or themselves.  Their family members love them so they will wear their support of “gay marriage” like a badge of honor, as if the utmost importance in one’s life is public acceptance for every part of the gay family member they care about. The modern person thinks they cannot love someone while disapproving of aspects of them or while seeking to correct them.

Most will do anything possible to ignore their own (or those whom they love’s) shortcomings, when there is nothing more honorable to face. It is very rare yet healthy for people to admit a mistake or explain the bad result of something they did. These confessions serve as warning to future generations. They show that they care more about correcting a societal problem they didn’t catch in time for themselves rather than maintain an illusion of moral perfection. Having agency means you make choices with the info you have, but there is always going to be trial-and-error or unexpected results from unknowns that lead to bad consequences from good intentions. Everyone has to maintain agency to accept this reality. Negating brainwashing as the root of human ills isn’t saying you have no excuse not to be perfect, it’s the first step to long-term health for your line by confronting the imperfections that need to be worked on.

In earlier times, if you enabled family members to act in dangerous or self-destructive ways they would simply die out.  These times of easy living and comfort have allowed people to delude themselves into believing that the preservation of their life and bloodline is the responsibility of everyone else but themselves.  Race-realism is important, but do not let it become a scapegoat away from the self-correction of your own people.  You cannot possibly ensure the survival of your race if you don’t even have the mettle to confront your own siblings, let alone address the self-destructive culture your people have imbibed.  This is the problem with the modern era and its large-scale, top-down focus: people forget that strong foundations build healthy homes.  There will be no savior from on high; the huge global system itself is only a symptom of the problem… our lack of roots is the actual problem.  If you cannot sacrifice for your children and take stances against your own family members, there will be no chance of changing these destructive cycles.

Introspect on how much you have done to help your own before speaking of brainwashing by an opposition.  No one is asking for criminal charges, but social shaming or even calling-out is the least you can do. Reality is cruel, immoral, and unforgiving. People that make it past huge obstacles are not the type to expect others to save them or expect the world to be fair. You have to take an active part in saving your line, or you will only expedite its end. There will be no reversal of trends if people are all quiet for the sake of “getting along.”

When people negate their own agency, they are compelled to perpetuate their unhealthy behaviors by making peers either accept them wholesale or place blame onto something intangible like brainwashing in order to escape the uncomfortable necessity of conflict.  Slippery slopes come from everyone accepting the destructive behavior of those they love because no one can be bothered with confronting them.

Morality signaling doesn’t stem from brainwashing, it stems from hubris, artificial connections and social attention.  Victims’ morality comes from the sloth of those who only seek instant-gratification so they don’t have to work for what is healthy in the long run. The idea that life is supposed to be perfect, that the world is not supposed to be dangerous but instead a utopia, and that the reasons and hardships that make it so everyone isn’t “saved” must, by their reckoning, stem from some form of external oppression or a conspiracy to brainwash people.

Brainwashing is an excuse and counter-brainwashing is a false hope – both place top down power within a destructive system as the key to fixing problems supposedly created by the same top down power.  Those who put in effort for their own lines will have prosperity for their posterity.  There are no shortcuts that will allow for everyone to be saved, a fantasy which is itself regressive and unnatural.  Excuses are the invisible tombstones of all the lost lines in history.

That Which Plagues Us – The Patients’ Symptoms, Part 2 of 3

The Patients’ Symptoms

Historically when captors have tried to brainwash prisoners, the results have been less than spectacular. From the fabled “Manchurian candidate” to the CIA’s MK-Ultra program, there has not been a way yet devised to entirely dominate a person’s will. Having complete control of someone’s body and everyday activities still yields only a very a questionable level of control regarding the individual’s inner drive.  In the few instances we have record of, other factors were at play with the small percent that was supposedly “brainwashed” having been convinced they would be personally better off by turning to or against a given group.  If real mind control is not generally effective, even with the addition of mind-altering chemicals, this is indicative that during supposed “brainwashing” there is an underlying personal motivation at play.  It is not brainwashing that creates destructive behaviors, but temptations.  Past generations understood our range of potential nature and called destructive actions “sins”, and before that many of these were understood as destructive even in classical times without the use of the word “sin”.  The seven deadly sins, that were around long before electronic media, are a good example of how giving in to temptations lead to destructive actions.  Let’s shortly go over each one.

Pride’s most common expression is The percentage of the population expressing traits of narcissism is growing every generation and it propels the impulse to stand out, to be unique and different. You can’t brainwash someone into this. It is an effect of social isolation caused by the breakdown of “community,” leaving individuals to seek the next best thing via technology. Making effort-based, real-world connection is less common and seen as too much work, while a social networking is usually based far more off of superficial qualities and doesn’t force people to self-correct by allowing them to pick and choose their associates like toppings on a pizza. Nevertheless, these people FEEL like they’re truly connecting with others, and so they are bonded by the least important qualities yet remain isolated on a human level. Urbanization and its subsequent technological simulations of meaningful interaction have created the perfect breeding-ground for narcissism and special snowflake mentalities – which lends itself into a circular reinforcing cycle of destructive people who cannot maintain healthy bonds with friends and family. Narcissists don’t care about self-sacrifice for children, or working through hard times with a spouse, and they certainly do not want to put in effort for bonds when they can get immediate attention and instant approval. Attention-seeking behavior and morality-signaling do not come from “brainwashing,” they come from urbanization and through technological innovation have been exported to even the most rural areas.

Greed drives the markets that do not actually care about the nations they exploit. It has fostered an international form of corporatism produced from an extremely complex, ever-globalizing economy creating a machine to which the people are inherently means and not ends. This system wouldn’t work without individual greed, and this is not exclusive to one particular economic system, nor a specific span of time.  No economic system focuses on anti-materialism or anti-greed narratives, nor do any attempt to work outside of the larger globalist paradigm. They all push to expand and achieve decadent standards of living, only stopping to argue about distribution method and means of production. Individual greed stems from replacing bonding cycles with instant material gratification and this process has seemingly been an unrecognized, or underappreciated, problem since the dawn of civilization.

The very basics of survival within tribes create the bonding mechanisms within that tribe.  In hominid evolution, hunting was driven by both positive and negative reinforcement.  A tribe was hungry and worked together to track game then ate which stimulated satisfaction in the brain through dopamine among other things.  The hunger allowed the dopamine to re-sensitize and this balanced cycle helped keep the people balanced.  The people of a tribe were bonded through the oxytocin of shared experiences as a family units which prompted procreation and child-rearing.  The negative aspects or hardships were overcome by the strong bonds, which rewarded the tribe with even stronger bonds.  In the modern world, oxytocin fires off all over the place thanks to technological stimuli, which why people are becoming bonded to objects and fictional characters. This contrasts the layered bonding of a tribe, where the individual is like a bullseye supported by immediate kin which is supported by the rest of your tribe. Instead people get trips from cute pictures on the internet, random hookups with people selected from a user-interface menu, and validation from a sea of forum profiles.

Within civilization, the neurotransmitters themselves have become the end goal and money has become the means to achieving this evolutionary-produced “high.” The orgasm is the perfect metaphor for this; what evolved as an incentive to reproduce and pair bond (especially in women) has become just one more “thing” to collect.  Materialism is the fabled ‘chasing the dragon’ for the fix which is a part not balanced by the whole and on its own will never lead to emotional fulfillment.

Money for the sake of social power and pleasure further traps people within a process we are not meant to live by — far detached from biological reality and from other people.  Greed corrupts politicians, businessmen, and activists alike. Even regular people can become creatures who would rather live an extravagant individualistic life instead of having a family, or who seek a lucrative divorce in which they get the kids just for tax benefits, child support payments, and social attention.

Greed on a macro scale has taken on a life of its own with its avatar best understood as international trade, and the resulting material wealth goes hand in hand with power.  In the race to power, extreme war and wealth-disparity are inseparable.  This spreads by its own devices, opening up all people to this globalizing civilization while it unconsciously destroys tribal people and unique cultures.  A good example of this in the past was the race for all Western nations to open the ports of Japan, and those in Japan that supported this did so because they wanted the power to contend with those who would take advantage of them.  Greed becomes a trap in which by not participating you will become subject to the will of those who do, but by participating you destroy yourself.  It is a horrible catch 22. You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

Lust is seen everywhere. It is a cheap commodity now, whether through hubris or greed, to get a quick oxytocin trip with “no strings” (bonds).  People inadvertently break up their families because of their own lust.  No one values real bonds and it is not brainwashing that made them do this.  The easier society makes living the less people need each other.  In democratic systems, people will elect those that do not hold them to long-term commitments; because to not give their constituency instant gratification would yield a very short career in politics.  Horrible policies on adultery and no-fault divorce aren’t a top-down conspiracy nor the results of brainwashing; they are only possible because of the majority’s demand for these things to be accepted.

Envy goes hand in hand with hubris/pride and everything having a very superficial value. People feel entitled to the good in what they perceive of others without accepting the bad that comes with it or the hard work to get there.  This relates to all types of things from minimum wage to “equal rights.”  There would be no feminism or transgenderism without every single supporter’s envy of the other sex.  No one has to trick them into it because a victim-morality appeals by the benefits it promises.  Those who oppose it, now that it’s normative, do so not because of counter-brainwashing but from a focus on long-term functionality over short term gratification.  It is will-power and utilitarian (not false hedonistic “utility”, but long-term functionality) understanding that opposes temptation, not counter-brainwashing.

Gluttony drives unhealthy lifestyles. You can attempt counter-brainwashing through advertisements all day to try to get people to crave carrots like they crave high fructose corn syrup, but you will soon learn it’s the dopamine release brought on by bad foods that makes people desire them, not the advertisements inherently. Marketing doesn’t make you want junk food, it competes for what type or brand you will choose to quell your craving. Once a person indulges in something, even one who knows a given treat is unhealthy and isn’t subject to advertisements, they can still be enticed by it. This is the same for many other vices that trigger chemical reactions in the brain. To oppose your temptations, you must first acknowledge them and recognize you have the choice or agency to resist them.

Wrath and anger are often used interchangeably but wrath is a very specific type of anger. It is a vengeful anger and pairs nicely with externalized-agency.  People will rage and obsess over those they perceive as the root of their own ills, never looking at what they could be doing to themselves.  Wrath results from those who are not self-corrective.  Other types of anger can cultivate a righteous impetus, like fighting to protect your land from invasion or ending destructive cycles like homosexual pedophilia. These do not root from an externalization of agency onto other groups nor is the drive to them revenge for a perceived wrong.  There is an old saying that relates to wrath that goes “when seeking revenge dig two graves.”

Sloth expresses itself currently by seeking easy living or excuses for not doing what is in your capability because complacency is easier. This era has some of the highest widespread standards of living in Western history, but nearly no one is willing to sacrifice effort or their lifestyle for children – this is where sloth and greed meet.  When you can delve further into a subject but take the easy answer that feeds into your hubris and wrath, that is sloth.  You can be perfectly busy but still commit sloth, just as you can simplify your life to focus on what’s important and not commit sloth.  The road to sloth is to do what brings you ease or instant gratification or that which feeds into the other sins without facing the difficulty of seeking what is good and true. The notion of evil triumphing because good men do nothing shows why Sloth truly is the gateway to all other sins.

That Which Plagues Us – A False Diagnosis, Part 1 of 3

A False Diagnosis

Brainwashing is blamed as the cause of today’s leftism, but this is largely not true. Most ills in modern society are the doing of peoples’ own temptations, and the inability to stand up to loved ones creates slippery slopes from these collective temptations. Sure, over-exposure or early exposure to vices can normalize them or bring about the means to temptations that are already there, but that normalization is made up of every participant of the deviant action.  The problem with calling everything “brainwashing” is that it asserts that these horrible dynamics are created from malicious intent instead of the “victims” perpetuating them. It ignores how historically ineffective intentional brain washing attempts have been, overlooks how consumer-driven markets allow this to reach massive scales (not for some underlying scheme but simply for the bottom dollar), and obfuscates the problem by casting it as the all-knowing will of some external actor instead of the collective conspiracy of every single addict or true believer drawn to these destructive vices.

By misunderstanding the problem, you will misunderstand how to fix it.  There is no counter-brainwashing that will work.  The problem isn’t a top down one, it is made up of not just “leaders” but of every follower of each particular vice.  You don’t save people from themselves by coddling them or creating a victim narrative through externalization.  Cycles are not ended by blaming someone else and relinquishing people from the responsibility of their actions, no matter if they were part of a collective or not.  There would be no destructive leftist movements or lifestyles or addictions without every single person that makes up part of that collective or statistic.  No top down power structure will save everyone either because it’s simply the wrong direction for the given problem.

There would be no feminism without feminists. They are not “brainwashed” because they choose to accept narratives that appeal to them – especially the desire for power they perceive men to have.  People aren’t destroying marriage and pair bonds through cheating because they were brainwashed into it but because there are no consequences for their actions.  You do not fight this by blaming a tv show that shows cheating in a good light – because that show is a consumer driven product. You stop adultery by holding people accountable to social and/or legal consequences.  Cheating is only normalized by those who want it accepted. This is not brainwashing.

No-fault divorce isn’t some top down conspiracy that was created from nowhere. Democratic systems allow people to elect those who push for things they want. No-fault divorce benefits many people who do not want to be tied to the responsibilities of their actions.  Every person who breaks up their family for selfish ends and temptations is to blame for the collective loss of family values.  You cannot (reverse)brainwash people into family values, nor appeal to them based on instant gratification, but you can make people responsible for the consequences of their actions, intended or not, and demonstrate what is best for the long run knowing it is their choice to work for that or not.

It’s not that most can’t get past their “programming” it’s that people are not meant to live in massive cities or interact in online social networks. People are meant to sync with their tribe and that tribe will cease to exist if they promote self-destructive behaviors – civilization has replaced tribalism and taken on a life of its own, while creating a life for you that you are not meant for and is unhealthy. Being kind to those you love is always more comfortable than correction, so this acceptance of every illness in urban society only degenerates it faster.  Peoples’ collective temptations and impulses perpetuate part of the “programming” like a drop of rain in a storm, as do their loved ones who believe that “loving” them requires they not correct them and accept even destructive tendencies. By removing all agency from these people, it assumes it is someone else’s responsibility to fix them. Agency is seen as some all-or-nothing state of being, where if someone keeps doing something bad and doesn’t stop themselves, then they no longer have agency.  If they are part of a group committing destructive actions, then they are said to no longer have agency and must have relinquished their agency to some external actor who “brainwashed” them. This is pure malarkey.

For this to work, you must find someone else to blame –an absurdity to be sure. Agency is about responsibility and you don’t lose agency by refraining from hard work and facing the repercussions. Excusing such a person makes them even less likely to accept it is within their control and creates a circular cycle of externalization.  While everyone falls more and more into dysfunction, waiting for someone in an inherently corrupt power structure to save them, who will be functional enough to save others?  No one is saved that doesn’t want to be saved, and this is only effected by effort on their part.  This is the cold truth of reality.

If a person has a drug addiction you do them a disservice by excusing their behavior as a disease… as if this was done to them by outside forces. It allows them to use that as an excuse and crutch, or even as a means to get attention or pity. People should give them support to break the chemical addiction but should not coddle them. Appreciate their ability to stop and give positive reinforcement for this, but there needs to be disapproval and repercussions for continued destructive behavior. If they do not stop, they need to be made to suffer the consequences of their actions. The “disease” is not responsible for their life’s decisions – they are! By making them hold this responsibility they are more likely to overcome the obstacle instead of being defined by it. Agency doesn’t mean that someone is always going to do what is right for them, it means they make a choice even if some choose to not put in hard work or use will-power.  A collective of people might justify their choices, but numbers don’t make each person less responsible for their actions. The more excuses accepted the more excuses that will be made.

If people start to punish or demonize destructive actions and hold these individuals responsible, those who perpetuate the destruction will either change, leave, or soon cease to exist. If people are allowed to externalize the agency for their weaknesses, their destructive tendencies will only increase and they will for sure cease to exist in time, along with all those they influenced.  Everyone seems to give excuses for why they can’t take a stance against people in their personal life, as if being kind is the only form of care or love you can have.  If you love someone then you must love them enough to edify them and take a stance against unhealthy behaviors.  If you cannot stand the temporary disharmony in your family that will result from trying to stop their destructive ways, then you should be embarrassed to complain about how they are brainwashed into their beliefs and actions – they are coddled into them.  When met with no judgment or standards by their family or peers, people will continue down the path of whatever vice feels good…because they can.

Charity isn’t the only thing that starts in the home – correction, edification, and responsibility within your family must be started and maintained by your family, including you!  Your line is your responsibility from birth until death and in these times people forget this fundamental aspect of natural order.  In older times, not teaching and edifying your line could end you all; in easy times you still have to protect the health of you line or they will cease to exist. The world always has been a dangerous and unforgiving place – some things may change but in the end no one will save you if you are not willing to save yourself.