Manufactured Division

Those with the power, those with the influence, are intentionally creating division.

We are weak when we are divided.

Division makes better headlines, diverts attention.

Observe for yourself, think for yourself.

Peace and prosperity is not in the best interest of the powerful.

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Thinking, a Lost Art

I will attribute the major decline in thinking to our current culture and ever-shrinking world. We live in a time that has informed us that everything has been discovered, our predecessors did the exploring, and now the world is documented and understood.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there is a pretty good chance that a thought, you are working through in your head currently, has already been worked out by a previous philosopher; however, it’s important to remember that this same concept was present in their time as well. These past philosophers were not satisfied with the thinking of the time, and either, started from scratch, or further expounded on an idea.

Reading ideas proposed by previous philosophers is an excellent way to get the gears turning, but it is important to put out our own thoughts and ideas, and even bounce them off one another to see if anything interesting is there. There have been many great thinkers, but, ultimately, man is not perfect and will never achieve perfection. This is motivation enough to continue to ponder some of life’s great mysteries.

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box we’ve currently been presented with.

-Jon

Are You Free?

Why does man find it so hard to believe?

In a world so vast and complex, he has no hope to understand.

Yet in his arrogance, he preaches understanding.

So ready to consume what man has to offer, the masses readily and willingly sacrifice their freedom.

Perhaps it is the fear of scrutiny that will surely follow, if one does not hold tight to man’s contrived understanding.

Your beliefs unproven, your intelligence belittled.

Mankind’s ugliness cannot hide its face, when the truth threatens its revelation.

Man is fallible and man is weak.

Trust misplaced is a grave mistake.

The truth will be revealed to those who seek it, but the path will be difficult, to most, impassable.

-Jon

The Banning of Alex Jones

Yesterday, Facebook, Google, Apple, and Spotify all decided it was time to silence Alex Jones. You may not be a fan of Alex Jones, in fact, most people have written him off as a crazy person anyway, but the blatant censorship of Alex Jones and Infowars by these massive corporations should alarm you. It may just be “crazy Alex Jones” so who cares? But they’ve demonstrated how easily it is to silence someone, considering these company are practically monopolies. It’s Alex Jones today, but it could be someone you follow next.

This was obviously a coordinated effort by these corporations. The bans occurred on the same day, yet none of them have provided any reason as to why Alex Jones was banned. Yes, they threw out some general excuses such as “hate speech” or “harmful conduct” but they have yet to provide any real support for those claims. For those that have seen Alex Jones, you know that he has been critical of these corporations, as well as, several prominent members of the political elite. I find it very hard to believe that this was not politically motivated. Alex Jones has been on the air for years saying the same sort of things, but people are just now having issues? This is clearly an abuse of these platforms monopolistic positions.

Alex Jones is not the issue. This is not what you should be worried about. The corporations have demonstrated that they own the flow information, and that they are in it together. With the right amount of investment, any individual or group can push their views and agenda through this huge conglomerate. Where else can you go for information? I am currently searching for alternatives to all these platforms, and I’ve been relatively successful. I encourage everyone else to do the same. We have to show these corporations that, if they behave inappropriately, they will lose support. They are arrogant enough to pull this off, they assume the public is full of idiots and sheep. They think they have no reason to be concerned. Are you going to sit back and take it? The Alex Jones ban may not effect you now, but it’s only a matter of time before they come for you…

-Jon

The Media’s True Intentions

When it comes down to it, it’s always about money…

I’m sure we can all agree on what we think the media’s true responsibility should be. Most would say that their job is to report the facts so that we can be informed about what is going on in the world we live in. It seems like a pretty straightforward idea, but ask anyone on the street if they believe that the media outlets are doing this job effectively, and you will most likely get a resounding “no”. Why is that? And when did this change occur? One might argue that it is the result of the 24hr news networks that drives the need to push news that is exaggerated or even fabricated. One may also argue that the business models have changed in a way that favors stunning headlines over all else. Headlines that bring in the most clicks is the way to maximize profits. The content of the articles might as well not even be there; it’s more of a formality…

We need to hold our trusted news outlets to higher standards. I wanted to go over a few things to watch out for in order to get a better picture of what’s really going on. The current media will use a vast number of shady tactics to either, get you to click and share articles or make you think a certain way.

Watch the wording. Often times they will throw in descriptive words to describe something a certain way to try and sway your opinion of the matter without you knowing. There is no room for this in an honest news source. Their job is to report the facts. It is up to us to determine what we think about those facts.

Check the sources and support. The news being reported should have plenty of evidence to support its claims, however, in the current age, this tends to take a back seat if it’ll make better headlines. The drive to be the first outlet to report on something has led to countless errors and falsehoods being reported. When later corrections are issued, it does no good as the damage is already done. Make sure the claims being made come from a credible source. Also, if studies or statistics are being presented, make that the information is sound and truly supports what is being claimed.

Ignore pictures. This is one of the more sneakier tactics that can be used to form your opinion for you. For example, if a particular piece of news is meant to paint an individual in a negative light, there will often times be a matching picture of an individual that makes them appear menacing. Or if they want you to get emotional, they may include pictures to appeal to that emotion. This type of activity does not belong in honest news. It’s important to notice when you are being manipulated. Stick to the facts.

The media’s true intentions are simple: they do whatever makes them the most money. Unfortunately, today, people are so easily manipulated by the media that accurate news is not the focus. They can tell you what to think and what to care about, and then throw things in your face to get you worked up for no reason. People no longer care about getting accurate information, they care more about reading those shocking headlines and getting emotional. That’s where the real money’s at…

I encourage everyone to subject any news source to militant-level scrutiny. If we want to see change, it starts with the people. Call them out when they don’t hold up their end of the bargain.

-Jon