4 Hard Truths That Will Jolt You Awake

”The reason they refer to the mainstream as a stream is because a stream is so shallow” ~ hipmonkey


Can you see the “Truth”?

“The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.” –Gloria Steinem

Are you tired of floating around in that pink goop of the Matrix? Are you ready to slough off the illusion like it was an old hat? Has the White Rabbit been too fast for you so far? If you are reading this article, you are here to wake up. Here are five ways to slow that white rabbit down so you can catch up.

1) Money is a Hoax

“The Western worldview says, in essence, that technological progress is the highest value and that we were born to consume, to endlessly use and discard natural recourses, other species, gadgets, toys, and often, each other. The most highly prized freedom is the right to shop. It’s a world of commodities, not entities, and economic expansion is the primary measure of progress. Competition, taking, and hoarding are higher values than cooperation, sharing, and gifting. Profits are valued over people, money over meaning, entitlement over justice, “us” over “them.” This is the most dangerous addiction in the world, not only because of its impact on humanity but because it is rapidly undermining the natural systems that sustain the biosphere.” –Bill Plotkin


It is not the more evolved aspect of ourselves that tricks us into thinking that we need money to survive; it’s the less evolved aspect of ourselves that does the tricking. With our advanced technologies we imagine that we know the way the world works, when, for the most part, we have forgotten how everything is connected.

Until we can relearn “a language older than words,” and once again engage in a healthy dialogue with nature and the cosmos, we will continue to be tricked by the less evolved aspects of ourselves. The more awareness we bring to this extremely complicated cognitive dissonance, the more possible it will be to achieve an ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable world.

As it stands, however, the Federal Reserve is a house of cards guarded by a red herring. Money is the opiate of the masses, and the masses are too busy spending it on worthless crap to get to know each other as healthy individuals, let alone as a healthy community. We have become Pavlov Dogs, and money is our dinner bell. But money was never meant to be horded, or even amassed, it was meant to circulate as a way of uplifting the community. And yet here we are, hoarding and amassing, while our communities are in unhealthy disarray. It’s high time we abandoned the force-fed shibboleth that having more money makes us better people. It doesn’t. Being healthy, compassionate and moral is what makes us better people.

2) Debt is Fiction

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.” –John Adams

Unfortunately our nation has been enslaved by debt. Our current system is not an economic system at all, but an ecocidal system; an intrinsic obsolescence of conspicuous consumption. It’s a grave misfortune that efficiency, sustainability, and preservation are the enemies of our socioeconomic system. This has got to be the most bizarre delusion in the history of human thought, a retarded Ponzi scheme en masse.

But it’s difficult to get people to understand something when money, and especially debt, prevents them from understanding it. Instead of ownership, give us strategic access. Instead of equity, give us equality. Instead of one-track-minded profit, give us open-minded people. Instead of unsustainable monetary-based economics, give us a sustainable resource-based economy, which is basically the scientific method applied to ecological and social concerns.

As tough as it is to hear, nature is a dictatorship. We can either listen to it and fall into harmony or deny it and suffer. Ask yourself this question by Fleet & Lasn: “When the economic system fails, will we know how to behave, how to act, how to appreciate, how to value, how to survive, how to be and how to love in a world that no longer defines relations by money?”

Defenestrate your TV set!

3) Media is Manipulation

“Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media.” –Noam Chomsky

Media has always been an effective method for manipulating people. We are social creatures who are also psychological creatures. This combination makes us unwittingly vulnerable to the power of suggestion. As it stands, media has been our Achilles Heel. These days the “news” we receive from corporate media is more likely to be disinformation. Skepticism is a must when reading or viewing the information provided by these outlets.

The key: Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see. Analyze the Kool Aide before you swallow it. Even then, be prepared to vomit it back up at the first sign of deception. Remain circumspect and question all authority. They don’t have our best interest at heart. They only want our money, and to remain powerful. Like Wendell Berry wrote in the Unsettling of America, “People whose governing habit is the relinquishment of power, competence, and responsibility, make excellent spenders. They are the ideal consumers. By inducing in them little panics of boredom, powerlessness, sexual failure, mortality, paranoia, they can be made to buy virtually anything that is “attractively packaged.””

We are slowly becoming more aware of corporate media lying to us. But they know we know they’re lying to us. And we know they know we know they’re lying to us. With enough inertia, this debacle of a process just continues until we are eventually lying to ourselves. And here we are. Like the great Baruch Spinoza once surmised, “The supreme mystery of despotism, its prop and stay, is to keep men in a state of deception, and cloak the fear by which they must be held in check, so that they will fight for their servitude as if for salvation.” And here we are, unless we decide to wake up.

For it is seeking you.

4) Government is a Corporation

“The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.” –Thomas Jefferson

Here’s the thing: we do not live in a democracy, and we probably never really have. A prestigious Princeton study recently concluded that we live in an oligarchy: rule by a few individuals. And these individuals just so happen to be plutocrats, making this particular flavor of oligarchy a plutocracy: rule by the rich.The problem is that money itself has become an immoral agent within an otherwise amoral system that praises itself as moral. Ask yourself: do you wish to live out harried lives of nine-to-five slavery, giving up your days to heartless corporations that don’t give a damn about anything except making money, or do you wish to live a happy life of loving compassion, doing what you enjoy, in spite of plutocracy, oligarchy, and tyranny?

The Occupy Movement succeeded in shifting the tenor and shape of debate in the world, but we must not rest on our laurels. Trickle-down economics DOES NOT WORK! Austerity economics DOES NOT WORK! Corporations are NOT people. Money does NOT equal speech. It’s a trap. If we don’t get big money out of politics then everything we want to do will be hopeless. We need to be smarter with our mobilization tactics for the change and allocation of power within our society. So far the security and surveillance state has boxed us in, like the great MLK Jr. said, “Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.”

About the Author

Gary ‘Z’ McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned philosopher, is the author of Birthday Suit of God and The Looking Glass Man. His works are inspired by the great philosophers of the ages and his wide awake view of the modern world.

**This article was originally posted at Fractal Enlightenment.**

13 thoughts on “4 Hard Truths That Will Jolt You Awake

  1. The problem is the social norms tho, I think. When you get into the habit of living a life which you police yourself to follow, then it takes an awful lot of work to learn to do it differently. I think this is why people have a spiritual crisis at some point. You look around you and go öh, no! And then, but what now? And your community, everything, is all set up to live a particular way. So I had to go back and say how do I live in the world? and that was hard. Worth it too.

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    • What makes it so hard for me personally is finding others that have realized the truth and have risen above the superficial little ego ”me” and can hold an intelligent conversation. I otherwise must find a way for myself to cope with the shallow unimportant and most trivial arguments, conversations etc. It’s like a real zombie apocalypse ‘out there’. lol I suppose it’s most important to not let myself believe I’m superior and have more knowledge than certain others in my life, thus feeding my own false ego, and to keep my own thoughts in order and then live and let live. But it can be difficult. And yes, absolutely worth it.


      • It is different though, before and after. I found quite a lot of things changed, and you do have to build a whole new world around you in some ways. The blogging community helps a lot. But I don’t think it’s really ego, as much as a change in perspective.


    • It’s as if people are already dead. The shallow and meaningless lives led based on false “programming” is completely fictional, yet these people have a way of attaching importance to it and believe themselves free.. It just amazes me!!


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  3. I very much relate to Nicci’s insightful comment. I look back on my thought process and lifestyle prior to my own spiritual crisis and I must admit, I am utterly horrified. I express gratitude every day that some wiser part of me knew I would die (whether in body or mind) if I didn’t find a way out of my conditioning. I also express gratitude everyday that I had someone to help me through such a tumultuous experience.

    Thanks for all you write here – I am glad to have you in my WP community.


    • Amanda, I too feel a great deal of gratitude to have become knowledgeable about the human condition and how mankind’s natural instinct has become exploited for profit. I guess I had to experience the ”other side” of the matrix to appreciate true freedom. We survived to thrive :) I just had my 10 year old granddaughter for a week and she’s so amazing and beautiful. However I’m witnessing the disinformation/school indoctrination and the dumbing down process take her over. I beg her little 10 year old mind to question EVERYTHING and encourage her creativity, but I’m overwhelmed by a sense of sadness when I know that most people just don’t have the tools to fight back and reclaim their own Divine Essence. This sadness only lessens when I read your blog and others I have found here on WP. There is a feeling of hopefulness here on Gaia, (for my grankids and all other children of all ages), and that’s coming from a place of the purest kind of love we were meant to nourish and live.The Celestine Prophecy is within reach.


      • Thank you so much for such a kind comment! I am so glad you got to spend time with your granddaughter and are encouraging her creativity and imagination. Funny enough, I was actually down in Florida for the past week visiting my own family and I taught my little cousins (ages 3 & 9) to dance on the shoreline of the beach under the recent full moon, as a way to honor and celebrate Gaia, so I am planting a few seeds for future Goddesses as well!! <3 What sweet synchronicity.


      • That’s just positively beautiful, what an awesome role model for them. Planting seeds is all we can really do, and of course tend the garden as much a possible and sit back and watch them blossom. In the end all that will matter is that they know we really love them no matter what. ;)


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