Since there don’t seem to be any good new mask burning parties this week, I would like to address something that came up in relation to the two teenage girls getting into a fight, and one having a knife ready to stab the other.
For those of us who live in close enough proximity to certain neighborhoods, such sights are not, shall we say, shocking. However, that does not mean that the culture itself doesn’t have some underpinnings that are, for all intents and purposes, less than wholesome.
Last week, I wrote about Edward Bernays, and the manipulation of American public opinion via propaganda as practiced using the mainstream media.
While that discussion focused mostly on politics, and the shaping of the political landscape, the entire culture, actually, is subject to such treatment, especially with the amount of time Americans consume mainstream media programming both of the political variety and entertainment.
That being the case, after decades of “programming” from the men in the smoky back room, the culture itself has been impacted by what they want us to be, and not necessarily for the better.
When reflecting on the headlines, and all the violence and just plain anti-social and uncivilized behavior going on, some passages in my favorite psycho-analysis of American culture popped into my head.
I’ve written about the book, The Culture Code by Clotaire Rapaille previously, and his methodology of getting to the reptilian emotions behind certain code words and phrases that represent a cross-section of American thinking on a sub-conscious level. There are those who will think that these code words and phrases are hokum, and perhaps some of them are for the people who frequent this page. However, not all of America does, and they consume a lot more propaganda than some of us, so are subject to manipulation.
What Rapaille outlines in the book is what is seen as an alien culture to others around the world, and one he describes as incredibly adolescent. What it screams to anyone with a 40,000 foot view is the American people have been manipulated into making America really sick, and brainwashed.
Without giving away the store, meaning all of the codes, and how he got to them, Rapaille equates cultural needs as such:
- Cars = identity (this one is a no-brainer for Americans)
- Seduction = manipulation
- Sex = violence
- Beauty = man’s salvation (yes, I’ve felt like an object when a man told me any man would be proud to have me on his arm, at which point, I was done)
- Fat = checking out
- Love = false expectations
- Marriage = unrealistic expectations
- Health and wellness = movement
- Nurse = mother
- Doctor = hero
- Food = fuel
Of course, there are more. Shopping is considered to be “reconnecting with life” and never moreso than in the year of COVID, but the reader here gets the idea. This culture has been manipulated away from what America once was and what many patriots still believe it to be.
Essentially, America was hijacked, although not as completely as the powers that wannabe probably think.
There is still an underpinning of patriotism, and there are still many who do not subscribe to the wackiness inspired by what is truly demonic. In the end, that steadiness will right the ship, but it is going to take time, and a whole lot more people rejecting the world as the propagandists present it.
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26But an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert road. 27And he rose and went. And behold, an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a minister of the Can’dace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of all her treasure, had come to Jerusalem to worship 28and was returning; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.” 30So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31And he said, “How can I, unless some one guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32Now the passage of the scripture which he was reading was this: “As a sheep led to the slaughter or a lamb before its shearer is dumb, so he opens not his mouth. 33In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken up from the earth.” 34And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, pray, does the prophet say this, about himself or about some one else?” 35Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this scripture he told him the good news of Jesus. 36And as they went along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What is to prevent my being baptized?” 38And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught up Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40But Philip was found at Azo’tus, and passing on he preached the gospel to all the towns till he came to Caesare’a.
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