2008/03/30 – Baudrillard, Mani and the Dualism in Simulated Reality

 

I have studied the Gnostic Movement intensely for a number of years. Their “heretical” views twisted and reversed much of the narratives promulgated by the Christianity Movement during Christianity’s formative years, and thus, has fascinated me for many years. Bernard has said that the gnostic movement is a case of “systems turning on systems.” This is easy to understand. Systems being hacked by systems is analogous of “good” software being hacked by “evil software.” But this always seem to end in a perpetual stalemate as we all know. A clear winner never seems to emerge. Virus vs. anti-virus is a never-ending war. 

 

 There were many branches of gnosticism, and the Persian system, Manicheanism, was named after it’s original creator, Mani.

 

 Mani’s theology taught that there were two opposing principles that had existed from the beginning. Of course, these principles are the Light and the Dark. This universe is a system of Light where the Great Father of Light resides,  that has been attacked by the chaotic forces of the King of Darkness. Well, the Father of Light takes matters into his own hands and rushes in to fight the armies of Chaos himself. War in Heaven! After a protracted battle, Mani claims that two children of Darkness copulate and produce Adam and Eve. Wait! It gets better!

 

 The Father of Light eventually sends down the Cosmic Jesus of Light who goes to Adam and teaches him of the Kingdom of Light from whence he came. Adam has many particles of light inside him, which symbolizes the light “imprisoned” by evil matter. And the Cosmic Jesus tells Adam to stand and eat the fruit of the Tree of Life. 

 

  After this awakening act of attaining self-knowledge, “Adam then looked around and wept. He mightily lifted up his voice as a roaring lion. He tore his hair and struck his breast and said, “Cursed be the creator of my body and he who bound my soul and they who have made me their slave.” [Theodore bar Konai, LLber Scholiorum (ed. Scher) 317-18:]

 

 So the deal for the Manicheans was that Humans are to keep the body “pure” through denying the self. At the End of History, all of the Light Particles will be freed and harvested and we will all “return to Source” and live happily ever after. 

 

 Now this conception of particles of light being trapped by evil matter is a strong feature in most gnostic cosmologies, as well as the belief that humans were trapped on the Wheel of Life through endless cycles of reincarnation, which has come down to us today in the Western Tradition through various Theosophical, New Thought and New Age alternate religious ideas. According to New Age cosmology,”lightworkers” have been sent to teach others about the Kingdom of Light so we can manifest a Great Awakening for humanity and thereby “Ascending” through the layers of reality back to Source, where we are to be joined as One with “God” and live happily forever more. Or do we? 

 

Recently, I have been reading the writings of the late French postmodernist, Jean Buadrillard. As a social critic, Baudrillard does not see the world through rose-colored glasses. Baudrillard is a big fan of Manicheanism, just as I am. This is what he has to say about their cosmological world view. 

 

 “What the heretics posited was that the very creation of the world, hence the reality of the world, was the result of the existence of the evil demon. The function of God, then, was really to try to repudiate this evil phantom – that was the real reason why God had to exist at all. So in this situation it is no longer a question of doubt or non-doubt, of whether one should exercise this doubt or whether this doubt could lead us to confirm or deny the existence of the world. Rather, it is once again the principle of seduction that needs to be invoked in this situation: according to Manicheanism the reality of the world is a total illusion; it is something which has been tainted from the very beginning; it is something which has been seduced by a sort of irreal principle since time immemorial…“[Jean Baudrillard. The Evil Demon of Images. Translated by Paul Patton, Paul Foss and Philippe Tanguy. Sydney: Power Publications, 1987:44-46]

 

  Baudrillard’s insights are perceptive, surprising and provocative. As a philosopher, Baudrillard is known and unknown. In the movie, “The Matrix,” Neo is seen producing his contraband from a hollowed-out book – which happens to be that of Baudrillard’s, Simulacra and Simulation. It is the page of the chapter, On Nihilism, that we see Neo retrieve his pirated software. Clever use of foreshadowing by the directors. Because in this particular book, Baudrillard contends that our perceived reality has become a simulation of reality. The simulation has occurred through the symbols and signs created by the mind and has replaced it’s own version of reality. As Baudrillard says in this book that Neo chooses to keep his hidden software, “The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth–it is the truth which conceals that there is none.” 

 

 Of course, those of you whole are regulars on the Desteni boards will recognize that this simulated reality is the manifestation of the Unified Consciousness Field. A holographic prison that is maintained  and broadcasted by human thought from within the region of the unconscious mind. The Desteni Group are big fans of “The Matrix.” The parallels between the simulated reality of the movie and the holographic structure of our collective thoughts as composed as the Unified Field are obvious. 

 

In the end of most eschatologies in the Western Religious Tradition,  the narrative calls for the forces of Good overcoming the forces of Evil. The grinding poles of duality comes to a halt, and complete Metaphysical Order comes to existence at last! But this cannot be! For the polarity that says, “this is good and that is evil” is only a process of our minds. The Ultimate Reality stands outside of the Unified Field of Consciousness. And Baudrillard seems to agree as well. In dealing with the so-called “War On Terror” which commenced apparently after the 9-11 attacks upon the World Trade Center, he asks us to step outside the accepted consensus reality that defines and “Good and Evil” in such Manichean terms so that we may gain another perspective. 

 

 “Terrorism is immoral. The World Trade Centre event, that symbolic challenge, is immoral, and it is a response to a globalization which is itself immoral. So, let us be immoral; and if we want to have some understanding of all this, let us go and take a little look beyond Good and Evil. When, for once, we have an event that defies not just morality, but any form of interpretation, let us try to approach it with an understanding of Evil. This is precisely where the crucial point lies – in the total misunderstanding on the part of Western philosophy, on the part of the Enlightenment, of the relation between Good and Evil. We believe naively that the progress of Good, its advance in all fields (the sciences, technology, democracy, human rights), corresponds to a defeat of Evil. No one seems to have understood that Good and Evil advance together, as part of the same movement. The triumph of the one does not eclipse the other – far from it. In metaphysical terms, Evil is regarded as an accidental mishap, but this axiom, from which all the Manichean forms of the struggle of Good against Evil derive, is illusory. Good does not conquer Evil, nor indeed does the reverse happen: they are at once both irreducible to each other, and inextricably interrelated.“[The Spirit of Terrorism and Requiem for the Twin Towers. Translated by Chris Turner. London: Verso, 2002:13.] 

 

We have been discussing this aspect of polarity in the Desteni forums of how the relational poles of duality are linked together as one. It is time to understand the illusory nature of and release all illusory forms of dualism, for in the friction generated from the grinding of the opposing poles in the Unified Field, creates and maintains our holographic jail, where we languish as the Living Words, forced to serve out a holographic sentence.

 

 

Baudrillard quotes taken from the website:

The Journal of Baudrillard Studies 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “2008/03/30 – Baudrillard, Mani and the Dualism in Simulated Reality

  1. “Let There Be Light”

    “In The Beginning” The Creator(Our Father) said,

    “Let There Be Light, and There Was Light”

    “The Beginning of The Creation of GOD”

    “Let There Be Light”

    And the revelation that The Messiah gave unto the
    apostle John bore witness to The Truth that The
    Messiah, was “The Beginning of the Creation of
    GOD(Our Father, Creator of ALL)”! (Rev 3:14)

    And The Messiah bore witness to His Brethren
    when He testified, “My GOD is your GOD and My
    Father(Creator) is your Father(Creator).”(Jn 20:17)

    The Messiah testified “I have sent My angel to
    you with this testimony for the assemblies. I am
    the root and the offspring of David. I am the bright,
    Morning Star(Light)”! (Rev 22:16) ) Peter testified
    “We have the more sure word of prophecy; and
    you do well to take heed, as to a lamp shining in a
    dark place, until the day dawns, and The Morning
    Star(Light) arises in your hearts.”(2Pt 1:19) “But
    you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood,
    a holy nation, HIS own special people, that you
    may proclaim the praises of HIM who called you
    out of darkness into His marvelous Light.”(1Pt2:9)

    And the evening(darkness) and The Morning
    (Light) was the First Day.” (Gen 1:5)

    “The Beginning of The Creation of GOD”!

    It is very important to both know and experience
    The Messiah as He Is, Was and always Will Be,
    and also to know the “glory He had with Our
    Father” before He was born in “the likeness of
    sinful flesh”. (John 17:5, Rom 8:3) For what The
    Messiah Was and Is, Is that which He will always
    Will Be.”The Only Begotten Son” of “Our Father”!

    First, let me simply state that I do not believe the
    “catholic” and “christian” theo’ry’logical doctrines
    concerning “The Only True GOD, Father ALL”. For
    they “image”ine a three-headed “god” they call
    their “trinity”, or they declare their “christ” to be
    their “god and father”, or they believe that The
    Messiah was but an exalted messenger(angel)
    or prophet.

    John The Baptist testified, “And I saw, and bare
    record that The Messiah is the Son of GOD(Our
    Father).”(John 1:34) Peter testified, “You are The
    Messiah, The Son of The Living GOD(Father of
    ALL)”!(Matt 16:16) And the Ethiopian eunuch
    testified, “I believe that The Messiah is The Son
    of GOD(Our Father)”. (Acts 8:37) “Seeing then
    that we have a great high priest, that is passed
    into the Heavens, The Messiah, The Son of
    GOD(Our Father), let us hold fast our profession.”
    (Heb 4:14) “These things are written so that you
    might believe that The Messiah is The Son of GOD
    (Our Father)”. (John 20:31) The Messiah testified
    that He was “The Son of GOD”, and that His GOD
    was “The Only True GOD(Father of ALL)”.
    (John 10:36,17:3)

    And The Messiah also testified that He was the
    “Son of man” and “The Light of the world”.
    (Matt 26:64, John 8:12)

    It is needful to believe that The Messiah Was, Is
    and always Will Be “The Son of The Living GOD”,
    and that there is but “One GOD, HE WHO is
    Father of ALL”. (Mat 16:16, Eph 4:6) The Messiah
    bore witness to His Brethren when He testified
    after being “raised from among the dead”, “My GOD
    is your GOD and My Father(Creator) is your Father
    (Creator)” (John 20:17)

    Is The Messiah’s GOD and Father your GOD
    and Father?

    Who are The Brethren of The Messiah?

    “Let There Be Light”

    Once again, It is very important to both know and
    experience The Messiah as He Was, Is and always
    Will Be. The Messiah simply testified in John 17:5
    “And now O Father, glorify Me with YOUR own self
    with the glory that I had with YOU before the world
    began”.

    Prior to that testimony The Messiah had testified,
    “Yet a little while is The Light with you. Walk while
    you have The Light, lest darkness comes upon
    you: for he that walks in darkness does not know
    where he goes. While you have Light, believe in
    The Light, that you may be the children of Light.”
    (John 12:35-36)

    And the apostle John testified: “In the beginning
    was the Word, and the Word was with GOD, and
    The Word was GOD. (John did not testify that
    The Word is GOD)The same was in the beginning
    with GOD. All things were made by Him, and
    without Him was not any thing made that was
    made. In Him was Life; and The Life was The
    Light of men. And The Light shined in darkness;
    and the darkness comprehended it not. There
    was a man sent from GOD, whose name was
    John. The same came for a witness, to bear
    witness of The Light, that all men through Him
    might believe. He(John the baptist) was not that
    Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
    That was the True Light, which enlightens every
    man that comes into the world. He(The Messiah)
    was in the world, and the world was made by
    Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto
    His own, and His own received Him not. But as
    many as received Him, to them He gave power
    to become the sons of GOD, even to them that
    believe on His name: Which were born, not of
    blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will
    of man, but of “The Only True GOD, Father of
    ALL”.” (John 1:1-13)

    It is needful to realize that The Messiah testified
    of “The Only True GOD” in John 17:3, and so it is
    that The GOD and Father of The Messiah IS,
    WAS and always WILL BE “The Only True GOD”.

    “The Only True GOD” is “Father of ALL”.

    And “The Father of ALL” is “Our Father”, HE WHO
    IS “The Only True GOD” and Father of The Messiah
    and His Brethren.

    And the apostle John testified in John 3:17-21:
    “For Our Father sent not his Son into the world
    to condemn the world; but that the world through
    Him might be saved. He that believes on Him is
    not condemned: but he that believes not is
    condemned already, because he has not believed
    in the name of the only begotten Son of GOD(Our
    Father). And this is the condemnation, that Light is
    come into the world, and men loved darkness
    rather than Light, because their deeds were evil.
    For every one that does evil hates The Light,
    neither comes to The Light, lest his deeds should
    be reproved. But he that does Truth comes to The
    Light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that
    they are wrought in GOD(Our Father).”

    In John 12:34 the people asked, “Who is this Son
    of man? Then in John 12:35-36, “The Messiah said
    unto them, yet a little while is The Light with you.
    Walk while you have The Light, lest darkness come
    upon you: for he that walks in darkness does not
    know where he goes. While you have Light, believe
    in The Light, that you may be the children of Light.
    The Messiah spoke these things, and departed,
    and hid Himself from them.”

    Simply, “In The Beginning” The Only True GOD
    spoke The Word, “Let There Be Light”, “And there
    was Light”! “And there was evening(darkness) and
    there was morning (Light), The First Day”. (Gen 1:5)
    Certainly such “Light” was not “natural” light, for
    “natural” light, the sun, moon, and stars were not
    created until the “fourth day”. (Gen 1:14-19)

    “In the beginning”, “The First Day”, The Father of
    All created “The Light”, without which Creation and
    Life, as we now know and experience it, could not
    have been.

    The First Day, “The Light”, The Messiah, “The
    beginning of the Creation of GOD(HE WHO is
    The Only True GOD and Father of ALL)”!
    (Gen 1:3, Rev 3:14, John 17:3, Eph 4:6)

    And “The Only True GOD” created all “things” by,
    through, and for “The Light”, The Messiah, “The
    Son of The Living GOD” and “Son of man”.
    (Col 1:15, Eph 3:9, Mat 16:16, Mat 12:32)

    And “The True Light which enlightens every man
    coming into the world”, was born as a child
    destined to be The Messiah. (John 1:9, Mat 1:21)

    The Messiah, “The Light of the world”.
    (John 8:12, 9:5)

    The Messiah, “The firstborn of every creature
    (all creation)”. (Col 1:15)

    The Messiah, “Begotten of Our Father”,
    “The firstborn among many Brethren”.
    (Heb 1:5) (Ps 2:7) (Rom 8:29)

    The Messiah, “A servant of The Only True GOD
    (Father of ALL)”. (Isa 42:1-7)

    The Messiah, “The Lamb of GOD”.
    (John 1:29,36)

    The Messiah, “The firstborn from among the dead”.
    (Col 1:18)

    Once again: “In The Beginning” Our Father, “The
    Only True GOD” spoke: “Let there be Light, and
    there was Light”! The Messiah, “The Beginning of
    the Creation of GOD”, “the firstborn of every
    creature(all creation)”. (Gen 1:3, John 17:3,
    Rev 3:14, Col 1:15)

    Thanks Be To “Our Father”!

    The Messiah, The Creation of “The Only True
    GOD, Father of ALL”! (Rev 3:14)

    The Messiah, “made so much better than the
    angels”! (Heb 1:4)

    The Messiah, “The Light of the world”!
    (John 8:12, 9:5)

    “The Lamb of GOD”, “The Light of The New
    Heavenly Jerusalem”! (Rev 21:22-23)

    Paul experienced “The Light ” on the road to
    Damascus. “And it came to pass, that, as I
    made my journey, and came near unto
    Damascus about noontime, suddenly a great
    Light from Heaven shone round about me.
    And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice
    saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why do you
    persecute Me? And I answered, “Who are
    You, Master”? And He said unto me, I am
    Yehowshuwa'(Yahshua, Joshua) of Nazareth,
    Whom you persecute. And they that were
    with me saw The Light, and were afraid; but
    they did not hear the voice of Him that spoke
    to me. And I said, “What shall I do, Master”?
    And He said unto me, arise and go into
    Damascus, and there you shall be told all
    things which are appointed for you to do.
    And when I could not see for the glory of
    that Light, I was led by the hand into
    Damascus.” (Acts 22:6-11)

    Paul also testified, “At midday I saw in the
    way a Light from Heaven, ABOVE THE
    BRIGHTNESS OF THE SUN, shining round
    about me and those who journeyed with me.
    And when we were all fallen to the earth, I
    heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying
    in the HEBREW tongue, Saul, Saul, why do
    you persecute Me? It is hard for you to kick
    against the pricks.” (The Messiah could not
    have told Paul, “I am jesus” for He spoke in
    the “HEBREW tongue”) (Acts 26:13-14)

    Paul saw “The Light” that was The Messiah
    and he was blinded(naturally, not Spiritually)
    for a time. Now when The Messiah was in
    the “likeness of sinful flesh”, born as “the
    Son of man”, He could only reflect “The
    Light”, liken unto the moon which but reflects
    the light of the natural sun.

    “Let There Be Light”

    The Messiah, “The Light of the world”!

    And consider the natural light provided by
    the sun, which was Created on the fourth
    day. Does not the natural light of the sun
    reveal outwardly, all the earthly, natural
    things? Consider what happens when
    that which you thought was clean is
    exposed to the light of the sun? Is not
    the least outward particle of uncleanness
    readily seen in the light of the sun? And
    so it is with “The Light” that is The Messiah.
    For His Life, “The Life”, exposes all the
    uncleanness in the life that is of The “I” in
    all of us! The “I” is the creation of mankind’s
    “imag”ination! And “The Light” penetrates
    deeply, cleansing even the innermost
    recesses of the heart, “rightly dividing the
    soul and spirit”!

    Yet for such a cleansing to begin one must
    “experience The Messiah(The Light) and
    The Power that raised Him from among the
    dead”!(Php 3:10) Oh, there are many who
    know of a “messiah”, yet who has
    experienced “The Light”? For “The Light”
    was “The Beginning of Creation” both the
    old, which was natural and earthly and The
    New, which is of The Spirit and Heavenly.
    Those who “love this world and it’s things”
    yet desire that which “decayed, waxed
    old and vanished away” (Heb 8:13) They
    are of those “whose ‘god’ is their belly,
    and whose glory is in their shame, for
    they mind earthly things”. (Phlp 3:19)

    Sadly, those who “love this world and it’s
    things” yet love darkness more than The
    Light and they will abide in the darkness
    they loved forever ;-( (1Jn2:15,Jn3:19-20)

    Sadder yet, systems of religion that are of
    this world, such as “catholicism”, “christianity”,
    “judaism”, “islam”, etc., have so perverted
    The Testimonies, that today, as in the two
    thousand or so, years gone by, “The Way
    of Truth is evil spoken of”! All because of
    the theo’ry’logical, heretical doctrines that
    are of men! And especially those
    theo’ry’logical doctrines which seek to
    define “The Only True GOD, Father of All”.
    (2Peter 2:1-2)

    All such doctrines are but the product of
    mankind’s “imag”ination and mankind’s
    “imag”ination is destroying and perverting
    Creation(land, air, water, creatures, Light,
    Truth, Love, Peace, Joy, Hope, .etc.)

    Yes, sadly ;-( Creation is being destroyed
    by self-willed men who could care less
    about that which is of The Truth(What Is,
    Was, and always Will Be), and care even
    less about those things which they can
    not comprehend apart from their
    “natural” senses and mental processes ;-(

    And The Truth testifies, The Creator “will
    destroy those who destroy the earth(HIS
    Creation)”(Rev 11:18).

    Sadly, in this wicked world, those who
    seek profit will naturally overcome those
    who do not ;-(

    Yet, There Is Hope!

    For The Life is of The Spirit!

    And Miracles do happen!

    And Faith rejoices against profit(greed)
    and theo’ry’logy(logic)!

    Hope is there would be those who experience
    The Miracle that is receiving “a love of The
    Truth” for they will “see” “The Light”.
    (2Thes 2:10, John 8:12, 9:5)

    And they will receive peace, in spite of the
    dis-ease(no-peace) that is of this world, for
    they will clearly “see” that “The WHOLE
    world is under the control of the evil one”.
    (1John 5:19) And they will clearly “see”
    things as they are and not as “imag”inative,
    world-loving humans would have others
    believe them to be, for they will “see” The
    Light that is The Messiah……. francisco

  2. Francisco, I see you are burdened with with the affliction of Christ Consciousness. That’s okay. I will educate you into the mystery of the deceptive Light.

    Why do I say the Light is “deceptive?” Because it presents a profound IMAGE. All images are illusion. The people who will always be deceived are those who rely on images for truth.

    I could go point by point throughout your comment, Francisco, but I won’t. I’ll just pick a few choice references in order to assist you in understanding how “Truth” deceives, enslaves and destroys.

    Oh, yes. The Truth is that Man is equal to “God.” As Man is, and will always be, so “God” is, and will always be: a destroyer, a consuming, hateful, vengeful warring, baleful force. Luckily for me, this cretinous “God” only exists in your mind, Francisco. In fact, your “Messiah” and the “God” he stands as Herald to is not even equal to Man because Man actually exists! Is Mankind a Fairy Tale, Francisco, or real?

    Somebody told you the THE MESSIAH was a real person and that the “GOD” who you equate as “Light” is some cosmic being that created everything. Yeah, right. There must be tons of proof the “God” exists just like Man does. Except that I can’t find any! It’s just knowledge passed down from generation to generation, Fran.
    Useless!

    It is useless because nothing has changed! Well, save for the fact that things are still getting worse and worse by the hour.

    Maybe Jesus was the Son of “God,” as you say. Or should I say, as you have “heard.” Do you know what SON of “God” means? Any idea? Jesus would say this to you if he could…

    “Man was created in the image and likeness of God – Man is equal to God, is one with God. My reference to being the Son is as follows:
    S = The sound of
    O = Oneness / God
    N = Manifested as Man as example for all of Man to see their equality and oneness with God as who they are.”

    You want to quote Scripture to me??? The Son of a Preacher Man? Well, then I choose the Gospel of John:

    “In the beginning was the word and the word was God and the word was with God” or “In the beginning was the sound and the sound was God and the sound was with God”

    Yes, you will note that LIGHT IS NOT MENTIONED BY JOHN IN THIS VERY IMPORTANT PASSAGE, FRAN. You have just been taken to SCHOOL and I am the BUS DRIVER.

    Francisco, look at you. What are you but the manifestation of sounds? You are a Living WORD. Not a living LIGHT.

    Oh, you were led astray by teachers who misread the words they insisted they knew the meaning of such. Your teachers have failed you because you cannot contend with someone who never went to Seminary! All you have is knowledge and passed-on information. Tell me, if you can, how has what you’ve learned CHANGED ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD??? HUH?? I’m waiting!!!

    Yeah, I thought so. It has changed not ONE GODDAMN THING! You should be ashamed of yourself. All your ENLIGHTENED SELF-INTEREST has been WORTHLESS. Your TEACHING is WORTHLESS because SUFFERING STILL EXISTS. And if suffering still exists, then “God’s” word is WORTHLESS and it is to “His” shame the world is a festering hamburger. To “HIS” SHAME, Francisco.

    If Jesus could speak to you, Francisco, this is what he would say to you:

    “Who are you within all the knowledge and information you obtained and absorbed? Do you live, apply and express the words you speak as one with who you are in every moment with every breath? Are you a living statement, a living example of who you are? Do you stand within oneness and equality with all of existence, with all beings in existence – clearly stating in every moment what you will accept and allow within existence as one and equal with who you are and what you will not accept and allow within existence as one and equal with who you are? Standing as a living statement/example, speaking the words as one with who you are for all to see and hear who you are – so they may see and hear who they are.

    Looking at the world today: It is clearly not expressing the oneness and equality as who beings really are – as one and equal with existence, as one and equal with all beings in existence – taking the responsibility of God.

    Let’s look at the word God and what the letters represent in sound:

    G = The manifestation of creation
    O = that is infinitely one
    D = with who I am, here, in every present moment”

    You see, Francisco, God is Man – one and equal. We need no Messiah for WE ARE THE MESSIAH. And “God” is the human Mind. A projection and a phantom. An Image and a LIE that has been passed down through the ages. It takes beLIEf to bring truth to a LIE. You’ve proven that mightily.

  3. It’s very interesting your point on the 9-11, the concept of terrorism and its uses. Chomsky and Orwell – the masters of cryptic language –have widely denounced many times that these tactics are commonly used by the dominant power in order to manipulate our minds.

    For example, the word “Terrorism” was used for the first time in the XVIII century and it pertained to the acts committed by the state as an instrument of repression to their population by violent ways, for instance, the Spanish Inquisition. But this meaning was not very useful for the rulers so, they decided to change the significance and, now, the word “terrorism” is used to name the actions against the state. The message has been inverted. We have the same contradiction in historical examples. The same decade Gadafi killed 20 people, El Salvador’s army killed 50.000 people but Gadafi is the one known as a terrorist even though, El Salvador is a good example of terrorism.

    Another suitable illustration of this are the expressions “national concern” and “special concern”. The real meaning of the first one is connected with the affairs of corporations that are linked to the administration and they have, this way, the power to make use of the information they get in their own interest. The second one is related to special matters referred to the population in general. It is supposed that we have to be with the “national concern” and against the “special concern” but if we analyse the real meaning of the words, it must be just the other way round. Certainly, American administrations are experts manipulating these two terms and confusing people with the real meaning of them.

    Noam Chomsky said a few years ago in a lecture in Nicaragua that we should have a “Ministry of the truth” and, essentially, he was absolutely right. Nowadays, the best way we have to fight against the politic propaganda is using our common sense because sometimes, politicians use some technical words that mean just the opposite in order to mystify us. Language is the transmitter of inner feelings and if we juggle with the language, we are falsifying our thoughts.

  4. I dig it, dulcinea. America does indeed have a “Ministry of Truth.” It’s called the American Media, and as Chomsky, Foucault, Baudrillard and others have pointed out, it is the Media – along with the Military-Industrial-Entertainment-Corporate Complex that are Masters of Reality that manufacture consent, desires and values. The cynical use of codes and symbols are employed against the people as a simple mind-control exercise. And, get this, they don’t even try to hide it anymore!

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