How to Escape The Cultural Matrix

Have you ever asked yourself the question: "Why are things the way they are?" Have you ever got angry at the status quo - the stupidity, the injustice and the inertia? More importantly, have you ever tried to take off your cultural spectacles and view the world anew?

It’s certainly hard to do, if not near impossible for most people. And there’s a good reason why.

Our view of the world, and our relationship to it, is shaped by the world as it is - not how it could be. It is shaped by our genes, our family environment, our education, and the culture we grow up within - whatever nation or ethnicity. We are the product of the given, the existent - the accepted norm. Our traditional thinking is therefore a product of our past.

But imagine you were a visiting alien from another planet - looking at the behaviour of humans and pondering on the meaning of it all. Your "alien" self would not be hidebound by earthly history, traditions, morality, politics, economics or education - but instead be free to view things as they really are, and see where we’ve gone wrong, and where we could do better.

Trouble is, even imagining ourselves as alien is fraught with difficulties, because we find it extraordinarily difficult to think outside the square we have been born into.

It’s all evolution’s fault.

Evolution is that slow process of adapting, biologically, to our surroundings. And adapt we certainly do - over millennia! Evolution has always been measured in millions of years - not in the span of a human lifetime.

And that worked okay for our ancestors, whose lives and environment hardly changed one bit during their own, usually short, existence. For most of recorded history people have been born, grown up, worked, lived, played and died in a virtually unchanged world - often without even leaving the geographical area they were born in.

But, unlike animals which have to adapt to their environment, humans can change their environment through the use of their minds. With the advent of the Renaissance, the rise of science, and the consequent industrial revolution, man’s mind and life was liberated to an extent hitherto unimaginable. New ideas. New inventions. New ways of doing things. And all of a sudden, after a somnambulant gestation period, it appeared that humankind was rising from the primordial swamp to stake a claim to the earth, and its future - stepping into the driving seat, instead of being a passive passenger.

Evolution was to be given a jolt.

Within a matter of just a couple of hundred years, the very nature of human society had changed forever. What’s more, the pace of change picked up speed and drew mankind into a vortex of societal upheaval.

Now, it is accepted we will see and experience enormous changes during our own lives. We no longer expect to stay in the same job, or even the same career. We no longer expect to be doing the same thing in ten year’s time, nor even living in the same place. And sadly, for some, we don’t even expect to be with the same partner.

When it comes to humans, evolution has given way to revolution.

Just to put this into context, cast your mind back to 1995. Can you remember what you were doing then? Chances are you were not logging on to the internet, buying and selling via eBay, or booking your next holiday online. The changes the internet has wrought in our lives, in that short time, have been enormous.

Back in 1995, I used to get the morning newspaper delivered daily. Now I read up on the news online. Not only that, I can now read news and commentary from around the world, and not from just the established news sources. Our access to information has been revolutionised by the internet. Back then I used to buy CDs and play them on my stereo. Now I can download music by the track and store and play them on my diminutive iPod. Back then I used to work at a "normal" career. Now I work exclusively on the internet.

The advent of the internet is just one example of how things can change over a very short timeframe.

Technological progress is daunting. Whereas industrial and technological change would previously take generations, now - as is apparent in China - we are witnessing the phenomena of virtually instant industrial and information revolutions combined.

You can see this working everywhere - from the increasing sophistication of your home entertainment system, to the computer you bought two years ago - which is now virtually obsolete. More for less. Fast replacing slow. Global replacing local.

No one can seriously doubt the exponential growth and advancement in technology. The problem is that while our technology is surging ahead, our social and moral systems are still effectively in prehistory.

We’re like children playing with adult toys. We know how to send email, download music, create a video, browse a blog, buy and sell on eBay, and send text messages to kingdom come - but we haven’t figured out how to live fully human lives and get on with each other in an ever-shrinking global village.

Our technology is from the world of science fiction, but our social order is from the world of cave men. Our ethical, social and economic thinking is in a time warp. We have the technical capacity to traverse space, but the morality to nuke ourselves into oblivion.

Why is this?

Our whole evolutionary history has been based on slow, incremental change - change so slow that our earlier ancestors never had to deal with any real change at all. And their social and ethical norms and forms were designed to work in that reality.

But the world has been transformed. Each of us now faces change as a constant. Change is everywhere. Change is the order of the day. And unless we can come up with some new ways of thinking and acting in response to this, then our inability to change the fundamentals of our means of social organisation could bring about our own eventual downfall.

This point in time has sometimes been called the "nuclear threshold". The nuclear threshold is that moment in history when our intellectual prowess meets our moral capacity to use it wisely. We are smart enough to develop nuclear technology, but do we have the ethical and social frameworks to stop it from destroying us?

The 20th Century saw huge social upheavals - and the deaths of millions of people in the pursuit of various utopian social experiments. The most disastrous of these were Fascism and Marxism - both totalitarian ideologies.

The outward forms of these dangerous ideas were defeated: fascism by force of arms, in World War II, and Marxism by the contradictions inherent in the economic ideas themselves, as witnessed by the demise of the Soviet Union.

There are only a couple of communist countries left - Cuba, which apparently exists on the the pure charisma of its leader, and North Korea, which is in the grip of permanent famine and paranoia. China, while calling itself communist, is in fact not that at all. It is just an authoritarian regime, a ghost of its former communist self.

Yes, the outward forms of these ideologies have largely disappeared, but the thinking that brought them into existence in the first place certainly has not. The philosophical themes of fascism and communism are alive and well on planet earth - and are woven into the very social order we now inhabit.

Prior to the rise of the secular west, Christianity was the pre- eminent philosophy - and the source of political power. And we have largely forgotten what a dark time in history that was. But it wasn’t called the "Dark Ages" for nothing!

With the rise of science and consequent technology, the political power of the Church declined - and has been doing so ever since. But today, we are witnessing a return of the religiously inspired political order - in the form of Islam.

Islam is a religion of literal belief. It is a complete code of conduct. It can best be likened to Christian fundamentalism - a total belief in the "Word of God". Ostensibly, both Christianity and Islam are listening to the same god - God, or Allah, take your pick - but Islam has put "God" back on the global political agenda in a way that Christianity no longer can.

The forces of social stagnation, of non-evolution, are mustering and regrouping for a counter attack. The ideologies of totalitarian philosophy, statism and religious fundamentalism are intent on stopping humankind from moving forward.

There is much at stake - the very future of the human race in fact - and the reactionary social forces know this, and intend to do all they can to stop humankind from taking the next revolutionary step.

What are their "tools of trade"? What is their modus operandi? What is their agenda?

The last question is easy to answer. Their agenda is control. Control over society. Control over all forms of social organisation and progress. Control over you.

They have only one known enemy - the individual thinking person. The person who thinks outside the square, has independent means, and refuses to simply accept what he or she is told. And the only way for them to defeat this enemy is to take pre-emptive control of the levers of power - the power to influence an individual's mind. before it matures.

What, exactly, are those power levers, their "tools of trade"?

They are ideas. Yes, each lever of power is an idea - an idea that is inculcated into each individual from birth, via family, religion, society and nation. When all these ideas are combined, they form a cultural matrix of force, fraud and fallacy - a near- perfect, total means of individual and societal control.

So, what exactly are these power-lever ideas? What sort of ideas can be so powerful as to render the believer an effective automaton - a willing participant in the slave-order society?

These ideas are in fact "Eight Deadly Myths" that support the current systems of power and control. They act together in order to prevent the emergence of true individual freedom. They are myths precisely because each one fails to deliver on the promise implicit in its declared purpose - to make life better.

To maximise your own freedom, you would do well to understand exactly what these myths are, and why they are so dangerous. You can download the full report, "The Sovereign Manifesto" HERE.

Yours in Freedom

David MacGregor