Think Outside The Prison

Anyone who has seen the movies "The Matrix" or "The Truman Show", will have come away with a sense that these stories are in some way "true". Not literally - but metaphorically.

I know I did, when I first saw them a number of years ago. I couldn't help see the striking similarity to real life - the idea of being brought up in an artificially created world (Truman), or of being trapped in a created "alternate" reality (Matrix).

And I'm sure that most of you reading this have at least had a hunch that in some way you are being manipulated.

And that is most definitely true.

There is a popular, and hackneyed, saying - "think outside the square" - meaning, think different. Think outside the parameters of your confined experience. Explore and experiment with new ideas - and so on.

The phrase is usually employed in marketing or business, where innovation is such a valuable and intangible asset. And where any brilliant new idea could return a handsome profit.

The problem is that we are firmly stuck inside the "square" when it comes to our personal lives - and no amount of urging seems to make much difference!

Take the example of religion.

I've been reflecting on the responses I usually get from people if I raise the subject of God - or no God, external authority - or no such authority. Boy, does it raise a few heckles. Some people even take the opportunity to preach to me - with a postscript warning, that there would be "hell" to pay (literally), if I didn't listen up and change my ways!

Of course I'm not troubled by all this, for I see no evidence for such a supernatural God whatsoever, and therefore such threats are meaningless.

That doesn't mean I'm not interested in our origins - and how all this life and energy came about. But I simply don't have any verifiable facts - certainly not about any supernatural creator.

I would find it more plausible to believe that aliens arrived on earth thousands and thousands of years ago and did some genetic experiments on primitive humans. That would at least explain the glaring gap in the fossil record between those early humanoids and the later Cro-Magnon man, our ancestor. It could also explain how consciousness arrived. It may also explain the origin of the "God" idea itself - as such an impressive alien arrival would most certainly be considered a visit from the gods.

I find that interesting - but it's still pure speculation.

What is not speculation is the fact you and I are alive, and we have to make the best of our lives - and that we have to defend ourselves against those who would take our lives away from us.

And this is where "thinking outside the square" becomes imperative.

But a limited/warped/controlled mindset is not a "square" - it's a prison! So let's create some urgency here, and call a spade a spade. We need to "think outside the PRISON"!

Ayn Rand, in a brilliant article entitled "The Comprachicos" gives an historical account of a people who physically distorted the bodies of children - using various confining techniques - in order to make them "freaks" for side-shows.

Victor Hugo (in "The Man Who Laughs") had this to say:

"The comprachicos (child buyers) were strange and hideous nomads in the 17th century. They made children into side-show freaks. To succeed in producing a freak one must get hold of him early; a dwarf must be started when he is small. They stunted growth, they mangled features. It was an art/science of inverted orthopaedics. Where nature had put a straight glance, this art put a squint. Where nature had put harmony, they put deformity and imperfection. The child was not aware of the mutilation he had suffered. This horrible surgery left traces on his face, not in his mind. During the operation the little patient was unconscious by means of a stupefying magic powder."

Ayn Rand (in "The New Left") had this to say:

"The production of monsters - helpless, twisted monsters whose normal development has been stunted - goes on all around us. But the modern heirs of the comprachicos are smarter and subtler. They do not hide, they practice their trade in the open, the results are invisible. In the past this horrible surgery left traces on a child's face, not in his mind. Today it leaves traces in his mind, not on his face. In both cases the child is not aware of the mutilation he has suffered. Today's comprachicos do not use narcotic powders. They take a child before he is fully aware of reality and never let him develop that awareness. Where nature put a normal brain, they put mental retardation. To make you unconscious for life by means of your own brain, nothing could be more ingenious. They are the comprachicos of the mind. They do not place a child into a vase to adjust his body to its contours. They place him into a school to adjust him to society."

Society has always tried to control its children by ensuring they are trained correctly in the ways of society - to maintain the status quo - to retain the existing power base.

The two primary organs for this control are religion and the state.

In the past, religion was the primary tool of control - and people lived in fear of their lives, lest they transgress theocratic directives.

Now, the state has taken over the role of religion as the control centre. And its tool is state education - not just the schools, but the "content", the curriculum (what MUST be taught).

You can discount private schools, for although they may provide a better "quality" education, the content is identical to that of a state school - because they too are controlled and forced to comply with the state curricula.

To break free of your personal "prison" requires an enormous amount of intellectual effort and honesty. And it is no surprise that Jesuits used to say, "give us a child until he is seven, and he will be ours for life" (or something very similar).

To undo your mental conditioning (escape your prison) is almost impossible to do 100% - as our very desire and will to do so is also infected by our conditioning.

The only way to fully undo it is not to start it in the first place!

This requires a full rejection of the state education model, which is much worse than religious education, because of its monopoly status.

And I would suggest that this (along with relinquishing control over the money system) is one of the primary objectives of anyone who seeks a free society - the complete and utter destruction of the state education model.

Our "educators" have been remarkably successful in creating a prison for each of us - a prison for the mind.

But that doesn't mean you can't escape - just like the hero(s) in the Matrix or in The Truman Show.

Humans have a remarkable capacity for survival, and to fully survive we need complete and utter autonomous control over our minds and thinking processes. We need a complete revolution in our thinking as to what education is supposed to be, and how it should be made available.

Well, in keeping with my previous commentaries, the only model for education is the market itself - 100% free from any political control. A separation of state and education, just as there is a separation of state and religion (and for the same reasons).

Once the state is out of the "mind-prison" business there will, of course, always be others trying to peddle something similar, but they will not have the monopoly power to force children into state brainwashing centres. And that is the important distinction.

If there was one political act I would support - it would be to take away the compulsory nature of state education, to make it at least optional. And given the sudden freedom this would create, then a myriad of alternatives would suddenly emerge. For where there's a market - there's a way.

The internet itself, is probably the most likely medium for such an education revolution - providing a myriad of alternatives in a vast range of subjects, and delivered in increasingly innovative ways.

When this happens, our children will be able to grow up without the shackles already in place, and be in a much sounder state of mind to tackle the issues of living.

One radical idea I'd fully support, would be to promote private education that includes (from an early age) an understanding of money. What it is. How to manage it. How to invest it. How to make it by being in business for yourself. The current state education model turns out "employees" - people who think the only option in life is to get a job. It's only later, as a result of their own efforts, that some people get an education in money - and usually as a result of costly mistakes along the way!

This idea alone would revolutionise a whole generation, making them entrepreneurial, self-supporting individuals capable of innovation and wealth creation - to the advantage of the whole of society.

For the rest of us - the already-grown-up - the task requires much more effort, but it can be done. You can free yourself from much of your mental conditioning by exposing yourself to radical ideas, ideas from outside the prison you live in.

As a starting point, may I suggest three thought/life-changing books - which are readily available from Amazon or Laissez Faire Books - which rocked my own previously long-held beliefs to the core:

1. Atlas Shrugged - by Ayn Rand

2. Sic Itur Ad Astra (This is the way to the stars) by Andrew Galambos

3. How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World - by Harry Browne

I only mention the above three books, because in those pages you'll probably find enough to keep you busy for the rest of your life!

The price of escape is as little as the cost of those books, and the willingness to read them - small effort really, but amazingly beyond most people.

But I guess some people just like being prisoners after all - as this quote from Johann Gottleib Fichte, in an address to the German nation in 1808, clearly shows:

"Resistance to the full-scale institution of government compulsory schooling will only last for one generation. The first generation affected will accept it as a natural part of growing up."

You, on the other hand, know better.

Yours in freedom

David MacGregor

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