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TTWMN 094: Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom (Part 1)

Does it seem sometimes that everyone has gone crazy (except yourself, of course)? That common sense has left the building, and that even the ability to listen to reason has fled? No doubt the coarsening of our society, and the utter and complete intolerance of the so-called “tolerant”, who seek to censor every idea, opinion and even fact that they disagree with, is rapidly taking us to the era of George Orwell’s “1984”, where “doublethink” is the norm and Big Brother will always be watching and listening, ready to squelch all thought they determine is aberrant. How are they accomplishing this? Through a decades-long effort to get us to think like animals.

 

Animal Farm by George Orwell written in 1945 (Wikipedia)

A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. As the two leaders, pigs Snowball & Napoleon compete for power, Snowball is driven out, history and all who participated in the rebellion are eventually killed, and in the end it’s impossible to differentiate between the overlord Napoleon and the humans they had driven out.

 

Doublethink: from “1984” written in ‘49 (Wikipedia)

“The act of ordinary people simultaneously accepting two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct, often in distinct social contexts. Doublethink is related to, but differs from, hypocrisy and neutrality. Somewhat related but almost the opposite is cognitive dissonance, where contradictory beliefs cause conflict in one’s mind. Doublethink is notable due to a lack of cognitive dissonance — thus the person is completely unaware of any conflict or contradiction.

George Orwell created the word doublethink in his dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984); doublethink is part of newspeak. In the novel, its origin within the typical citizen is unclear; while it could be partly a product of Big Brother’s formal brainwashing programmes,[2] the novel explicitly shows people learning Doublethink and newspeak due to peer pressure and a desire to “fit in”, or gain status within the Party — to be seen as a loyal Party Member. In the novel, for someone to even recognize – let alone mention – any contradiction within the context of the Party line was akin to blasphemy, and could subject that someone to possible disciplinary action and to the instant social disapproval of fellow Party Members.

 

More from the novel ‘1984’

“To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself – that was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word ‘doublethink’ involved the use of doublethink.”

The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them… To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies – all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth. (More on Doublethink)

 

In Mike’s words.

In 1973, 87% of Americans claimed to be Christians—yet the legalization of abortion by the Supreme Court happened with little protest from Christians and Christian Clergy. Satan had succeeded is focusing the attention of professing Christians on themselves instead of on God. Since that time we have seen a rapid growth in the world view of secular humanism in our nation and within professing Christians. Satan, through the things of this world, has distracted us away from God and led us to focus on ourselves as “god”. This is exactly what he did to Eve in the Garden—appealed to her pride.

This happens when we confuse “effects” with “causes”. Money becomes our “cause” for life instead of a gift from God. So instead of obeying God and allowing Him to provide what He knows we need, we view money as our god and pursue it even when our actions contradict what the Word of God tells us. We are being trained to think like animals—like Pavlov trained his dogs—instead of rational thinking human beings who have been given a soul and intellect by the God who created us. Like Pavlov’s dogs, government, media and entertainment ring the bell—and we drool over what they are about to give us next!