Little Circus to the Big Show
P.T. Barnum is a man who unquestionably changed the world of entertainment within America’s culture. He used a principle business technique of “rational recreation” that would end up becoming a national “norm” for American families everywhere. He would take the thematic archaisms of dramatic plays and mix them with the upstanding ideals of individual and family. This type of script writing would allow for his succession of new brand of entertainment. One great example is Barnum’s dime museum which featured tightrope artists and “educational” depictions of biblical events surrounding them.
The 1860’s to the 1890’s was the beginnings of a new modern-day enlightenment, comparable to that of the Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries. In that time however, their movement was one of intellectual ideas in Europe. They would use reason to pull themselves from the dark ages, question traditional authority and embrace the possibility that humankind could be improved through logical and rational change. The difference between then and our contemporary renaissance that we have experienced in our times is one that has embraced technology (like phones and television) in the place of logic and reason.
Broadcasted and televised mass media arrived on the scene in the 1890’s. The first entertainment pushed to the public was boxing matches set in store-fronts or a burlesque scene in one of many penny arcade peep show boxes. These along with candy machines, coin-operated phonographs, and fortune telling games. The ultimate push by media moguls here was to give the busy working man quick doses of instant gratification. It worked. In 1905 the media giants would bring nickelodeon (short-films) to the big screen. These 10-minute segments would feature slapstick comedy and adventure. By 1910—full blown movie theatres (upscale) were offering classy amenities compared to that of the penny arcades.
Films would offer the American public visual stories of alluring love interests, criminal success, and power. This would further give the public an intimate-view of fantastic story’s told that resonated with the people in general. The result of this thought process is this: “I can live my life like that.” This pipeline of entertainment would end up fast tracking consequences for American society. Although filled with a “cross-cultural” appeal to all social classes in America, this form of entertainment would begin to loosen the fabric that would keep the country woven together. This new cultural acceptance of appearance, dress, music halls, and amusement parks became a mass commodity for everybody. And also a newly accepted necessity.
Eating It All Up
Fun, fashion, and fantasy goods would come out of the marketing and advertising piped through these entertainment fast-tracks. A release from traditional boredom and a new form of youthful energy. A gathering of individuality, liberty, self-expression would begin to subside during this period as the American public was underhandedly being silenced, separated, and increasingly brought-together by the “dream factories” in Hollywood and New York City. The mass change in public thinking related to this phenomena was more surprising to those in media and government than they expected. Fast forward fifty-years and the mass emergence of consumerism would show it’s face and TV would become a family member.
It is really important to mention this fact before continuing forward: By 1957, the average viewer was viewing 420 advertisements in one week. A lot! Considering the old hand-made function of advertising. One station would show 50-ads in two-hours on one station in 1964. The TV-set would become a nearly-perfect expression of American suburban family life. TV would come to project domestic family-lives inside of the home (according to Hollywierd) and also warn people of urban-dangers in action-adventure shows. All of this to culminate in enticing viewers through ads to shopping malls and fast-food joints. Ultimately, it would go to reinforce a new trend (established by the radio) of “living room privacy” and a new national entertainment culture.
American materialistic behaviors really started emerging forefront by the 1930’s; where the need for instant self-gratification and a certain emphasized want for individual attentions. For example, drive in’s, quick-serve diners, dance clubs, social clubs, pool-halls, the list could drive on! These venue’s all served as a catalyst for American materialism which foundationally expressed the new cultural ideas of America. These are certainly liberal ideas of a self-interest approach in a speedy lifestyle. This also resulted in enabling emphasis on certain unethical and immoral counter-principles, which has saturated our service based culture of liberty and democracy.
With little consequences from these self-destructive and humiliating behaviors; the result of this consumerist lifestyle is an American society filled with narcissistic, self-centered, attention hungry people—still all looking for more. They aptly look to make ends meet for financial gain in whatever way possible, all while continually propping up their unattainable dreams. The issue of societal division is of course in reference to the materialistic behaviors of Americans.
Instant gratification has caused the need for instant attention… and public “likes.” It seems that a majority of Americans these days living life by way of social media and television could definitely have the potential to be far more personable, thoughtful, skillful, creative, and generally well-rounded than they are nowadays. America has lost her majority wealth in human capital (people who have invested in themselves by formal education and work experience) to blatant irrational behavior, which as a result have become completely detrimental to society.
In The End It’s Blurred Lines
The typical American consumer is most impacted by the issues of social division. More importantly, targeted audiences are more susceptible to the further divisions that consumerism tends to fuel in people. American families nationwide are vulnerable to the social separation that consumer behaviors have result from. Further, negative moral and ethical marketing targeting men, women, and children alike have aggravated the issue.
Consumer behaviors as a result, have stoked individual forms of division through one’s own psyche; such as not living to moral and ethical personal standards set down by America’s founders. Often times it seems more and more often that individuals leave behind their family morals and values when out in the public scene. I mean, who hasn’t heard about a Wal-Mart fight on Black Friday?
It is important for the typical American to understand that consumer behaviors are not normal. In fact, Forbes is actually promoting the soul-killing marketing strategy of instant-gratification to other corporations world-wide. Is this not an attack on the family at home? It’s been blatant for quite some time. It is important to clarify that these associated consumerist behaviors creates no tolerance for delay in public (even private) venues.
Richard Sweeney, a University Librarian, wrote a report on consumerist behaviors in Millennial's and the social impatience further proving social division (and frustration):
“Millennial's, by their own admission, have no tolerance for delays. They expect their services instantly when they are ready. They require almost constant feedback to know how they are progressing. Their worst nightmare is when they are delayed, required to wait in line, or have to deal with some other unproductive process. Their desire for speed and efficiency cannot be overestimated. The need for speedy satisfaction, or as some believe instant gratification, permeates virtually all of their service expectations.”
The speed today that one takes in information is unprecedented with its resulting effect of consumer behaviors on the American public. Instant gratification is the result of globalizations far reaching effects on personal convenience. Receiving material and/or information at extremely fast speeds only exacerbates the personal issues for any American family; with an immediate effect on social impatience and a seemingly endless need for the self-gratification that instant information provides. It is with this blazingly fast speed at which information travels, that we as people keep our senses submerged in entertainment and distractions.
We need to understand how today’s marketing and entertainment effectively dis-enables individuals by constraining them intellectually, motivationally, and ethically. People tend to cut corners a lot more, to make their ends justify their means. This is an affecting consumer behavior, and as a result contributes to negative social divide. We live in a systematized world, and have been since the inception of McDonald's. This chain of systematization has further cut back on the need for human capital (educated people). The end result is the dumbing down (for lack of better words) of American society.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco have discovered that the controlled information from syndicated network television stations, have led to an arbitrary intelligence decrease in individuals that spend two to three hours a day soaked in media. In terms of social media, it has desensitized individuals to what would be considered a “typical” social life. Impatience, self-gratification, and a desire for more pleasure – is by far the most typical of resulting consumer behaviors. I suggest collecting, reorganizing, and reinforcing upright moral and ethical values through daily contact with family members, friends, and stranger. It most certainly is one of the first-steps towards positive navigation through our American mess that we call society.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 says, "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!"
Proverbs 14:34 says, "Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people."
Daniel L. Smith,
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What if I told you that everything you were taught since public school was a lie?
Maybe not everything. If you remembered your first lessons from history class, could you remember what they were about? If I took a wild guess I would say that a lot of you all were taught that humanity arrived here over millions of evolutionary years. You were taught that by complete random chance, there was some perfect atomic cosmic equation that blasted the universe as we know it today into physical existence. Then you were probably taught that it was also the cavemen who evolved from primitive monkeys, who invented fire, and the stone-aged tools to adapt and survive. Did they also tell you that a large meteorite killed off all of the dinosaurs?
If you were taught any of these history lessons that I just mentioned then congratulations! This realization was just the very start for detaching yourself from a very complex system of lies that has society outright clawing for direction, understanding, and divine hope. If I continued to insist on telling you that we have all been lied to on a massive scale, you might jump to the conclusion that I am a conspiracy theorist. While I am not one of those types, I certainly find differing theory’s regarding historical and current-events quite interesting. It’s because there will always be some form of natural truth to any theory.. Discernment can be defined as the human ability to mentally determine the truth versus a lie.
And that’s the main point to this article: There is only one truth.
In the 1998 hit sci-fi action film The Matrix, there was a scene in the movie that was a crossroad for the main character ‘Neo’. Sitting in a black framed single chair, Neo, is completely enveloped in a white and quite vivid light. He almost struggles to keep up with his awareness. There is nothing that can be seen but this white, vivid, borderless room and Morpheus. Morpheus is an intellectual figure, clad in trench coat black with black mirrored frameless sunglasses. He circles Neo, and asks him this: “I imagine that right now you're feeling a bit like Alice. Tumbling down the rabbit hole?”
In the film, Neo works a corporate desk job and plays a low-key underground computer hacker by night for an extra buck. He lives completely unaware of the world around him and finds out his daily reality is a complete sham. He grasps an understanding of the “woke narrative” through the help of fellow insurgents that the system he “knows” is a total manipulation. Morpheus goes on to say, “I can see it in your eyes. You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he's expecting to wake up. Ironically, this is not far from the truth. Do you believe in fate, Neo?” After responding back that he doesn’t believe in fate, he tells Morpheus that he doesn’t like the idea that he’s not in control of his life.
The Land of Confusion
American’s are in a state of confusion. Lack of true social direction, being inflamed by groups of powerful people looking to thrive politically inside of this said state of confusion. Young people today are frustrated with the inability to grasp onto the once triumphant American Dream. Generation gaps are creating confusion. Older generations of Americans are frustrated with the inability to grasp onto the lack of basic logic in this lightning-fast information-age. Social-class is becoming all the more apparent, much reminiscent of the Middle Ages. Consequently this may have perhaps catapulted society and humanity into its final Revelation, much like the global war on terrorism, which has now become a cyclical institution to Americans. Presuppositions since the 1900’s have been formed in America by poor efforts in education, lack of honest guidance, lack of political leadership, unhealthy entertainment saturated in most social and mainstream media platforms…all of this, combined with a complete lack of hope for the individual..
To understand our world thoroughly we need to grasp the concept that as human beings we start off with a fresh clean slate, comparable to that of a fresh hard drive on a computer. As we grow, our experiences and daily lessons both good and bad, shape out world-view. This is the way that we see and comprehend the world. This world-view, or presupposition, that we all obtain through daily life allows us to identify, relate to, and navigate life’s future events. At one point in the early history United States of America—since our nations conception actually—schooling was all done by way of all private means. Traditional homeschooling and church were the typical platforms you were taught under. These two systems would work together plurally because of the system of government design that America was founded upon. A family-oriented and Biblical education was at the core of our nation’s early-academic success.
In the early 20th century (1900’s), public schools were secularized (meaning the government had all Christian fundamentals and its associated principles removed from the curriculum). Using an extremely slow social-process of sociopolitical change called “Hegelian Dialect”. Yes, this is a real thing. Public schools, through progressive political leadership change over time, would slowly integrate Darwin’s theory of evolution into the national curriculum along with Marx’s social and secular leanings. The consequences would slowly erode God, Scripture, and Creation as some irrelevant religious dogma in the public school system. This process in turn “opened up” public school students to receiving false information, and thus causing a loss of foundational and fundamental direction in their own lives.
Pitfalls to Disenfranchised
It was essentially after the Civil War that Democrats had regained political power in most Southern states by the late 1870s. Later, this period came to be referred to as "Redemption". From 1890–1908, the Democrats and Republican radicals (which will now be called radicals for the rest of this article) passed statutes and amendments to their state constitutions that effectively disenfranchised most African Americans and tens of thousands of poor whites. They did this through devices such as poll taxes to vote and literacy tests to “qualify” (among other underhanded tactics). By the late 1950s, the Democratic Party again began to embrace the Civil Rights Movement, and the old argument that Southern whites had to vote for Democrats to protect segregation grew weaker.
The Democratic party, in a post-Civil War & Reconstruction world, realized that regardless the outcomes of the Civil War and Reconstruction, the policy of "slavery-by-color" was over. Even segregation became an option not viable to their parties ethics, which is to oppress the poor regardless of color. So how did they do this? Well, modernization had brought factories, national businesses and a more diverse culture to cities such as Atlanta, Dallas, Charlotte and Houston. This attracted millions of northern migrants, including many African Americans.
They gave priority to modernization and economic growth over preservation of the "old ways" of the Democratic party. With the Southern economy being agricultural, and more recently industrial -- the Southern economy (owned by the majority Democratic elites) shifted their ideas towards a process of mass-manipulation which saturated the entirety of American culture. Over the years, from 1950 to the present day, the radicals have knowingly shifted their policy of slavery inward -- meaning slavery is now not just for people of color or of poverty, but all those people in our communities nationwide that are easily manipulated, fooled, or inherently ignorant.
The radicals shifted their focus to an emphasis on societal engineering that would ultimately program our society into being: ego-driven, self-centered, ignorant, and constantly pushed by the liberal media. All of this only to chase a never-to-arrive dream of money, fame, and power. This new programming in our society started with television (ads & sitcoms) and its ability to woo over American society with mass-marketing. It’s unnerving to think that the most vulnerable place to attack a person’s psyche is their own home and place of comfort.
Scientists, psychologists, and technologists have all been part of this long term planning -- knowingly and unknowingly. Radical leaders have set up institutions specifically aimed at buying up mainstream media outlets and funding universities for the benefit of pushing their political agenda and ethos. And in doing so they succeed in keeping the average family divided, damaged morally, and constantly in debt – complete social and financial slavery. This ultimately attacks one’s own personal and fundamental direction in life. Slavery is still an invisible institution.
The consequential results for the individual? Loss of personal identity. Lack of proper information regarding the who, what, when, where, and why’s in history and current events. And thus promoting a form of ignorance of historical facts. More than that though, it was the compounding effects of secular radio and mass-media on top of the unguided public school system that would amplify the detrimental psychological effects of schoolchildren. A peer of mine once wrote: “Cultivation theory, promoted by the late George Gerbner, argues that mass media, such as TV, cultivates in its audiences fundamental assumptions and attitudes, which perpetuates the status quo, inhibiting social change that is outside institutionalized norms and practices.”
Another Wake Up Call
President Lyndon B. Johnson (a Democrat) was a President whom I believed was the 1st President to come into the full knowledge of certain political shifts and the public’s manipulation. The quote appeared for the first time anywhere on page 33 of Ronald Kessler’s book, Inside the White House: The Hidden Lives of the Modern Presidents and the Secrets of the World’s Most Powerful Institution, published in 1995: Johnson, like other presidents, would often reveal his true motivations in asides that the press never picked up. During one trip, Johnson was discussing his proposed civil rights bill with two governors.
Explaining why it was so important to him, he said it was simple: “I’ll have them ni**ers voting Democratic for two hundred years.” Further, “That was the reason he was pushing the bill,” said MacMillan, who was present during the conversation. “Not because he wanted equality for everyone. It was strictly a political ploy for the Democratic party. He was phony from the word go.” The “MacMillan” referenced above was Ronald M. MacMillan, a former Air Force One steward Kessler interviewed for Inside the White House.
This example illustrates today's radical establishment, which does not reflect the earlier Northern and Southern Democratic party of the early 19th century that carried moderate principles. It seems as though radical policies had been adjusted to remake the Democratic party of the 1860's. The political agenda of slavery has not stopped since abolition after the Civil War. enslaving an entirely different group of people; an ignorant people – siding with any entity that they can to achieve the means to the ends. This is not a political rant slamming the Democratic party, as much as it is a chronological and historical revelation to certain facts pertaining to our political and cultural origins. America has been fighting the same cultural battles since the Civil War, however, these battles are being fought in the much larger context of what is American culture.
Today’s information received by the public is much more complex to grasp, and even harder than ever before to find an individual understanding of what “truth” actually means. I guess Phil Collins was right when his band Genesis made the music billboards in the late 1980’s with their hit song “Land of Confusion.” It was not just a play on American societal direction and what was to follow in the aftermath of the 1980’s, but a seriously powerful and honest observation by a common man with a gift. Misleading the public is a serious pitfall with ramifications that will have serious consequences for our society.
Welcome to The Matrix
Back in the Matrix, Morpheus indifferent to Neo says: “I know exactly what you mean. Let me tell you why you're here. You're here because you know something. What you know, you can't explain. But you feel it. You felt it your entire life. That there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there. Like a splinter in your mind -- driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I'm talking about?”
Neo: “The Matrix?”
Morpheus: “Do you want to know what it is?”
The complete substance to the way that we see the world around us is further based on what we worship in our daily lives. For example, you spend countless hours neglecting your family for eyeballing stock-market trends, in hoping to make a quick investment for a quick-payout gamble. The resulting effects of worshiping the stock market can be extreme and unstable. Especially on your finances, on your career, and on your family. Your world-view? You see the world for its material assets and its benefits, and not for its logical ethical truths. This thought process will program an individual psychologically into a completely material way of viewing daily life and dealing with social interactions.
To reset how you view the world around you means to reset your priority’s in life. The first step, I suggest, is to understand and accept that God is the Creator of all things. As stated in Genesis. From the air that you breath, to the outer planets around us, to the fish in the sea, to the sun in the sky, He made his creation instantaneously. All things, even light and dark. In six days, His creation was complete and He rested on the seventh. In His Creation, man was created in His image. Here humanity was born with Adam and Eve. This is the basic concept of history that must be understood by any one person, if they want to have a fluid and complete understanding of our world around them.
Morpheus: “The Matrix is everywhere, it is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window, or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work, or when you go to church or when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.”
Neo: “What truth?”
Morpheus: “That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage, born inside a prison that you cannot smell, taste, or touch. A prison for your mind. (long pause, sighs) Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back.”
(In his left hand, Morpheus shows a blue pill.)
Politics & Religion: Reality
I use education and academia as an example, because it was the institutionalization of the public school system that opened up to mainstream secularist education that started in the early 20th century. It was during this time that the public school system was politicized for an agenda. This meant adjusting what was taught to children in schools. This included removing the original Christian principles in academia which included Biblically-based morals, ethics, and a solid delivery system.in educational curriculum, then replacing it with purposeful misguided lies.
Here’s the argument: If you could convince a child from an early age that human beings evolved from primates over millions of pointless years, you could convince the same child that there is no certainty to a true direction to life, thus enabling the ability to further misguide on true principles. To some extent you could continue to manipulate these children well into their early adulthood on false political pretenses. Such politics include politicians working with media moguls to keep people socially closed-up tight and blinded by their social-media and entertainment bubbles. These are intentional societal distractions meant to misguide, mislead, and make one stumble.
With a Christian world-view, or Biblical world-view, I must insist that it is the only foundational presupposition that logically incorporates both secular history and Scripture. In doing so, you receive the entire context of the world around you. This means that the “ability to reason from the Word of God and to relate its principles in every area of life was characteristic of the American” faithful prior to the American Revolution. Their election and sermons identified the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity. Dr. Lawrence A Cremin in his study of American Education from 1607 to 1789, credits the high quality of American education to the Bible, “the single most important cultural influence in the lives of Anglo-Americans.”
Every generation of American born since 1900, that attended a typical public school setting, has been born into an American system of secular indoctrination. This secularization has replaced God and Christian ethic with politically correct induced cultural tolerance and liberal ethic. A hard-wired secularist individual fresh out of graduation (if they made it that far) is now programmed for the public workforce, accountable only to man, government, and himself. What this means is a consequential lack of social-control and the evaporation of solid leadership in our communities. I guess you could consider and contribute the lack of social-control to many differing issues around the nation. Some could say there are many today who live in a real-life alternate reality through social-media and mainstream entertainment. This could be evidenced by their particular behaviors inside and outside public venues.
A New Reality in Truth
Morpheus: “You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe.” (A red pill is shown in his other hand) “You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” (Long pause; Neo begins to reach for the red pill) “Remember -- all I am offering is the truth, nothing more.”
(Neo takes the red pill and swallows it with a glass of water)
It is your fundamental world-view that shapes your daily reality. I highly suggest and reiterate that it is only through Christianity, and through its ethical and moral frameworks that you will only be able to recognize and grasp onto what truth is. This includes an honest understanding of how the world works around us—in the past, in the present, and a completely educated observation of what lies ahead for everybody in the near future.
Welcome to the new post-Modern America. Nothing will be the same.
Daniel L. Smith,
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