Before we start this series on personal survival I want you to know what we are up against. I want to reveal to you who we are up against because the first rule of engagement in any battle, as Lao Tzu taught us, is to know your enemy.
During the Vietnam war (62-75) I wonder if anyone in those days considered what Agent Orange would do to Vietnam . . . or how many millions upon millions of life forms our planes destroyed in the carpet bombings of Laos and the Plain of Jars.
Here’s an American pilot talking about the joys of napalm:
‘We sure are pleased with those backroom boys at Dow. The original product wasn’t so hot if the gooks were quick they could scrape it off. So the boys started adding polystyrene now it sticks like shit to a blanket. But then if the gooks jumped under water it stopped burning, so they started adding Willie Peter [white phosphorous] so’s to make it burn better. It’ll even burn under water now. And just one drop is enough, it’ll keep on burning right down to the bone so they die anyway from phosphorous poisoning.’
If you want to you can research all this at http://plainofjars.net/war.htm
Now to my point. These guys who did all that were the same kids who in earlier days were no different than any other kids. They had to be TRAINED to kill commies. They had to be TRAINED to enjoy the destruction and chaos they created, They had to be TRAINED, TRAINED, TRAINED because a normal person would not shirk his duty to humanity and do those things without being deemed insane.
So who, what, is our enemy? Is it the Republicans? The Democrats? The Russians? The Muslims? The Christians? . . . NO! IT’S THE TRAINING!
What the hell does that mean? It means we are wasting our time going after a group of individuals and corporations who have been trained that profit for the corporation is far more important than the humanity it was created to serve.
When the coal company blows the top off a mountain in W.VA all it sees is profit.
When Monsanto and their ilk stir up another toxic brew or create a new line of GMO’s, their bottom line is profit.
None of these corporations, although being made up of our friends and neighbors, has the ability to see how wrong they are when they decide to place their corporation over your children’s ability to breathe properly. They all have a contrived excuse that sounds pretty good until you take a closer look and ask yourself a few simple questions like; Who’s profiting from this? The planet? The people? The corporation?
These corporate people are just as TRAINED as the pilots who dropped millions of tons of bombs on the Plain of Jars in Loas, or Agent Oranged Vietnam. Check out that smirky brat poster boy of greed named Martin Shkreli. You’ll see what I mean.
There is no end to the lengths this kind of ignorant thought will lead us. Do we want our country to end up like the mess we created in SE Asia? (one of the most beautiful areas on this planet) Check a current aerial map of a W.VA mining area and you won’t see much difference.
It’s funny how destruction all looks the same after the fact . . . guess in the end it all proves that we ARE one world, one country, one people. We ALL live off the same energy. We ALL eat, and breathe, and laugh, and cry and DIE . . . together.
On this site we are not at war with the corporation, or the country, or the faith, or anyone called ‘them’. We are at war with their training. If we hope to permanently put a stop to all this destructive pollution, we must get to the root of the problem and change things there . . . and honestly I don’t have a clue as to how that will get done. So for now we must learn to survive on this poisoned planet amongst the polluters until someone comes along who does.
It took me many years of observation and serious thought to deliver myself from the training of those earlier years. I am so glad I lived long enough for that to happen . . . but today there is so much work to do that we don’t have thirty years to make the change.
Let the finger pointers and name callers go about their business, this is a personal matter. This is about surviving, not accusing. Nothing changes around you/us until something changes within. As long as there is darkness upon the land there will be war, but war fighting between ignorant peoples will only produce more ignorance. The world suffers enough from close minded intolerance. Open up to wisdom and become a person who can actually help in making a difference.
Chris Hedges says in his essay: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/flints_crisis_is_about_more_than_water_20160207
We do not possess the intellectual skills—and this is by design —that permit us to question power, to see ourselves as part of a long human continuum. We have forgotten, or never been taught, that each individual must be seen as an ultimate end if we are to retain any human decency and hope. Once we depersonalize others, once we forget who we are and where we came from, we make evil possible. “Act so that humanity, both in your own person and that of others, be used as an end in itself, and never as a mere means,” Immanuel Kant wrote. If we cannot think morally, if we live devoid of empathy, if our advancement comes at the expense of the other, if we lose touch with the wisdom of the past, we cannot rebel. And if we do not rebel we will sustain a system that will ultimately slay us. – end quote
Since this chapter is based upon our individual and corporate training, let’s discuss Chris’s thought “and this is by design” a bit . . . because my bet is that many today don’t know what the hell he is even talking about.
In the early 1900’s a group of major industrialists realized they were going to need a steady stream of thousands of workers to man the assembly lines of their growing industries. John D Rockefeller got together with his people and formed the groundwork to what essentially became the modern compulsory education system we live under today.
the Rockefeller education board:
“In our dream we have limitless resources, and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hand. The present educational conventions fade from our minds; and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or of science. We are not to raise up among them authors, orators, poets, or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians. Nor will we cherish even the humbler ambition to raise up from among them lawyers, doctors, preachers, statesmen, of whom we now have ample supply.”
– Rev. Frederick T. Gates, Business Advisor to John D. Rockefeller Sr., 1913 
The General Education Board was not interested in encouraging critical thinking. Rather, its focus was on organizing children and creating reliable, predictable, obedient citizens. As award-winning former teacher John Gatto puts it, “school was looked upon from the first part of the 20th Century as a branch of industry and a tool of governance.” The Rockefellers, along with other financial elite and their philanthropic organizations (such as the Gates, Carnegies, and Vanderbilts) have been able to mold society by funding and pushing compulsory state schooling for the masses.
Our education system was never intended to further the broad and complete education of individual children, it was instead created to supply able workers who would be smart enough to do the job but not wise enough to think for themselves and cause problems.
The goal of old John D. was to enable a smooth transition of the American populace from a rugged individual lifestyle to one of docile order taking . . . a perfect worker and money spender who would buy their bullshit as well as their product with added interest. As we can see the ploy succeeded above all expectations.
Today, as america wanders aimlessly down the isle of consumerism we are the perfect zombyized drone the elite owners always wanted us to be. We buy their junk for more money than it’s worth. We buy their medicine and health care for far more than it’s worth. We purchase their insurance, listen to their bullshit and elect the best liar to lead us off to yet another war that gets our kids killed in the name of patriotism and heroism. (and profit!)
Today there is little left of that rugged individualism that we once had. Today a person like that is considered quaint, or eccentric or just plain nuts. We idolize the people who own us and revile those who want to change their system. We are in such a sad condition that we better hope Big Brother, for whatever reason, no longer needs us . . . OOOPS! Guess What? . . . . HE DOESN’T!!
Now do we hate the Rockefellers for training us to be their good workers? No, of course not. It was at the beginning perhaps, a win, win, situation. It was the formation of a strong middle class that kept us at the top of the economic heap all these many years, and I’m sure it would have gone on indefinitely if technology had not come along and advanced to the point where the elite no longer needed us. As a matter of fact, according some of the sources I read, they are in a huddle right now trying to figure out what to do with all of us.
Now, as a bonafide conspiracy theorist (at least part of the time) I have my ideas on what they have planned, but to point fingers here is not my goal, my goal is to reveal the training I was talking about in the first post because a lot of what I feel we need to do in order to survive our immediate future reverts us back to our past when we were rugged individualists.
Those who remain rutted in their teaching, I’m afraid, are being aced out by a robot or a weapon and in a world of hurts when the curtain closes completely on the industrial age. Time to get back to the future. Evolution demands we must move forward or perish.