Iam Saums on the overwhelming power of the media – and a reminder to claim our own power and distinguish ourselves from societal fear, prejudice, propaganda and vanity.
A wise person makes their own decision. An ignorant person follows public opinion.”
– Chinese Proverb
It’s a free-for-all! And we do enjoy the ride. We are helplessly and hopelessly addicted to, dependent on and enslaved by all forms of media. Be it news broadcasts, the sports industry, all things entertainment and last but not least politics (which has become the most atrocious form of amusement). Yet the style of media that seems to “trump” it all is the one to which we all subscribe every day of our lives. It is the worst expression of our nature as human beings. Gossip is the greatest destroyer of experiences, opportunities, people and possibilities. We are the echo of a society built on arrogance, entitlement, envy, judgement and self-righteousness.
…Read All About It!
We haunt our computers in a quest to find the meaning, purpose and truth of life. We pour over articles, interviews, social media, videos and website links to fill in the missing pieces we ourselves have vacated in our pursuit to gratify our egos instead of expressing our souls. Countless individuals with audacity, ingenuity and vanity rush to their cameras, devices, keyboards and personal media outlets to offer their radical commentary on hot topics that are as contrived as the reality in which we are imprisoned. We all have an obscene tendency to offer the craftiest of our intelligence to compensate for the absence of our wisdom.
Hot Off the Presses
The line of demarcation between truth and fiction in the media has long been blurred beyond recognition. Reality has become a lie and a lie has become our reality. The mass manipulation of our global culture has polluted the roots of our understanding by the very information we are conditioned to believe is real. Reality is as subjective as perception. The nature of which has been infinitely distorted with the stratagems of advantage, control and distraction. It is not those who govern the air, food or water supplies who rule the world. It is those proficient in manipulating reality and our perception of it who hold absolute dominion.
If It Bleeds, It Leads
Believe it or not, we are the primary administrators and enablers of this diabolical system of information and perception manipulation with our obsessive attention, energy and reactivity. Our focus is forever upon the drama, trauma and tragedy of others to forget about our own downfalls, failures and tribulations. We populate our consciousness, listening and vision with a barrage of artificial stimuli in a wanderlust of broken destinies, dreams, lives, loves, people and promises. In the face of adversity, diversity and possibility we chase after celebrity, controversy and rumor. We exchange our need for purpose, truth and worth with our want for self-indulgence.
Know Your Sources:
A handful of corporations own most if not all of the existing media outlets in the world. Everyone has an angle and those with the most to lose will do anything to proliferate and protect their investment to the greatest degree. Every major corporation devotes a phenomenal sum toward the advancement, expansion and fulfillment of its agenda. This is the foundation upon which fortunes are made and lost. The only way to always win a game is to rig it so the other players believe they are going to win up to the moment they lose. This is the fundamental nature of society’s information and perception manipulation.
What we don’t know we don’t know about the media is that it is invented.”
Get a Quote
The evolution of the quote has surpassed the origin and significance of the story. The attention span of the human race has accelerated at an alarming rate, desensitizing us to the gravest and most scandalous of editions. Quotes once stood as beacons of clarity, hope, inspiration, promise and truth. Now their ambiguous diversion and political correctness has left their audiences rummaging around in the intellectual shadows for reason, sense and understanding. All who are granted the authority and prestige to provide a quote usually do so with the intention of saying nothing while seemingly saying everything.
Mainstream news broadcasts and reports are altered and/or invented to captivate our attention, fear, reaction and upset. Media networks use chaotic and distorted electromagnetic bandwidth frequencies to distract, hypnotize and ‘program’ their audiences. This ensures that the information they are disseminating is transmitted and received to its optimal impact and potency. Conventional networks will often air biased and simulated reports and feature hostile debates to divert the focus of their audiences away from the truth of every day inequalities and injustices. We pull the wool over our own eyes when we fail to exercise our personal discernment.
Headlines and Deadlines
The contemporary consciousness of the human race is such that it doesn’t take much to attract, captivate, maintain and stimulate its attention. Headlines are designed to assault us from the page or computer screen by drawing upon the greatest false power ever devised. The sharing of information in our mainstream society has gradually declined from one of genuine awareness to blatant, outright fear. Once our interest, intelligence and possibility was sourced by a common purpose. Now it is restricted and replaced with incorporated propaganda pushing anxiety, ‘dis’-ease, opposition and ‘terror’. Headlines have become deadlines.
Scrolling for Ratings
Since the invention of the running scroll on computers, devices and television screens, the attention spans and listening of audiences have been gradually altered, disrupted and distorted. The stimulated sense of emergency and urgency subliminally traumatizes its viewers with an experience of apprehension, bewilderment, hypnosis, hysteria and vigilance. The visual content, energetic frequency and regularity of the transmissions render the spectator’s comprehension, listening and perception vulnerable to assimilation, conditioning, influence and intimidation. Viewership becomes a vicious cycle of existential, perceptual and social enslavement.
The Spin Factor
Contemporary reports about events that occur around the world are profoundly adulterated, editorialized and fabricated to promote the illusion of freedom, justice, opportunity and unity. Yet, all that is truly conveyed is its extreme antithesis. Media outlets provide only the tip of the iceberg of available information. What is broadcast is a corporately-crafted, agenda-driven viewpoint to program its audience into a two-dimensional experience of right and wrong, love and fear, left and right and dark and light. Every facet of the mainstream media spins its news updates in their own interpretation to control, manipulate and modify the nature of reality.
The Source of All Sources
In a society besieged with drama, distraction, dysfunction and division, there is only one true source that is diverse from the cacophony of human reality. It is the eternal spring of consciousness experienced only through the transcendental nature of our intuition. It is all possibility of everything that was, is and ever will be. It is the multi-dimensional expression of the universe that resonates with every element of our being. When we envision and experience what is beyond the information and perception manipulation, we become the manifestation of the source. The truth exists in reality when we choose to personify it.
This Just In!
We will never receive authentic, balanced, comprehensive and empowering information from the current network of news sources in the world. There is too much at stake for the few to endorse and publicize the truth to the many. All we can do as reluctant subscribers of contemporary media is to exercise our own choices, distinctions, epiphanies and insights. The more we inspire our own experience, vision and wisdom, the more we will be able to distinguish ourselves from societal fear, prejudice, propaganda and vanity. The present and future of our lives has, is and will always be in our power. Yet, it is only attained if it is willingly claimed.
There is nothing more destructive than an illusion believed to be true.”
First published on Iam’s blog iamsaums.com – illustration Osho News
Iam Saums has been a professional musical performance artist for over 20 years. He was/is a student of The Fourth Way School in the Tradition of G.I. Gurdjieff, studied Kabbalah for more than 8 years and practiced meditation in the Jain tradition for over 11 years. He has also written poetry and short stories and is inspired to write articles about consciousness, awareness, creativity, belonging and being. iamsaums.com
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