Perception, Inception and the Trojan Horse Money Meme - Part Three of Four

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Perception, Inception and the Trojan Horse Money Meme

Chapter Three of Four




Cognitive Dissonance


The intent of this essay is not to convince the reader of anything other than the need to expand our depth perception of the consensus reality. Consider this essay as an invitation to think free of constraints. In Chapters One (here) and Two (here) we explored perception and how it is intertwined with what we believe is our real reality as well as how our reality is distorted by manipulating our perception. In Chapter Three (here) we explore Inception or the implanting of our basic beliefs and perceptions. Chapter Four (here) discusses a basic roadmap to the expansion of our perceived reality.



All of the Chapter One and Two discussions of a manipulated and distorted perception of reality have led us to the concept of Inception. For those who may not have seen the recently released movie “Inception” let me give you a brief primer. When you strip away the special effects, action sequences and great soundtrack, what you have left is a basic movie plot that presents us with the perfect analogy for how basic manipulative programming is implanted.

In order to compel an intelligent, wealthy, business savvy and motivated individual to make a business decision that is contrary to his own best interest, in this case to break up a hugely profitable multinational business recently inherited after his father’s death, a team penetrates this person’s subconscious mind while he’s dreaming (and thus more susceptible to ‘Inception’) in order to deeply implant the seed of the belief that his father would have wanted him to break up the business in order to be his own man. Once embraced, this germinating false belief leads the implanted person to take action that he sincerely believes is his own decision and beneficial when clearly it was not.

Remember this sequence of actions and reactions; a deeply implanted emotional belief or meme which when adopted and embodied by the host, primarily because he believes it is his own intent and desire, leads the individual to make choices that shape his ‘real’ world. This includes actions that are contrary to his best interest and something he would not have done if he had not been manipulated.

While the process of ‘meme’ implanting, or of artificially inducing the inception of a belief or an ideology, appears to be straight forward there is one basic problem. We always know when we are lying to our self even when we don’t wish to admit or acknowledge it. By the same token we always know when a thought or idea is not ‘ours’………at least initially. If someone whispers something in our ear, regardless of our impression of the information, for a while at least we will ‘know’ it is not our own.

In a pure environment uncorrupted by outside influences we always ‘know’ the genesis of our own thoughts, beliefs, comforting lies and half truths. So even in the corrupted and distorted sociopolitical order of today some effort must be made to conceal the intruder from the host. In order to be effectively utilized, the foreign or artificial belief must be buried several layers deep and of the simplest creation. This is why commercial, political and religious thought memes, for example the commercial print advertising seen below, use basic impulses such as sex, greed, ego, hunger, fear etc to deliver the meme package deep into our subconscious mind.

Bread is Life

Meme Transplant

By going deep into the dark reaches of our mind and by obscuring the original foreign meme under layers of ego, denial and self deception, it is more likely to be embraced and embodied as our own, as a part of us. We make it our own and adopt it as our ‘truth’, thereby leaving us with no reason to reject it as foreign or unwanted.

The concept of deep meme implantation is similar to finding an organ transplant donor who is a decent match to the recipient so that the body will be more likely to accept the foreign organ as its own and not reject it as an invader or imposter. Once accepted, the body then treats it as its own and begins to feed, repair and defend the organ just like any other. It is now my vital organ and essentially always was my organ. That’s the theory at least, while in practice organ transplant is much more complicated.

But contrary to what you might think, controlling human emotion and perception is much easier when those who manipulate have thousands of years of experience doing so and we are already part of a massive and complex thought meme control system. It’s not like base meme’s are being created from scratch on a daily basis. Our beliefs and ideology have been created, maintained, changed and morphed over thousands of years and the process is ongoing.

Slap a wig on yourself and you’ll notice a difference. But the slow growing nature of your hair means the ongoing change is accepted as natural and as your own, therefore no need to refute its basis in reality. In fact as part of our conditioning we are trained to call it progress, growth, nature or natural, thus the basis for accepting manipulated change is already built into the control system. Once you begin looking down the rabbit hole there is no end to the manipulated perceptions of reality we experience to say nothing of the layers upon layers with intertwined cross connections.  

In the movie “Inception” the main character used a small metal top to help him determine whether he was back in the ‘real’ world or still dreaming. When he needed to verify his whereabouts he would pull the top from his pocket and set it spinning. If it kept right on spinning and spinning he knew he was in an alternative reality dream. But if the top slowed and then tipped over he was assured he was back in the ‘real’ world where ‘normal’ physical rules applied.

Unfortunately it’s not so easy for you and me to distinguish between illusions since we have no base reference from which we may compare. All we know is where we are now; a place we are assured by our masters is the one and only reality. Under these circumstances nothing can be trusted as ‘real’ until we undergo an honest and thorough vetting by looking deeply within. There is simply no other way to determine what is true and real when distortions are piled this high.

Reality Detector


My Reality Right or Wrong 

Think about how deeply and unconsciously we identify with entities we dislike or even hate. Even though we may reject the government and its actions, how many times have we said ‘my government’ or ‘our troops in Iraq’ or ‘my bank’ or ‘our congressional representatives’ or ‘our President’? While the reader may brush this off as simply a casual usage of the collective and cultural ‘we’, it does illustrate how deeply embedded these memes are in our daily lives. Love the sinner (country/nation), hate the sin (corruption, manipulation etc) keeps us running on the tread mill.

We live in an insane world with its ongoing Ponzi operations, various wars of distraction and resource taking and the endless cycle of ‘we the people’ consistently allowing actions to be taken in our name that are not in our best interest. At times the present day insanity feels like we’ve been invaded by brain sucking body snatchers. How many times over the last few years have you resisted the impulse to pinch yourself to see if you were dreaming?

Push past the obvious reasons for this insanity, for example the deliberate structuring of a social order that creates internal and external conflicts of interest that to the average person is essentially a trap. Instead see that the process of ‘meme’ implanting begins at birth and continues until we die. Our ‘reality’ is in part an artificial creation that only feels ‘real’ because we know of no other. One cannot see outside the box unless one recognizes we are in a box and that we are capable of recognizing what ‘outside’ would look, feel and sound like if it were ever presented to us.

This is similar in concept to the missing keys spoken of in Chapter One which were always where we eventually found them to be from the very moment we began our search. But we initially failed to find them ‘there’ because in our mind they weren’t supposed to be ‘there’. In our known reality the keys were supposed to be where we constantly went back to look for them, which is why we repeatedly looked on the corner table or the nightstand or in the loose change bowl.

We were perceptually blind to other reality possibilities, other potential key locations, even though light that reflected from the keys was actually hitting our retinas as we looked directly at them and then passed by. We sincerely believed we really were searching everywhere when in fact we kept mentally and physically returning to where they ‘should’ have been.

While we insisted to anyone who asked that we were trying to find our keys and that we were looking everywhere, this really wasn’t the case. We continued to believe that we would eventually find our keys right where we believed they should be. Thus in our mind, a mind captured by a thought meme, we could not ‘see’ the keys until we capitulated and began to expand our physical search and opened our minds eye to other potential locations. Once we opened our mind to the possibility that the keys really were lost, thus they could be found anywhere and not just where we believed they should be, suddenly we ‘found’ the keys. The confining and blinding thought meme was broken.

The keys were not hiding from us. Rather we were hiding from them in the sense that our closed mind, our narrow worldview, couldn’t see any other possible or potential reality other than what was already recognized as ‘real’ in our minds. This is how our eyes could pass over the keys lying on the counter several times, but not register them in our present reality as physical matter in the shape and form of keys. We simply don’t recognize or acknowledge as ‘real’ that which is impossible or even highly unlikely, our single biggest flaw since it is our beliefs that determine what is or is not possible. At least in our mind, perception is reality.

This is why I constantly say that we ‘make’ our own reality and that perception is reality. This also means that the potential for limitless alternatives to, or expansions of, our present reality may already be ‘here’. Only we cannot see, feel or sense them because either we ‘know’ they aren’t here or we believe they shouldn’t be here because we have been conditioned to believe the one and only ‘realty’ is already present and all around us. Since the observer determines what is real or not, thus ‘real’ is relative to the observer’s state of belief, this is how several realities can co-exist at the same time. The Ponzi is ‘real’ in millions of minds even though it is not ‘real’ in mine.

Lost Keys

Seeing, Thinking, Living Inside the Box

This is a terribly difficult concept to grasp when one views it with a closed or narrow mind. But I don’t use these words to insult the reader because by definition since we all live inside an artificially created box, a shared alternative reality thought meme, we all posses a narrow or closed mind to one degree or another. Closed is the definition of a mind that has been conditioned to see or believe only that which we have been repeatedly told and reassured by science and authority is real and true.

I assume the reader can see the self fulfilling closed loop circular logic of this concept. We believe something is real because we are told by an overwhelming majority that it is real, a majority who learned what was real from the prior majority. This reality is then confirmed by a scientific process that will only prove something is real if it can be measured by instruments we are told will only measure what is real. Thus if something is not measured by the instruments it can’t be real since our instruments can only measure reality. Finally, all that we believe is real is confirmed to be real or not by the thought meme authorities who are the high priest of reality, who in turn manipulate the social order that is the control system that tells us what is real.

How many times have you heard disturbing news or information that is outside your perceived present reality and you found it difficult to fully believe until it was confirmed by an authority, be it a spouse, friend, parent, government official etc? For example, in 2003 I was told by a stranger on the street that the Space Shuttle burned up on reentry. So does this mean that if there were no confirming authority available we would continue to disbelieve this very real (albeit disturbing) reality? Or would we seek out some other authority for confirmation that our reality had changed?

Personally I didn’t fully believe what I had been told until I turned on the radio and confirmed it from an ‘authoritative’ source. Consider how dependent we are upon external authorities to tell us what is real and what is not. Why do we need any external authority to affirm our reality when the ultimate authority lay within us? Maybe this is because our reality isn’t ‘real’ and the only mechanism sustaining the illusion is our dependence upon outside authorities to ‘make’ it real. We already outsource our emotional state or condition, saying “you make me happy” or “don’t make me mad” or “he made her angry”. We surrender our emotional sovereignty so why not our reality sovereignty?

We have been thoroughly conditioned to percieve our shared reality in a certain manner that is in direct contradiction to what our inner self knows to be true. This inner tension, this cognitive dissonance, is painful and to relieve this pain we seek constant external assurance that what we perceive as real is in fact ‘real’. There is a constant conflict between our shared reality and our inner knowing. Since we are conditioned to believe only in our shared reality, we seek confirmation from that shared reality that it is real. Said differently we are asking the liar to prove he is not lying or to confirm he is telling the truth. This is insanity and why our world feels so insane at times.

We create the proof we need in order to believe our reality is real. We live in a dream world that is self sustaining, self proving and always self correcting. In order to cope and adapt to this growing insanity, as outside the box unexpected or surprise events continue to intrude, temporarily destabilizing our own artificially created reality, we quickly attempt to incorporate them into our shared and individual reality as we would the ringing telephone into our dream.

Ring ring

As Real as Real Gets

It’s becoming clear to me that the majority is the sole arbiter of what is and is not real since the majority determines which (cognitive) tools are used to authenticate our own reality. And the mind of the majority is captured by a relatively small group of official and unofficial thought meme authorities who I have labeled in the past as the (official) keepers of the public myth.

As a defense mechanism, when nonconforming components of an alternative reality are recognized by individuals or very small groups, these people are perceived to be a threat to the majority and their controllers. When this occurs, the controlling thought meme authorities quickly call it blasphemy and the heretics are labeled crazy or insane. This is often expressed by calling those who are denouncing the present shared reality as ‘conspiracy theorists’, ‘terrorists’ and ‘radicals’.

Our current inherently unstable and rapidly destabilizing reality, one that is not based upon true and honest creation that springs from deep within the majority, is very susceptible to disturbances from more ‘pure’ components. Think of these disturbances as applying reverse leverage to the insanity. To compensate, as the Ponzi destabilizes from the population’s growing doubt and the Ponzi’s self destructive flailing, more and more Ponzi leverage must be applied just to maintain the status quo, thus the need for the exponential escalation of the Ponzi as it nears its end.

The Ponzi is nothing more than an aberrant alternative reality meme that is spiraling out of control while sucking up all available energy within reach. One doesn’t need to fight it head on in order to destroy it. In fact to do so just strengthens it by validating it as ‘real’. We just need to unplug, to default on our buy in and to seriously question or reject the false reality. This has the effect of reverse leveraging the insanity and starving it into rapid self destruction.

Decoupling one compliant mind has the same reverse leverage effect as the Ponzi gets from adding several new compliant minds because the additional minds are needed just to maintain the same head of steam. A decoupled mind, meaning a mind that is proactively suspicious of and questions all aspects of its present reality, is essentially a rebel mind and acts as a counter virus to the Ponzi worm.

Think about the scene in “Fight Club” where Tyler Durden kisses the narrator’s hand, then pours lye on it to initiate the chemical reaction that burns the skin. To pour water on it would just make the chemical burn worse, the equivalent of fighting against the present consensus reality meme using tools provided by the Ponzi that are useless since they can only be used to lose in a rigged game. There is no ‘winning’ because we aren’t using effective tools. But using the Ponzi’s tools does legitimize the Ponzi. Essentially any force applied directly against the Ponzi is redirected back against us.

But pour a little vinegar on the lye and the chemical burn instantly stops, which also is what happens when a mind decouples. Because the chemical reaction ceases there is nothing there to fight. Instead of wrestling with an overwhelming ‘reality’, just remove its power by delegitimizing it. After all, it is you and I who legitimizes it on a daily basis with our participation.  Youtube link to Tyler using lye on the narrator's hand.

On a side note, for the most part we don’t recognize the power words and language have over us and how they are used to control, both in obvious ways such as using the term ‘conspiracy theory’ to disarm and mock someone who questions the present reality, or in very subtle ways, such as to twist the meaning and intent of words as was wonderfully described by George Orwell in his masterpiece ‘1984’.

While we can all describe in general terms what propaganda is and how it is used, very few of us understand how the basic component of propaganda, language itself, is a form of control. Language is an insidious controlling meme because it has been (and continues to be) constructed using deeply hidden subliminal messaging which reaches far deeper into our minds than we realize. Language is a captured tool of the magicians in the same way the financial system is a captured tool of the Ponzi.

Lye on hand

Money is a Trojan Horse Thought Meme

Have you ever given much thought to what ‘money’ really is? I’m not talking about those physical pieces of cotton and paper in your wallet or purse, but rather what money is psychologically and emotionally to you and me. Money is a thought meme or belief, a powerful symbol in a world of hidden symbols, a universally agreed upon representation of something else that supposedly contains the ‘real’ value, initially your expended labor.

However, while intellectually we understand that it’s just paper and therefore of little ‘real’ value, when we posses physical money or we see digits on a computer screen or paper statement, what we ‘see’ is what we can exchange it for, not what it is, the ultimate in psychological camouflage. Money is a genuine imitation real thing, an alternative reality representation of our ‘real’ expended labor. It is real and not real at the same time, thus the most powerful tool of the reality distorting wizards, warlocks and magicians.

Money is nothing more than a concept, an idea or belief. We believe in money so thoroughly and completely that it has become ‘real’ through force of conscious and subconscious will alone. How money should be seen, as a mental virus that has infected us all and as a shared illusion or hypnotic trance that distorts and influences our lives inside our box, would immediately change our perspective of everything if only we could maintain this clarity inside the raging storm of insanity.

Money is a Trojan Horse thought meme, an alternative reality virus or worm similar to invasive computer code that controls our minds from within. Money subverts and molds us into acting in ways that are often contrary to our own best interest. What we think of as money is actually an inception belief or meme buried so deeply into the collective consciousness, and then reinforced so completely by our experienced reality, that we have integrated it fully into our body/mind reality.

We have assimilated the money meme so thoroughly into our collective and individual consciousness that it is nearly impossible to imagine life without it. We believe this with complete and unquestioned faith in the same manner we believe it is impossible to live without our lungs or heart. Since we don’t consider ‘real’ those things we perceive to be impossible or just plain improbable, via reverse psychology, since we can’t imagine living without money, by extension money must be real.

Money is the primary controlling thought meme of the overall social control system, surpassing even that of religion. I have come to believe that the money meme is so corrosive to the human mind and spirit (at least in its present form) that it is slowly destroying us from within while at the same time providing some short term benefits. This destructive force is similar to how some drugs can have a short term beneficial effect while over the long term can and will kill us. For example, steroids can dramatically shorten our overall lifespan while improving it in the here and now.  

Once the basic money meme inception was implanted and accepted many thousands of years ago (with hundreds of modifications added along the way) most thought memes that follow are implanted using the money meme as the Trojan Horse delivery package. This sets up an intertwined system of cross affirmations and confirmations validating the new thought meme. Since ‘real’ money is being used to both implant and validate, both the new meme and the old money meme reinforce each other. It’s brilliantly insidious in its conception and implementation and now that the meme is growing exponentially out of control, it is driving us ever more insane at the same escalating pace.

Consider how many stories we’ve heard that describe how sudden wealth from the lottery or other sources has destroyed lives. Or that the pursuit of money compels so many people to forsake nearly everything else in their life. When you dig into these stories you often find that it is said that the person and those around them went mad from the influence of the money (meme). Greed is a form of extreme emotional excess brought about by an obsession or trance like state revolving entirely around a concept of ‘money’ which itself is little more than a substitute for things we believe are ‘real’ in the first place.

Greed in particular and money in general is an obsessive compulsive personality disorder of the most insidious type. Because the concept of money is an integral part of our social order it is accepted as part of the overall illusion. Since we must have money in order to survive, we must work in order to obtain money. If we wish more money, we must be more highly ‘trained’ in very specific and narrowly drawn worldviews defined as professions and occupations. We self identify ourselves with money, thus proving the assimilation is complete. The most common question asked is “What do you do?” meaning what is your capacity to earn money.

The money meme is infectious and all consuming, occupying a greater portion of our waking thoughts than sex. Money is the central authority that confirms and reinforces everything else we are told is real, therefore whomever or whatever controls money in effect controls our reality. Mayer Amschel Rothschild, founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty, is quoted as saying “Give me control of a nation's money supply, and I care not who makes its laws.” Power of this magnitude does not come from guns, but from control of the mind at its inception level.

Trojan Horse Money Meme

Authorities are Authors of Belief, Lies and Thought Memes

Consider for a moment our insatiable desire and desperate need to be told by authorities what is real and what is not, what is true and what is false. Why are we so dependent upon external sources for affirmation of truth and reality when the ultimate authority lay within? I contend it is because more and more the reality we live within is twisting and distorting well beyond the ability of the control mechanism to explain or justify it. This leaves us in a state of constant confusion and uncertainly which in turn compels us to seek affirmation and confirmation that our present reality remains ‘real’.

Our minds are beginning to question the basic premises by which we conduct our lives and we are now questioning our world, ourselves and the artificially implanted memes. In fact we are beginning to question everything including the inception or genesis of our most basic beliefs. The collective has begun to suspect that we are (and have been) living a lie, that a part of ‘us’ is not natural, but in fact a foreign invader. Just as the body creates and then dispatches white blood cells to attack foreign entities in our body, so is the collective mind beginning to attack the artificially implanted meme’s we have been conditioned to believe are real.

And while on the surface it may not yet appear to be happening, more and more people are beginning to awaken and with ever increasing velocity. This is the root cause of the increasing external conflicts, economic depression, religious extremism, political infighting and corruption etc. The symptom list of the awakening is endless. Our world, our consensus reality, appears to be coming apart at the seams because our belief in the consensus reality is being withdrawn through the collective’s increasing doubt and disbelief.

However, while we are now increasingly questioning our present reality, we have very little understanding of what’s really going on at the conscious level. We are so disconnected from our inner being that the alarms and warnings we’re receiving are coming through as little more than unease and blind fear. This in turn is perceived as nearly the same message as the external insanity is broadcasting.

Our blindness and inability to discern the difference in messages is caused by our narrow worldview and a mind mostly closed to the possibility of alternative realities, starting with the one I call the inner being. We sense something is terribly wrong, but we don’t know what and probably wouldn’t recognize it if we saw it anyway, at least for now.

Destabilized by this reality earthquake we quite naturally revert to our base programming. And that basic impulse is to seek proof and affirmation of the present (crumbling) reality directly from our thought meme authorities and public myth generating leaders and guardians. This is why we see an increasing bifurcation between those who blindly follow and those who increasingly question. Sides supporting different realities are forming.

In effect we are trained to default back to our source code for error correction protocols. This is why so many seemingly intelligent and aware people are becoming increasingly passive and infantile when facing ‘truths’ that are frighteningly contrary to their belief system aka thought memes. Remember that the terms ‘belief system’ and ‘worldview’ are simply other phrases used to describe the artificial box we all live within. So while people are waking up, they are also extremely disorientated and thus particularly vulnerable to additional programming and manipulation. While the body may be that of an adult the mind is that of a frightened child looking for emotional comfort and reassurance.

Water torture

There is no doubt that in this state, while some minds will be re-assimilated back into the hive mentality of the present consensus reality, many more will not. For this reason alone consistent and relentless truth speaking, while apparently a failure because of little visible results, is actually slowly working to wear away centuries of mind control and conditioning in the same manner a slow steady drip of a faucet grinds away at the porcelain surface of the kitchen sink. This is the reason blogs such as Zero Hedge must be supported and its alternative realty thought meme spread wide and far. The decoupling builds its support one mind at a time until suddenly it goes exponential and the façade crumbles.

In Chapter Four we discuss a basic roadmap to expanding our capacity to perceive not only the truth regarding our current consensus reality, but alternatives that already exist.


Cognitive Dissonance


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apposum's picture

Thanks, CD. Reading your series I'm recalling "Hidden Hand"'s interview given several years ago on a "conspiracy theorists" Internet forum and see very strong confirmations of what he has told then about a prison we live in, our masters and our own collective choice to be prisoners... I see him as a dark side of the story and you as a light side talking about the same issue. Are you familiar with that interview? What would you say about it?

With a great respect.

Bob's picture

Beautifully written, CD!  Visionary content as well.  You're developing a very interesting model and language to define it.  Much impressed, man! 

I'll give it some ongoing thought as I watch the drama of life.  I'd like to think that more and more people feel the urge, however conflicted, to waken. 

falak pema's picture

The orientals were great in creating a logic like a snail's shell, walls within walls within walls, and rings around rings...Now, if you are a westerner you are not phased out by the russian dolls model. I always feel that nothing human is "random type quantum effect". It is more cause and effect in the human world. But the trick is about getting to the center of the snail. And that takes a lot of back tracking in life and introspection is obviously part of it; but so is rational thinking about knowing what is essential. And that is so difficult in a world of false mirrors and manipulating Oligarchs who pull the strings. We stay out on the periphery and never get to the center of the snail where the tale of the tailed animal begins.

Dr. Impossible's picture

CD.... does "HEROT" mean anything to you?

in the oldest of would be called this.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

No, it means nothing to me and a quick search brings up nothing as well.

So what does it mean?

Dr. Impossible's picture

....."One, who speaks in whispers, yet heard by all."

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Do you have any links to that word? When I run it through three different search engines as you spelled it they all come back empty and two try to correct my spelling.

GoldBricker's picture

All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values.
--Marshall McLuhan

McLuhan saw money as another medium of communication, and thus engendering the arbitrary values he speaks of (a whole chapter in "Understanding Media".

Also in line with what CD says, McLuhan saw language as the first 'technology', as the spoken word was a symbol for a class of things or actions in the real world. We attempt to modify perception by modifying language, money, and all the other media.

As for all the "zzzzz..." comments, note that the younger generation is hard of reading. Perhaps you should re-do this essay as a video, preferably starring Keanu Reeves.

Thanks, CD.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

As for all the "zzzzz..." comments, note that the younger generation is hard of reading. Perhaps you should re-do this essay as a video, preferably starring Keanu Reeves.


There is no doubt that I challenge the reader with my droning on. However I always find it sad that those readers who complain about my droning never seem capable of reading past the first 5 paragraphs of anything. Their brains have been molded by the Internet format of 5 or 6 paragraphs, then turn the page.

There is a reason why book readership is at all time percent-of-population lows. Same with newspapers. The "entertain me" generation simply does know how to entertain themselves. Gone are the days where you were given a box of wooden blocks and the primary ingredient behind play time was your imagination. As I allude to in my series this is part of the mind control meme.

pazmaker's picture

CD  I am free thinking and I invite the reader to do the same.



I hope more of your readers grasp this concept.  I 've enjoyed reading you!, but many of the comments here lead me to believe we have a lot of CD worshippers not free thinkers.

Orly's picture

It's really just that he doesn't take criticism very well and perceives every comment as an attack or personal affront.  Rather than rationally discuss ideas, we are told to refer back to the original article, wherein he placed dubious disclaimers...

Or, we're told he was not talking to us but rather speaking to the plebes and underlings of our society who just don't get it.  They aren't smart enough or "deep-thinking" (!) enough to read ZeroHedge, so they must be mindless automatons being led around by the nose by Big Brother while being inundated with indoctrinating and manipulative patter that further turns their minds to mush.

Maybe the ones who would dare to challenge anything in this post, without getting their heads bitten off or told we didn't read the article correctly, are the sycophantic robots he so laboriously babbles on about.

Ironic, ain't it?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture


Did you actually read the essay? Because during the discussion we were having last night you were fixated upon the movie Inception, which I only used as an analogy in the first few paragraphs and not as a focus. I was not claiming the movie Inception was real or that the premise of the movie was real or even plausible.

Orly's picture

Actually, no.  In fact, it has been quite the opposite.  I am whom I've been and there is no anger in my voice at all.  Your voice, on the other hand...

It is just frustrating to me when you pose ideas and challenge the reader to challenge the ideas, only to have you step off the box and claim to have never said that or there was some inherent dichotomy in what you were trying to illustrate.  Having your cake and eating it, too, I suppose.

Your challenge is for us to think about it.  Okay, I thought about it, now what about this, that and these?  Well, I must not have read what you said properly or I am not in the crowd to whom you were speaking.

I am afraid that it is you who are illustrating anger in this case, when you say things like:

"I love it when you talk like that. Say it again, only this time like you mean it. ;)"  (If I am not mistaken, your original reply said, "when you talk shit..." but I could be wrong about that...)

"Do some research. It's amazing."

"No.............................I don't think you're being sincere.;)"

"You've dumped a whole barrel of assumptions here on the floor jm without any knowledge of me and what I do or don't do with my 24/7 time allotment. Pretty arrogant of you...wouldn't you say?"

"If you feel this essay is speaking to you I would say you are severely mistaken."

"If you would take the time to read the post again you will see that I clearly state that we don't need to get everyone on the same page."

"Finally I shall repeat what I said at the very beginning of each chapter. I am free thinking and I invite the reader to do the same. If you read carefully, the essay is full of open ended questions that at times appear to contradict each other. I am asking questions in order to trigger a deepening of the readers depth perception."

My question to you would be, are you really trying to have a "free-thinking" and open dialogue, or just trying to have it your way?  Another question would be, who is really the angry one here?  I would submit it is not me!

Perhaps jm makes a very good point when he asked you if you could seriously figure out the world rather than live simply; that maybe you do need to mature quite a bit.

I just put that out there as a deep thinker so that you can consider the idea that we may be correct about this.  No offence, no anger, nothing to gain by putting you down.  Jus' sayin'.


Cognitive Dissonance's picture


So the person commenting can be dismissive, derogatory or even insulting. But if I return the serve this is considered wrong. I must hold the high ground at all times regardless of the tone taken by the person leaving the comments. Sorry but I won't be part of that abuse.

I find that many people who comment do not read the (entire) essay but simply read the first few paragraphs and then maybe skim a bit more. Then they leave comments claiming the author said this or meant that. Yet the author is supposed to engage in a conversation despite the fact that the comment is wrongly claiming 'facts' or intent.

Sorry, but I take the time to carefully explain myself in my essay. If the reader does not care to read what I have to say before calling me on the carpet for what they think I have said I will not handle them with kid gloves. I will not get into "discussions" that are based upon little to no knowledge of what I actually wrote about.

The implied bargain is that the readers reads, then comments based upon what was read. Then the author responds. All I ask is that the reader keep their side of the agreement.

Orly's picture

I understand and you're correct about that.  All I would ask is that you don't entertain contrary ideas or opinions as personal attacks.  What you may perceive as an affront may not be that at all but only a challenge for clarification.

Maybe it is a person's pet point, as mine is with the film Inception, which I extrapolated to challenge your idea on the meaning of free will versus a mindless, manipulated society.  I would much rather have talked about that, frankly, than to have to counter-attack some perceived attack on you personally.  I am not a confrontational person, as I am sure you realise.

I, and I would think many posters here, would thoroughly enjoy a true debate on these ideas but I get the feeling than many are afraid to mention anything for fear that their comments will be taken out of context to their counter-point.

Please, just think about it.  I really don't mean anything negative at all.  Besides the idiots that will say anything about anyone (have you seen how they talk to Robo?), I think most of us are pretty nice.


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I sounds like we are finding common ground. Good.

May I gently suggest that while I will be the first to admit that I can be sensitive at times, often brought out by some really vicious comments and attacks, that what you perceive as a defensive position is actually my challenge to the commenter that the question's premise is based upon information that was not gleaned from the essay, but just an assumption or that person's hot button or pet peeve.

I don't know if you have ever done any writing that was published or posted, but many writers can tell when someone has not actually read what the author wrote. And it is often (though not always) obvious based upon the comment or question. It's not about defending the writers work, but the basic premise of the comment or question to begin with.

My writing tends to hit many hot buttons precisely because I write about subjects that are rarely discussed. So I expect there will be a fair amount of triggering and I have talked about it in my essays. In fact I have repeatedly said that I personally read everything twice, the first time to get past all my triggers and the second time to actually absorb the material. And even a third time just for the joy.

Your assumption is that many of the comments are based upon a honest, even sincere, question by the poster. And in the majority of the cases you would be correct. But how can the poster be honest or sincere if the poster has not even read what the author wrote? 

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Actually I see many negative comments. And from talking to my so called 'worshippers' privately I don't get the sense they worship me at all. What many like is that I disturb them in ways they are not used to and this excites them. They see possibilities they didn't before.

It reminds we of the reaction I have to sour patch candies after eating nothing to sweet chocolate. The mouth explodes and the mind brightens. I'm never quite sure if I like or dislike what's in my mouth, but I am sure I've just been jolted.

Many people who read me are triggered. After writing for nearly two years here on ZH my detractors still hang around, but they aren't as vocal anymore because they see it as just another article by CD. Those who appreciate being triggered, even if they don't agree, comment. My articles always draw many comments for this reason.

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Interesting article, looking forward to the next. I think you are right, there are a lot of people out there for whom the world is a strange, bizarre place. Nothing makes sense, things happen for no reason at all. e.g. 9/11; Why would 15 Saudis fly planes into the WTC? Why Saudis?

My question was "What is money?". I mean what is it exactly? It's the question nobody asks and you get blank and confused looks if you ask people. Money just is. Took me a couple of years to go down that rabbit hole. The world now makes sense, I can see why things happen, geopolitics make sense and I can see that the Wizards of Oz are no smarter than the rest of us, they are just waggling levers almost blindly and I can see most of the likely outcomes of that waggling.

What set me off was simply idly wondering why London was so much more expensive than my home city of Glasgow. Glasgow is one of the poorest and most violent areas in the UK, in fact it was described in 2005 as the most violent area in the developed world by the UN.

The key being the asking of "why". It's a very dangerous question, and I can see why our "leaders" want us to believe, to have faith, to have confidence. The alternative, "why", leads to thoughts of guillotines, ropes, firing squads once you understand.

If anyone is interested, I wrote up my conclusions a several years ago for friends and family. I eventually stuck it on my wiki, excuse the language and incompleteness of ideas, the wiki is more of a thoughts in progress:


smartknowledgeu's picture

CD, really enjoyed this series of yours. Really great stuff. However, it's extremely difficult to awaken people that don't wish to be awakened. So concentrate on the ones that do want to be awakened and we can eventually reach the ones that are still asleep. Can I have your permission to re-post this series of yours on my blog? I think my blog readers would really enjoy reading this as well.


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

You are most welcome to post it on your blog. I do ask that you also include a link back to the original here on Zero Hedge

smartknowledgeu's picture

thanks CD! And of course I will post a link back to the original here at ZH.

StychoKiller's picture

How do you awaken someone pretending to be asleep?

doomandbloom's picture

Until very recently I believed in exactly the same things you said about money. It could have been something that i wrote myself.

However, now i have started suspecting something else. It seems to me that is our desire to calculate which is at the root of the problem. Our rational mind, our evaluating mind, our left brain which seeks reasoning that is so sooo easily manipulated.

You say some people have 1000's years of experience, well they succeed because they appeal to our rational mind.

Mathematical models used by anyone is the root of all problems. MIS reports are a curse. the concept of improvement, growth etc all lie within the realm of calculations. It is the most dangerous thing we carry within ourselves.

Rational mind seeks to make choices. CHoice is often misunderstood as control. Choosing between Republicans and Democrats is marketed as control. People foolishly led to believe that voting is control. However this is a gimmick of the rational mind.

You seem to suggest an enemy outside us...i think the real enemy is within us,,it is us..

flapdoodle's picture

Mathematics is just a self-consistent game of symbol manipulation invented by some human mind - sometimes it maps what is going on "outside", and sometimes it doesn't.


The tragedy is that the terminally rational mistake mathematics for some sort of ultimate reality - the belief (or better stated, religion) that just because you can somehow "measure" or "calculate" some property of a phenomena, you actually know what it really is...

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

You seem to suggest an enemy outside us...i think the real enemy is within us,,it is us..

Actually I have been suggesting both. I clearly state that we willingly participate in our enslavement and most of the series is devoted to how that occurs. If you read my prior essays this is a constant theme. But I clearly see outside influences.

One doesn't need to control completely in order to greatly influence. This is the mistake most people make when thinking about outside enemies. All they need to do is loosen the boulder at the top of the hill and let gravity and human ego, narcissism, greed etc take over from there.

There is no need to microcontrol. Broad sweeps are all that are needed to keep the general direction steady. We all want, no need, to beleive that our daily struggle to survive is all important. It may be to us but it's not to the outside forces.

MurderNeverWasLove's picture

One doesn't need to control completely in order to greatly influence. This is the mistake most people make when thinking about outside enemies. All they need to do is loosen the boulder at the top of the hill and let gravity and human ego, narcissism, greed etc take over from there.

Excellent analogy.  I would say that it is also all WE need to do is loosen boulders in response.  In that, I believe your works are invaluable.

The Navigator's picture

CD, Great work.

I think it will take me several reads to fully appreciate your art - yours is not a Cal-26 but more like a pre-1987 (Hansa boat yard) Hans Christian that takes a full review to reveal the fineness of the craftsmanship, but I can see it (sense it) on the initial read.

For a long time I was captured in the sheep herd and finally opted for the red pill - and then a different reality opened up. For some, ZH and its' contributors are so far outside the box, it presses the definition of reality; a good thing because the MSM version of reality Really needs questioning - which you and ZH do.

There will always be detractors that are full of shit but the world needs more that question the status quo. Full Ahead, CD!

michigan independant's picture

The article drifted me back to kosmos noetos   (κοσμος νοητος) Short Description for me was the intelligible cosmos of divine Forms and intellects, located between the One and the Soul. Not a bad thing just saying. Thank for the stroll down memory lane from earlier lessons and days. Again thanks for the work...


Cdad's picture

Brother Cog Dis,

You know, in all my years, I have yet to find a place where I fit in.  I have come to accept that I do not see the world like most of the people I have known or worked with.  You could either accuse me of suggesting I am special, or equally you could call me an oddball.  I'm not sure what I am, but I suspect that I am evidence of what you have set out to suggest in your essay.  By that I mean about the crumbling facade and how it is easier to see it when you are outside of the box.  And also about perception, and often times more accurately, rationalization.

Let me put my money where my mouth is.  In these wonderful and modern times, American families decided that daycare centers could raise their children.  Imagine that....minimum wage employees left in charge of the formation of babies.  Everyone argued that in this modern world, two incomes were required to support a family.  ALL of my friends held this rationalization, to cover their personal desire to make money, in my opinion.  I couldn't do it.  I was married to a career girl.  She simply would not, under any circumstance, stay home to raise the children, and so I did. 

That is but one choice I made that allowed me to step outside of the box and see what was going on, and what is going on in this way is an absolute travesty.  Now I didn't grow up thinking, "Boy, I can't wait until I  have a family and become Capt MommyPants."  No, I just could not deceive myself into believing that daycare could replace parenting.  In retrospect, and despite the difficulties of that task, it seems pretty simple on its face now.  I could go on, but I'll digress.

I agree, there is an awakening rising in this country.  The current economy has forced it upon the citizenry.  Despite Central Bank attempts to lull people back into the belief that things remain the same as they always were, the disruptive force of the Internet is pulling back the veil on a lot of BS in our culture.  The symbols to which you refer don't quite look like they used to, and the power to discover the truth about things is to hand.

Bring on the zombie apocalypse already, I say. 

I raise my martini glass to you, brother.



To any with kids in daycare, and if you are offended by my comments here, my decision...too bad.


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Brother Cdad,

I was a single parent for nearly 17 years. So I believe I understand what you are talking about. For those 17 years I consciously and consistently made decisions that favored my child and not me. I changed careers so I could spend more waking hours time with my child to raise him when he was very young. And yet the vast majority of people I knew, including females, were confused or down right hostile to the idea that I would do as I did.

After much consideration I realized that my actions, my presence, was threatening to them. That many (not all) were carrying inner doubt and guilt about putting their children in child care or working so many hours etc. They rationalized it and made excuses. But to then come across someone who did neither, but instead made the hard choices, was not welcome. I was in their face without saying a word or even being judgemental. In fact, because I was not judgemental it infuriated them even more because I didn't give them a reason to hate me.

The games people play when they aren't honest with themselves.

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And to be clear...when you are a single parent, you do what you have to do.  I, of course, am talking about the conscious decision that the dual incomers make.  Based on your writings, I'm guessing you did do all that you could to mitigate the impact of other folk that may have been involved in attending to your kids.

Ditto on the anger that people [especially women] expressed because of my beliefs.  I actually thought that perhaps I would have been met with a flurry of rage for posting my thoughts here on this matter.  Modern American women are deeeeeeply involved in rationalizations on this matter.  I never went out of my way to debate the matter, but as you say, all it really takes is to live a certain way to infuriate the consensus crowd.  

This theme, I think, fits perfectly into what you are suggesting about the power of perception.  And folk's perception of money is about to change in a very big way, whether or not they want it to.

Thanks for the piece, Cog.  

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Great stuff CD. I'm a big fan of Gregory Bateson, Robert Anton Wilson, and others who have been trying to tell us how we come to know what we know, but I hadn't really considered money as an implanted meme that can be used to implant other memes. I'm going to chew on this idea for a while, but I suspect it will require a momentous event or series of events for most folks to even be able to entertain the idea.

I seem to have been blessed (or cursed) with direct knowledge that is anti-authoritarian in nature, so for most of my life there has been deep distrust of authority, and consequently I've spent a huge chunk of my life trying to figure things out on my own, not always successfully. But I keep trying to stretch my mind every day. There's an old Bad Religion song called "Against the Grain" that I've long identified with.

I'm encouraged by your idea that "The decoupling builds its support one mind at a time until suddenly it goes exponential and the façade crumbles." I admit I was starting to lose hope that such a thing was possible, but in the last year or so I'm seeing it happen. The authorities are losing authority and credibility, and there are a lot of bewildered people. They look to me like deer in the headlights. Either we will get a renaissance of new ideas or we will get a theocracy and another Dark Ages. At this point it seems like a toss-up, and I agree that places like zh are the only hope.

Can't wait to read the last installment!

StychoKiller's picture

One should not look for fish in the treetops.

mkkby's picture

I had an experience recently that put this all in focus.  I was having lunch with 6 people, all well educated and intelligent in the "book" smarts sense.  The conversation turned to red light cameras and one person's recent ticket.  Everyone agreed that he had no choice but to pay it, because he was caught on camera.  I related how 2 years ago I just threw one of those away, and that the actual language on the ticket explains that it's treated as a parking ticket which cannot affect your driving record.

Not one person in 6 could even conceive of not paying a parking ticket.  Or doing an internet search to see what happens, if anything, if you don't obey.  Several people imagined  overblown consequences like cops coming to your door, or marks on your credit record.  People actually got angry and scared, and we're talking about resisting a parking ticket. 

This was a real slap in the face for me, in realizing how passive and scared people are.  I can't imagine any of these people ever resisting the financial or political systems.  I think they would literally curl up in a corner and weep.

MurderNeverWasLove's picture

Very interesting.  I have had similar experiences that left me wondering.  I am amazed at how well the various systems of control have done a perfect number on good, smart people.  I expect it is largely fear that keeps them "in line."

I suppose it is in some way fear that prompts me to resist, but the upside is potentially incredible.  Think Tank Man, e.g.

Coldfire's picture

Fundamentally thought-provoking as usual, CD. Good stuff. Goood.

penisouraus erecti's picture

Interesting stuff. Makes one think.

gookempucky's picture

Great read again. CD hits it out of the park. Touching upon the word hypnosis which you hit upon so masterfully. Hypnosis can spring from two conditions, a partial state of consciousness or a false state of consciousness. The partial state admits of certain capabilities and where one feels limited or unable to go beyond that which their consciousness allows. The false state of consciousness is the notion (through symbolism and or coercion) that certain things are true which are not true at all which I call the state of complete ignorance of reality. It is a mental state built up ( as you have said over thousands of years) of impressions that are entirely false or on the other hand a set of impressions that are entirely true regarding a thing that is entirely false. Where does it end --it ends with us-all of us. Lets go back when the world was flat, the hypnotic opinion/ result was falling into the abyss OFF THE WORLD, those that could see beyond their limitations went out past the limitations of public hypnosis and found the world was really roundish.

When man starts to see that it is just simply a matter of sailing out, beyond the limitations of opinions, he will find that no actual limitation existed at all.


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Touching upon the word hypnosis which you hit upon............

I actually wanted to use it more often. But it is a major trigger word for far too many people and if the word is used more than once or twice it has the tendency to lead people to think of stage shows and parlor tricks where people do silly things to amuse the audience. This 'meme' then delegitimizes the entire message. This was why I used 'trance' a few times.

Thank you for your kind words by the way. :>)

piceridu's picture

Cog Dis, I just want you to know; this one individual appreciates and applauds your efforts. Whether I agree or don't agree is of no consequence. Beauty or even quality comes in many forms and I see it in the essence of your work.

Thank you


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Thank you.

I reserve the right to be wrong 100% of the time. And half wrong the other 100% of the time. My only purpose is the trigger though and discussion. And to show that there is hope and it is the control system that is telling you and me that resistance is futile.

The most successful army in the universe is the one that convinces the opposing army to lay down their arms and go home. This is how the 2% controls the 98%. It is that simple. We have been convinced that resistance is futile when in fact we don't need to resist. We support the 2% with our consent and willingness to go along to get along.

If just 5% to 10% were to withdraw their consent, the 2% would collapse. We have been convinced that if they collapse we will collapse. That is bullshit and all part of their psychological operation to convince us to give up before even trying.

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If just 5% to 10% were to withdraw their consent, the 2% would collapse. We have been convinced that if they collapse we will collapse. That is bullshit and all part of their psychological operation to convince us to give up before even trying.


The process of consent withdrawal is well underway.  Thoreau did not have much company in his day.  It is quite different now, growing quietly and without much organization.  If we can see this the 2% can also.

  The 2% seem to be delaying collapse as long as possible while they take more and more from the crumbling economy.   I think economic collapse  happens before or when a critical mass withdraws consent, but is near certian eventualy  I'm suspecting some attempt at a culling operation (enhanced four horsemen) follows the collapse.   Love to see the contingency plans.  

RockyRacoon's picture

The U. S. does not need royalty and royal weddings.  We have mergers and acquisitions, Wall Street, and all that fiat currency can "buy".  M&A takes the place of the King and his minions. 

We have been convinced that if they collapse we will collapse.

There ya have it.

Debt is an asset.   Only in a fairy tale -- like ours.

nah's picture

if you got money you can fuck alot more people

Mec-sick-o's picture

Nope, you need to get Viagra too, eventually ;)

Ben Fleeced's picture

CD- Been trackin' you for awhile and gotta say thanks. I am sitting with GSM, a hobo barrel grillin' sausage from local pigs, sage from MY land, potatoes from last fall, my day job protects living things, my possesions are generations old, makin' shiny stuff that turd told me to buy. Life is good when simple and sweet.

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Another insightful essay for a thinking person.  As I (and others) have been saying for some time now.  People have lost their sense of what real value is.  Ultimately, people will only value paper money if they have faith that those promissory notes can purchase things of value that are equivalent to the amount of work or labor they have done.

Our basic economic model is more than a few thousand years old.  You would think that after such a long history, economics and the financial sector of the world's economy would "get" how important it is to keep the system grounded in reality.  Infinite growth on a finite world, not going to happen.

There is a very real cost for creating capital.  A terrible cost that humanity seems to insist on paying over and over.  The financial sector remains a cancer that is destroy all the other productive sectors of the economy. 

It is a good thing that it is still possible to detach from the grid and re-think one's own options.  As vital resources become more limited and interuptions in the global supply chain become more prevailent, adaptation will become harder and harder in the current meme (as Q2 numbers after the Japan quake are about to teach us - unless these numbers are going to be outright forged).  Know your neighbors, and understand the resources of your community, exactly what "money" is will (and already is) change faster than the world can print fiat.

MurderNeverWasLove's picture

 People have lost their sense of what real value is.

This is one of my favorite words/topics is value.  My personal belief is that the fundamental human value is life itself.

I probably enjoy the goldbugs more than most, because to me they seem so close to getting it, but stop short.  Gold is worthless as fiat to a dead man, I reckon.

I think that money's obvious yet generally unspoken value is its use in sustaining life.  When money is used contrary to this principle, it is being used to rob or destroy its capacity to sustain and enhance life.

So I tend to take "debt" to be like unto "death" and "mortgage" as its etymology suggests: "death pledge."

tip e. canoe's picture

"There is a very real cost for creating capital."

indeed, "capital" as we all have agreed to define it.   of course, the cost of that "capital" is borne by generations not even born yet, assuming that they continue to agree to accept "capital" as it's currently defined by those who were born before them.

it seems to me that these discussions are not being had for this present time, but for some potential future that all of us feel (fear?) is coming to 'reality'.