Freedom as a symbol, freedom as a reality

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"Either you think - or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you." - F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night (1934)

Remember the old saying, the map is not the territory? The map is especially not the territory when its directions and locations are symbols that refer to false paths.

In that case, using the map takes you to the wrong place. It keeps you moving toward an imitation of the destination. And when you arrive, you may think you've found the treasure, but you've actually discovered a trap.

And you're in it. You can believe, even while in the trap, that you've found the gold. Because you did the right thing. You followed the symbols. You agreed to their meanings. But you ended up with an illusion of wealth.

Worse, you buy the illusion and now believe that what you originally sought was just a fantasy.

In this democracy, freedom is a symbol that refers to a specific set of permissions the government grants to individuals.

And even then, the actual list of permissions is shrinking—which means the government is arbitrarily redefining what was originally granted.

Freedom is situated in the hands of those who rule from Washington.

Arguing about how much freedom the government should allow is like arguing about the degree to which you are a property owned by government. 43%? 78%?

It's also like calling you a time-share. Should government decide it can spend two weeks a year in your mind and body? A month? Eleven months?

The symbol of freedom, for those who love big government, is malleable, depending on the latest official (vague) description of "greatest good for the greatest number," which automatically trumps all individual rights.

"Hi. I'm a time-share named Joe. Today, I found out that the federal government can move in to my body & mind 24 days a month. That's a new decision. I fully support it, because government is calculating greatest good for the greatest number."

Accepting the symbol of freedom is tantamount to excluding all other formulations of freedom. That's how a symbol co-opted by psyop agents works. It supplants older definitions. It replaces reality.

What is the reality? Freedom is a natural state of being. Every individual has it. Governments and pacts and laws don't alter that one iota.

And when we look at it in this way, without blinders, several questions arise.

The major question is: what is freedom for?

Is it just a vine we watch wither away and dry up and blow into dust?

Is it only and forever something we fight to preserve?

Is that the full and complete story?

What do we DO with freedom when we HAVE it?

In any civilization, freedom has to be a platform, from which a certain number of individuals imagine and create at the height of their power.

Without interfering with anyone's freedom.

They imagine and create new realities that never existed before.

They are the ones who unlock the gates to an open future.

The actual content of their creations is never known before it appears. They don't repeat what's already been done. They embark on new roads. They never give up. They never fold. They never stop.

They don't settle for half. They don't reduce their dreams and visions to fit the group. They don't try to blend in. They don't care about their critics. They invent new worlds that supersede this one.

They breathe freedom and taste it and do something with it. They make freedom into a prelude for action, for creation on the largest possible canvas.

Normal and Average and Fitting In and Compromise and Collective are words for decay and death.

We are in unusual times, because every word and phrase that suggest greater creative power have been twisted and co-opted by marketers, PR men, advertisers, educators, media anchors, psychologists, propagandists, psyops specialists, and political leaders. This is, of course, no accident.

It's a sustained program for reducing meaning to pedestrian terms, for reducing culture to cartoon caricatures.

This is what mass mind control is all about.

But the free, independent, and creative individual doesn't submit to that programming.

Archetypes of heroes, artists, and true revolutionaries are still alive in consciousness. They are touchstones, not for mimicry, but as reminders of achievements that are possible.

These archetypes survive the death of cultures and nations. They endure.

The open sky of possibility is born out of consciousness and reflects back to it.

We fight to gain freedom, to preserve it, and to ascend from it.

The spirit of our government has become a foul, stench-ridden mass of corruption, even as it cynically promotes ideals of freedom, for a little more leverage. Fools believe in it.

The government is now in the business of making robots and androids. That is its mission. That is democracy.

Those who compromise and give in every day of their lives seek cover and protection in The Group. They think hiding is their best option.

But dreams appear. Dreams that momentarily take slaves out of their chains.

These are the real nightmares for those who, at every level, seek to maintain their passive acceptance of What Is.

There are two basic worlds: what already exists; and possibility.

The second world is infinite.

The over-trained mind believes possibility is just another system.

But imagination, when unleashed, has no boundaries.

Trying to understand imagination by referring to society is futile. There is nothing in how society is managed that clarifies imagination or explains it.

Our current society is a living example of what happens when individual imagination is downplayed.

Modern society, intentionally and falsely, portrays the free and independent individual as a moral criminal.

So here we are. Freedom exists in a pure state. It's real. It's a choice that exists inside every person. Whether or not the State grants it has nothing to do with that fact. Freedom Is. Knowing that, the slate is clean. We can choose. We can start a new life at the drop of a hat.

The more we see of freedom, the bigger the space of it, the more likely it is that we'll choose to create rather than fit in. The more we see the space of freedom as possibility without limit, the more likely we'll dig deeper for inner resources—as fuel for our fire.

Some take that road. Most do not.

Most are content to accept the shadow symbol of freedom as the real thing, even when they know it isn't.

    last comments from Jon Rappoport
    Silvia Postill Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:26:41 +0000

    ..great article Jon

    OzzieThinker Fri, 09 Aug 2013 06:23:39 +0000

    Another good article, Jon. In fact, one of many I simply do not have the time to comment on.

    Let us be clear, however, on the history of government. Governments were set up by the old merchant [bankers] who went to war with a defacto royalty and won. Therefore, from conception, governments have always been run by merchant bankers who have looked at ways of both embroiling and assuaging the people in their political agenda.

    The first mitigated attempt to enslave the world happened in 1917. We are now seeing "Mach II" in the build up to 2017 – a magical date which satisfies many purposes (including the full materialisation of energy of the "Universal Christ" – ROFLAO). Limits on the opportunity to think freely are best expressed by the treatment of those branded "children" and supplementary brand "world's worst evil" (sic) – paedophilia. It is interesting that campaign (outside complete removal of "pro" voices) has redefined the word "rape". Now two "underage" teens can "consensually rape" each other. If the law permitted both would be jailed for daring to consent.

    Levantine Fri, 09 Aug 2013 05:20:07 +0000

    ………. A third idea we were brainwashed into believing was that the only important thing was individualism. They called it freedom. There is no such thing as freedom. There is something called liberty; it's quite different. I'll not spend much time on this. If you're interested, read Ruggiero's "History of European Liberalism", Oxford University Press, 1927, particularly the first couple of chapters. That's the English translation of an Italian book. Freedom is freedom from restraints. We're always under restraints. The difference between a stable society and an unstable one is that the restraints in an unstable one are external. In a stable society, government ultimately becomes unnecessary; the restraints on people's actions are internal, there're self-disciplined. They are the restraints you have accepted because they make it possible for you to satisfy all your needs to the degree that is good for you. ………..

    I dislike responding with just a quote, but… the above fits the bill.


    Max Fri, 09 Aug 2013 05:18:42 +0000

    "Our current society is a living example of what happens when individual imagination is downplayed."

    Really? You mean to say all the magnificent cities, buildings, factories, scientific breakthroughs, gadgets, complex organizational structures, works of art like movies, music were all conceived from a process that didn't involve individual imagination? You desire that every individual should live a life from imagination forgetting that the society also needs mass of people with ability to operate the structures created from imagination, and also a large number of consumers to make the structure commercially viable. If every person was to create his individual structure arising from his imagination, we would have a billion structures with no one inhabiting or making use of these structures.

    Disregarding the staggering amount of imagination, creativity and combined effort of billions that has transformed the planet beyond recognition in last few centuries, its very easy to sit in an ivory tower and condemn every structure in place as enemy of individual freedom but an intellectually dishonest exercise.

    Eric Smiff Fri, 09 Aug 2013 04:46:45 +0000


    The traitors demanded the genocide of the Indians. King George said no, the French said yes. Their freedom was the freedom to exploit, murder and enslave.

    This (French written) article reveals a possible motive for the elite colonists enthusiasm for independence.

    "However, the 1763 Treaty of Paris removed the French from North America; and might have opened the West for the American colonists, had not George III prevented them from expanding by preserving the trans-Appalachian West for the native Americans. This made the colonists angry at the British this time. As the colonial quarrel grew in the late 1760s and 1770s, French authorities were keen observers out of geopolitical rivalry with Great Britain in the region, and in general. Here was an opportunity to get back at Britain by contributing to the break-up of its empire. Such was French anticipation upon their official involvement in the conflict. "

    Jon, onehumanbeing Fri, 09 Aug 2013 01:43:30 +0000

    Excellent Jon – as always, proudly re-posted on The All-Seeing Eyebama!


    Adam Fri, 09 Aug 2013 01:21:59 +0000

    Cheesy song lyrics "Free your mind and the rest will follow…" Not the point of the song but appropriate…

    Adam Fri, 09 Aug 2013 01:17:20 +0000

    I'm sure you're all over this but thought I'd share.

    Michael Thu, 08 Aug 2013 20:15:37 +0000

    I am questioning my freedom all the time Jon…..there are no real references to it anywhere. I look to great spirits that have lived and died here on planet earth for an answer. I have questioned others on what they believe freedom is, and means.
    The very nature of the physics of this solar system, as taught in schools and books is oppressive of freedom. The very nature of the word in definition is biased by terms, physical condition, physical confinement. The popular or cutting edge theories of existence and how we got here is dependant on thwarted freedom. We are, I would say, being enslaved at the smallest of levels. That we are not free then begs for an answer to "What then? And the resounding answer we are simply someone's property.
    I admire your courage to write the truth. You are one of mine.
    My feet hit the floor in the morning and the first question to myself is "Are you afraid…are you free Michael". the day is dependant that answer.
    I have been reading your blog for while now, I reference you a lot and repost your work any chance I get….I hope that does not offend you.
    Don't stop writing, I feel lonely and then read your blog, I am then inspired.
    Namaste My friend
    Michael B

    joanie Thu, 08 Aug 2013 18:37:21 +0000


    You said,

    "The spirit of our government has become a foul"

    Not "become", is and always was. In "government" we see "over" "men" – equating control of the varied kind.

    Our language provides answers reflecting truth – just like an expressed statement reversed, exposes true intent. It's not what is said, but rather how words are fueled, energized or not.

    Freedom = kingdom = government, which equates, "rights" granted.

    A knowing is to know/gno your rights. A right to life is not granted. Life (body) is to be lived without permission, licensure, taxes etc. What am I saying, "freedom" in every sense of the word, is granted, thus one does not seek freedom, without at the same time trying to loosen what binds. "Rights" just are.

    Living outside of the system, a body is creating their own language, amongst other right to life doings, and yet is most often coloring outside of the lines, the confines of gooberment. Those "caught" not going with the flow of the system used to control the m"asses", run by da gub, are punished and made an example of – "get back in the box you might set an example".

    Animals living in their natural environment are not seeking freedoms, they're rightfully existing…

    In time people figure out, you can drive a car without a license, teach without a license, exercise common sense without a license, creating unlimited, without licensure or taxes is this our right to life.

    Thank you for influencing my write/right. :")

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