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“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn't fit in with the core belief.”
Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
"Don't tell me truth hurts, little girl, 'cause it hurts like hell."
David Bowie, Underground.
Know, Seeker, that all is not as it seems.
Comforting illusion, the glamour cast upon our senses by the insidious architects of misrule, can be a seductive thing indeed, as this work seeks to illustrate. Even the most powerful, we see, may be brought low by lies that drip from alluring lips, believing happy fictions whilst nefarious plans are concealed from them. We are aware, of course, that we are incessantly and systematically propagandised and deceived by our corporate-governmental overlords, but are we cognisant of just what truths they seek to hide within their web of deceit? Here follow some examples of what is hidden from us:
- A monetary system based on fictional debt to private, profit-driven companies with dubious motives.
- The aggresive promotion of a fictionalised narrative of world history from which episodes of supreme importance have been purposely deleted.
- Perpetual wars of aggression fought in the name of peace.
- An ‘educational’ system that is in truth one of indoctrination, claiming constant academic improvement whilst deliberately fostering ignorance and stunting critical thinking.
- A fascistic policy of consciousness-control which encourages the habitual use of some of the most harmful and addictive of substances known, and yet which simultaneously prohibits cooperation with the plant teachers and allies with which we may heal ourselves and expand our consciousnesses.
- A medical system based on profit and the managing rather than the curing of illnesses, and which suppresses the knowledge of, and research into, natural medicines in favour of profit-making drugs that mask symptoms rather than addressing causes.
- A mind-enslaving system of media that normalises conflict, idiocy, and the pathological acquisition of wealth and material goods.
- Dissent-suppressing fluoride added to our drinking water in the absurd guise of an aid to dental health, and weaponised food upon our plates.
- Three great religions of peace whose adherents commit endless, unspeakable atrocities in the name of their shared God.
By way of a further illustration, the Seeker is invited to ponder the origins of NASA, and two individuals instrumental to its early development: Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun, and Jack Parsons. What significance may we attribute to the fact that the former of these was a practicing occultist and ardent Nazi brought to the USA from Germany as part of the post-WWII knowledge-grab known as Operation Paperclip, and the latter an esotericist, magic worker, and adherent of Aleister Crowley’s Church of Thelema? With such musings in mind, can it be a surprise to learn that NASA to this day employs the terminology of the occult in the naming of its missions? What can we make of Atlantis, Mercury, Apollo, Aquarius, or OSIRIS-Rex, or the fact that the deployment of the extraterrestrial vehicles and operations that bear these names is often undertaken upon dates of astrological significance?
This particular phenomenon is alluded to here by the presence of the bat, that winged creature of the night upon whose breast is here emblazoned the alchemical symbol of Mercury, employed as the emblem of the eponymous NASA mission. By means of this example, the Seeker is counselled always to search for the meanings of the symbols that surround us – for they are rarely without meaning, and indeed are rarely without multiple meanings.
Indeed, occult symbology, the performance of arcane rites and rituals, and the working of magic forever surround us, permeating our culture, politics and science. Once one has equipped oneself with the eyes to perceive such things, they may be observed in everything from musical performances to corporate logos, to the architecture and street plans of the cities in which we dwell.