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The truth is like a lion. Let it loose: It will defend itself.

 March 27, 2022

By  Lorhainne Eckhart

Does anyone even know what the truth is anymore? I often wonder this when I walk down the street and see how people have changed from two years ago. No one smiles anymore, and those who wear a mask take an extra berth to get around you. Without smiles or the facial expressions we teach our children, especially our special needs children, there are no connections between us as humans. Right now, it seems we as a society have split into two different camps, those who have a love for their fellow man and respect the rights of individuals and those who seem to live in a state of perpetual fear. I don’t remember the last time a stranger smiled at me or said hello. Even neighbors don’t do that anymore. Instead, the go-to is wariness, avoiding all forms of eye contact altogether.

Our kids are so fucking confused. They have no idea what they’re supposed to do, because the media, teachers, and people in authority in their lives have fed them a continual narrative of fear. I don’t know what it will take to undo the damage. If you can’t see it, take a few days, a week or two, and just consider and watch people, especially young adults. Not in a stalkerish, creepy way, please! Go outside and just pay attention without commenting, and make an effort to see the changes. Step out of the matrix for a few hours. If you can, try to remember back to a time when you used to be able to walk down the street and toss out a smile to a passing family, or a wave, or a big hello. Think of the conversations you’d have with people you’d met a few times. It’s that human connection that makes us caring, loving human beings. Remember the lines you used to stand in at the store before you had to make sure to keep your distance, standing on marked, measured lines like cattle, no conversation, no laughter. Remember the impromptu chats with strangers in line, or the laughs over something, anything. This rarely, if ever, happens anymore because we’ve become disconnected, and that is not a good thing.

One of the things my son’s autism consultant does every time she comes out to update my son’s program, and this goes back to when he was in school, is she first observes. You can’t fix anything for yourself or your family unless you step back and just observe to get an idea of what the real picture is. One of the things she never did was base outcomes on the observations of others. She would take what was said and then step back and make her own observations without preconceived ideas of what the outcome had to be. If you take as gospel the current and ongoing narrative, which is happening at what seems like lightning speed for those glued to mainstream media, without doing your own observations and searching for facts, you’re not seeing the bigger picture.

Yes, mainstream media—or, as some call them, legacy media—and Hollywood have predictive programming that they use to set the narrative. Unfortunately, too many people run the news all day or just leave the TV on because the silence is too much. Sitting in silence and stopping the noise is how you get out of the chaos and how you hear yourself. But many, some of whom are my family and friends, have the TV on all the time. For decades, even when I was young, growing up, I would visit my family, extended family, and even friends only to find that big-ass TV on in the living room. Not so much in the ’70s, but as the years went by, from ’80s into the 2000s, it came to the point where it seemed like people had a TV in every room.

Whether I was invited for dinner, stopping in for coffee, or just visiting family or friends, there was that damn TV on the entire time, running in the background, more often than not displaying legacy media. Everyone would sit in the living room or family room, and it was impossible to talk, really, as the media pumped out what the day’s narrative was. Everyone would keep turning to the TV during breaks in conversation. When making dinner in the kitchen, the host would turn the TV over the fireplace on so they could see it, and I would be there helping, sitting on a stool at the island, hearing actors reading the script of what they call news, parroting the same words on every station, an echo chamber that filled the silence.

One of the things I’ve talked about in many blogs is early intervention in autism and how we rewire the brain through repetition over and over and over. What do you think is happening to you when you tune in to mainstream media and see the government ads that you and I pay for? Repetition is so important in changing behavior. But before I go any further down that rabbit hole, take a step back and look at the matrix. I’m sure a few of you have already heard that we’re living in a matrix and that the movie The Matrix was actually a documentary. When you have the TV on, running all the time, the news is meant to heighten your emotions in a negative way, keep you in that heightened negative emotional state, and shock you and capture your attention—and not in a good way.

Remember the quote “Whoever controls the media controls the minds of the people.”

Think back to 9/11. I bet every one of you can remember exactly where you were in the moment you saw it or heard about it. You can recall exactly what you were doing, what you were thinking, what you were wearing, and who you were with the moment you heard what had happened. I was a young mother. My second child was just a baby, and I was that morning in an old wrinkled turquoise t-shirt. I was holding him because he was fussing a bit. I was downstairs, and I know the exact spot I was standing, and in which house we were living in. It was in the town up north where we lived for a year. I was in shorts because it was an unusually warm fall morning. That moment is burned into my memory because of an event that was so traumatic, but if you were to ask me about September 10 or September 12, I wouldn’t be able to tell you anything of what I was doing or where I was. Trauma, fear, even anger hits you on an emotional level and shapes how you perceive the world and your memory of an event. You believe the one perspective shown to you, thinking it happened that one way.

In the mainstream media, those are not journalists on screen, reading a script; they are actors. Remember that. They know exactly how to tap into your emotions. They have editors and directors, camera people, executives, and they use CGI and edit footage to create the most dramatic emotional impact for the viewer. For example, they may take a bombing from a country in the Middle East that happened years ago and say that it has happened now in another country. When you see it, you don’t think to question it because you’re horrified and captured. Back to the TV running nonstop at family and friends’ houses. It’s mindboggling how normalized it has become to just leave the TV on in the background. I’m sitting there, trying to have a conversation, because I’m there to visit, to talk, to connect as a human being, but I realized a while ago that constant TV has become the new normal for many. They may not even realize that the distraction also creates a disconnect, meaning we connect less and less on an emotional level.

I realized every time I was at someone’s house and the TV was on that I had only a small percentage of their attention, because they were listening to the TV with one ear. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve said something only for someone to look over to the TV and cut me off to ask about what the news anchor said or comment, “Can you believe that just happened?” Then they come back to me with “Sorry, what were you saying?” As I sit there with that noise, I see that my family or friends have heard nothing of our conversation because the TV has captured all their attention. You can see it in people’s eyes, in their expressions, in their body language, whether they’re present or not. They may look at you, but you know when someone is distracted and his or her attention is somewhere else. You know when someone is one hundred percent present in a conversation, not captured by the parroting coming out of the TV.

Worse yet, one program ends and your host immediately reaches for the remote, which is always within reach. Maybe they give a quick glance to the clock to see whether it’s the CNN special hour and flick to it, finding yet another actor reading a similar script, a script that comes down from the powers that be who own the media corporation. Too many times to count, I’ve had a family member or friend say, “Oh, just a minute,” in the middle of a conversation we’re supposedly having. They’re glued to that TV because their subconscious has picked up on a change in tone of the news and they need to watch that for a few seconds because it’s…what, lifechanging, dire? Sometimes they’ll toss out a “Shh” and flick up the volume, and then when it’s over, they turn back to you and talk about that news story instead of what you were talking about. Captured. Like zombies, the family gathers around the TV and can’t look away.

Now, in my kids’ younger years and into their teens, I did not have cable TV and for four of those years I didn’t own a TV. The few people I mentioned it to thought I had lost my mind, wondering what we did instead, so I stopped mentioning it since I wondered if those people understood that families used to connect with each other, talking, play a game or cards, or playing outside. I remember the ’70s, playing outside with the neighbors’ kids after school and weekends until dark. Remember the neighborhood games of kick the can that went to after midnight?

Then there are the ruling class, who call us all “useless eaters.” Most of you should know who has said this recently. If you don’t, try looking it up. I’m not writing the names, because people who call them out tend to have accidents or suddenly commit suicide or have their homes broken into and their lives ripped apart. As I was having this discussion with a friend a week ago about how the elites view us all as useless eaters, I shared a video, this one below: https://www.facebook.com/1764351674/videos/2308629619289562/

I pointed out to him, yes, those ruling-class elites call the middle class useless eaters, but many of the middle class have also turned around and called the homeless useless eaters too. I reminded him, you don’t know the stories, the economic loss, the emotional downfall, that drive people onto the street.

A reminder again: Whoever controls the media controls the minds of the people.

So ask yourself, could you turn off your TV and radio for an entire week, no news, no Hollywood? Could you do it? Think about it, because what would happen if you really did disconnect for seven days and seven nights? You might start sleeping better. Would your anxiety decrease? Would your fear lessen? More importantly, would you be able to hear yourself again? Connect with yourself, the real you.


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