If you are like the majority of the population of the world, and you have no idea, an initiative called the Trusted News Initiative was put forward to control the media, the facts, and the narrative. At times, if you really listen, it seems as if every large MSM outlet is reading from the same script.
Now, how about gaslighting? Do you understand what gaslighting means, and would you recognize it if it happened to you? Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse that has been used by powerful people as a tactic to gain more power. It makes the average person or victim question his or her own reality. Worse, anyone and everyone is susceptible to gaslighting. Managers, abusers, dictators, narcissists, sociopaths, cult leaders, and control freaks use gaslighting slowly over a period of time so their unsuspecting victims don’t even realize it’s happening. For some, it can take months or years to realize they have been lied to.
Maybe someone says something or something happens to you and your family, and it leaves you reeling, flung into a WTF moment. When a powerful person who has authority in your life or whom you look to for direction insists strongly, with such conviction, on a false version of events, you and others listening start to doubt. You may even doubt your own inner voice or go against your own beliefs, questioning your own memory of events, your reality, and sometimes your sanity. That is not a good thing, but it can happen to anyone.
Gaslighting is a common tactic, but the kicker is that realizing it’s happening to you is your first step in getting out from under it. However, sadly, most people have no idea it’s even happening to them, because it involves a slow manipulation of your mindset, controlling the information you receive. Now, you may be saying to yourself that you’re smarter than that, but look back in your life. Have you ever realized that you believed someone’s false narrative about someone or something only to learn months or years down the road that it wasn’t true?
If you have, don’t beat yourself up. I know I’ve believed nefarious things only to learn that they were lies. That feeling of being suckered can leave you confused, anxious, and, believe it or not, doubting yourself. Only you know what’s best for you! You should never, ever not trust yourself. There is a saying that it’s really easy to get caught up in the mob mentality. It’s taken me a lot of years, but, terrified or not, I will never agree with a mob mentality when deep down, something doesn’t feel right to me. I am not afraid to stand alone or question a narrative, yet I know many family and friends who will never stand up to question something a powerful person is saying.
It takes a tremendous amount of courage to be the only one speaking up and refusing to go along with the crowd. Never, ever doubt that little voice inside you that tells you when something is wrong. And never, ever allow someone you know, whether family, friend, or leader, to bully you into something you don’t believe in. You have rights, and you have the right to get your own information and do your own research.
Now back to gaslighting. You know who has mastered this skill? Politicians who have become adept at psychological manipulation, covertly sowing seeds of doubt in their followers or even a targeted group of people. This form of psychological warfare is something covert military forces use on their enemies. They’re trained in forms of slow manipulation that can leave you questioning your perceptions, becoming reliant on the abuser for your own sense of reality.
What happens to victims of gaslighting who are deliberately and systematically fed a stream of false information or a false narrative over and over? They question what they know to be true. Over time, abusers who are adept at psychological warfare will learn how and when to make their manipulation of the facts more complex, compelling, powerful, and influential—so much so that their followers can no longer see the truth, because now the only truth they believe is at the hands of the master manipulator. This relationship can’t exist without an imbalance of power.
Now let’s put this in perspective. In order for gaslighting to be effective, you must hand power over to someone. In an emergency, instead of taking the information and seeking your own sources to verify the truth, you look to a leader to come up with a plan and order people to follow it. Gaslighters such as politicians take advantage of this to attack others, and unfortunately, especially as of late, they’ve tossed out hatred, knowing they have absolute impunity because of the enormous power they have. When was it that they could suddenly break any and all laws and not be touched, even laws created to protect people?
Politicians have become bolder and bolder, as if they are unstoppable. When you are a victim of gaslighting, you become fearful and don’t fight back. What happens if you do fight back and stand up to an abuser? Your ability to put food on the table for your family and keep a roof over your head is threatened. You could be fired, publicly attacked and discredited, ridiculed, and even threatened with a permanent loss of livelihood. Your family could be threatened, your money could be taken from your accounts, and you could lose your freedom.
Now, this is where it gets bizarre. When called out, a gaslighter will try to weave a more intricate web, and when his control slips, that powerful person can become nasty and ramp up the campaign until the victim feels as if she is being viciously punched in the face over and over. The main objective is to grind the victim into the ground so she remembers her place, with the reminder that she has no rights and is not in control. Think about it. We have seen cult leaders who were so skillful that they managed to guide their followers into a collective death despite those of us yelling out at them to wake up and not drink the Kool-Aid. Then the story changes. When you’re under the spell of an abuser, there is a point where you can’t hear anything but what the abuser is saying, not from your family, friends, or anyone else. Because you believe there is no way that gaslighter could be lying to you.
Back to December 2, 2020, and the Trusted News Initiative. Even before Covid happened, there was rising distrust in the mainstream media, so various media organizations, big tech companies, and governments got together and agreed to block the spread of information. The idea was to counter people who dared to question the narrative. Those people were gaining traction on social media, and, according to the government, were spreading dangerous information. If you now listen to the news and find they’re saying the same things, you may have thought that they’re reading from the same script. Tragically, the Trusted News Initiative has become a tool for the suppression of lifesaving information, as outlined by lawyers representing a number of doctors both vaccinated and unvaccinated. The link is here.
I’m not going to highlight the details, because the lawyer has so eloquently outlined the kind of gaslighting that has transpired. As I’ve said in my other posts, history, history, history. Pay attention to the spinning of language in the claim of tackling the rise of misinformation only to censor dissenting voices, which brings about the death of freedom and democracy. Remember your rights.
And this morning a copy of the “Open Letter” from the Okanagan Health Professionals attached. This letter is also accessible on the Canada Health Alliance website; here is the link.
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