“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”
– John Lennon
I recognise a trance state when I see one. If you want to observe a very deep trance state yourself simply place a young child in front of a television showing a favorite show and very quickly you will be witnessing a profound trance state, a developing mind wide open and ready to accept any suggestion or direction the program maker wishes to offer, after all, that is the whole point and purpose of television.
At this juncture may I point out that I’ve enjoyed a great deal of what television has to offer over many years and learned a great deal from it, unfortunately much of it turned out to be way off the mark, and much of it turned out to be downright lies. But a great deal was fantastic entertainment and memorable events from the grand theaters of Sport, Film, Current Affairs, the Natural World and the Arts. I’m very grateful for it leading me into the realm of the Sciences, Engineering and History through the medium of first class documentary film making.
But when all’s said and done the mainstream mass media is a tool for those who own it and are in a position influence it in order to project their demands, shouts and whispers into the Hearts and Minds of Humanity. Here is the wonderful George Carlin, recorded in 2005 describing in his own particular style what is going on and how little has changed over the last 10 years or so.
What I am drawing your attention to here is the deliberate, manipulative aspect of the hypnotist in the corner or hanging on the wall, in your pocket, at your place of work, in every school and college, majority of public places, even in the slums and the poorest nations in the World.
An example: According the BBC’s Royal Charter, most recently renewed in 2006, the BBC’s mission is “To enrich people’s lives with programmes and services that inform, educate and entertain.” All very noble. However I suggest if honesty were to prevail the BBC’s mission statement, along with many other mainstream TV corporations might say “To shape peoples lives with programming and services that inform, educate , entertain and manipulate,” for that is what they undoubtedly do, its their job, always has been.
(For a deeper insight into this murky world click and meet Edward Bernays, one of its primary architects).
Here are a number of notable individuals with many years of collective experience informing their views.
And finally here is Manly P Hall, one of the 20th Centuries great philosophers. Founder of the Philosophical Research Society, author of “The Secret Teachings of All Ages” 33rd Degree Mason and author of over 150 books and essays delivering a lecture entitled
“How to turn off the TV and Live Happily Ever After.”