In today’s episode I find myself aware how tenuous the notions of freedom are, especially when faced with fear. Freedom is easily pushed aside while under a mass hypnosis. To understand how we got here, we first revisit the teachings of Machiavelli. Though a ruler can rule by loving his subjects, love is a fickle emotion. People turn on those they love all the time. Therefore, Machiavelli believed fear was the better way to control the people.
From there, I look at the work by the psychologist, Dr. Mattias Desmet from Belgium. He believes there are four conditions necessary for a people to willfully give up their freedom. First, they need to be in a state of isolation or have their social interactions signficantly limited. Next, it is important to remove all of the positive or engaging parts of people’s lives, making them feel hopeless or aimless. Third, keep the people under a state of constant fear and anxiety. Finally, provide an all-encompassing solution to the problem from someone considered nearly infallible and then you will induce a mass formation psychosis.
This form of groupthink will cause those under the psychosis to reject facts, logic and reason in favor of the belief in whatever the trusted leader is saying. This gives the aimless and powerless a sense of control.. They will cling to that power for as long as possible and reject anything which may weaken it. However, over time, as more people realize the lie they have been sold, they will awaken from their psychosis and begin to see how they have been misled.
It’s a frustrating time, when even members of the Supreme Court of the United States of America are found to be repeating the lies (or making up whole new ones). We must stay strong, share the information we have as much as we can and hope our voices will be heard sooner rather than later.
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Actor - Writer - Director - Radio - Veteran | I like ‘guy’ things: women, sports, video games, dogs, drinking, football, shooting guns, war movies, action movies, sci-fi movies and playing the hero. I am a red-blooded, American male through-and-through. But, I have another side as well, a deep and entrenched creative side, which started with writing and evolved to include acting and radio. As a result, I have appeared in nearly 100 stage shows and been involved in dozens of motion pictures, including two independent features available on Amazon Prime.
I have also been in broadcast radio for over 20 years. Thus far, I have been honored to receive five GAB Awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters: Two for Best On-Air Personality and three for Best Talk Show.
It was only natural with these pursuits, podcasting would eventually be added to my plate. In late 2017, I decided to start a show with my buddy and co-host, Walt Murray, called, The Wilder Ride. We examine the films of Gene Wilder in the movies by minutes format. This has opened the door to meeting so many new and amazing podcasters from around the world and led to some amazing friendships! As Shakespeare puts it, “I am amazed and know not what to say!” Afterwards, my wife and I started a show called, 'The Marriage Fit Podcast" where we talk about our lives as a blended family. Our tag line is it's a show about trying to make things fit, staying fit, and not throwing a fit.
Of all the roles I play, though, I want to point out that there are two I consider more important than any I have ever played (or will ever play) and that is being a DAD and HUSBAND. I have four girls, ages, 26, 24, 23, and 21 and there is nothing I won't do for them. And, none of life's ambitions would be possible without the strength and support of my best friend in the entire world, my wife, Susan. Regardless of anything else, nothing will ever outshine them.
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