Paranoia: The Flip Side

It seems to me that we are living in an age of paranoia, which is likely to get worse with time. Too many people are mainlining their thinking and decision making directly from a 6.7 inch screen. Is that why it was so easy for the public to accept conditions of extreme isolation in lockdowns during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic or why it was so easy for sleazy political operatives to pull of one of the greatest election frauds of modern time?

In the age of paranoia, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you! Certainly they are out to manipulate your opinion and your vote — with or without your awareness.

In this corrupt age, paranoia is inevitable. They really are out to get you, in more ways than you can imagine. We know this, but when we openly discuss the possibility that COVID mail-in ballots were used to perpetrate massive voter fraud, the charges of “you’re paranoid!” fly fast and heavy.

The mainstream definition of the word “paranoia” focuses on “feelings of persecution or deep distrust of others.” But there is a neglected aspect of the word that can add another dimension to understanding what is happening on the inside of paranoia.

paranoia

 (pӕrəˈnoiə) nouna type of mental illness in which a person has fixed and unreasonable ideas that he is very important, or that other people are being unfair or [unfriendly] to him. paranoiaˌparaˈnoiac (-ˈnoːik) , ˈparanoid (-noid) noun, adjectiveparanoicoKernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd

From The Free Dictionary

Other dictionaries define paranoia as often combining a sense of grandeur with a sense of persecution. A half century ago, definitions of the word often included “a belief that the individual had special abilities or special powers.”

It should be obvious how feelings of a person’s special importance might combine with feelings of being persecuted or of being misunderstood in malicious ways.

Special strengths and special powers are attributed to super-heroes, such as Superman, Spiderman, The Flash, and so on. Thanks to Hollywood, we also attribute special powers to people who gain their abilities through strenuous training and well-maintained equipment, such as Navy Seals, SAS, elite assassins etc. Society is even fixated — via the entertainment media — to the “special powers” in fictional species such as vampires, zombies, and werewolves.

Videogames imbue our game-playing alter egos with superpowers and often give us higher levels of situational awareness than we could possibly achieve in a real crisis situation. The same mental shift occurs when watching action heroes in movies and on TV — or when reading novels and comic books about action heroes such as Jack Reacher, although fewer and fewer people have the attention span to read real books anymore.

So, when we get the justifiable impression that the official authorities and gatekeepers of information — government, media, academics, big tech and social media, corporations, nonprofits, etc. — are not being honest with us but are rather serving their own narrow interests when they push their narratives, we may find ourselves feeling just a bit paranoid.

And as we slip into a defensive paranoia, it is easy to believe that we may have special insights or special powers to confront the oversized institutions of injustice that promote false and limiting narratives that serve themselves most of all. It is easy to believe that, because we have been fed a steady diet of special powers and special strengths in our entertainments for as long as we have been alive.

Because of the covert nature of much of the procedures of mail-in ballots and electronic voting, large portions of the public have lost faith in the legitimacy of their governments. This may not be a problem when everything is going smoothly. But with illegitimate idiots in power, things are not likely to go smoothly for long — no matter how frantically the media attempts to paper over the looming mountain of problems.

While it is important to try to be aware of what is being done — both against you and on your behalf — it is also important to maintain a realistic sense of what you as an individual should try to do when confronted with an entirely corrupt and illegitimate government that attempts to enforce unjust actions or judgments. In times like this, it can be wise to maintain a low profile unless you have thought through your Plan B, Plan C, Plan D, etc.

BTW, Project Veritas is one of many groups that attempts to break through the “cone of silence” that the deep state and its complicit partners attempt to place around any evidence that might implicate the deep swamp state in blatant wrongdoing against the public. If you weren’t paranoid before, you will be. Oh yes, my precious pretties, you will be!

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