We are not your herd. We are not animals.
May 8, 2020
By Alan Mercer
I am a proud Canadian. I admire what is best about Canadians–their decency, good will, their resilience. It is incredible to live in such a country surrounded by a vast wilderness with endless resources and a long-held tradition of respect for fundamental rights and freedoms.
I grew up mostly in Canada, but originally I came from Northern Ireland–which has, to put it very simply, a very idealistic culture–and I know what I mean by that. Idealism can be good and it can also be naive. But naive is the way many of us have to start out. For me, I took a strong interest in religion and I have had a lot of exposure to different versions of Christianity. I met a lot of good people.
When I became unstuck from what I considered a cult, I became more interested in political ideology. When I saw our rights and freedoms under attack in the years following 9/11 and I saw that some people in power were proud to abuse people overseas, I used my interest in libertarianism and found an outlet for expressing my ideals and my naturally-felt traditional beliefs as a Libertarian Party organizer and candidate on multiple occasions. I have met many good, idealistic people of various cultures.
However, at a certain point, after being exposed to alternative views for long enough, I realized that most of the world is subject to a system very analogous to “membership” in a very large cult–in which many (or most) people have to endure an awful lot of unnecessary one-way, authoritarian indoctrination, contradictory messages, unverified claims, outright lies, brow-beating emotional manipulation, exploitation, toxicity of all kinds, abuse and trauma–in varying degrees. There are people who will immediately respond to that type of claim and deny it–but maybe they should pay attention to what’s going on around them.
I have learned a lot about the actual public-private system we live under and I keep learning, and I have been trying to share what I have learned and even what I know instinctively, because I realized that the truth is not just “out there” and discoverable by us. Our ability to realize the truth is present in us–in our minds and bodies–accessible to us–but it’s usually beaten down and buried under a type of scar tissue.
And so we find ourselves at a climax in the spring of 2020 with this COVID-19 emergence of the dominant oligarchy’s agenda for all of us–and they say as much in their own words repeatedly.
So it’s time for all of us–as many as possible–to fully wake up to who and what we really are.