May 29, 2016
In a recent podcast interview, the libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson spoke about some of the issues of running for the U.S. presidency. In particular, he spoke about the fact that if you’re not in the polls and not in the debates, you’re unable to have any standing to win the presidency since you’re not able to obtain enough influence and not even capable of entering the paradigm of electability. In that way, the U.S. presidency is controlled by third party entities that create a stranglehold over the perception of the masses. It is no wonder, therefore, that a former president would claim the U.S. is an oligarchy and a study from Princeton University would provide evidence for it.
A great example of how these third parties can control the perception of the masses is the blatant media bias and neglect that was displayed during Ron Paul’s presidential candidacy. It was so blatant that it was even featured as a skit on The Daily Show.
Perception becomes reality. That’s the problem. However, this is a problem that can be solved through perceptional responsibility. It is the responsibility of individuals to correct disinformation and subversion. Unfortunately, since people aren’t well-versed in these matters, they do not understand how to prevent these issues. In their eyes, to ignore these things would only permit them but in reality, ignoring these matters is what disempowers them. To defeat the perception that comes to inform reality you must ignore that perception or not allow it to become accepted as reality.
For example, if theoretically, I don’t support Hillary Clinton then I won’t acknowledge her existence. I will not protest her presidential candidacy. I will not transfer information about her even if it were information that mocks her. In that way, I am not empowering her. Likewise, if I believe the U.S. is an oligarchy and therefore, feel no necessity to be involved in politics, then I do not speak about politics nor do I bother to vote or even talk about voting or not voting. By agreeing or disagreeing with it, you’re still perceptionally democratizing it into reality and therefore, empowering it whether you agree with it or not. It becomes the old cliche, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” The mere exposure whether it’s good or bad allows for support to gather.
This type of thinking is always met with denial and resistance because people do not understand that the name of the game is perception and not necessarily the objective reality that we want to imagine when we envision these things. Even more complex is the irony of having to acknowledge these things so that others understand that they should not acknowledge them.
That is the biggest problem in the age of information, understanding how to navigate it and how to take perceptional responsibility.
These matters extend far beyond the political arena and enter our daily lives on a regular basis. If say, you share nothing but unverified news stories from fraudulent sources, constantly post negative thoughts, never contribute to the world in a positive way, etc… then you are lacking perceptional responsibility and are only harming other individuals who may be subjected to the false information and perception that you’re projecting.