We live in an extraordinary time in human history.
There’s a war going on, and you probably never even realized it was happening.
The war is taking place on an intangible battlefield called your mind. The stakes are what you’ll accept as true and what you’ll believe is false. Your main weapon in this fight is research and your main source of protection is knowledge. Believe it, or not, your beliefs are a valuable commodity in this world, and there are people willing to fight and die a real death to make sure your beliefs line up a certain way.
Me? I just want you to believe whatever it is you came to believe on your own, without someone encouraging you to believe something one way or the other. I just want your beliefs and ideas to be truly yours, not someone else’s.
A long time ago, Oscar Wilde said:
“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
Before we get deep down into the gritty nitty meat and bones of this article, I’d like to get a few things out of the way:
I live in the United States. I was born here and I will more than likely die here. Since I turned eighteen years-old (legal voting age in the US) I’ve been registered in two political parties. I’ve been a registered Democrat and I registered for Ross Perot’s United We Stand America when it was active. However, I’ve spent most of my adult life registered as an independent voter, as I am today.
Until the last election, I hadn’t voted for anyone or anything since 1999. Once I saw how badly rigged our system is during Bush vs. Gore, I gave up. I mean, after all, if my vote gets negated because the Supreme Court appoints the president, then what’s the point?