You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And, many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they fight to protect it. — Morpheus, The Matrix
Don’t let this be you… Unplugging from the cultural narrative is possible. As long as you are part of the system, it will dominate your life. It will keep you a mental slave. Are you ready to unplug?
What is the System?
The system is the dominant cultural narrative. Abrahamic religions (1) of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism control this narrative. They have a combined membership of nearly 4 billion members worldwide (2).
Even if you are not a follower of this mythology, you still feel the effects of its reach. It makes its way into governments and infects the laws of the land with its racial, ethnic, and religious prejudice. It promotes discrimination of people and gender. It justifies harmful behaviors with its bias and prejudice.
The system certainly includes beliefs about yourself and reality. They teach you to protect what they tell you. Indoctrination begins at an early age. The brainwashing continues weekly. Now you reject anything that contradicts the narrative they sell. This is why unplugging from the cultural narrative is difficult. But, if you are reading this, maybe you are.
Getting Ready to Unplug
Your beliefs about reality are simply one symptom of the cultural narrative. Your self-worth and identity are also tied to the system. They program you to believe you are worthless and doomed unless you are a believer, servant, and follower. The religion becomes your identity. This makes you susceptible to suggestion and groupthink manipulation tactics. This is why you fight to maintain the contradictions, bias, and prejudice of the mythology. And, as long as you do so, you will never be ready. But, the mythology is nothing more than analogies, metaphors, and word pictures.
That’s why it’s so important to question the cultural narrative. The cultural narrative uses some innocent communication tools. These tools include analogies, metaphors, word-pictures, and stories. We use these tools to help us talk about things when we don’t have a direct reference to the subject matter.
Imagine trying to explain to someone how to fall asleep and what it’s like to sleep for someone who has never slept. They would have no frame of reference for the consciousness we call sleep, they only know “awake.” You’d have to explain using things they could relate to that would help lead them to the state of consciousness outside of their frame of reference. So, it’s well worth some review of the tools that are used by the cultural narrative. These innocent communication tools are used to keep people plugged into religious ideologies. Many people are not ready to unplug from their cultural narrative. It’s well worth the time to review these tools.
An analogy infers that if something is similar in some respects, they probably agree in others. And, so it compares things to show a similarity. It’s an effective selling tool.
For example, the operation of a computer presents an interesting analogy to the working of the brain. So, the analogy goes something like this. Computers work just like our brain does. This becomes an image or word-picture making the analogy easy to remember.
Analogies play a significant role in problem-solving, decision making. They help us understand concepts. They even affect our perception, memory, creativity, emotion, explanation, and communication. Analogies help us with basic tasks such as the identification of places, objects, and people. For example, in face perception and facial recognition systems. Some argue that analogy is at “the core of cognition”.
But, analogies are not factual. An analogy is an attempt to convey a concept or idea through a metaphorical word in place of something else. For example: “Her eyes were like glistening jewels”. This makes it ripe for confusing myths with facts.
A metaphor is a figure of speech that constructs an analogy between two or more things or ideas. When the underlying premises are understood as a metaphor, then it is a valid tool for comparison.
Many people believe the real purpose of spiritual stories is as a metaphor. It’s a way of describing the unseen powers of reality. So, God is a reference for the transcendent.
Mistaking metaphor for facts is one of the main tactics religions use to keep you plugged in. So, learning to see them as metaphors is a major step toward unplugging from the cultural narrative.
A simile is a combination of metaphor and subtle type of analogy. It is a figure of speech that compares things to infer something. The simile is a tool to infer or project an idea without being direct. The most common use of with the words, “as” and “like”, but it can use any connecting term. For instance, “he’s acting like Mr. know it all”. Here we have an ad hominem attack as a simile.
A word-picture is the landscape that houses analogies, metaphors, and similes. The word-picture becomes a powerful theme that links different aspects of a story. The word-picture is the major theme of many ancient traditions. The life stories of Buddha, Mohamed, and Jesus are major word-picture themes. So, it’s the perfect vehicle for programming the cultural narrative.
Don’t Confuse Facts with Fiction
What’s important is not to confuse analogies, metaphors, and word-pictures with facts. Get ready to unplug and see facts from the fiction. The fact is, these are all simply fictional representations. By the way, many see the “Matrix” as an analogy, a metaphor for religion. Some people think the Matrix is a documentary of sorts. Perhaps it’s a literal reference.
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Unplugging From the Cultural Narrative
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(1) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(2) World Religions by Population, Wikipedia
(3) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia