This a tool that projects the values of those in control. It’s such a part of our culture we do not see it. And, it’s the most dangerous when it becomes invisible.
A verdant healthy society needs several things. It needs some standards of behavior. There is a delicate balance between too few and too many rules and regulations. In a democratic society everyone has a voice in setting these standards. But, in large social enterprises it can become too cumbersome to implement. So, some people specialize in this area we call law. Ideally, they set standards that protect and support the general welfare of the people.
However, groups and corporations set standards that support the interests of those in control of the entity.
Is Censorship for Our Protection
Censorship is a way of promoting a set of values while at the same time excluding opposing views. And, that is why it is a form of propaganda. After all, propaganda is advancing biased and prejudiced arguments while excluding opposing points of view. These are the classic mind control tactics of Groupthink Manipulation. If you aren’t familiar with this, it’s an overall strategy for controlling the beliefs and actions of groups.
Is suppression really any protection? Does the suppression of things that don’t support the cultural narrative really protect us? Or does it just keep us in the dark? Is censorship for our protection or is it simply a way of projecting the values of those in charge of the group?
Many people think censorship violates our basic right of free speech. That we have a need to see unfiltered information. Unfortunately, if you don’t control the space you don’t have the right to hear other points of view. This is why we have come to expect censorship. First, we know we don’t control the groups we join. Second, people are more comfortable when they see and hear things that validate their thinking and values. However, type of thinking also makes people easier to control.
Because we expect it censorship, it becomes invisible. Almost every type of group from the local Church to Facebook has community standards. This is another way of saying censorship and suppression.
The Most Asked Questions About Censorship
Why are most books banned? That’s simple. The book presents ideas, subject matter or facts that undermine the current cultural narrative.
What are the basic arguments for and against the suppression of information? As we stated above, the basic argument for censorship is the assumption we need protection from some threat. Freedom of expression is the main argument against suppression. It is better to know than to be kept in the dark.
When It Becomes Invisible, it Becomes Accepted
Many things are subject to censoring. For example, banning books or their sources, banning films or editing them. Restricting language, art, and pictures is censorship. There are obvious and subtle types of censoring. Promoting biased and prejudiced opinions while excluding differing viewpoints or facts is censorship.
Western organized religions are the pioneers of censorship. They say this is suppression for our protection. They use both over and covert types to recruit and retain members. History shows us how even popular public figures can not escape the censoring authority of the Church. For example, despite creating many works for the Church Galileo Galilei was tried by the Inquisition in 1632. They convicted him of heresy for his book Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems. This is a book on the cosmology of the universe. It presents our solar system with the sun at the center instead of the Earth. This idea was a challenge to the authority of the Church.
Western organized religion revolves around censorship. It involves weekly meetings where people subject themselves to mythology masquerading as fact. Along with the mythology are values and ideas that political entities can manipulate to their ends. Think about it. If you can get people to believe mythology is a fact, then anything is possible. Get them to believe in talking snakes and animals marching from all over the world to get on a boat. Once you can do this you can promote any ideas or values.
Remember, any content that presents a potential financial liability or threat to membership are the enemies of the group owners. That’s because maintaining a paying membership is a vital source of cash flow. So, maintaining control of what you see and hear is important.
Censorship in the Corporate World
We accept censorship in the workplace. It’s a mistake to think corporate policies are there to protect the employees. Non-compete clauses and intellectual property policies are obviously to protect the rights of the company. However, even policies like those against discrimination are primarily to protect the company.
Policies do not prevent bad behavior. For instance, policies against discrimination give the company with an affirmative defense against lawsuits. Thus, protecting the corporation. And, so the company terminates anyone who threatens the finances of the organization.Terminating someone doesn’t their behavior. They move to another company where they are likely to engage in the same behavior. Only now they know how to hide their activities.
Learn the importance of unplugging from the cultural narrative. This will give you space to think. It helps you to spot the use of other forms of censorship.
Is Suppression for Our Protection?
The argument we hear is that censorship for our protection is necessary. It protects us from bad stuff. In other words, hearing or seeing things that don’t support their agenda is a threat. But, who decides what is threatening? Those in charge of the social group decide. They decide what is good and what is bad. This way you don’t have to decide for yourself. Bottom line. Above all, censoring protects the financial interests of those who profit from the group.
What can you do to Combat Censorship?
- Express your opinion to those who own the group. Chances are it will not change their minds. They created these boundaries to protect their financial interests. This could be advertisers or paying members.
- Seek other outlets that allow more freedom of expression. Find others with the same interests.
- Enhance your critical thinking skills. Follow the inner quest of consciousness development. The more aware you become the more options you’ll find in life. We call the processes which expand awareness spiritual exploration. Become a freethinker. The better you can discern the facts from the fiction the better it is for everyone.
- Above all, practice self-control. That is practice guarding your words and actions. This is the only censorship which is good.
Guarding your words and actions is a skill worth mastering in our modern world. This is the exercise of self-control. Thinking before you act is mindfulness. Avoiding unnecessary conflict is a smart tactic. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t speak up. If you see injustice and prejudice speak up to the source that can help. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive to be a freethinker. Learning to guard your words and actions can help you survive in any culture. This is a form of self-censorship for self-protection.
The suppression of information, ideas, and art is a common tool of social control. Those in power use censorship for our protection as a ploy to force their values on others. But, it’s such part of our culture we do not see it. And, that’s when it’s the most dangerous. So, learn to be a freethinker and spot this tactic. Once you can do this, then you can get around it. Learn question the cultural narrative which hides censorship.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Galileo Galilei, Wikipedia
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, Galileo Galilei, Wikipedia