An oppressive culture is like a dark tunnel. When you look into a tunnel, all you see is darkness. You can only see the light if you turn around and face outward. Why does tunnel vision occur? Find out why our culture is a mass hallucination.
Sometimes we get lucky. We find ancient treasures which help shed light on the truth. Two archaeological discoveries found 18th and 19th Centuries fit this description. These artifacts were the key to deciphering previously unreadable languages.
When Napoleon invaded Egypt in 1799, he discovered the Rosetta Stone, but had no idea of its true meaning or significance. The Behistun Cliff inscriptions are in Iran, discovered by Western researchers in 1598. Why are these finds so important? Both had side-by-side translations of the same text in different languages.
These artifacts made it possible to read Egyptian hieroglyphs and Sumerian texts. Many of these were safe from the book burning campaign of the Church because they were believed to be harmless artifacts. The knowledge gained from understanding these languages led to the deciphering of others. Now we could read old Persian, Elamite, and Babylonian. Artwork, statues and even old black and white photos were able yield new information about these ancient cultures.
Now we could see where Western theology got its holy texts. By the 1600s, it was possible to link Western religion to the mystery religions of the Mediterranean; it is simply a copy.
Is Our Culture is a Mass Hallucination?
Many academic scholars thought these revelations would spell the end of Western religious tradition. After all, no reasonable person could cling to them once they knew their true origins. The light of archeology clearly showed how their sacred texts and doctrines were just copies of ancient superstition and myth. Surely, this knowledge would set people free from the bonds of religion. But the system which creates tunnel vision is hard to overcome. They were wrong.
Facts and reason can only illuminate what the mind is willing to see. Techniques like group hypnosis are like blinders. People will defend their beliefs rather than consider facts which challenge them. Social programming is complete, and people reject anything that contradicts the belief system
“You can’t use reason to convince anyone out of an argument that they didn’t use reason to get into.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson
Why Does Tunnel Vision Occur?
The light of truth can expose the mass hypnosis of Western culture, but many people still struggle to turn around and face the light. Instead, they face the darkness under the influence of self-hypnosis and group hypnosis manipulation. Culture is a mass hallucination when these practices are condoned and supported.
The tactics of group hypnosis are not new. They are the same tools used by the ancient mystery religions. Assyria, Egypt, Babylon, and Persia are where these tools were developed. Today, you can find these tools in use in the Abrahamic religions (1). Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are simply using the brainwashing tools that work.
Social Programming Creates Tunnel Vision
Many people don’t care about hypocrisy, inequity, and inequality because they are distracted by mythology and superstition. The fact is, many people fight to keep the system in place. The darkness of bias and prejudice consumes them. They don’t want to face the light. It’s too scary to see the facts. They would rather face the darkness. The problem is there are a lot of people facing the darkness and they have the power to shape the culture.
Why does tunnel vision occur? The light of reason illuminates the facts. Common sense and logic show us the effect of social programming. Some refer to these tools as groupthink manipulation tactics. It is a set of tactics often used by dictators to motivate groups. It uses peer pressure, repetition, and false information. These are the tactics often used to incite crowds.
When any religion’s superstition becomes law, the culture will become unhealthy. It creates tension between science, logic, and common sense. On one side are freethinkers who want a better world for everyone. On the other side is the mass hypnosis of mythology and superstition. These mindsets are the enemy of progress.
“Symbolism in a greater or lesser degree is essential to every kind of external worship, and we need not shrink from the conclusion that in the matter of baptisms and washings, of genuflection’s and other acts of reverence, of lights and sweet-smelling incense, of flowers and white vestitures, of spiritual unction’s and the imposing of hands, of sacrifice and the rite of the Communion banquet, the Church has borrowed without hesitation from the common stock of significant actions known to all periods and to all nations. In such matters as these, Christianity claims no monopoly or originality” — The Catholic Encyclopedia and International Trade, Vol. 14 (1907). (2)
Self-Hypnosis and Group Hypnosis
If you live in a Western culture, you have likely been exposed to these tactics to some extent. As yourself, why does tunnel vision occur in my life? Your exposure to these tactics will give you the answer.
Unfortunately, the best liars are those who believe the lie is true. So, if you can get people to believe a lie, they will pass it along as truth. Use the fear of death and provide an antidote. Then get them to accept the lie. This tactic of social programming links beliefs with a person’s identity. Now you have a mechanism for social control. Self-hypnosis and group hypnosis are the core of groupthink manipulation techniques. They are very effective at creating mass hypnosis. It’s another name for propaganda.
Companies like Cambridge Analytica (3) showed how easy it is to control people through social media. They affect the opinions of many with the hypnotizing effect of sensational stories. It doesn’t matter how outrageous or unfounded the allegations are. Why does tunnel vision occur? The answer is failing to validate the truth of what you believe.
“You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd, and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?” ― Mark Twain
Religions start indoctrination early in life. So, a child adopts any fabrications as though they are facts. They keep up the indoctrination process perpetually. They use weekly or semi-weekly meetings. Groupthink manipulation tactics can dictate everything from personal relationships to commerce. Culture is a mass hallucination made to sell everything from soap to ideologies.
Even though the basis of the paradigm is logically false, historically false, it can still thrive. It can overcome logical reasoning with group hypnosis or groupthink manipulation tactics. Religious dogma and doctrine keep you facing the darkness of mythology.
There are two perspectives. The first is to accept the darkness of the tunnel. More than likely, this applies to those who belong to those who believe in the Abrahamic traditions. The second perspective is for those facing outward toward the light. Resist social programming and groupthink manipulation.
Accept Tunnel Vision
Please don’t be upset if you follow one of the Abrahamic sects. This information is intended to be food for thought. We realize it brings up ideas your programming has trained you to reject. It is a part of the propaganda which programs us to judge with negative bias and prejudice.
We hope this discussion will encourage you to do your research. Use resources from the “outside” of your paradigm. Don’t search for opinions that support the dogma and doctrine. Instead, use historical, scientific, and archeological sources outside your belief system. Start with any principle and see where it leads.
Like any teacher, all we are attempting to do is help you see how groupthink manipulation affects your thinking. We are trying to be honest and illuminate. However, asserting you are facing light while immersed in a sect of the Abrahamic tradition is part of the mass hallucination.
Don’t get us wrong. We agree we are spiritual beings having a human experience. All you need are the proper tools. But, you don’t find these tools in superstition and mythology. These are processes for expanding awareness and opening the doors to higher states of consciousness. Perhaps these techniques are what the great sages and teachers were attempting to point to, but we missed it? See how spiritual exploration is the opposite of religion?
Resist Tunnel Vision
Reject the domination of the cultural narrative. Learn to turn away from the darkness of religious propaganda. The work of the warriors of light has never been more challenging. Religious extremists are more volatile than ever. Their leaders see the mass hallucination starting to erode. The paradigm is shrinking in size and influence. More people are awakening to the facts behind the mythology. More people are leaving these sects as the facts become more readily available. The mass hypnosis of our culture is fracturing and crumbling.
So, do what you can, where you are, with your available resources. Also, plant the seeds of facts. Support science and the preservation of archaeological and historical facts.
Sadly, ancient mythologies and superstitions still rule much of modern society. Western religion creates tunnel vision. So, our culture is a mass hallucination firmly under the influence of religious bias and prejudice. But the tide is turning. More people are awakening and turning away from the darkness. They are turning away from the groupthink manipulation of Western organized religion.
(1) Abrahamic Religions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abrahamic_religions
(2) The Catholic Encyclopedia and International Work, Vol. 14 (1907): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Encyclopedia
(3) Cambridge Analytica: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge_Analytica
(4) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero with a Thousand Faces: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hero_with_a_Thousand_Faces