In the book “The Strangest Secret” by Earl Nightingale, he stated that, “the opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice – it is conformity … people acting like everyone else, without knowing why or without knowing where they are going.” He gave the example of that out of the 40 million people in America many over the age of 65 most are financially destitute, and they can not explain how they got there. They have conformed to what they view as the majority have done and are doing.
With the explosion of the commercial corporate-controlled News Complex and Big Tech-controlled Social Media, the desire to conform to what is seen to be the popular culture in today’s America has become a cancer that is on the verge of becoming terminal and killing the very essence of this once great nation’s identity of rugged individualism, freedom of thought, and self-rule. And though many of us recognize the many tumors when they erupt, we see them individually, rather than as part of a single orchestrated and continuous disease seeking to weaken and kill the host, America, a Federal Republic that was based on the supremacy of the rights of the individual over those of the group.
The year 2020 will go down in the history books when the spotlight was put on the United States and the American people as to no longer be the nation to exemplify freedom nor the aspirations to be free as the whole world witnessed in stunned horror. As I have said many times in the past, the surrendering of cherished individual liberties and freedoms by the American people has been slowly occurring for generations. But in 2020, on the back of the COVID-19 Pandemic, what was once a trickle or a drip, burst open to a gusher. Americans appeared to have totally forgotten who and what they were. Americans became willing to literally offer their children to the government if they believed it could relieve them of the burden and discomfort of dealing with the virus. The idea of self-governing and self-responsibility was a cross too heavy to bare. The very idea of personal privacy and the separation between the people and the government was thrown out the window on the 2000th floor. Too many of us offered up our birthrite to the government for a bag of promised relief.
What started out as a federal government request to shutdown the economy of the nation for 15 days to “slow the spread” of this new virus and to ensure that the nation’s 21st century highly advanced medical complex did not get overwhelmed, soon morphed into perpetual fear-based and fear-igniting demands by State governments to restrict their citizen’s movements, behaviors, use of personal property and businesses, and to forever wreck the innocent American – financially, socially, physically, and psychologically. What is the most concerning is that far too many Americans underwent this unprecedented subversion of rights and liberties willingly and with little protest or questioning regarding the proper authority of the government to impose such restrictions or demand such compliance to the edicts. And with the ever-dominate Social Media and News Media Complex flooding the air with propaganda of the Nanny State being the new norm in America many Americans blindly accepted it. If the Media keeps saying it, it has to be true, right?
Contrast the behavior of the U.S government, who is supposed to represent the principles and tenets of our nation’s founding documents that held the freedoms of the individual over that of the mob and defaulted to the individual’s ability to self-govern themselves, to that of the government of Sweden, where it overall respected the rights of its citizens and for them to behave appropriately and imposed relatively scant restrictions on its economy, with relatively far less damage to their society or economy. But, we don’t appear to be wanting to ask the question why did so many of us allow this to happen here. Too many of us have memory-holed the very existence of our Constitution, or had it done for us.
One question that has forever taken residence in my head is, how can it be that in a country that was founded on capitalism and the U.S Constitution that so few of us know enough of either of them to properly apply their principles effectively to our lives? It goes back to answer the initial question, how can so many of us, living in the riches and wealthiest country that officially recognizes the God-bestowed right of us all to chase and fulfill our dreams to the best of our abilities, end up living our elderly years destitute and with unfulfilled dreams. We have been conditioned, via various forms of mis-education- direct and indirect, to subconsciously accept the mental chains that tell many of us that whatever the majority is doing is the reality and this is the way that it is supposed to be – that majority equals right and truth. Conformity explains the question of the black-American community’s hypnotic attachment to the Democratic Party, the very same party that literally put us in chains and has forever seen us as property and chattel to be used as economic tools to enrich themselves and corporate backers. Every policy that the Democrat Party has enacted since its inception has been to the economic and psychological detriment of the black community. As the great economist Thomas Sowell pointedly said, “If we wanted to be serious about evidence, we might compare where blacks stood a hundred years after the end of slavery with where they stood after 30 years of the liberal welfare state. In other words, we could compare hard evidence on “the legacy of slavery” with hard evidence on the legacy of liberals.” A recent article by libertarianinstitute.org, stated regarding the destructive effects of Democrat President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s Great Society on the black-American community, “We are now over 50 years into the development of the Great Society and the War on Poverty. It is time to take stock in these programs from an objective and evidence-based perspective. When one does that, it is not only clear that the programs have been a failure, but also that they have disproportionately impacted the black community in the United States. The current state of dysfunction in the black community (astronomically high crime rates, very low rates of home ownership and single motherhood as the norm) are not the natural state of the black community in the United States, but closely tied to the role that social welfare programs play… In 1965, when the Great Society began in earnest following the massive electoral landslide reelection of LBJ, the out-of-wedlock birthrate among the black community was 21 percent. By 2017, this figure had risen to a whopping 77 percent. In some cities, this rate is as high as 80 percent, with most of the unwed mothers being teenagers.” But yet far too many blacks in America exists in an echo chamber that reinforces the Democrat Party can do no wrong due to the mass misguided notion that political measures such as LBJ’s government programs are a benefit to us. Nevermind the fact that no black today, some 56 years after the Great Society and the unholy alliance between the Democrats and the black-American community that has literally given the Dems a blank voters check and over 90% guaranteed support, can look at the urban streets of America today, at the condition of the black family unit, and watch the evening news stations reporting hundreds of black involvement in crime and violent deaths, can honestly say that the black-American community is benefiting from Democrat policies. Destructive conformity works when too many of us get educated by the gross regurgitation of storytelling and just outright lies and accept it as fact and truths without any bold questioning nor thorough personal investigation.
Conformity can also answer how can it be that in a nation that was founded on the tenets of the Judeo-Christian Bible that today we are questioning what is a boy and what is a girl? Are they “equal”? Truth and reality are made relative verses the emotionally driven mob. The once small tide of people wanting to get along to get along, exposed to the 24 hr Progressive liberal bias TV and Social Media programming and conditioning, can soon grow into a tsunami out of control and destroying all previously accepted cultural and societal truths and norms. And when it is the government that is the instigator, tyranny will be the outcome and the freedoms and liberties of the people will be left in the wake.
Conformity is defined as the tendency for an individual to align their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors with those of the people around them. Conformity can take the form of overt social pressure or subtler, unconscious influence. Regardless of its form, it can be a powerful force—able to change how large groups behave, to start or end conflicts, and much more.
As we come upon yet another so-called Independence Day to celebrate our miraculous nation’s birth, there is less and less evidence that we Americans truly cherish individual independence and are far more accepting of government rule and tyranny or false education if it is seen that the majority is in favor.
We should take mindful note of what founder George Mason said of freedoms. He said, “Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of freedoms of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” In order to be truly free, we must be willing to stand in solitude on the principles of freedom and defaulting to the knowledge of freedom and liberty rather than the empty promise of safety and security. That may take Herculean courage. But blind conformity will always be repugnant to the ideal of freedom, and therefore the very ideal of America.
An essay packed full of truth and wisdom. When will Americans realize the importance of independent thinking and non-conformity?