Watching random videos on Youtube from my “Recommended to Watch” list is often very illuminating. It definitely contributes to many of the ideas that I put forth in this blog, and today is no exception.
We are all aware that the world is on the brink of absolute insanity. It is hard to pinpoint when, in my lifetime, the craziness started to get out of hand, but it is inarguable that everything is breaking down and falling to pieces around us. We have actual newspeak in politically correct language guidelines telling us what is OK or not OK to say.
There are large swaths of the human community that believe in vast conspiracies that attempt to explain some of the strangeness of our world and world leaders. The other portion of the population is convinced that the conspiracy believers are all crazy themselves. But what if there is more to it than that? What if this is just another step in the grand scheme to keep all of us divided and therefore easier to manage?
Gaslighting is defined as follows:
Verb: To manipulate someone into questioning their own sanity.
Gaslighting a method of psychological abuse in which someone is manipulated into questioning their own memory, perception and even sanity as suits the goals of the manipulator.
The term comes from a 1938 play known as Angel Street in the United States and Gas Light in other locations. Film adaptations were released in 1940 and 1944. The plot of the play and subsequent films involves a husband attempting to convince his wife and others that she is insane. This is accomplished throughout the story via various methods of manipulation and trickery aimed at disorienting the victim and causing her to question her own actions.
An example of gaslighting someone would be to make some small change in the environment of the victim. Moving something to another location where it should not be, for instance. Then, convincing the victim that they did it themselves.
Essentially, this is a tactic often employed by narcissists and sociopaths in order to control their victim via mental manipulation and abuse. If you can convince someone that they are crazy and imagining the things they think you have done then you can get away with anything.
The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.
In this article from Psychology Today, the topic of gaslighting in regards to domestic relationships is discussed. Putting in into a different context that veers away from the abusive relationship angle, I will paraphrase:
The Gaslight Effect happens over time, gradually, and often, by the time you are deep into the Gaslight Tango you are not the same strong self you used to be. In fact, your ego functioning has been compromised and, no longer being certain of your reality, you are not often able to accurately identify when something is “off” with your surroundings.
Think about this concept. I urge you to also read the entire article linked above and put it into the appropriate context for this topic. When you read the information and replace terms like “partner” and “boss” with “government” or “elected officials” it quickly becomes obvious that we are involved in an abusive relationship with our leaders.
Last, but not least, I will leave you with the link to the email from Bill Ivey to Jon Podesta in which the need for a “compliant and unaware” citizenry is discussed by a Clinton insider. This email was released by Wikileaks in the latest email dump.
Dear John: Well, we all thought the big problem for our US democracy was Citizens United/Koch Brothers big money in politics. Silly us; turns out that money isn’t all that important if you can conflate entertainment with the electoral process. Trump masters TV, TV so-called news picks up and repeats and repeats to death this opinionated blowhard and his hairbrained ideas, free-floating discontent attaches to a seeming strongman and we’re off and running. JFK, Jr would be delighted by all this as his “George” magazine saw celebrity politics coming. The magazine struggled as it was ahead of its time but now looks prescient. George, of course, played the development pretty lightly, basically for charm and gossip, like People, but what we are dealing with now is dead serious. How does this get handled in the general? Secretary Clinton is not an entertainer, and not a celebrity in the Trump, Kardashian mold; what can she do to offset this? I’m certain the poll-directed insiders are sure things will default to policy as soon as the conventions are over, but I think not. And as I’ve mentioned, we’ve all been quite content to demean government, drop civics and in general conspire to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry. The unawareness remains strong but compliance is obviously fading rapidly. This problem demands some serious, serious thinking – and not just poll driven, demographically-inspired messaging. Rubio’s press conference yesterday AM was good and should be repeated in its entirety, not just in nibbles. I will attend the Clinton fundraiser here next week but as I can only afford the low level of participation may just get to wave without a “hello.”I fear we are all now trying to navigate a set of forces that cannot be simply explained or fully understood, so it is and will reamin interesting!Sent with a handshake,Bill