Unplug from the matrix. Take the red pill. Climb out of Plato's cave.
All great allegories in the quest for understanding the world we inhabit, and grist for the MAndrosphere mill.
But I was recently reminded of an old movie that I like even more. As Dalrock recently noted:
"This may be why I prefer the They Live! glasses metaphor to the matrix red pill one. Even prior to coming to the manosphere much of this was visible to me and yet the people next to me simply couldn’t see it."
"They Live!" sounded vaguely familiar. Anonymous Reader than posted the vid of the 5 minute+ brawl. It started coming back to me. Then I consulted the great Googoliath. Ooooh yeah....THAT movie!
Back when I first saw it while I was attending my local Institute of Brave New World Order Indoctrination and Operant Conditioning, I 'couldn't see it' either.
Oh, but I do see it now.
I'm thinking my current view of the world was in part shaped by the images and theme John Carpenter put into the "kickass sci fi horror flick with Rowdy Roddy Piper!" my buddies and I went to go see on a school night at the local cinema. Predictive programming from 1988.
Before recalling this movie thanks to Dalrock's comment, I already had this "sunglasses of truth" view of the world in my mind's eye.
It's certainly relevant to the perspective I tried to describe in explaining how I view a typical Fast Food Value Meal. Most see it as food. Junk food...but food nonetheless. All I see is FEED.
Every time I drive thru town and see all the Fast Food outlet signs, I see festering neon distractions, advertising their gross national product: BIG AG SHEEPLE FEED.
When I turn my gaze to the line of cars waiting to que up to the menu board of the drive thru to order their feed, I see members of the sheeple herd, hungrily waiting for their turn at the Global Feedlot's trough.
Dalrock is right...this movie is a far better allegory to our current reality than Teh Matrix. Hell, it's not even an allegory, it's exposing the bare truth of our 21st Century existence as serfs and indentured servants to the Fiat Usury Cartel Inc.
One of Googoliath's search results was this political commentary written in 2008, just prior to the election of Obama's first term:
They reveal a world hidden beneath the visible reality. Billboards advertising exotic vacation destinations are exposed as subterfuge for Orwellian slogans: Obey. Conform. Consume. Marry and Reproduce. No Independent Thought. Paper currency bears the slogan, “This is Your God.” But most terrifying of all, members of the upper class, with their coiffed hairstyles and $1,000.00 suits, are revealed to be horrible, bug-eyed aliens. These aliens have infiltrated law enforcement and the highest tiers of government.
So far, so good. These was the hidden messages John Carpenter showed us the mass media programming in the emerging Brave New World Order of the 20th century. The mechanism is still in place, and many of the same messages are still being transmitted, some have been updated for the 21st Century PROGRAMMING.
Marry and Reproduce has been replaced with Divorce and Abort and Safe Sex.
Put on your glasses, than look around at all the mass media narratives that saturate our environment, on our LCD flat Screen Tell-A-Visions, on our Mobile Affirmation Devices, on billboards, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, flyers, posters, T-shirts and broadcast over the airwaves.
SEX. Think Green. Change.World Peace. SEX. Overpopulation. The Environment. God is Dead. SEX. Democracy. Vote. Diversity. Borrow Money. Spend. Support the Troops. SEX. War on Terror. Equality. Alternative Energy. Don't Smoke. SEX. Recycle. Get Your Flu Shots. See Something, Say Something. Freedom isn't Free. SEX.
If you've put on the sunglasses, you'll see it too. Those are all the messages from both the left and the right of our so-called Two-party Participatory Democracy...which would be better described as Divide and Conquer Theater.
Too bad the movie reviewer took off the sunglasses when he watched the campaign imagery of Obama on teh Tell-A-Vision...
Despite my wordy punditry, my purpose here is merely to suggest that everyone forget about watching the election eve news coverage. Tuesday, after you vote, go out and rent They Live. If you’re an Obama supporter, you’ll have a great time. If you’re a McCain supporter... Well, it’s still a great movie.
This guy could put on the sunglasses and see the aliens standing beneath the sign of the Pachyderm, but he never bothered to look over at the alien doppleganger under the sign of the Jackass.
The second guy on the comment thread of the Obama voter's review made a prescient quip:
Watch They Live! after four years of Obama and I think you'll have an even greater appreciation of this fine film.
Yup. If McCain would have won, the greater appreciation of the fine film would be just the same. THEY have taken over both political parties, voting for one or the other is just voting for your preferred flavor of enslavement.
THEY have infiltrated, subverted and subjugated We the People, and have turned us into WE teh Sheeple.
THEY have their subliminal messages and symbology infused into nearly every message, icon, sign, commercial, "public service announcement," ad copy, newspaper and magazine covers, bill boards, and TV and radio broadcasts. John Carpenter warned us over 2 decades ago.
"They have created a repressive society, and we are their unwitting accomplices. Their intention to rule rests with the annihilation of consciousness. We have been lulled into a trance. They have made us indifferent to ourselves, to others. We are focused only on our own gain. Please understand. They are safe as long as they are not discovered. That is their primary method of survival. Keep us asleep, keep us selfish, keep us sedated."
THEY appear on our Tell-A-Vision screens for our REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING.
|"I'm here to kick ass and chew bubble gum ... and I'm all out of bubble gum".|
They Live. Most of us are still asleep...but thanks to teh interwebz, many are starting to wake up.
"The venom of snakes is under their lips. Their mouths are full of bitterness and curses. And in their paths, nothing but ruin and misery. And the fear of God is not before their eyes! They have taken the hearts and minds of our leaders. They have recruited the rich and powerful, and they have blinded us to the truth! And our human spirit is corrupted. Why do we worship greed? Because outside the limit of our sight, feeding off us, perched on top of us from birth to death are our owners. Our owners -- they have us. They control us. They are our masters. Wake up. They're all about you, all around you!".