May 8, 2012
Sitting back listening to a stirring episode of theHealth Ranger Report, an interview with author Jim Marrs, I heard Mike Adams wonder aloud how people can look at the obvious and still not see it. I have a clear answer.
Indeed, Mike, it is mind boggling that people can watch video after video of the twin towers and WTC Bldg. 7 coming down, falling right into their own footprint, and still not believe what really happened. Everyone has seen building demolitions. It doesn’t take an expert eye to notice them. Everyone knows building 7 was not struck by a plane, yet it came down with engineered precision. We watch. We don’t recognize the truth!
And this is just the beginning. Examples large and small abound!
We stare at evidence that raw milk is perfectly safe, yet continue to fear it.
We’ve been told by credible sources that pesticides are toxic, yet munch that conventionally grown apple with delight, proud of ourselves for eating fruit instead of a candy bar.
We know the national debt is a runaway freight train, yet do not demand fiscal accountability from our leaders or even prepare ourselves for the inevitable.
We absolutely know that cigarettes are a health hazard, yet suck them down by the billions.
We live with a ton of chronic stress that we have been warned will shorten our lifespan, yet we continue racing through life at breakneck speeds.
We live in strained relationships in which neither partner feels nourished, yet tell ourselves that the marriage will last.
Examples of this phenomenon could fill volumes. The reason it is remotely possible to stare at the truth and not see it is due to a concept that will forever define the legacy of Sigmund Freud. Freud is the modern genius that reminded humanity about the life and death issue ofdenial.
Denial. It’s such a simple concept.We simply dismiss what we actually experience, usually with a comforting excuse.
After a three-minute exam, the doctor whips out his pad and prescribes a drug that that we have heard has potentially deadly side effects. We feel a hint of concern, perhaps even fear, and feel it is important to question if the doc really knows what he is doing.
Whamo!Almost as quickly as we feel the urge to confront the obviously ignorant and careless quack, we suppress the feeling with the next thought:He is a doctor. Surely he knows what is best. After all, he went to medical school. Who am I to question him? I’m sure he understands more than I do.
Ah, the sweet comfort of denial! Nothing to worry about, nothing to fear.
If you wonder whether or not denial is really a life or death issue, research the number of lifeboats on the unsinkable Titanic. Lifeboats sufficient for 1100 passengers, 2200 passengers on board (with capacity to carry 3300 souls). Yet, no problem!Thisship will neverneedlifeboats! Denial.
We deny so much, so consistently and to such extremes that our lives literally hang in the balance. Fittingly,our denial is even subject to denial. For years I denied that I was afraid to die and, of course, denied that I was in denial.Me? Nah. The day will come, sure. I’m ready for it.Then I went skydiving. If you’ve never stood for the first time in the doorway of a small plane at 13,000 feet, you’re missing out on how terrified you are to die.
When I landed, someone asked me if it was fun and if I was going to do it again. “Heck, yeah!” I exclaimed. Of course, I was too scared to have any fun and I will NEVER do it again. I didn’t want anyone to think I was a wuss, though. I actuallyama wuss when it comes to skydiving, however.
If denial is so dangerous, why do we do it so thoroughly?
To avoid fear. It is terrifying to live knowing that you are going to die. It is scary to contemplate the day your spouse leaves you because of your inattentiveness. Considering the end of our republic, a nation taken captive by rogue forces, is frightening.
The thought of getting cancer or diabetes or heart disease is horrific. So, we pretend it won’t happen, even as we live the very lifestyles that cause those diseases.
Even the little things can be more comforting to deny than to face. For example, I am acting a bit put out. My wife asks me what is wrong. “Nothing,” I reply. “I’m just fine. No problem.” Really, my feelings are hurt and I’m angry that she took so long at the store when I wanted to spend time with her. I stuff my feelings with the thought that it isn’t worth bringing up and acting like a baby (instead, I just pout). I fear the confrontation, which might lead to a fight, which might lead to…
Here’s the real kicker: Weneeddenial to a degree. If our brains weren’t capable of dismissing disturbing thoughts that don’t impose immediate physical danger, we’d render ourselves useless pretty quickly. The issue, then, is how to come out of denialwhen it is important to do so.
There has never been a more important time to come out of denial
At a time when large corporations and governments arecounting on our denial(actually, a safe bet, the safest bet of all) to enable their power schemes, it is critical that we wake up. Waking up begins, in my book, with emotional health.
Emotional health is our most important asset when it comes to squaring ourselves with reality. Do we take for granted how much courage and emotional resilience it takes to see and comprehend the mass fraud, poisonings, irresponsibility and greed that pervade modern culture, then actually say something about it openly?
How about the courage to deal with tough relationship issues? What about the courage to confront that quack who’d rather poison you than help you solve the real problem?
Emotional strength is the antidote to denial. It is the fuel of a conscious, deliberate and honest life. Most people are not actively working on their emotional health. If you aren’t working on your emotional health, however, you are at risk of missing out on the most precious resource anyone has – the truth. Knowing the truth of your own life and that of your family, community and nation is the only hope there is.
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This article was posted: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 3:11 am