"Twenty years have flowed away down the long river, but never in my life will return to me from the sea. Ah, years - in which looking far away - I saw ages long past when still trees bloomed free in a wide country. Alas, for now all begins to wither in the breath of cold-hearted wizards. To know things, they break them, and their stern lordship they establish through fear of death." - J. R. R. Tolkien, in one of his last public appearances.
Recently, Facebook allowed a group of researchers to perform a massive psychological experiment on an admitted 700,000 uninformed members of its social network.
The purpose of the experiment was to utilize specific content in order to alter the emotional states of the users and evaluate the effects. Basically they would monitor how generated negative or positive content would amplify the negative or positive posts of the users throughout the network.
The results of this experiment in "emotional contagion" have since been published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) and can be read here.
As one might expect, there is also a bit of shadiness behind the funding of this particular research. It seems that two of the three cited authors are affiliated with Cornell university whose initial press release regarding the experiment stated that "The study was funded by the James S. McDonnell Foundation and the Army Research Office". However, once this story began to catch fire, the initial release was retracted and the university claimed that there was "no outside funding".
To anyone who has a decent understanding of history, the Pentagon and other agencies of the military-industrial complex have a proud tradition of involvement in an entire assortment of unethical practices visited upon an uninformed populace. From the Tuskegee Syphilis experiments to MK Ultra mind control and countless other amoral violations of the public trust, the record is as clear as it is shocking.
The sorcerers and social engineers who seek to fashion the banners of reality have long employed such experiments as a means to determine the most efficient and effective mechanisms of mass control and manipulation. And though the Facebook experiment does not sink to the same depths of depravity as other examples of clandestine social experimentation, it is emblematic of realities equally sinister and disturbing.
When evaluated on both a physical and metaphysical level, the methodologies and pathologies of those who operate behind the curtains of power can be readily seen by an awakening public.
On a physical level, this is just another example of state preparation for the massive social unrest that will likely follow the implosion of the world economy or some other orchestrated crisis - or perhaps several.
If you have been conscious and awake at all, then you have certainly come to recognize the slow, methodical, and relentless transformation of the US into an authoritarian state. The legal, bureaucratic and technological architecture has been gradually put into place brick by brick over the course of decades.
Just a few off the top:
*The Federal Reserve
*League of Nations
*Continuity of Government
*National Defense Authorization Act
*Internet "Kill Switch"
…Not to mention the new militarized police forces equipped with vehicles and weapons straight off the battlefield and aimed at the very citizens who paid for them. Or the fact that every bureaucratic agency of the government is arming itself - and not just Homeland Security, but even agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service.
No shit. The fucking Weather Service put out a solicitation for 46,000 rounds of hollow-point bullets. Google it.
As the state arms its agents for war, the social engineers and propagandists work to determine how to best use social media and other platforms as a tactical advantage in times of social unrest.
The biggest difference between an Arab Spring and an American Spring is the fact that Americans are armed to the teeth. Once the guys with the guns and water-canons show up, every other nation without a tradition as imperative as the right to bear arms is easily subdued. That is not the case here.
This is why so much time and effort has been spent in distracting and dumbing-down the American public. The fangs of the lion are irrelevant as long as it is sedated, distracted, or otherwise debilitated - lost in a network of propaganda and mass media.
The Facebook experiment is not the only study of the mind of the masses. It is just another in a countless series of experiments from a thematically similar chapter in the tome of social control.
Paranoid? Perhaps. But to take a brief step back...
Given what physicist today say about the nature of reality, the material world seems to be best analogized as some form of holographic creation of our collective intent.
According to modern physics, matter is made up of particles that exist in an abstract ocean of potentiality - called a Quantum Superposition. It is only when measured or observed do particles "collapse the wave function"; that is, they cease to exist in a field of potentials and probabilities (the superposition) and become a "fixed" component of matter.
As esoteric as it may seem, human consciousness plays a vital role in creating what we call reality. On some deep, metaphysical level, our attention actually fashions the universe we experience.
The metaphysical benefit to those wishing to forge the sort of dystopian future that is constantly appearing in every form of modern media today is an understanding of the role of consciousness in shaping such a reality. With a profound understanding of the human psyche, the social engineers understand how to mould our intent and can use the powerful instruments of propaganda and mass media to direct our consciousness to a fixed point. A predetermined reality that has little to do with elevating the human spirit.
Perhaps this seems too "out there". But if it is true that the particles that make up the constituent components of the material world are only fixed when observed or measured, then at the most fundamental level of conscious awareness, reality and the material world actually manifest.
The limited instrumentation of our five senses cannot perceive the myriad energetic realities that transcend our sensory limitations.
Of course, this is nothing new to mystics and gurus and spiritualists who have been teaching the same for centuries. But as long as people experience the material world as being separate and outside of the self and believe that this virtual experience is tangible interaction with an entirely separate and external material world, they will allow these forces to shape and govern the direction of their consciousness and intent.
The Facebook experiment, both physically and metaphysically, speaks to the importance of such intent. Emotions can be very powerful allies but they can just as easily be used against us. It is important to learn to interrupt the stimulus and response circuitry by interjecting individual intention in the direction of individual will. Place your conscious intention before the automatic response. Don't allow your actions to be directed by reflex emotional states.
At the level of stimulus and response, human beings are merely automatons - predictable biological machinery to be guided by those who hold a greater knowledge as to the nature of reality and the energetic fields beyond five-sense perception. To keep people trapped in this limited paradigm, the machinery of media is constantly promoting messages of fear, violence, and sexuality. These powerful stimuli keep many caught in the primal loop of base automation.
The "emotional contagion" noted in the experiment is emblematic of both cultural conditioning and spiritual suppression. Self-knowledge, self-control, and directed intention are the only means to experiencing true humanity and the only way to bypass the primate programming.
This is no easy task, however. It's a lifelong undertaking - the alchemy of our spiritual journey. As difficult as changing tin into gold.
Our greatest work.
Oracle at Delphi:
"Heed these words, you who wish to probe the depths of nature: If you do not find within yourself that which you seek, neither will you find it outside. If you ignore the wonders of your own house, how do you expect to find other wonders? In you is hidden the treasure of treasures. Know thyself and you will know the universe and the gods."
Interesting video that speaks to the importance of conscious control of emotional states of being: