Western Public “Does Not Know”, or “Does Not Want to Know”?
Западная общественность «не знает» или «не хочет знать»?
We are living in an age when Western propaganda has become truly intense, even surreal. It always has been, of course, but now those who are producing it, have lost all their respect for the public. It is almost as if the propagandists were laughing amongst themselves, pointing fingers down at the masses, from some lavish office, located on a high floor of a skyscraper: “They have no brains. And after all, they are on our side. They have consumed, happily, all that we have shoveled down their throats, so far. And now we know: they will swallow even the most ridiculous fabrications. No need to be cautious, anymore. We can serve them whatever we invent and whatever suits our regime.”
Lately in the West, even an attempt to appear somehow ‘objective’ has gone down the drain. Everything, but absolutely everything, that the countries which the Empire sees as ‘evil’ (read: independent), is agressively ridiculed, dirtied and mercilessly attacked: from culture to foreign policy, from the economic system to, yes, cartoon characters.
And the Western public, obediently, consumes all those fabrications. It often appears, that it is actually ‘enjoying the show’. The smearing, humiliating and ridiculing of entire nations and cultures by the Western indoctrinators, is being turned into some sort of sordid entertainment, not unlike the ‘entertainment’ provided by those horrific and empty Hollywood films which create pseudo-reality, while emptying the brains of billions of people in all corners of the world.
Many of my readers are writing to me, complaining that their own families, their entire neighborhoods and workplaces have been hopelessly indoctrinated, that people ‘are not able to see, anymore’.
I always want to know; I always wonder: ‘Is it that they don’t see, or they simply do not want to see?’
As bad and thorough the propaganda is, there are many ways to find the truth, even by using the internet. And many of those who live in Europe or North America are definitely rich enough to go and see with their own eyes what is happening in the world, particularly in those countries that are being flattened and destroyed, because of the greed of Western corporations and governments. Instead of frying their bodies on the beaches of Caribbean islands, year after year, they can fly to Venezuela. Instead of vacationing on the fake island of Bali (environmentally ruined, congested with traffic jams but marketing itself as an ‘earthly paradise’), they could visit Borneo and see how the entire ecosystem gets ruined by extreme pro-Western capitalism. I am not suggesting that they go to some real war zone or places where genocides take place, like West Papua, Kashmir or the Democratic Republic of Congo, but at least they could show some curiosity about those places that are being sacrificed in order to maintain those ridiculously high standards of living in the West. There are so many places on earth where thousands, even hundreds of thousands die annually, so the Europeans can enjoy their free medical care, education and the latest models of cars.
The truth is actually very ‘uncomfortable’. Ignorance is like a duvet in a cold winter: cozy and comforting, and so hard to resist.
Western propagandists know it. They count on it. They are offering people in the West an ‘easy escape’ from sharing the responsibility for the state of the world.
“Leave it to us,” they are saying without pronouncing it. “Let us be the bad guys. We meaning the corporate world, the governments. You can even yell that you hate us, once in a while. As long as you don’t really rock the boat. As long as you do not start challenging the essence of the world order, as long as you just demand, selfishly, improvement in your own standards of living.”
In Europe and North America, in Australia and New Zealand, people are extremely savvy. They know perfectly well which iPhone to buy: they compare online different models, they research every little camera detail, every curve, every function. Before they part with their dollars or euros, they make sure that they are getting the best deal. The same goes for cars, for real estate, for their lavish annual vacation trips to ‘exotic places’.
But they do not show the same zeal when searching for truth. They do not compare the Western mass media’s ‘pseudo reality’, to what is believed in Russia or China, or in the revolutionary countries of Latin America, or in Iran and Syria, even in North Korea. To vulgarize it: they ‘do not shop around for truth’. Which makes them, at least ideologically, fully fundamentalist.
But why? Isn’t knowledge the greatest adventure? Isn’t ‘democracy’ a farce, if almost all people see the world with the same eyes?
The conclusion that I am lately arriving at, is: they do not search, they do not compare and ‘they do not want to know’ because they are scared.
Scared of discovering reality, which would in turn force them to act; to at least shed some of the basic privileges the citizens of the colonizing countries, enjoy.