“The Individual and His Future”


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“Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses.” – Plato

The herd mentality was evidently alive and well in Plato’s day as well.

The individual and his future

by Jon Rappoport

November 18, 2015

(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Exit From The Matrix, click here.)

“It’s instructive to read what authors wrote about core values a hundred or two hundred years ago, because then you can appreciate what has happened to the culture of a nation. You can grasp the enormous influence of planned propaganda, which changes minds, builds new consensus, and exiles certain disruptive thinkers to the margins of society. You can see what has been painted over, with great intent, in order to promote tyranny that proclaims a greater good for all.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

Here I present several statements about the individual, written in 19th century America. The authors, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and James Fenimore Cooper were prominent figures. Emerson, in his time, was the most famous.

“All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity.” — James Fenimore Cooper

The less government we have, the better, — the fewer laws, and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of [by] formal Government, is, the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

The former generations acted under the belief that a shining social prosperity was the beatitude of man, and sacrificed uniformly the citizen to the State. The modern mind believed that the nation existed for the individual, for the guardianship and education of every man. This idea, roughly written in revolutions and national movements, in the mind of the philosopher had far more precision; the individual is the world.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” — Henry David Thoreau

They [conformists] think society wiser than their soul, and know not that one soul, and their soul, is wiser than the whole worldSociety everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members….Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist…. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Can you imagine, today, any of these statements gaining traction in the public mind, much less the mainstream media?

Immediately, there would be virulent pushback, on the grounds that unfettered individualism equals brutal greed, equals (hated) capitalism, equals inhumane indifference to the plight of the less fortunate, equals callous disregard for the needs of the group.

The 19th-century men who wrote those assertions would be viewed with hostile suspicion, as potential criminals, as potential “anti-government” outliers who should go on a list. They might have terrorist tendencies.

Contemporary analysis of the individual goes much further than this.

Case in point: Peter Collero, of the department of sociology, Western Oregon University, has written a book titled: The Myth of Individualism: How Social Forces Shape Our Lives:

“Most people today believe that an individual is a person with an independent and distinct identification. This, however, is a myth.”

Callero is claiming an absence of any uniqueness from person to person. He’s asserting there is no significant distinction between any two people. There aren’t two individuals to begin with. They’re a group.

This downgrading of the individual human spirit is remarkable, but it is not the exception. There are many, many people today who would agree (without comprehending what they are talking about) that the individual does not exist. They would agree because, to take the opposite position would set them on a path toward admitting that each individual has independent power—and thus they would violate a sacred proscription of political correctness.

These are the extreme conformists Emerson was referring to a century and a half ago.

Unable to partake in anything resembling clear thought, such people salute the flag of the Collective, blithely assuming it means “whatever is best for everyone.” Such questions as “who defines ‘best’” and “who engineers this outcome” are beyond their capacity to make distinctions. They rest their proud case in vagueness.

Without realizing it, they are tools of a program. They’re foot soldiers in a ceaseless campaign to promote collectivism (dictatorship from the top) under the guise of equality.

Let me repeat one of Emerson’s statements: “The antidote to this abuse of [by] formal Government, is, the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual.” The corollary: If there is no widespread growth of individuals and their independent thoughts, actions, and moral consciousness, if they don’t widen their horizons and spheres of influence, then in the long run what check is there on government?

Demeaning the individual is, in fact, an intentional operation designed to keep government power intact and expand its range.

Consider this question: If all opposition to overbearing, intrusive, and illegitimate government were contained in organized groups, and if there were no independent “Emersonian” individuals, what would be the outcome?

In the long term, those groups would stagnate and fail in their missions. They would be co-opted by government. Eventually, all such groups would be viewed as “special needs” cases, requiring “intervention” to “help them.”

That is a future without promise, without reason, without imagination, without life-force.

That is why the individual remains vital; above, beyond, and through any blizzard of propaganda. (emphasis added)

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California.

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9 thoughts on ““The Individual and His Future”

  1. You are so right! I had not heard about this.

    Two years ago, when all of this talk about world war three began in earnest, I was very skeptical, because I believed even the powers that be could not be this insane. But now, and with this news, we may be facing the end of this world as it is today.

    Putin has already made clear that he is fed up with the U.S. and allies, and from what I have read, Putin has already begun preparing for all out war with the US and NATO.

    We both wrote yesterday about dark times, well here they are!

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention, my friend! And please, you, your family and friends be safe!

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  2. Yes, we talked, intresting isn’t it:)
    And, Putin said “This event is beyond the normal framework of fighting against terrorism. Of course our military is doing heroic work against terrorism… But the loss today is a stab in the back, carried out by the accomplices of terrorists. I can’t describe it in any other way. ”
    And I agree with him. In Turkey right now, one man drags Turkey people to the war, nobody wants to war with Russia except them! He wants to be president, he wants to one man, here it is war is in front of our door! %50 of Anatolian people didn’t give vote for him at last election. And this %50 will stop this policy with one way or another! There is no way to stop this bloody policy in this region!

    And thank you for your words and your attention my Earthling friend. I had a headache right now, every news tells the Russia-Turkey conflit. It seems like nightmare. ı will write the devolepments again to you.

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  3. Russian General Staff made statement “then we will hit the threats we have seen,”. Meanwhile, a Russian soldier who looked for the second Su-24 missing pilot in Russian troops was killed by a Syrian dissident groups. A Russian helicopter shot by again Syrian dissidents groups from the ground.. Russia gave a diplomatic note to Turkey. The tragic side, from countries such as Germany makes statement ” Turkey government support to ISIS was appeared.” As if that Germany, that Merkel was not the same person who supported to Tayyip Erdogan before the election of Turkey! In here things are very complicated. Everyone is talking about, military experts and others are seen on TV screens. For one man’s personal ambitions, the whole country would sink the boat. I hope Putin would behave discretion.

    Long days will wait for us.

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  4. Agree wholeheartedly.

    When I speak of or write about the individual, my intent is for it to include all of humanity, not just one race or gender.

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