There are two ways to be fooled. Letting others fool you and the other is fooling yourself.
I see a disturbing trend in today’s world: An increasing derision and persecution of those people with a sense of independent thought, opinion, and discernment. We are inundated on all sides by prepackaged opinion, information, and the pressure to defer to those in “authority”. Mainstream news has become little more than an indoctrination device. The arts and other imaginariums are being done away with in schools. Political correctness driven by an increasingly hostile neo-liberalism is eroding open debate and discourse. The most absurd notions are unquestioningly being accepted as everyday fact by the public at large. There seems to be an unannounced agenda at work whose goal is to eradicate diversity of thought, action, and opinion.
Separating from the herd and mainstream thought is not as easy as you might imagine. Free thinking does not come without a price. Those of us that wish to reclaim to our birthright as free thinking individuals must be prepared to swim against the tide of conventional opinion and fashion. If you choose this path be prepared to be ostracized from society and even your social/familial circle. You will most certainly be labeled a kook, difficult, bigoted, a conspiracy theorist, or worse. The price of freedom from consensus reality may be heavy, but in my opinion the price of staying ignorant is heavier. So what can you do?
For those of you on the path of self liberation it is important to educate and train yourself in the ways of personal power. As in learning any craft it requires work and practice.
Here are ten suggestions for your consideration:
Step one: All forms of media can be used as devices for shaping public opinion along certain prescribed outcomes. Therefore to become immune to being manipulated you should learn how mind control and perception management is done. As in a magic trick, once you know how the magician does it you cannot be fooled by the same trick twice.
Step two: Learn the ways of self-healing. There are many ways to do this Reiki, Bodywork, Nutrition, Meditation, and Qigong are but some examples.
Step three: Steer clear of belonging to any group or organization for “group think” inevitably follows. Teachers and mentors are handy while learning a skill but only until you understand a method and then let practice be your guide.
Step four: Respect the knowledge of others, but realize that all forms of human understanding are limited. No one has all the answers and we are all in various stages of supposing.
Step five: Limit your time on electronic devices and the like. Instead spend more time in nature connecting with your surroundings.
Step six: Develop a sense of detachment and discernment from public opinion and behaviour, but not at the price of empathy and compassion.
Step seven: Know that you are in total control of your own inner reality and inner power. Be the keeper of your own kingdom by treating yourself (and others) with kindness, awareness, and love.
Step eight: Question everything, but at the same time maintain an open mind to all possibilites!
Step nine: Knowledge is important, so choose your sources carefully.
And finally step ten: Respect knowledge and experience, but keep in mind we are all just human and are all just in various stages of supposing and guessing. Only the Universe knows the whole truth of creation.
Remember: You are a reflection of the Cosmos. Be what you were meant to be: A fluid, dynamic expression of your own inherent uniqueness.