The Illusion's Apocalypse
by The Practical Madman aka Laurent J. Noel
"Reality is an illusion,
albeit a very persistent one."
Mad you say???
I'm ....... FURIOUS!!!!!
A mad society produces a mad philosopher to sort out the madness around him,
and to find practical definitions and solutions to the problems he perceives -
and he becomes the Practical Madman.
"All are lunatics,
but he who can analyze his delusions
is called a philosopher."
"A person needs a little madness,
or else they never dare to cut the ropes and be free."
"We were not born critical of existing society.
There was a moment in our lives (a month or year) when certain facts appeared before us,
startled us, and then caused us to question beliefs that were strongly fixed in our consciousness -
embedded there by years of family prejudices, orthodox schooling,
imbibing of newspapers, radio, and television.
This would seem to lead to a simple conclusion:
that we all have an enormous responsibility to bring to the attention of others,
information which they do not have,
which has the potential of causing them to rethink long-held ideas."
"Believe nothing merely because you have been told it.
Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher.
But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis,
you find to be kind, conductive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings
-- that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide."
"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad."
"Believing in lies does not make them truth.
Believing in illusions does not make them reality."
"It is easier to fool people
than to convince people they have been fooled."
"There are two ways to be fooled.
One is to believe what is not true;
the other is to refuse to accept what is true."
What follows is a collection of my own musings regarding "history," reinforced with historical facts (both conventional and little known - but researchable and verifiable) for a compilation of my own personal version of what Reality is as historically demonstrated, presented for your amusement/entertainment/enlightenment ... whatever you feel that you can take away from this collection of Practical Madness.
"One of the saddest lessons of history is this:
If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle.
We're no longer interested in finding out the truth.
The bamboozle has captured us.
It is simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we've been taken.
Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back."
"There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know."
Harry S. Truman
This is what this book is about. This is my work. I will attempt to point out the bamboozle and the history you may not know, then present solutions to free ourselves from the bamboozle. It is up to each and every one of us to make the decision to find the Truth, acknowledge it, and then make the decision to take our power and freedom back. I will expose the charlatan but it is up to everyone of us to individually make the move to take our collective power back.
I do not hold myself up as some sort of savior or "know-it-all" but rather I offer what I offer as entertainment and food for thought, if you feel so inclined for either or both. I do not hold these facts I will present to be impeccable, but rather worthy of personal reflection for relevance to your perception of reality, and investigation and research for validity. The historical references combined with their individual historical and HERstorical importance will be attempted to be conveyed to be self evident to the discerning reader. Otherwise take what follows as pure entertainment ... masturbation for the intellect; just keep yourself amused and entertained - and far from the possibility of personal responsibility for your thoughts and actions.
"There are no facts, only interpretations."
"It is the mark of an educated mind
to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
Now an "educated mind" is not necessarily one that has attained knowledge that was issued to them by a "teacher," but is rather an autodidactic, or a person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education; a self-taught person who "reads and infers, adjusts and reconstructs according to their own learned skill." Not that a formal education is to be scorned, for a good teacher will guide their student and ignite the fire for a thirst for knowledge in them. A good teacher can bring the student to the well but cannot make them drink, for that is a personal decision. Most that possess a formal education are not usually autodidactic and usually accept every thought that is presented to them by someone with "authority" without further analysis, and thus do not fit into Aristotle's statement above. The facts they believe are the interpretation of others.
"I never let my schooling interfere with my education."
I proudly proclaim that I am The Practical Madman. I am a Madman that confronts his personal and humanity's collective madness, and looks at it all from a Practical point of view, from all directions, under many differing lighting options. I am in search of Practical solutions and inspirations for solutions to the problems that have been created and inflicted upon man, by man, for the manipulation of man. I revel in my Madness for this is what sets me apart and makes me ... ME! It is also the only thing I truly own that cannot be stolen or taxed.
"We have met the enemy, and he is us."
Pogo- by Walt Kelly
This is a record of a personal journey into a Re-Vision of history for the sake of Truth and revelation of such, and the internal madness and frustration created by analysis of the generally accepted as real "historical facts" as interpreted by others. History is supposedly the record of mankind but I find that it is amazing that the most important facts and correlations are often omitted from the record. Consider a thought (or some variant thereof) that many have been credited as originating, but it is still none the less true: "History is agreed upon lies and distortions" and then combine that thought with "The victors write the historical record." With those two facts in mind, can you say you "know history?" It is said that those that do not know history are doomed to repeat it ... then we are all doomed by these thoughts.
How much "reality" this work actually bears in your mind will fully depend on your own personal investment. This may be read as a fiction, or it may be read as a historical timeline, alternative to the "generally accepted" (indoctrinated) one, or it can be read as pure madness... because it will confront everything you have come to accept as "real" and "factual" and all that has been forced upon you through an outright indoctrinational and malicious education system (mal-education) and "conventional wisdom." "Conventional" means agreed upon by consensus. Neither science, nor math, nor history is subject to definition by consensus. Water is two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen, and 2 + 2 = 4, and consensus cannot change those facts. Either something happened or it didn't and consensus cannot change that fact either. The history we are taught is agreed upon lies and distortions and the reality of what happened is what it is and those facts still exist, commonly known or not. Can you see my personal opinion here? Tainted am I? MAD??? My greatest hope is that it will trip alarms in your mind and it will make you question your personal "reality" ... and will hopefully make you think about it all with sincerity and honesty!! I do not wish to start battles, but rather dialogues and logical progressions towards solutions.
"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
"The important thing is to never stop questioning."
"It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority."
"In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
"The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it."
"The truth is not arbitrary or a matter of opinion, but can be investigated,
and those who earnestly search for the truth will find it.
The truth is hidden to the blind, but he who has the mental eye sees the truth."
Unused muscles atrophy and their use vanishes, and so does the mind, for it is also a muscle and is the most important to exercise. It may not be scientifically classified as a muscle, but it is the most important and the rest will not function without it, and it most definitely requires exercise to remain pliable and useful. Remember, before exercising, you must first stretch your muscles to prepare them for a workout, or you will develop debilitating cramps; if you do not prepare your mind and open it up for new ideas and directions of thought, you will surely cramp up and the investigation that is so sorely needed to free yourself and humanity from the bamboozle that is the quagmire we are bogged down in will cease.
My style may be a little unorthodox and may change from historical outline, to definitions of terms, to storyline, to narration, insert joke here, quotes (lots and lots of them - if you haven't noticed yet...), connected dots, rhetorical inquisitions, and then jogs over to philosophy; in no particular order.
I will repeat certain phrases and quotes again and again, to serve as punctuation for the point at hand, for many of these are applicable to many thoughts and need to be repeated. Memory is reinforced through repetition. One thing I wish to bring to your attention here is the use of upper case lettering. Throughout this work I will use upper case lettering to denote Universal importance by using a word to illustrate an entity, but the same word will be used in other places with a lower case in a more common fashion, such as Reality vs. reality; Illusion vs illusion; or Truth vs. truth. This is just another unorthodox use of letter case for punctuation for the point I am trying to illustrate at the time.
"Anyone who argues by referring to authority
is not using his mind but rather his memory."
Leonardo da Vinci
I am not using quotes from "authorities" to argue, but rather to punctuate. For those that do not believe that an autodidactic education is trustworthy [because I have no possession of "degrees of knowledge" proven by a "sheep skin" diploma as issued by someone in authority to grade (or de-grade) me by their standards] I have relied on the words of famous and respected philosophers, authors, personalities, scientists, educators, politicians, and other "authorities" to punctuate and validate my points. I have not made any of these quotes up and many are quite famous and used frequently by others. I do use my mind, very much, and I use my memory constantly, that is why I remember so many quotes to use in conversation for punctuation and validation.
I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have,
beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.
This is the way my mind works, and I will try to make my points in an entertaining and coherent way that will tweak your imagination and your curiosity, and also punctuate the point I am trying to make again and again; as well as challenge your personal indoctrination and internal image of the world you perceive around you.
"People are looking through tunnels of ideology.
They create what they think will align with that ideology ...
and they go no further,
All ologies and isms are primitive reflections of needs for systems.
FREEDOM ISN'T A SYSTEM.
But freedom needs creative power,
otherwise it just sits there and becomes a lonely statue gathering dust in an abandoned park."
Freedom is in short supply in the land of the free. This "government" has become detrimental to the freedom of the people that employed it to protect those freedoms. We have been bamboozled. It is up to every one of us to realize this fact and to rekindle the flame of freedom. We must re-create this nation. Freedom needs our personal responsibility to make our personal investment into re-creating and defining it. We must find a new light to see with and a new angle to view from. That is what this work is about.
In this work I will first give you a new bright light to illuminate things you have never seen, and a different angle with which you see things from, but the ultimate decision is yours. I invite you on a journey into your mind. This will be a journey that will challenge every ology and ism. It is your personal decision if freedom will become that dust gathering statue in an abandoned park and forgotten, or if it will rise again to be the brightly shining sun and shine on all of us. This will require you to put aside your tunnel vision of ologies and isms and proceed with a truly open mind. Are you up to the challenge?
"A mind is like a parachute - it only works when it is open."
"We cannot solve our problems with the same mindset that created them."
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