Friday, August 14, 2015

Time Compression, Memory, and Self-Awareness

The most troubling aspect of the time compression isn't that our historical memory is growing shorter, as we discussed in Three Decades... That's troubling, indeed, and indicates how ably elites have caused people, with people's oft-willing cooperation, to be unable to remember what has happened to them. Formal education taught people not to trust their distant ancestors, regaling them with the horrors of the past and the wonders of the present, and assuring them that everyone who came before was an untrustworthy idiot--barring a few carefully selected illusory retcons of historical figures whose reality is dressed up until they appear to be advocating things that are currently popular. E.g., Planned Parenthood is transformed into "for women's rights and reproductive freedom" instead of "sterilize Negroids," and farther back, Oliver Cromwell becomes "a positive step toward democratic government" rather than "guy who seized money and power without calling himself a king." Still farther back, Aristotle becomes, "a founder of the classical philosophical tradition" rather than "a staunch bigot and sexist." Education has taught us all that the past is filled with 99.9% idiots and/or victims, and 0.1% "people who contributed in some way toward neoliberal universalism."

From there, we learn how to not trust people we know, based on age. Once we've learned never to trust anyone from the distant past (except a preselected, heavily-redacted group of Emile Zolas and Harriet Tubmans), we learned never to trust anyone from the recent past. Our grandparents must have been fools, and our parents, too, if they don't participate fully in what is currently popular. And then we learn not to trust anyone else outside whatever the current orthodoxy is, even if they are younger than us.

That's all basic stuff: the mundane, everyday totalitarianism that leaves us reliant on the State and only the State, all non-State communities excluded, with the exception of a few very special, more-equal animals, entitled to their respective interest groups, until such time as such entitlement is withdrawn and handed to another interest which point, former members of the More Equal Animals Club will suddenly realize that they themselves have become the unspeakably desiccated relic of an inhumane, non-progressive past which occurred a few decades, years, or minutes ago.

The most troubling aspect of memory compression is the trend toward turning people against their own selves. The flood of elite nonsense is so refined now that it doesn't merely school people to mistrust all other non-official sources, but also, their very own memories. Imagine, first, that I'm talking to someone about ISIS, and I say the following:
"Israel and Obama created that particular terrorist army by pretending it was meant to overthrow Syria's un-democratic president. In actuality, they were carrying out the latest step in a long-running plan to destroy every Middle Eastern nation except Israel and Saudi Arabia, in order to control the world."
In that quote, I made two assertions that can be checked up factually. Firstly, I stated that ISIS was a creation of two nations: Israel and America. Secondly, I stated that ISIS wasn't just meant to take over Syria, but to destabilize the entire Middle East and threaten southern Europe and Russia with refugee populations, in order to perpetuate NATO's stranglehold over the planet.

A standard elite education prepares a docile citizen to think, "High Arka is a crazy conspiracy theorist. Disregard." If a citizen has proven more resilient to elite education, the citizen might at least investigate the matter, and find out that there are a lot of newspaper articles and policy papers from a few years ago--from the very same respected sources that the citizen trusts--describing how the Mossad and the CIA are going to feed, arm, fund, organize, train, and assist an army of Islamic extremists to attack Syria, specifically. If the citizen continues reading, s/he will discover many articles and policy papers from a few years before that discussing the need to force more nations to join NATO, the need to prevent Russia or Europe from forming alliances that could threaten U.S. hegemony, and the need to destroy Africa and the Middle East some more.

The docile citizen won't be swayed by reading those articles, most likely. Those articles come from a nebulous time called "the past," which is a troubling place filled with uncertainty. Also, those articles are vaguely enough written that, if you interpret them in the best plausible light, they're either irreverent fantasies or well-meaning mistakes--neither of which could have had any meaningful impact on the foreign policy results we see now.

There is, though, the small chance that a docile citizen, possessed of the right faculties, might read those many articles, think back over her/his memory of the past few years, and conclude, "Holy crap, ISIS is a hard-right Israeli/American army designed to keep Europe bound to NATO, and to gobble up more Middle Eastern territories into a subservient NATO/Africom-style role!" This diligent citizen might continue reading, then, and realize that ISIS is nothing new, inasmuch as elites have been spawning similar armies, and similar mass murders, since the exploration of America, or, dare I offend the Tribe by saying instead, the advent of finance.

That type of process--the (mostly theoretical) ability of a person to read about something that happened a couple years ago, and connect it to the present--is an extremely mild irritant to elites. The danger point is now past; the danger point in the early 20th century, when printing presses and literacy had combined to make large numbers of people in industrialized nations aware of just where the invasions of the desert gods had come from those past thousand years. Now, it's just an irritant. Still, though, it's an irritant, and naturally, they'd prefer not to have to deal with irritants.

Education now teaches us not only to be critical of everyone else ever, but also of ourselves. The cutting-edge elite education, which now never stops, prepares the docile citizen to reject not only newspaper articles and policy papers from a few months ago, but also that own person's strongly-held perceptions of a few months ago. Imagine that I say the following:
"Israel and Obama created that particular terrorist army by pretending it was meant to overthrow Syria's un-democratic president. In actuality, they were carrying out the latest step in a long-running plan to destroy every Middle Eastern nation except Israel and Saudi Arabia, in order to control the world."
The cutting-edge docile citizen is now protected even if she elects to engage in fifteen seconds of googling, "obama heavy arms syrian rebels 2012" the results will not surprise her. Education is now so efficient that the citizen will instantly rewrite her/his own memory in order to conform past impressions of data to current impressions. The modern citizen is prepped ahead of time for the possibility of troubling memories intruding from the past, so that when, lamenting ISIS right now, she hears (or recalls) a whisper of those days of yore, two years ago when the world was young and innocent, she instantly forces herself to remember the necessary catechism:

"The Now-State says that a Wrong-Idea is going around that the Before-State made the Wrong-Thing. The Now-State warned me that some people might have this Wrong-Idea. Now that I see this troubling fact, I see that it is merely an expression of Wrong-Idea."

The catechism is typical; it goes back at least to the Lusitania. What makes its development striking today is the addition of this troubling nuance: the catechism is working even when the docile citizen has an active internal memory of the earlier time period. Ergo people who assiduously read the New York Times every day, cover to cover, will willfully disregard their own verifiable experience of reading the August 2012 issue if the August 2015 issue tells them to do so. iTunes, Kindle, and the various "cloud" networking scams were designed to operate like this: by controlling centralized databases, and preventing the external usage of data rights (or the resultant transfer of data to heirs upon death), centralized comptrollers are able to subtly edit books and music in a way that will become untrackable once paper is gone. The adjustment of the human brain along those lines is coming along nicely, now, as people learn to mistrust their very own reading of yesterday's article, instead preferring to believe what today's article says about what was in yesterday's article--now, even when those articles are laid out side by side!

It was sad enough when elites educated people into not trusting the firsthand reports of the man across the street; now, though, people have been so educated that they don't trust their own memories. So citing the creation of ISIS, despite its seeming immediacy, has no more profound or stirring effect on most people than citing the creation of Al Qaeda, the Nicaraguan Contras, Saddam, Irgun, Cheka, the House of Saud, the Ottoman Empire, or the Catholic Church. Ergo the process can accelerate: the less difficulty people have in reconciling their contradictory nightmare present to the impossibility of their promissory past, the faster the destruction can occur.


  1. Well,it's really simple. Since we have progress and all, today's newsstories are better than yesterday's,the intelligence is no longer faulty, etc.

    1. That's a little bit effin' brilliant. Yeah, there's probably a comparison to planned obsolescence there. Once the news has changed, the old news is as worthless as the 2014 model. So in UAE, everyone's rushing rushing rushing to get the latest Ferrari.

  2. The past has passed! This means it's inferior to the future, which brings progress! The past is reactionary, it's only important to reactionaries! History is for losers, STEM is the future!