Excerpts from: 9/11 Truth Isn’t Going Away, by Alissa C. Johnson, on The Intercept
There has been much analysis of the psychological roadblocks thrown up by those who cannot or will not accept the reality of a 9/11 false flag attack on domestic soil. As described by activist Ken Jenkins, such denial may be attributed to the scale and sheer audacity of the act, the paradigm-shifting implications of 9/11, blind nationalist faith, shame on the part of those fooled, PTSD, and simple ignorance of historical precedents. Factor in an embarrassing level of credulity and these elements have contributed to the thumb-sucking compliance of a population dumbed down and infantilized to the point where it believes our government has its best interests at heart.
Of course history does not support the gumdrop and gingerbread view of government to which so many folks subscribe. But the myth of America is powerful. We are the good guys, revolutionaries who threw off the yoke of British imperialism two hundred thirty-five years ago and created the Constitution, a document so powerfully associated with rebellion that the FBI identifies those who reference or defend it as domestic terrorists.
There is an interesting article: “The Backfire Effect“, by David McRaney, cross-posted on OpEdNews with the subtitle: Why Showing People the Truth Sometimes Makes Them Believe BS Even More. This is interesting not just because of the article, but the reaction in comments that follow.
It starts out well enough, citing a recent study previously mentioned in this blog, conveniently summarized:
The Misconception: When your beliefs are challenged with facts, you alter your opinions and incorporate the new information into your thinking.
The Truth: When your deepest convictions are challenged by contradictory evidence, your beliefs get stronger.
From 9/11 Truth, “Conspiracy Theories” and the Crisis of Communication by Saman Mohammadi.
A psychological gap exists between the people who accept the truth that 9/11 was an inside job and the people who can not come to the same conclusion because it is too painful, depressing, and earth-shattering. I have made it my personal mission in life, along with thousands of other people, to bridge this psychological gap so that people see the 9/11 event from an entirely different perspective – from the innocent victims’ point of view, not from the evil government conspirators’ point of view.
A dangerous thing can occur when you start learning about what’s really going on in the world. The problems start to seem so complex, and you’re just one person, doubts begin to creep in. You sincerely want to help change the world, but from all this knowledge you start to believe that the world is too out of control and too big to change, so you end up not doing anything.
I’d always assumed and fully expected that we could convince people of the truth (of 9/11 or anything else) by showing them the evidence, and leading them through the logic of what we can deduce from the evidence, helping them to think like scientists. The basics of the science are not that difficult. But I’m frequently very frustrated by complete lack of success, dramatic failure even, and the harder I try, the more frustrated I get with very little, if any, satisfaction. Read more…
A very broad and penetrating series of articles by Andrew Gavin Marshall touches on the connections between 9/11 Truth Awakening and the bigger picture of global awakening regarding all aspects of our politics and civilization, such as it is. I am quoting extensively from the relevant sections, but please read the articles for the full context and details.
Excerpts from “The Technological Revolution and the Future of Freedom Part 1: The Global Political Awakening and the New World Order” by Andrew Gavin Marshall.
There is a new and unique development in human history that is taking place around the world; it is unprecedented in reach and volume, and it is also the greatest threat to all global power structures: the ‘global political awakening.’ […]
Carol Cleveland wrote a very perceptive article on OpEdNews.com, May 2009, called “The Joy of Conspiracy Denial“. It should be noted that the official story is about a conspiracy as well, so the title is misleading. But so thoroughly are we, collectively, in denial of conspiracies that we tend to forget or even deny that that story was about a conspiracy.
Quoting a couple of the most pertinent paragraphs:
“So the psychological comforts of the official story are several and real: you get a clearly defined enemy, a simple solution to a complex foreign policy problem, you get to feel morally superior to your enemy because you’re more civilized and don’t kill civilians, and finally, if you know something of the history of American policy in the Near East, you get to feel superior to those who don’t.”
“It’s entirely understandable that any American should believe the official 9-11 story. And, of course, to consider seriously for an instant that there could be something seriously wrong with that story, to imagine that as possible, really does change everything, just like 9-11 itself. If there’s a chance that Americans colluded in those horrors, then the entire mental structure of our sanity, which we’ve lived in all our lives, has a serious crack, a San Andreas Fault, right down the middle. If we think it possible that “We have met the enemy, and he is us,” then everything previously unthinkable is thinkable.”