by Johnny McNeill – unpublished author of ‘Gaslighting Gilligan’ (released from Berlin on 25th June 2017).
“How can wealth persuade poverty to use its political power to keep wealth in power? Here lies the whole art of Conservative politics in the twentieth century.” – Aneurin Bevan
I’m going to attempt to answer that question, “the whole art”.
The video in Anil Seth’s quotation in the link below is fascinating. In it he talks about sensory information coming into the brain not making sense but when a new conscious perception stimulus is added – such as my personal PTSD “pathetic” episode, uttered in earshot by a complete stranger, that froze and transported me back to my past abusive relationship – the same information makes a new perception and predictable, interpretational sense.
It got me thinking….
The ‘Rubber Hand Illusion’ test subject truly believed, through very short-term physiological stimulus association-conditioning of the *physical feeling* of the brushing, that the fake-representational hand was his own hand being attacked.
And so with a very brief stimulus, he instinctively and defensively reacted to that ‘reality‘ as if it were actually ‘real‘.
This being the case, is it not entirely ‘fake-representation’ feasible that through long-term, psychological-emotional stimulus association-conditioning beginning in preadolescence childhood, such as a flag, anthem and/or a living-deity the *emotional feeling* of externally projected psychosocial programming sources, via school, media and sports to instil within each individual – each test subject – the internalised-sense of social-compliance conformity, of basic survival, of security and safety-assuredness housed in programmed moral-superiority and occasionally in amoral-superiority in order to nurture a false but felt sense of emotionalised-empowerment?
Which is then externalised in adolescence and adulthood to be cyclically-reinforced and projected by each individual, slave to their previous innate social-conformity primordial programming, to then assimilate and collectively mass-manifest as an existential experiential, pseudo-religious physiologically felt ‘belief system‘ – within the thoughts, feelings and behavioural actions of the ‘hive-mind’?
But which conversely, also results in an ideologically unacknowledged toxic permission; to self-righteous indignation – proactively promoted by media – to result in the ridicule of perceived ‘lesser, inferior’, non-compliant groups who are ‘justifiably’ to be held in the ‘superior’ powers’ contempt, even anger, of anyone and anything not of ‘Its’ belief system.
And which like the ‘rubber hand illusion’ can result in a similar ‘instinctive-defensive reaction’ which when a perceived attack takes place on this manufactured-manipulated belief-system, manifests as if it were direct assault upon the individual person him or herself.
Surely my theory must have some merit because there’s certainly enough evidence in the world to support the ‘Britification’ Rubber Hand Illusion analogy; an ideological reality, that is so ‘normal’ because it’s been inter-generationally recycled, reinforced as an invisible #EmotionalisedEmpowerment psychosocial vehicle, to be made, well, a religion…
Is this is how the plutocratic, British corporate-government oil-war oligarch-politique, the ‘Corpolitique’, have locked and enveloped the working classes within a cyclical intergenerational pseudo-‘reality’?
And has done so particularly since the advent of the masses access to post-war literacy-numeracy education, to result in a self-perpetuating, self-harming society that is easily emotionalised, distracted and misdirected to target one other with yellow-jacketed heroism and ‘veracity’ by manipulating our innate, human survival-instinct need for safety and social-conformity which in itself through ‘greater numbers conditioning’ actually compels the conscious-self to rewrite reality in order to stay ‘safe’ within the herd – even when they know that ‘reality’ has the foreseeable potential to do them great, irreversible harm? i.e. Brexit.
Because having become peer-pressure compelled, to believe through preadolescent-hardwired interpretation; that to challenge the aristocratic-entitled structures and their elitist institutions, is to without distinction simultaneously attack, to sever the symbiotic-symbolic limbs of our individual working-class selves. But which also in a rather cowardly fashion also permits us to stay safely housed within the compliance-conditioned comfort-zone confines of the herd.
Sure, individuals can speak out against the elitist structures but often these ‘anti-establishment’ voices, themselves products; sentient recordings of their propaganda past and perceived perpetual future, only do so to hear their ‘conscious self’ and to be marginally heard by other ‘conscious selves’, which is enough to feel and therefore be both valid and validated.
Just so long as what is marginally stated – with or without informed conviction – suits whatever it is the greater numbers of the herd already wanted to hear and thereby affording themselves the hollow ‘echo-chamber’ authority ability to progress upwardly within the framework of a structure they have no intention of changing; or trying something that hasn’t already been tried before.
This innate survival instinct coupled with direct consequence of long-term, inter-generational mass-media, psychological and physiological manipulation to result in the British States’ own ‘Rubber Hand Illusion’ achieved through indoctrination and compliance-conditioning – impossible to detect as it was first delivered in childhood – would go some way to explaining how we allow such cyclical bouts of human misery in the form of UK wars waged on the poor domestically through induced poverty, imprisonment and inter-generational homelessness; and abroad having become the economically-conscripted cannon-fodder, sent to fight an endless stream of perpetuated conveyer-belt wars.
But yet is cyclically repeated and accepted acquiescently as it has been since The Great War, with a blind reverence and deference to the established order of things; lest we inadvertently harm ourselves (or are harmed) for mounting a serious challenge.
It’s brilliant. Devious but brilliant. From cradle to grave the ‘belief system’ messaging is; harm the established order, harm yourself.
But it isn’t real. It never was. It’s a controlled, manufactured mass-hallucination.
It’s a phenomenological prosthetic; an aristocratic-plutocratic, post-war dummy-load democracy; a Perfect Dictatorship housed in State-school indoctrination, sold as ‘education’ to manifest as the ‘experienced’ Great British ‘agreed reality’; a nation of ‘Pavlov’s Patriots’ being bred to serve as Schrödinger’s soldier-slaves in love with the people who will kill them for the ‘Corpolitique’s’oil, for power, for another 100 years…
Gaslighting Gilligan – by Johnny McNeill, a contemporary, dystopian ‘fiction’ about the intrinsic, interconnectedness of personal & political domestic abuse, is free to download from here. It is copyrighted but is free to share as a public service.