Altered States

“Technique has penetrated the deepest recesses of the human being. The machine tends not only to create a new human environment, but also to modify man’s very essence. The milieu in which he lives is no longer his. He must adapt himself, as though the world were new, to a universe for which he was not created. He was made to go six kilometers an hour, and he goes a thousand. He was made to eat when he was hungry and to sleep when he was sleepy; instead, he obeys a clock. He was made to have contact with living things, and he lives in a world of stone. He was created with a certain essential unity, and he is fragmented by all the forces of the modern world.”
― Jacques EllulThe Technological Society

The term technique, as I use it, does not mean machines, technology, or this or that procedure for attaining an end. In our technological society, technique is the totality of methods rationally arrived at and having absolute efficiency (for a given stage of development) in every field of human activity. Its characteristics are new; the technique of the present has no common measure with that of the past.

― Jacques EllulThe Technological Society

In his Substack post What did Jacques Ellul mean by Technique? , Samuel Eastlund adds a fourth foundational element to the three mentioned in Ellul’s “technique” definition above:

“Technique is one of the spiritual powers (Col. 1:16, Eph. 6:12) which controls the modern world, which people give their allegiance to and which keeps them in bondage.”

Eastlund continues . . . “As David Gill puts it in his comparison between Ellul and Francis Schaeffer, ‘What is significant and ominous today is that technique itself (rationality, artificiality, efficiency) has become universal, autonomous, and self-automated’. One of the gods of the modern world is efficiency; it is a presupposition of the way we do things that the more efficient something is, the better it is. This becomes obvious when engaging in a discussion about Technique with those not already opposed to it.”

*David W. Gill, Jacques Ellul and Francis Schaeffer: Two Views of Western Civilisation, p. 11

I’m becoming a neo-Luddite of sorts. I have a particular dislike for the dissociative and diminution effects of the digital age and particularly as technology modifies the means of relating to ourselves, to those around us – to our world.

Born into analog times, I enjoyed a continuous stream of organic information that fostered a holistic perspective. During childhood in the 50s and into the 60s, I received information, or better, life in continuously variable physical quantities. I stayed outdoors until it was dark. I rode my bike everywhere. I played with kids – German, Italian, Mexican, Polish and others – on my block. I walked to the library to look up things. With my allowance in hand, I ran to the Five and Dime to see what I could buy. I read the Sunday comics on the front room floor. I watched Howdy Doody, Captain Kangaroo and Lassie on a B&W rabbit-eared tube-filled box. I played 45s on a turntable in my bedroom. I played table games with friends from school and the neighborhood. I attended church. I listened to AM radio on a transistor radio. I learned to play the trumpet.

In high school I played my horn in the band, orchestra and church. I ran cross country and track. I studied French for four years and got into the NHS my senior year. During the summers I worked and took summer school courses. I wasn’t a spectator.

My analog life was harmonized within the perceived analog universe of light, color, sound, force, wind, rain, and seasons. And like a camera and cassette recorder, my analog brain captured a continuous stream of organic information from the real world. I was my own screen saver . . . and social media and Google search.

Those were times before “technique” “penetrated”, “modified”, and atomized life into efficient bits and bytes. Technology didn’t dominate. Like the phone on the wall and the record player, objects were just another thing among many other things. Objects were there to serve, not dominate. I could dial down interest in a thing, walk away, and move on to the more interesting organic things.

In contrast to 0’s and 1’s trying to emulate analog life and the annoying apps with their prompts, pop-ups, and passwords, analog times seemed natural, unintrusive, and rather hassle-free. Digital technology, as it relates to human interface, comes across as contrived and as pushy as a foot-in-the-door salesman and damn frustrating in its effort to achieve maximum efficiency. Add dismissive of your concerns.

In contrast to the soulless 0’s and 1’s programmed to contain life like the characterless pre-fab concrete industrial buildings that contain employees, my childhood was a multi-dimensional free-range human life. I lived life at the speed of life and not at the speed of sound.

Come to think of it, I never swore until I started dealing with computers, hand-held and otherwise, and software. And, even with growing up with talk of a U.S. and Russia nuclear war, I was never alarmed about my times and my country until the rise of That Hideous Strength the technocratic state. The spirit of the age could be felt in the analog times, but now I sense that the spirit of the age is oppressive through technological means.

Consider that technology may have “penetrated the deepest recesses of the human being”. The signs of spiritual oppression include

  • a fixation on depression
  • confusion
  • fear, anxiety
  • isolation
  • compulsive thoughts, feeling and behavior
  • abnormal medical problems

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You live as long as I have (70 yrs.) and you see how technology has modified human existence. Human interaction, for instance.

Every morning I work out at the fitness center in the complex where I live. I arrive 5:30 AM. I am usually the only one there at that time.

As is her habit, a young woman comes into the fitness center about an hour later. She walks over to the treadmill looking at her phone the whole time. She has not once looked up and looked over at me to acknowledge me. She’s in a world of her own.

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To be sure, I am not a technophobe. I have worked as an engineer for most of my life. I am currently working on improving substation communications for a large utility. I see good uses of technology every day including the recent NASA test: diverting of an asteroid. Technology has its place as a servant of mankind and not as its master.

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Well, I’ve given my thoughts. What’s your relationship with digital technology? Has it penetrated and modified your life and to what limit?

Does technology – 4K UHD TV, autonomous vehicles, 5G, esc. – deliver organic value to you? Do the bells and whistles of new technology make life more meaningful?

Are you OK spending time on passwords and renewing passwords and renewing passwords and two-step authentication and One-Time Passcodes. Are you OK paying for cyber security and renewing cyber security and VPNs and renewing VPN software and updates and updates and updates?

Are you worried about being hacked?

Are you worried about your livelihood being held for ransom?

As I am writing this, I received a text message alert from my employer: Cyberattack Impacting Critical Infrastructure. IT Security team received numerous ransomware alerts. The system that hosts the virtual servers in our environment was compromised. It was apparent someone had actively taken over the system and changed the credentials to block access.  All systems were shut down at headquarters and offices with data centers.

Of course, normal business is affected. Production has slowed to almost a halt. The “fix” will be expensive. Modern technology with its propensity for “technical efficiency and systemization” can also be used for disruption, chaos and loss of income.

How do you find interfacing with machines? Does an App give you a sense of control, of power, when you punch in inputs and the device ‘replies’ with a programmed message to your commands?

Are you OK inputting to an algorithm and receiving a canned response?

Do you get the sense using a digital device that you are being programmed and used by it?

Are you OK giving out your digital ID and having your data mined and surveilled by Big Tech, Big Brother, and China?

Are you OK with software tracking your online patterns and then using the data to manipulate and increase your engagement with a product or service?

Are you OK being monitored online night and day? Have you watched The Lives of Others?

Are you wondering if you said something ‘wrong’ online and the FBI will show up at your door?

Are you OK with digital cops? Researchers experimenting with concept of a ‘digital cop’ (wnd.com)

Are you OK with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. censoring your speech based on a politically-biased algorithm?

Do you find interfacing with machines to be off-putting, alienating, impersonal?

Are you OK spending most of your day interfacing with a device? Looking at a screen?

Do you prefer dealing with devices instead of people?

Are you OK dealing with Chat Bots when you have questions?

Can’t get enough of CGI?

Will you accept becoming an AI product of an algorithm in the post-human world of transhumanism?

Would you be OK with an implanted microchip vaccine passport?

Would you be OK with transhumanists replacing eternal “life in the ages to come” with digital immortality?

Will you be OK with digital currency and the monitoring and control of your finances?

Are you OK with a global technocracy that monitors your behavior and arbitrates your social credit score?

Are you OK with RFR (Radiofrequency Radiation) affecting your body, your brain?

Check this out: Well Being: Dangers of 5G – by Robert W Malone MD, MS (substack.com)

Adverse effects observed at exposures below the assumed threshold SAR include non-thermal induction of reactive oxygen species, DNA damage, cardiomyopathy, carcinogenicity, sperm damage, and neurological effects, including electromagnetic hypersensitivity. Also, multiple human studies have found statistically significant associations between RFR exposure and increased brain and thyroid cancer risk. Yet, in 2020, and in light of the body of evidence reviewed in this article, the FCC and ICNIRP reaffirmed the same limits that were established in the 1990s.

Are you OK with technology reconditioning your children?

Here is one parent commenting on Decade at Bernie’s – by Chris Bray – Tell Me How This Ends (substack.com)

Who is Jacques Ellul?

What do you think of the following quote (a screen capture from the video):

-Willem H. Vanderburg: “The Life and Work of Jacques Ellul” (2012)

“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Informed dissent:

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: EcoHealth Whistleblower Dr. Andrew Huff: They Created the COVID-19 Virus Using Gain of Function in a Number of Laboratories and They Covered It Up (VIDEO) (thegatewaypundit.com)

The Calm COVID Truth of Dr. Joe Ladapo (substack.com)

EXCLUSIVE: Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano’s Message to Catholic Church Urging Leadership to Revisit Their Stance on COVID-19 Vaccines (thegatewaypundit.com)

Video: Moderna CEO Admits COVID Is Like Seasonal Flu, Only Vulnerable Need Jabs – Summit News

How to Use Ivermectin to Protect Against the Covid Vaccines – Brightwork Research & Analysis

“The Boundary is Children” – by Robert W Malone MD, MS (substack.com)

Safe States for Children: Here’s a List of Republican Governors Who Won’t Comply with CDC Mandates to Force COVID-19 Vaccination on Kids for School (thegatewaypundit.com)

Homeschooling Options and State Exemptions for Childhood Vaccines (substack.com)

Two top cardiologists implicate COVID vax in all unexplained heart attacks since 2021 (substack.com)

Dr. Robert Malone: The CDC Voted Unanimously To Recommend The Covid-19 Vaccine For Children As Young As 5 AND the CDC will provide ‘sneaky’ liability protection for Big Pharma vaccines. The CDV won’t protect you, it will protect itself and its cohorts.

Road map to Control:

In 2016, domains for government vaccine passport websites were registered by the same person. Some of these are in current use now.

Well, isn’t that special:

The CDC will vote Thursday to permanently shield Pfizer and Moderna from COVID vaccine injury liability (substack.com)

Video: Bill Gates Says European Energy Crisis Is “Good” – Summit News

Musk’s Dangerous Vision for Twitter (substack.com)

Uniformed Consent:

An in-depth look into the Covid 19 narrative, who’s controlling it, and how it’s being used to inject an untested, new technology into almost every person on the planet. It’s not about the virus. It’s about the vaccine. Problem reaction solution. Slogans slogans slogans.

Ch-ch-ch Changes Not:

Angelina Jolie’s Daughter Shiloh Once Thought She Was A Boy And Asked To Be Called John, But She Outgrew It | Evie Magazine

The way of the wicked:

Disturbing video from Texas drag show for kids… – CITIZEN FREE PRESS

Take down the WEF:

What is the World Economic Forum? (takedownthewef.com)

REVEALED: The ‘Public Figures’ Attending the 2022 World Economic Forum in Davos. (thenationalpulse.com) Note: A pdf of the full list of attendees is located at this link.

Malthusiasts:

Thomas Malthus believed that so-called “positive checks” (such as plagues and starvation) and “preventive checks” (such as birth control measures and delayed marriage), worked to keep population growth and food growth in balance.

The Left, as prompted by the Davos/WEF elites, are similarly concerned about population growth. That is why they promote the “positive” checks of pandemics and the “preventive checks” of abortion, homosexuality, and mutilating children in the name of affirmation.

In An Essay on the Principle of Population, neo-Malthusians [the authors] tells us what they think is required to make their anti-growth philosophy work:

“organized evasive action: population control, limitation of material consumption, redistribution of wealth, transitions to technologies that are environmentally and socially less disruptive than today’s, and movement toward some kind of world government”

– Paul Ehrlich, Anne Ehrlich, and John Holdren, Ecoscience: Population, Resources, and Environment (San Francisco: W. H. Freeman and Company, 1977), p. 5.

Two-time loser Stacy Abrams is a neo-Malthusian. She holds the view that misery or vice are necessary equalizers between growing population and the means of subsistence:

Childless Stacey Abrams Says Killing Your Baby Is Best Way To Fix Democrat-Created Recession: “Having children is why you’re worried about your price for gas” [VIDEO] (thegatewaypundit.com)

How WEF of her!

Digitalization: The Spirit of the Age

“Community digitalization holds unprecedented promise. The tools, values, and organizational paradigms that constitute and follow from digitalization enable human enterprise to be organized better, differently.” 

“The promise of digitalization won’t be realized automatically; it will require a massive collaboration across societal stakeholders.”

Bas Boorsma, quoted above, offers the promise of a better tomorrow by fostering digital enablement of our communities. His words can be found on a Thunderbird School of Global Management webpage.

There, Boorsma, professor of practice and author of the revised and well-intentioned New Digital Deal: Beyond Smart Cities. How to Best Leverage Digitalization for the Benefit of our Communities tells us that if we were “to focus on collaboration, strategy, and vision – and forge the rudiments of a New Digital Deal” it would “help us mitigate the current [COVID] crisis as well as the ones that will follow, and to ensure the societal resilience and well-being of tomorrow.”

Elsewhere, Boorsma specs out 20 Building Blocks of Successful Community Digitalization with an imperative that “Connectivity, solutions, architectures, cyber security and data need to be managed comprehensively in order for a community to not end up stuck in silos and to be sufficiently future ready” .

Looking past the “unprecedented promise” of community digitization and “the Art of Connecting Everything” to the implications for end users, would community digitalization be a blessing or a bane?

What “values and organizational paradigms” would follow from digitalization? Do they come from the collaborative “societal stakeholders”? Would “human enterprise be organized better, differently” via community digitalization? By whose standard?

What power does community digitalization give to collaborative “societal stakeholders”? Could such power corrupt them? Could absolute community digitalization corrupt them absolutely? If none of these inquiries concern you, these questions should at least alert the reader to the specter of technological control not only of public space but also of private space. This is the agenda of the technocrats and stakeholders of the World Economic Forum and their Great Reset.

One would expect a School of Global Management to promote a unified theory of world digitization. One would also expect such a school to concern itself with making sure that the world in crisis mode can count on digital technology that is not compromised by digital divides and digital disruptions.

From the webpage:

Digitalization (also called digitization) has become increasingly important through the COVID-19 pandemic as people rely even more heavily on digital technologies to stay connected, informed, and safe. The pandemic has also highlighted how vulnerable many systems are across society. Even in wealthy nations like the US, many communities, governments, hospitals, and schools were underprepared to leverage technology to deal with the pandemic.

From an end user perspective, during the aforementioned “crisis” you and I were locked down and forced to rely on digital devices to relate to the world. Along with communities, governments, hospitals, and schools, we received orders and instructions from the commissars of COVID scientism. Crisis-leveraged communication technology was well-prepared to disseminate societal divides and disruptions.

Federal and state mandates fragmented communities, decoupling associations within work, church, family and the neighborhood. People were driven to their devices – to community digitalization – wherein the focus was on one small thing – COVID. With one voice, mass communication platforms via digital technology delivered constant fear porn and repeated promptings.

End users were coached to fear COVID with words like “deadly virus” and “pandemic”. They were lectured over and over to fear alternative voices and alternative medicines and to cling to the state and pharma-sponsored authorities. To sustain fear, the media deployed data gathered from pan-digital sources. COVID case numbers and deaths were posted in the corner of a news screen and dribbled across chyrons. COVID commissars, obsessed with party loyalty, supplied the media with repeated promptings and slogans such as “Flatten the curve” “We’re in this together” “Get the vaccination” “Wear a mask”.

With one voice, mass communication platforms via digitalization delivered mass formation psychosis to the end user.

 . . . the corona crisis was primarily a psycho-social phenomenon that marked the transition to a technocratic system, a system in which the government would attempt to claim decision-making rights over its citizens and, step by step, take control of all private space.  -Professor Dr. Mattias Desmet  The Psychology of Totalitarianism 

Humiliations galore! That and more are the implications of community digitalization made manifest during the recent “crisis”.

We learned of the push toward technological tracking and tracing of populations. Of digital vaccine passports. And of the digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record (DCVR). You save it on your phone and use it as proof of vaccination wherever you go.

Consider the coming digitized social credit score, a social ranking generated via social media databases. Data showing your will to conform to the globalist directives will determine whether you are in or out of the stakeholder society. An algorithm, not personal knowledge, will determine whether you are ‘worthy’ of access to a host of things and even worthy of buying a car, a home and even groceries.

In tandem with a digital credit score, digital currency will replace anonymous cash. The Biden regime is already moving in that direction. Community digitization will make it possible for societal stakeholders to know your every purchase along with monitoring and censuring “unacceptable” speech and behavior.

Digitization, via apps, AI, smart devices, cameras, and satellites, will monitor and control finances, spending, energy use, vaccine status, and conversations. End users will be monitored night and day.

One can expect a swarm of digital “influencers” – decimators of globalist propaganda.

One can expect more stolen elections where machines are involved.

One can expect the “everything” app from transhumanism accelerant Elon Musk.

One can be expected to be treated like data, like a stream of bits needing to be directed, and not as a human. Dehumanization is a product of digitization. The digital world is flippant and shallow and without regard for the human using it. I don’t want a digital ID and a relationship with another digital ID. I don’t want simulated reality.

One can expect the relationship of parents and children to be further separated by digital technology.

If digitization is omnipresent and technology is leveraged, what do you think the World Economic Forum dominionists will do with One World community digitalization? One can readily see, based on the recent COVID mass formation experience, that digital communication systems are able to focus worldwide attention on a manufactured “crisis”. And with each “crisis”, social engineering of the “you-have-no-choice” totalitarian order follows.

Climate change is the crisis du jour. This “crisis” is being leveraged through digital communications. End users are being forced to make sacrifices for a green agenda meant to stave off a climate crisis that many scientists say doesn’t even exist. The green agenda is bringing about a global recession and famine.

Keep in mind that the same people who want to digitize your life want to track your every move – on the web and physically. They want to monitor your purchases, your thoughts, and your associations which might lead to pre-crime. Show them the man and they’ll show you the crime.

Keep in mind these same people also promote lock downs, vaccine passports, open borders, abortions, bail-less release of criminals, antifa, BLM, gender confusion, homosexuality, CRT, queer theory and redistribution.

With total interconnectivity, end users can expect total subjugation to the spirit of the age. Think Big Brother and the Ministry of Truth and Ministry of Love as depicted in Orwell’s 1984. End users can also expect to be subjected to evil machinations akin to organizations such as N.I.C.E. depicted in C.S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength.

As for me and my devices, we will not follow the spirit of the age. We are already well-connected.

And the Searcher of Hearts knows what the spirit is thinking, because the spirit pleads for God’s people according to God’s will. – the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Roman church 8:27

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Ah, the promise of a better tomorrow with a New Digital Deal today. Where have I heard of a New Deal before? Oh yes. It was involved in mitigating another crisis, a crisis created and sustained by the government – the Great Depression. (Download Great Myths of the Great Depression pdf below for an overview of the causes of the Great Depression which include the government’s disastrous manipulation of the money supply via Keynesian economic theory and its terrible interventionist policies. Déjà vu all over again today.)

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Mass Formation and Totalitarianism with Mattias Desmet | EyesWideOpen #022 – YouTube

The Psychology of Totalitarianism, Mattias Desmet

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Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won’t last forever. We must take it or leave it. C.S. Lewis

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Informed Dissent:

(UPDAFlorida Surgeon General: Covid mRNA vaccine found to cause 84% increase in DEATH for men ages 18-39 | The Post Millennial | thepostmillennial.com

TED) Exclusive Summary: Covid-19 Vaccine Concerns | Sharyl Attkisson

12ft | Doctor Turns Against Messenger RNA COVID-19 Vaccines, Calls for Global Pause

STUDY: COVID Vaccines Detected In 45% Of Breast Milk. (thenationalpulse.com)

Health Officials Admit Bill Gates Runs the World (substack.com)

REPORT: Dr. Fauci’s Income Net Worth Nearly Doubled During Pandemic While 200,000 Small Businesses Closed Down Due to His Policies (thegatewaypundit.com)

Are They Planning on ‘Vaccinating’ the Masses Against Our Will? Why Did The NIH Use a Box Of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes to Vaccinate Study Patients? (thegatewaypundit.com)

Canadian actress Jennifer Gibson suffers Bells Palsy after Vaccine… – CITIZEN FREE PRESS

Sweden Removes Recommendation on General Vaccination Against COVID-19 for Ages 12 to 17 (thegatewaypundit.com)

20-Year-Old Nursing Student Dies Suddenly of Cardiac Arrest One Day After Being Forced to Get COVID-19 Shot (thegatewaypundit.com)

What If They Threw a Pandemic & Nobody Came? (substack.com)

An Estimated 30,000 Americans Were Killed by Ventilators & Iatrogenesis in April 2020 (substack.com)

The Regret, Repentance, and Redemption of Dr. Aseem Malhotra ⋆ Brownstone Institute

“The mRNA Covid vaccines are killing people, plain and simple.”… – Revolver News

Thread by @chrislittlewoo8 on Thread Reader App – Thread Reader App

The Specter of “Fascism” – The American Mind

Global Harming: Bill Gates Caught Admitting ‘Climate Change Is WEF Scam’ to Inner Circle – YouTube

Why is taxpayer money going to the second most corrupt country in Europe after Russia? 

One of the green agenda WEF globalists: