I think back to growing up in the 80s and 90s and I recall hearing Archie Bunker and people in that generation still using racial slurs. And I would think to myself, even as a ten-year-old kid, “How ignorant, to refer to a group of people that endured the removal of freedom, abuse, and slavery as anything derogatory. Haven’t they suffered enough? Why should they suffer more through the perpetuation of such vile language?”
And I know that wasn’t even the worst of it. I understood that it was wrong. Because it felt wrong against everything else I had been taught. “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” They are my friends, my peers, my teammates. I didn’t see any differences like the generations before me did. They were conditioned to see it that way. Through years and years of being told it was true. But it wasn’t true. And thankfully as generations grew up and time passed, the truth became self-evident.
According to 19th century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, “All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident.”
I think to the women’s suffrage movement. And how fortunate I was for them to lead the way so that my daughter can grow up in a world where the hero of the story is quite often a female. Where we can vote. Hold the same job as a man (still need work on the equal pay part) and even run for President. The mindset has evolved generation to generation, and again the truth that women are intelligent and not lesser than man, prevailed.
Each generation the lies we are told dilute, until the truth is distilled.
I wish we could have a generation that we didn’t lie to. Or if they were lied to they could see the truth as clear as day so that that the truth wouldn’t have to pass through decades of dilutions and three stages before it became self-evident. How terrible that truth must go through violence to be seen. What is it that stands in the way? What is this veil that so many allow themselves? Fear?
My dream is for a generation that learns from the lessons of previous generations and doesn’t fall for the same tricks that each previous generation has. My dream is they don’t need to struggle to identify the truth, that it is undeniable in their eyes.
Here is a hint to help you uncover it faster.
Has it ever been the truth that a government has told to give the public permission to hate, vilify, segregate, or murder a group of people?
Should we ever accept the permission to hate and vilify anyone?
Were blacks unintelligent and undeserving of freedom?
Were women lesser beings and undeserving of equality?
Were Jews a danger to society and deserved to be exterminated?
I think back to WWII and I think how was it possible that a group of people were persuaded to murder another group of people? How was that acceptable politics only 100 years ago? How did people go about life as normal knowing that was happening outside?
The truth as Holocaust survivor, Kitty Werthmann, spells it out, wasn’t what we envisioned. Hitler didn’t roll in with his tanks over night and take over Germany. He was elected. It was a slow, methodical, imperceptible removal of freedoms that happened in plain sight under the guise of good, that brought them to the later devastation.
That is often how it happens. Under the guise of a good. So that you voluntarily surrender your rights, not fully understanding the repercussions.
“Of all the tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under the omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber barons cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” - C.S. Lewis
Werthmann goes on to explain that first they changed the school systems. They stopped teaching about God. They made Hitler’s Youth. They taught more gym. Got rid of curfews. Hitlers youth loved the new system. The parents that saw what was happening pulled them out.
Next he used censorship. The only radio they were allowed to listen to was his National Radio. At the end of the war when it came out that there were concentration camps. Many had no idea. It had been hidden under their noses. They didn’t know what was going on outside of their controlled flow of information.
He started limiting a doctors ability to practice. The good doctors left. The ones that stayed were willing to do horrific things.
Then he came for the disabled children and handicapped adults. They told parents they were being taken to special schools. Yet they never returned. They were euthanized.
Next he came for their guns. It was because there were too many accidents with children happening. First he required everyone register them. Then when the accidents continued, he made everyone surrender them, and since they had been registered he already knew who had them.
Kitty says at the end of her speech “Keep Your Guns! And buy more guns! And stock up on your ammo. A gun is no good if you don’t have any ammo. A dictatorship did not happen overnight.”
It is naive of us to think that we have evolved in our morality and that this could never happen again. At its essence it’s human nature. Adapt and survive. Often the first thing that leaves in the name of self preservation is morality. Using fear to control, most fall in line and become silent.
“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
The best tool we have for preventing it from ever happening again is a full understanding of how it happened and to recognize the warning signs.
There are 8 stages of Genocide
Classification - People are divided into “us” vs “them”
Symbolization - People are forced to Identify themselves
Discrimination- People begin to face discrimination
Dehumanization- People are equated to vermin, animals, disease
Organization - the government creates certain police or groups to control and enforce
Polarization - the government broadcasts propaganda to turn the populace against the group
Preparation - official action to relocate the group
Persecution - beginning of trials, murders, theft of property
Extermination - whole cell elimination of the group. It is not considered murder because they aren’t considered human.
Denial - government denies they have committed a crime.
Earlier this year in New York, 26,000 healthy children were approached in their classrooms, quarantined in the cafeteria, and then police escorted them off the school property.
Health officers dressed in yellow came to their homes at night with flashing yellow lights on their marked cars and served them notices.
It has recently come to light that the bill that passed to allow this, happened in an unprecedented 24 hour hearing without public trials and should have never passed. Not only did they usurp typical protocols of passing legislation which is intended to be slow and arduous, but they also have on video that the actual vote was a deadlock. 13-13. The bill should have been killed. But instead, Assemblyman Sayegh who had voted against the bill was called to the front of the room. There was a discussion. And he was coerced into changing his vote. There needs to be an investigation.
This unprecedented vote to remove religious freedom and force 26,000 children out of school should have never happened, yet it did, a day after a Merck subsidiary announced they would be investing 48 million in Albany.
These families were forced to make a decision. Comply or relocate. Their child lost their fundamental right to an education. So three fundamental rights stripped in one bill. Religious, medical and the right to an education.
One girl interviewed was 1 credit shy of graduating.
The good news here is their peers, their friends that witnessed this happen. Their healthy friend gets persecuted, quarantined, segregated and removed from school. And I’ll explain why this is a good thing later.
In California, 4,000 medically fragile children were removed of their doctor written medical exemptions and forced to have a medicine they had a severe reaction to or they are kicked out of school.
Now you have to have an anaphylactic reaction to each one separately to qualify for an exemption, despite them sharing ingredients. How many anaphylactic reactions can one survive?
This medicine contains antibiotics. And 10% of our population is allergic to antibiotics. And we are talking about injecting straight into the bloodstream. On that fact alone their claim that it is 1 in a million is statistically impossible. Seizure reactions from the MMR are 1/640. That is 1 shot. Often many are given at once. That is not 1 in a million.
But the bill in CA took it further. They claimed there were doctors writing fake exemptions. They investigated and found zero evidence of this. The entire bill is based on a lie. A lie they went on to use to remove doctors of their ability to write exemptions and handed it to the state. What happened the last time the state was handed medical authority over the people? See Nuremberg Code.
The doctors that speak out against this are losing their licenses. The rest are leaving. Those that stay are denying care to these patients. No one wants them. These families are being forced to relocate.
In April of 2019 Congressmen Adam Schiff wrote Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Google asking them to aid in the censorship of this issue. And they complied. Digital book burnings. And keys to the one-sided narrative.
Again I grew up in the 80s and 90s. I never even considered it possible that in the future we would be removing freedoms. I grew up applauding the freedom gained. I wrongly thought that once it had been gained it would never be revoked. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, bodily sovereignty, medical freedom, freedom of choice. All gone in a year. Because of measles. Or that’s what they say it is. But that’s just the front. That’s the guise.
The real reason is the times up on this 60-year-old science that hasn’t evolved because when they were removed of liability they had no incentive to, that since they can silence the negative consumer voice, they’ve had no reason to, and it is now being proven through molecular and cellular biology to be altering our DNA irreparably. So instead of acknowledging our valid concerns. Instead of returning liability, instead of testing for genetic susceptibility. Instead of acknowledging the new findings. Instead of returning to animal cell lines so that they don’t need to murder babies to harvest their tissue. Instead of allowing freedom of choice. They chose to lobby our rights away to decline them.
The enemy is different. The motive and play are the same.
And the majority of people are falling for for it.
We have us vs them.
We have the symbolism.
We have the discrimination. Earlier this year there were signs all up around Rockland County saying they can’t come in. We are being banned from camps, churches, schools, doctors offices.
We have dehumanizing. Go v@$cinate your crotch goblins.
We have organization. Health officers in yellow uniforms and cars.
We have polarization the propaganda is everywhere.
We have preparation. Families are moving from CA and NY.
Do we need to get to persecution?
If you are saying “BUT” to any of this. Please look in the mirror when you say it and see if it feels like truth. Please pray about it and see what God places on your heart.
If we don’t stop this the next generation will. Because they saw their perfectly healthy friend kicked out of school, and like me acknowledging Archie Bunkers racial slurs were wrong, they will know, so too was this.
My hope is that this time, we won’t need a decade to dilute the lies. My hope is that this time, people take a look around and see that it is a choice to hate and vilify that they can deny. My hope is that this time, we don’t have to pass through violence for this truth to be self-evident. My hope is that we are the generation that no longer falls for this same deception. My hope is that this time we as a people stand together because this is The United States of America and freedom is our foundation. Without that we have nothing.
My hope is, the truth isn’t a generation away.