Over the years, many of us have felt very much like the main protagonist of The Truman Show, gradually waking up to the realisation that the world around us is not what we once thought it was, that we've been lied to about so many things that it's hard to make sense of reality anymore.
The Truman Show provides a more accurate, down to Earth model, of the reality we are collectively experiencing, but The Matrix gave us all the cool quotes...
What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. - Morpheus
Meanwhile, the rest of the population are stuck in a hypnotic trance, believing every word that comes out of the boob tube. Where Truman had suspicions that something was not quite right about his artificial world, in real life, the non-player characters (NPCs), the zombies, normies, or whatever you want to call them, have no idea that they've been in a reality TV show their entire lives. Trust me, I've tested them for any signs of a clue. They have none. They are truly clueless. They bought the Great Lie and swallowed it whole. And if a Truman-like subject gets close to waking up, they make a rapid retreat back into the safe arms of mainstream 'normality' lest their brain explode. It's a form of Stockholm Syndrome, and like all cult programming, incredibly difficult to overcome once the mind control is established.
An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show. - IMDB
Much like Truman, real-life characters inhabit their own artificially created reality from birth, a reality created by the Elite Master Farmers through their schools, academia, government, the media, medicine, big tech, banking, and all other systems of control. One major difference is that Truman manages to 'wake up,' realise that his existence is a farce, a controlled environment deception, and escapes his simulated reality to live the rest of his life in the real world outside. Normies of planet Earth are not usually as fortunate. Most of them never get to experience an awakening of any kind, and live according to the official script, dictated to them by the Elite Master Farmers, from the moment they are born until their last day on Earth.
All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players - William Shakespeare
The Covid era has only served to reinforce the divsion between those who 'get it' and everyone else. And the more that 'truthers' try to cram their truths down the throats of the uninitiated, the more violently the uninitiated fight back and defend their version of reality. This part of the play usually continues until the truther realises that the reluctant potential initiate will never 'get it.'
Some people appear to be resistant to the truth even if it's staring them in the face. Such a state of mind can only exist due to the application of extreme methods of behavioral conditioning, mental programming, and hypnosis over many generations so that the defensive response is embedded at the genetic level. It may be that these individuals are truly lost, that they are now in fact comparable to automatons, mere biological puppets.
The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it. - Morpheus
As Truman goes through his own personal awakening, the player characters around him desperately struggle to keep Truman within the acceptable boundaries of his existence. Even everyday conversations must be constantly brought back within the parameters of 'normality' to prevent Truman getting any bright ideas.
Truman could have done with a Morpheus guiding him on the path to his Great Awakening, feeding him micro-morsels of truth along the way so as not to overwhelm him, but against all the odds, he managed to discover the truth about his world on his own. This is a remarkable feat and proves that our hero was not completely dead inside even though he had lived his entire life in an artificial construct. There existed a spark of doubt in him that was latently waiting for the right opportunity to ignite the fire.
Video Games Create Millions Of Trumans
It's not just the digital avatars in the games that could be considered mini-Truman's trapped in their own little worlds complete with invisible walls and ridiculously obvious scripts to keep them from escaping. The players themselves can become so enthralled by the game world, so invested in it, that they too become a slave to their artificial life in many ways.
Video games can trap gamers in a false reality, in some cases for hundreds or thousands of hours, living out adventures in a safe-space environment with no real-life consequences other than the negative effects that gaming addiction can have on your real-life relationships. People crave adventure but have been encouraged to play it safe so that they fail to engage with the real world in any meaningful way, and much like Truman in his artificial world, the interactions can be clunky enough, at times, to break the illusion for even the most deeply engrossed player.
If we describe what is actually physically happening to a gamer / protagonist from a third person perspective - someone watching over their activity - we see the gamer at home usually in a bedroom (more hours can be dedicated to this hobby in private) sitting in a gaming chair in front of a screen, most likely with head phones on, mashing buttons for dopamine. The 'test subject' reluctantly gets up once in a while to refill on snacks and energy drinks after having emptied their bursting bladder.
Unless other players are physically in the room, the isolated gamer will plan a session free of interruptions, for full immersion, to the point where they lose track of time, their mind fusing with the game world as if it were real.
Maybe we should be asking ourselves why the real world is so boring to us that we do our damndest to escape it at every opportunity. Maybe we need to redirect the time, money, and effort gamers spend on fictional monster hunting towards real-life equivalents. I'm just concerned that millions of gamers will end up like Truman only in reverse. Instead of escaping the artificial realm that was created to enslave the player, the player starts off in the outside world but is seduced by the artificial realm on his screen and ends up being sucked into it.
Another recent movie that explores similar themes is Free Guy with Ryan Reynolds' character going through his own personal awakening.
A bank teller discovers that he's actually an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game. - IMDB
And that's the truth of it. Trust me, I've been there. I stopped playing games after experiencing the process described above, another awakening of sorts along the self-awareness journey. When the realisation hit me, I literally sat for a long while physically unable to press the buttons on my PS4 controller, observing my lack of reaction to what was happening on the screen, and building up resistance to the desire to jump back in until it finally happened: the spell had been broken and there was no turning back. Now, when I see footage of gameplay, it has the same effect on me as MSM clips. I sense repulsion and a mental distance from that activity that was once so engaging. Imagine Truman after escaping his fake world wanting to go back to it. Yeah, not gonna happen!
Now all I have to do is tame my internet addiction (a replacement for those that went before) and I shall finally be in control of my life!
I don't like the idea that I'm not in control of my life - Neo
Under The Dome
How many times do we have to be subjected to characters in movies and TV shows living under a ginormous dome before we realise someone is trying to tell us something?
It's not just Truman Burbank that lives under a dome, one that he's unaware of until a falling spotlight gives him a head's up. King Kong in his latest outing Godzilla vs. Kong was also imprisoned under a dome in an artificial setting for his own safety and everyone else's. He throws a makeshift spear at the dome and cracks it, a hint that we can break through to the other side if we try hard enough.
Katniss in The Hunger Games similarly has to fight to the death under the dome where the games take place. She also tries to pierce it, this time with an arrow.
The Scarlet Witch in her spinoff series Wandavision enchants an entire town under a magical plasma dome from which the inhabitants cannot escape. She also controls all of their minds forcing them to play out their roles as neighbors and other NPCs.
In Stephen King's Under the Dome we, yet again, get to play around with the idea of entrapment always making reference to the biblical notion that God created a firmament over the Earth from which we cannot escape.
The symbolism is there in all of these examples for anyone to analyse and come to their own conclusions. You don't have to literally believe that we are all living under a dome on a flat earth to understand the concept of being trapped and enslaved in an artificial world for the benefit of the architects of that world.
But how do you get people to see that which has been hidden from them?
Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is, you have to see it for yourself - Morpheus
Unfortunately, I think Morpheus is right when he says that the sleeping masses cannot be told what lies beyond their field of view. They have to see it for themselves, go through the jarring process of waking up to the truth, and come out the other side battered and bruised just like everyone else that endured the trials.
This also creates the illusion that people going through the process of adjusting their perception of reality can appear to be insane to the uninitiated. Mockery, ridicule, and even pity are usually forthcoming from the normies who desperately want to maintain their perceived vantage of 'sanity', even though, in reality, it is they who are completely and utterly accepting of their own enslavement by the Elite Master Farmers. And only an insane individual would be comfortable with that situation.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society - Jiddu Krishnamurti
In my book Miranda the Panda the protagonist goes through an involuntary awakening much like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole. An average girl panda minding her own business, Miranda stumbles upon secrets that are way above her pay grade and ends up being dragged into the greatest conspiracy of all time. Her new world, hidden from her up to that point, unfolds before her like a kaleidoscopic dreamscape, barely allowing her time to adjust.
For Truman, this story would begin upon revelation that his world is fake and then continues as he explores the extended open world outside of the prison he grew up in. This exploration would amount to another interesting story in itself if the outside world were sufficiently different from the one under the dome.
The metaphor in all these stories is the same and applies to all those seeking truth. Waking up to the lies we have been indoctrinated with is a painful process and cannot always be 'handled with care.' Instead of physically moving to another realm, the changes take place in our mind, the veil is pulled back, and we see the little old man, a magician of sorts, desperately trying to maintain the illusion of power that he wields over others. If enough humans awaken and take a peek behind the curtain, all the illusory power of the little old man disappears as if it had never existed. That's really all it would take.
Many people today are feeling the same way as Miranda the Panda, Truman Burbank, or Neo once they realise something is wrong with their world. Unlike long-term conspiracy researchers that began by studying books and earlier versions of the internet, newcomers in the age of COVID are hammered by an onslaught of social media soundbites and links to more information than anyone can possibly disect in a lifetime. This dizzying bombardment pulling the senses in all directions is not conducive to learning truthful knowledge and can in fact induce the opposite effect - a total rejection of unusual information resulting in a full retreat back into the soma world of entertainment and easy-to-consume MSM.
I have often wondered what the best strategy would be to help more curious people learn the truth about this world, about our lives, while avoiding the overwhelming sensation of being thrown in the deep end where the piranhas live. Maybe there should be an online school for baby step by baby step introduction to evidence-based reality.
What we need is a gradual replacement of every wrong thing ever learned with foundational truths. We need to replace dogma with a natural curiosity, asking questions on why things are the way they are, and why the authorities in all areas of life fight so hard to keep people inside the designated margins.
Small, easy, bite-size dollops of truth are manageable, a truth smoothie even more so. The effect of truth overload is similar to thermal shock. You don't want to go from one extreme to the other all of a sudden. Heads are likely to explode and the uncomfortable experience remembered forever as something not to go near again.
Truman is exposed to clues about his reality in a very controlled, gentle manner. A drip feed of events leading to the final light bulb moment when he decides to sail to the "edge of the world." Had he been hit with the cold hard truth at the beginning, he may have retreated into his artificial reality like a tortoise into its shell, all the while angrily mocking the mere mention of such an insane suggestion.
The Rude Great Awakening
Could it be that in real life we don't have time anymore for the softly, softly approach? Could it be that the whole world will be rudely awakened and anyone that isn't sufficiently up to date on such matters will simply go mad, hugging themselves in a corner, reverting to childlike behaviour, while the more or less awake celebrate the birth a new renaissance?
The Great Awakening sounds great on paper, but what I immediately want to know is who's orchestrating it? And if it's a natural phenomenon based on underlying universal principles, self-organising cycles, and whatnot, then surely we don't need to actually do anything. We can just sit back and watch it all unfold like a newborn chick from an eggshell.
My opinion is that both things are happening simultaneously. The New World Order rises to maintain its powerful position, aiming to pull the wool over people's eyes even as they are awakening to the truth, and tries to stifle the natural drive towards a deeper understanding of life by censoring all dissent and drowning the world in lies.
Fortunately, the Streisand Effect exists and is a bonafide law of media! The more you try to stifle information, the more you try to hide the truth from people in the age of the internet, the more likely it is that people will notice and immediately make said unpalatable information go viral.
The Streisand effect is a social phenomenon that occurs when an attempt to hide, remove, or censor information has the unintended consequence of further publicizing that information, often via the Internet. - Wikipedia
This phenomenon appears to be in full effect during the age of COVID. The more that the media, politicians, and Big Pharma try to push that the injections are safe, that the virus and all of its colorful variants are real, that suffocating masks must be worn for the rest of our lives, the more people are shaken into an awakened state of mind.
There's only so much bullshit a normie can take before even the most blind, stupid, donkey-like human (nothing against donkeys, wonderful creatures, but I don't see any wearing a surgical mask) starts to pick up that all is not well in Wonderland. And yet, after a year and a half of struggle in this interminable information war, I still see most people where I live going for walks in the countryside and driving cars with all kinds of masks on, either fully deployed, under the chin, or hanging off an arm. All positions are completely insane, of course, since some obviously believe in pathogenic virus particles floating around in the open air (bad enough but easy to correct) and others believe that police enforcers have the right to tell you what to put on your face which of course is another lie to add to the long list of lies that have been told over the past year or so.
When Will It All End?
The current nightmare will end when people have had enough, when a sufficiently large force of awakened people turn to face their oppressors and show them that we will NOT back down, under any circumstances. Then, and only then, will we be able to turn this around.
The MSM news stations need to be shut down or taken over. The only way a large number of zombies learn something is if they see it on prime time TV. The propaganda machine needs to be shut down exactly as it was in John Carpenter's cult classic They Live.
"We have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and we're all out of bubble gum!" - I'm sure Roddy Piper forgives me for the slight tweak of his much quoted line.
So that's it in a nutshell. For all the Trumans out there catching their first glimpse of reality, as they notice the sleight of hand perpetrated by the master magicians, the following needs to happen if we are all to transcend the prison construct created by the Elite Master Farmers...
The signal must die so that we can finally live!