“It’s not what we don’t know that gets us in trouble, it’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.” –Mark Twain
The simple but profound quote above refers to a psychological phenomenon that shapes each of our lives in a destructive manner on a much deeper level than we might realize or wish to admit. Read the following to understand why and how it applies to you, and most importantly, how to gain the wisdom to get yourself “out of trouble.”
Our opinions, beliefs, and most deeply held convictions are formed as we mature from infancy to adulthood by our experiences and by the information we receive. We interpret new experiences and classify new information within the context of what we already know (or more accurately, think we know), constantly constructing and modifying our own unique worldview, which makes perfect sense to each of us and which we’re each convinced is 100% correct. We tend to be so overconfident that, when errors in our belief structure are challenged, we follow our natural tendency to become mentally defensive by subconsciously and disingenuously making excuses and rejecting facts and evidence that tend to disprove portions of our worldview, rather than undertake the more difficult task of admitting we are wrong and honestly re-evaluating our beliefs and making adjustments. We receive random bits of information in random order and mentally assemble them, sometimes forcing items into place that don’t quite fit, and somehow believe we’ve created the world’s only perfect masterpiece. The reality of our situation is that along life’s travels we have received and internalized various amounts of false information, much of it early in our lives when we had little or no critical thinking skills. This false information became part of our foundation of belief, framing our perceptions and limiting our imagination from that point on. Haphazardly integrating new knowledge into a faulty worldview only compounds the problem and increases the margin of error. With remarkable wisdom, Mark Twain summarized this phenomenon in that one short sentence above.
The federally-controlled public education system is a primary source of false information during our most vulnerable formative years. Increasingly, it’s also a source of moral abomination and godless humanism. H. L. Mencken observed, “The most erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence… Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians… and that is its aim everywhere else.” The list of specific examples is endless and spans the subjects of civics, economics, American and world history, science, social studies, et cetera. The common denominator is that the lies and half-truths that government schools teach are designed to permanently establish in our young minds the foundational worldview that those who rule over and oppress us to satisfy their own greed and power-lust are actually our benevolent protectors and caretakers, whose legitimacy and authority are beyond question. One of the most tragic consequences is that we enthusiastically participate or send our children to participate in wars in which countless lives are lost or destroyed for reasons we would never support if we were told the truth. Proof or disproof of this statement is something every American has a moral duty to seek.
It takes great moral courage and humility to accept the fact that some of our most deeply held beliefs are false and that we’ve been manipulated. For many people, it’s just too scary to consider the possibility that our familiar perception of the world is at least partially wrong and that reality is sometimes far different than what we want it to be, and what we’ve simply decided to believe it to be. To make matters worse, we don’t even know which beliefs are wrong. It requires wisdom and a sincere desire to replace error with truth to overcome these obstacles but doing so will open doors to tremendous intellectual and spiritual progress. The Greek philosopher Antisthenes wrote, “The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.” Few people possess the wisdom and extraordinary strength of character to undertake this journey, instead obliviously following the herd and living indefinitely in a constant state of low-level psychological turbulence caused by the mental chaos of a random collection of conflicting beliefs.
For those who wish to proceed, you will experience profound awakenings, an exhilarating sense of adventure, and a hunger for truth. To borrow from Plato’s allegory of the cave, the public education system coupled with establishment media is exactly the type of mental prison that the cave represents, and the lies and false social norms they’ve taught you are your chains. Dare to break the chains and walk out into the sunshine, leaving the shadows behind forever! You will feel pity for the masses who choose to remain in their mental prisons and ignorantly and foolishly scorn you, but your mind will be filled with the light of truth!
Don’t be mistaken, it will require time and effort on your part and as long as you’re mortal there will remain some things that are unknowable. But you can begin your journey toward mental freedom with a giant shortcut by taking advantage of the successful efforts of incredible individuals like Thomas Woods, Brion McClanahan (pictured above), and others whose goal is to provide you with an actual education to replace the harmful indoctrination you received in public school. Learn about the ideas that led to mankind’s greatest accomplishments, ideas that inspire imagination and greatness instead of conformity, ideas that elevate and expand your thoughts beyond the narrowly controlled thoughts of the herd. Be inspired by true history to value freedom instead of being manipulated into demanding your own enslavement. The education I’m referring to is called Liberty Classroom and it consists of several short (eight- to ten-hour) on-line courses plus lengthy courses on Western Civilization and Introduction to Government totaling several hundred lectures. If you choose to purchase this package, would you kindly use my affiliate link as I’m a great supporter of and believer in this work. Tip: a great course to start with is The 10 Worst and 10 Best Presidents. This is a fun course that dramatically demonstrates how the false public education version of history manipulates the masses into supporting tyranny.
I hope the opportunity to get the education you should have but did not receive enriches your life as much as it has enriched mine.