Infiltrating the Minds of the Masses through Suspension of Disbelief and Social Catharsis/Cathexis

It’s easy to believe an oft repeated narrative, but it is hard to prove to one’s self that it is false.

Readership: All;
Theme: Political Shenanigans
Length: 1,350 words
Reading Time: 4.5 minutes

Stages of Sociopolitical Conversion

The MGM/TPTB are steadily working on constructing an alternate world paradigm in which right is wrong, and wrong is right.  They’ve been doing this for decades.  The purpose of this is to undermine the standing mythos and introduce a new mythos that is more conducive to the diabolical will of TPTB.

The process of conversion has three stages and works like this.

Stage 1 – Infiltration and Subversion

  1. Propagandize an alternate viewpoint.
  2. Create cathexis* by highlighting dramatic cases of human suffering that illustrate how the standing mythos is destructive, hurtful, problematic, or wrong.  Create suitable problems to this end if necessary.
  3. Explain how the alternate view is superior to the standing view with respect to suffering and the human condition.
  4. Repeat Steps 1-3 ad infinitum until the old viewpoint comes to be regarded as relatively archaic, naïve, oppressive, and/or unpractical.  Utilizing shame tactics can speed up the process.

* Cathexis: The concentration of emotional and mental energy on one particular person, idea, or object (especially to an unhealthy degree).  Such objects are said to be cathected when an individual attaches emotional significance (with positive or negative affect) to them.

Stage 1 is also known as the Hegelian Dialectic, which can also be employed in changing a political regime.  The Hegelian Dialectic is often summarized as,

Thesis + Antithesis = Synthesis

Most sheeple will eventually be duped into believing the Big Lies™ through repeated exposure.  Meanwhile, over time, the masses slowly adjust to the new Synthesis.

For example, we are often told that the purpose of the U.S. Civil War was to emancipate slaves (an ethical mythos), or to settle the sovereignty of “State’s rights” (a political/philosophical mythos), but we are never told that the true purpose of the war was to change the sociopolitical power structure of society, simply because War is the fastest, the most profitable, and the most permanent way to do that. Similar arguments apply to WW1, WW2, and others. All the patriotic narratives we have learned in our history classes are little more than socially acceptable excuses intended to conceal and whitewash a much darker refrain.

Stage 2 – Systemic Overhaul

The next stage is to make the new socio-economic-political paradigm permanent and self-sustaining by installing laws, policies, and regulations that support and perpetuate the new system from within.

(The specific methods of Systemic Overhaul will be described in a separate post.)

Stage 3 – Final Conquest

The most violent stage of a war is when the infantries are sent in to subdue any remaining resistance to the last man. Likewise, there are always a few stubborn hold-outs who are willfully resistant to being brainwashed.  When it becomes clear that there are still a sizeable majority of dissenters, the PTB will roll out the Psy-Ops in order to erode the last standing objections of ye olde faithful.

The remainder of this post will describe one powerful Psy-Op that is used in social media and the popular cultural narratives: The Suspension of Disbelief.

Suspension of Disbelief

Concerning those who are initially skeptical of believing in a particular paradigm (such as The Matrix), progress can be made in convincing them through a psychological phenomenon known as a Suspension of Disbelief.

The “Suspension of Disbelief” or the “Willing Suspension of Disbelief” has been defined as…

  1. A willingness to suspend one’s critical faculties and believe something surreal.
  2. The sacrifice of realism and logic for the sake of catharsis, convenience, enjoyment, entertainment, or escape.
  3. A literary term of art referring to one of Aristotle’s principles of theater in which the audience accepts fiction as reality so as to experience a catharsis, or a releasing of tensions to purify the soul”

The term, Suspension of Disbelief, was first coined and popularized by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). In recent decades, the concept is best known for how it applies to people engaging with fictional works of art, i.e. action, comedy, fantasy, and horror genres.

Cognitive Estrangement (e.g. in fiction) involves using a person’s ignorance to promote a Suspension of Disbelief.

Some trivial but easily relatable examples include…

  • Star Wars
  • Santa Claus
  • Disney Movies
  • The Tooth Fairy
  • Biden won 74 million votes in the U.S. 2020 presidential election – more votes than any other U.S. president in history!

Less trivial examples that are more nuanced and not as easy to discern include…

Worst of all are the “true lies” that appeal to one’s sense of mystical truthiness but are so contextually tortuous that the underlying truths are nearly impossible to apprehend, therefore leading one to ruin.  These are lies such as…

Coleridge described this phenomenon as having a “poetic faith”.

The most diabolical lies are conveyed through a suspension of belief that is without any cognition whatsoever and is therefore accepted without any awareness or evaluative critique.  In common language, we describe this as something that is caught, not taught, which stresses the importance of maintaining a good company of friends and associates.  Most insidious among these are the metaphysical non-verbal lies contained in the lure of p0rnography (for men) and dramatic romance stories (for women).

How Suspension of Disbelief Works

Psychological critic Norman Holland has elucidated a neuroscientific explanation.  When we hear or watch any narrative, our brains go wholly into perceiving mode, turning off the systems for acting or planning to act, and with them go our mental faculties for assessing reality.

Only when we withdraw from our perception of the narrative and stop to think about what we have seen or heard, only then do we assess its truth-value.  If we are really “into” the fiction – “transported”, as psychologists say – we are, as Immanuel Kant pointed out long ago, “disinterested”.  We respond aesthetically, even emotionally, but we are without any “skin in the game”, and therefore without any inherent purpose that would engage one’s will.

Within this alternate paradigm in which faith is strong but the will has evaporated, humans have trouble recognizing lies.  We first believe in order to tap into the mythological narrative.  We do not judge the truth of what we perceive, even though if we stop being transported and think about it, we know quite well that it is a fiction.  Only after exploring the narrative and understanding it to the point where one is able to employ it and willfully test it through applying its precepts is one able to come to a decision about whether it is true or not.  Otherwise, one will continue to believe the narrative until a shocking collision with the truth of reality upsets one’s delusions.

One then has to make a conscious and deliberate effort to disbelieve the narrative.

People may continue to languish in false propositions simply because…

  1. They do not chance to encounter any real world evidence that disproves the false narrative.
  2. They do not go to the effort, and thereby take the psychological risk, to prove to themselves that it is false.
  3. Or even if they do, they may not find any real world evidence that it is false.
  4. They may also have an investment in the false belief (ego, desire, time, suffering, etc.) that they will not want to forfeit, and this repels them from seeking and/or finding the truth.
  5. In the final, they continue to believe the falsehood simply because they have a cathexis of being in the transported state.  It is cathartic, easy, inspiring, relieving, or it may be perceived as the “safe and secure” position among others who are similarly affected.

In essence, the Suspension of Disbelief allows the media producer (educators, MGM, social narratives, etc.) to slip beliefs into our minds accompanied by a catharsis cathexis to produce a false sense of calm.  Afterwards, we are required to make a conscious effort to sort out truth from fiction, which many will never do.  (This will be described in more detail in an upcoming post.)

In crass language, the media is slipping a Mickey to the masses to muck them over.

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14 Responses to Infiltrating the Minds of the Masses through Suspension of Disbelief and Social Catharsis/Cathexis

  1. Much like the Matrix indeed.

    When I stopped using internet at home (having never had a television as an adult), I didn’t anticipate the massive changes to my worldview. My stances on corona and veganism turned 180 degrees.

    Here’s a simple test of reality: If you unplugged for a month, what ideas, trends, and gossip would fade out from your life?

    Since then, I’ve only known one person to undergo that challenge, most people just think I’m insane for enjoying reading, writing, and sports and don’t think for a second they could handle life without their phones, computers, etc. Few are open minded enough to consider that “if all of humanity before ~2000 survived without cell phones, then maybe I could too.”

    (posted from work pc)

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  2. info says:

    By making it seem the norm all along. Or it is always accepted truth. One can change norms.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. lastholdout says:

    Cognitive Dissonance comes to mind. Tension between what makes us feel good or comfortable versus what is reality. Our plenteous culture fights reality.

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  4. catacombresident says:

    Excellent post, Jack. My upcoming blog post on the 28th will link back to this; it covers a closely related problem.

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  6. okrahead says:

    The actions of BLM and Antifa to tear down monuments to great men of previous generations is a part of this process at a societal level. Anything that challenges the new paradigm must be removed; any physical object that reminds the heart truth must be destroyed. Before falsehood can truly reign all truth must be removed. There is a way to defeat this: https://okrahead.wordpress.com/2022/07/26/monumental-courage/

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  7. redpillboomer says:

    The parallels to the Matrix are uncanny. Might be worth the effort to unpack the main elements of the Matrix juxtaposed with the main points of this blog post. I know certain aspects of the Matrix have really been beneficial to me in my Red pilling serving as an allegory for Biblical themes. Obviously the famous red pill scene with Neo and Morpheous, but also the “lady in red” and the “desert of the real” scenes just to name a couple that landed particularly strong for me, allegorically-speaking.

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  11. Gunner Q says:

    I am liking this series. Recently I’ve been reviewing the Oklahoma City Bombing, after learning that inner-circle swamp creature Merrick Garland was involved in the prosecution of that. There is an example of Cathexis, but check my math. It’s a new concept to me.

    At the time and still today, a big deal was made in the media about the day-care center in the building. 168 casualties but the 19 children were always what made the headlines. This is significant because McVeigh claimed he didn’t even know the day care existed. His target was the ATF field office inside the building, which he believed had committed war crimes at the Waco incident (which it had). By generating emotion about the children killed accidentally, the media was able to remain silent about the ATF office.

    The prosecution never brought it up even though he was known to have protested in-person at Waco. They ran with the emotional appeal so that the jury wouldn’t wonder who the other 149 dead were. Also pointing the “white militia” finger at McVeigh, which I consider an example of assigning guilt by association.

    I’m told McVeigh tried to bring up the ATF/Waco motivation during the defense, he actually tried for a just-cause defense, but I need serious research to learn more. Anyway, is that Cathexis? Because if so then Uvalde is a more recent example. Spin up the people on ‘the police did nothing’ then direct the social energy at gun banning?

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