This is a little more out there for our blog, but it involves cultural aspects of child-rearing that are often overlooked. It also perfectly exemplifies a perhaps intentional dumbing down of children’s literature to suppress deeper intellectual and spiritual thought.
If you haven’t heard of the Mandela Effect, it can be briefly described as the freaky and pretty nifty notion that somehow our timeline is being subtly manipulated. Ask anyone on the street what they remember about a certain factoid from a few decades ago, and they will have an almost uniformly parallel misconception about its details. It’s an essentially unprovable theory, because it’s almost entirely based on subjectivity. Also, the results of the inquisition might be affected by mere suggestion if the inquisitor mentions the premise behind their asking.
To better explain, here are some of these subtle “pop culture and historical” elements purported to have been fidgeted with by (perhaps) the scientists working with CERN:
- The concept’s namesake: Nelson Mandela of anti-apartheid notoriety in South Africa is remembered by most individuals to have died while in prison. This is categorically false, but according to the theory, only because our timeline has been manipulated, though we all remember it differently.
- The popular children’s franchise, Berenstain Bears [sic?], is remembered by most people to be Berenstein Bears [sic?]. (This is very relevant to what I’m about to share in this post.)
- The countries of Sri Lanka and New Zealand are thought to be located in different places on the planet than once thought.
- There used to be 51 or 52 states. People in other countries particularly swear up and down they were taught this (sounds like the doing of the U.N. to me).
To me, this honestly just reminds me of a lot of occurrences where I’ve interacted with several individuals who had the exact same slight misconception of some scientific concept, because the actual concept is a bit counterintuitive in the first place. Sometimes we remember what makes sense to us as fact, but it really isn’t. Though I’m generally an excellent speller (as you can tell from reading my wonderful blog), I personally have difficulty deciding between double and single consonants on toughies like Philippines. (That’s actually pitiful, because Rachel is Filipino, in case you didn’t know.)
I generally prefer to question science and skepticism and am open to intriguing and unlikely ideas like the Mandela Effect, but I’m pretty confident on this one that this is a minor case of “confabulation” or false memories in most instances. It’s still worth thinking about and looking out for, though. I wouldn’t put it past a corrupt government, if they ever had the technology to start changing our current timeline, to employ it to change history as we know it.
Revisionary History in Real-Time
As it stands, revision of facts could happen (and essentially does happen) pretty readily through a complex process (with a simple end) utilizing all media outlets:
- People on forums and Google start to discuss their observations questioning the official narrative (for instance the circumstances behind the 9/11 attacks).
- Google, being a company that has a reputation to uphold, does not outright remove the information (an action that would be glaringly obvious) just because they deem it to be bad information. Instead they take note of the trend through some simple algorithms and a few analysts that may identify disruptive tendencies on the Web.
- Mainstream media (24-hour news programs, local news, talk shows, and works of fiction that are all controlled by 6 corporations) are given marching orders by the Google analysts to start going into “debunk” mode.
- All MSM essentially needs to do is introduce just one shred of doubt for the fragile public to latch onto in order to maintain their comfortable status quo. This is nurtured by the aversion most individuals have to cognitive dissonance.
- This doubt is often done through “experts” that weigh in on the matter (on talk shows, on the news, and even in articles on the Web). This scientific-technological elite represent the Scientific Consensus that for now seems to dominate the argument when discussing controversial topics such as Global Warming, EMFs, and GMOs.
Dwight Eisenhower discusses the excessive and dangerous influence of the “scientific technological elite” on the perceptions of the masses
- Further, Google has the power to subtly affect the rankings of certain hits accessed from its search engine. More “comfortable” headlines are more easily accessible in more “general” search terms, but if you want to find that specific headline you’re looking for about a claim inconvenient to the government and major corporations, you sometimes have to really spell it out. You also have those pesky “suggested” search terms that autocomplete and might distract you from finishing your thought and reading what you were looking for.
- The final straw that allows unpopular/inconvenient/harmful information to be readily suppressed: People tend to “self-censor” from inconvenient information when given the choice. This is evident through a system of points and “ghost-banning” that has been incorporated into social media.
We Are Censoring Ourselves and One Another
A few examples of the tendency to self-censor:
- On Facebook when you post “ugly” news that people might not agree with, about a government cover-up or a fallacy of health that hasn’t been given universal coverage and acceptance, you might not get “likes” on your post. This inherently makes you feel bad about what you posted, and further disinclines you from talking about it.
- You can also suppress posts by people on your Facebook feed (while keeping them as a friend and not actually letting them know that you’re doing so) if you don’t find what they say pleasant or convenient. On a side note, Facebook could easily (and in all likelihood does) suppress items with certain keywords from appearing on everyone’s timeline.
- On YouTube, you can “ghost-ban” comments. This is when someone comments on your video in a way that doesn’t really violate the policies of YouTube, but you might just not like what they said and decide to shut them down. The banned user is then allowed to continue to comment, but their content is no longer visible, and they’re essentially talking to a wall, none the wiser. Algorithms are also built into various social media outlets that effect this kind of ghost ban, and often they are very flawed.
- Even in personal correspondence over chat like Skype, Gchat, or Facebook chat, people can easily block you or just not answer you if they don’t like what you talk about. This happened recently to me with someone who I considered a good friend, just because I wouldn’t stop talking about what he was trained to refer to as “your theories” and “conspiracies.”
- Very simply, you can also just delete comments on Facebook or other social media platforms you don’t like on your own wall, even from friends and family (I’ve done this before after asking a family member not to argue with me about political stuff I post on my wall—perhaps not so courageous of me).
Row, Row, Rowing Your Boat into Oblivion
Even if they’re probably not manipulating our timeline to change tiny details subtly just to mess with us, something much more disgusting and sinister is going down in plain sight. Real censorship and revision is truly occurring, and it’s horrendous. Here’s an example we just came across:
Earlier today, while reading a book of old poems called Catch a Ride to the Moon (Whimsical Rhymes to Read and Sing) to our baby daughter, Rachel snickered and read aloud in dismay, “Life is full of dreams?”
“What?” I inquired.
“Oh, it’s just Row, Row, Row Your Boat in this book. They changed it.”
Quickly I grabbed a pen, and immediately hopped out of my seat, galloped over to where she sat with babe in lap, and snatched the book. As a copy editor dedicated to my craft, I dutifully made the following change:
Yes, these “clever” chaps behind Catch a Ride… had edited Row, Row, Row Your Boat. So why is “life is but a dream” so important to me? Well, in some ways it might come off as nihilistic. But on the other hand, it’s sort of spiritual, isn’t it? A good biblical reference point for this line is the Phillip K. Dick favorite, “We see through a veil darkly.” –1 Corinthians 13:12
It’s a beautiful thought, representing the transient nature of our existence, and the potential of a reality that’s more real beyond this life. And it rather unnerves me to think that the author of this collection would revise it to be less “challenging” for young, impressionable minds. Heck no! I won’t tolerate it.
The back cover of this milquetoast literary choice for your child says, “…sing and play along to all of your favorite nursery rhymes with a whimsical twist that’s perfect for the Land of Milk and Honey™.” I don’t know what the heck the Land of Milk and Honey is, but I’m pretty sure I don’t want my daughter going there if it doesn’t allow for intriguing statements that succinctly describe the deep reality of the spiritual and physical existence we occupy.
Quantum Mechanics and Meaning
This extremely positive look at life in poetic form encapsulates many complex concepts about reality. Let me just say that the encouragement to “row one’s boat gently down the stream” is generally agreed upon to represent time and one’s progression through it. The poem suggests that we are all in a vessel (our boat or our body), and instead of trying to row upstream or to rush to the end (wherever that may be) of the stream (time or our lifespan), we should enjoy it at a pleasant clip. Take it in stride, with a life full of joy.
The most compelling line of this cherished nursery rhyme is the finale which has been tampered with in the newfangled collection I’ve been lambasting above.
Life is but a dream…
There it sits—pure, simple, beautiful, and true.
Besides the biblical reality that this line reflects, I would also like to touch upon some staggering relationships it maintains with the more radical aspects of fringe science (the good science not co-opted and skewed by a technocratic elite with an agenda).
Reality as we know it, and the space that we occupy in our most surface-level ability to perceive, has recently been shown to be more reminiscent of a holographic projection. Matter had already been shown to be fairly “immaterial,” with the space between actual matter and energy representing a far more significant chunk of what constitutes the area we occupy. It’s something like 99.99% I believe. So that’s already a relatively metaphysical interpretation of reality for such a matter-obsessed populace to consider.
However, back to the holographic projection bomb I was about to drop. Yes, indeed, this is being studied by real, live quantum physicists. Essentially, according to the theory, we could be living on a 3D landscape that’s projected from a 2D horizon or plane. Try and wrap your head around that, and perhaps you’ll be halfway to understanding what Paul meant in 1 Corinthians—or even what the author of Row, Row, Row Your Boat was getting at.
Then again, if you’re reading dumbed-down revisions of classic literature—even children’s rhymes now—you may forget to think about something so profound ever again.