This article was originally published by Chris Martenson at Peak Prosperity
Until you see clearly how the rules of society work, you will be trapped within a system of control.
What you mistake for reality is instead a fabricated simulation, designed to keep you trapped right where the system wants you.
Your social conditioning, education, and family structures program you with a set of beliefs, values and norms — often unexamined — that “properly” align you in such a way that you focus your life and labor on keeping the existing social hierarchy in place and that you never deeply question this arrangement.
Put visually, your culture is in the shape of a pyramid. And what keeps you pinned to your particular layer is your belief system.
Every civilization has its own defining narratives that, while beautifully diverse, all generate exactly the same structure: a pyramid consisting of many more people at the bottom than at the top.
Every civilization throughout history had One True Thing that determined each person’s position on that pyramid.
In some past eras, it was royal bloodline. In ancient Egyptian culture, it stemmed from being a direct descendant of the Sun god Ra. And today, it’s a function of how much money you have.
No matter the marker, the pecking order is held in place because everyone accepts the rules. They’re fully understood by the citizenry, and are only rarely questioned (usually at great personal risk).
But even though accepted as “100% true” by the participants of one culture, social markers often don’t translate when applied to another.
For instance, if you traveled back in time to the height of the Aztec empire with $1 billion in cash, your paper bills wouldn’t have any accepted value. You’d probably have trouble acquiring even a single tortilla with them.
Your modern currency just wouldn’t be money to that ancient culture.
Similarly, the highest of the high priests of the Mayan culture, decked out in their amazing plumage headdresses would be granted neither power nor awe by today’s society. At best, they’d be valued as a curiosity; perhaps as entertainment in a traveling circus or Las Vegas show.
But under no circumstances would one of those high priests be granted a powerful spot at the top of our current pyramid. Why? Because the Mayan’s ‘One True Thing’ is not our ‘One True Thing’. Their system of religion-based power and control does not fit with our system of money-based power and control.
Trapped In The Matrix
Throughout all of civilized history, the ‘One True Thing’ absolutely ruled our way of life. There has been no escaping it. Your position on the societal pyramid has been absolutely determined by your relationship to the prevailing social marker.
Due to ignorance and/or fear, the vast majority of people in every civilization never question their culture’s prevailing ‘One True Thing’. Instead, they live their lives as good, dutiful, compliant citizens. Largely because “that’s just the way it is”.
Further, because each layer of the pyramid is afraid of the masses sitting beneath it, its residents actually defend the system quite vigorously. Each layer of middle management in this architected hierarchy works hard to keep things as they are, lest they lose their advantage over those below them.
This is why the police are busy clubbing, gassing and rubber bulleting Yellow Vest demonstrators across France. This is just one layer of management trying to keep the other (lower) layers from upsetting the whole pyramid.
This is just protecting their own self-interest. I seriously doubt if many of the police involved truly care about protecting the people who socially outrank them. They probably despise those elites just as much as the Yellow vests do.
But the cops are committed to vigorously beating the Yellow Vests because doing so justifies their existence within the cultural pyramid. To do otherwise would be to more closely examine their own lives — and how unfulfilled, sometimes miserable and unprofitable they really are. That’s an existential trip most are unwilling to take.
They figure it’s best to just break out the clubs and get busy defending … something.
Self-Education Is The Path To Freedom From The Matrix
The ‘One True Thing’ that our current culture is fixated upon, just as surely as any prior civilization has ever been sure of its own explanation for the few being supported by the many, is money.
If you have it, you can literally live like the gods of old. Every comfort is available to you, every freedom, the ability to go anywhere and do anything — without consequence.
It’s that powerful of an idea.
It doesn’t mean that people with more money are necessarily better than anybody else. But culturally, we willingly act as if that’s the case.
Now, given the importance of money in society, let me ask you a question; “How much were you taught about money in school?”
Were you taught how it is created by banks during the act of making a loan? Or, that the Fed can simply create it into existence at will?
Were you taught the tax code? All those rules and wrinkles that can benefit you enormously if you know of them?
Were you taught which careers, investments, and strategies created the most wealth? Or which ones are tax-protected? Or which ones will condemn you to a life as a wage slave and tax donkey?
Did you have an amazing teacher that taught you about managing your personal income and balance sheets?
Me neither. None of that was imparted to me during my time in the education system (and I have an MBA and a PhD).
That information, while easy to learn and understand, is strictly withheld from public education for one reason and one reason only: it’s the language of the protected classes. The rich have access to that information; the masses don’t.
If you want to move up and out of your economic layer, you have to learn that language. You have to self-educate.
Luckily this information isn’t hidden or forbidden. But you have to seek it out yourself. You won’t find it in mainstream resources — and certainly not in the news, especially the financial press.
In Part 2: The Path Forward we lay out a process for self-educating your way out of the prison of the social pyramid. These include our learnings as well as those imparted to us by the extremely successful entrepreneurs we’ve spend the past week with at a secluded investor summit outside of the US.
It’s amazing how many of these investors who have reached true financial freedom, where their passive cash flow from investments exceeds their living expenses, attribute their success to “unlearning” what they were taught in school. And then learning the rules to beat the wealthy at their own game.
Click here to read Part 2 of this report (free executive summary, enrollment required for full access).
I must have went to better school than you did. I was taught about money( BTW the Treasury also makes money as only they can legally print it), I could do taxes,understood Macro and Micro economics, and certainly knew what were the best wage slave jobs to train for,all out of High school.
As far as the social construct you bring up, I was taught that is really called a “Schema”. So you mix Physiology(our senses) and Psychology to arrive at a restatement of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. A Schema is how we interpret the world.
I’m more than happy to listen to advice, learn from others, and benefit from their experience, however, I always question a sales pitch.
re “I must have WENT to better school than you did”
Try “I must have GONE to better school than you did”
Too bad they didn’t teach proper English in that “better school” you WENT to.
Yeah Yeah Yeah and the guy selling seminars on how to become a real estate tycoon does so because he’s a “People Person”
The truth shall set you free, or get you killed. Depending how much you know. And who knows that you know.
Sales pitch aside this is a great article. YOU are in your spot and will stay there . A FEW exceptions but 99% true. Accept it….
“YOU are in your spot and will stay there”
That is a pretty damn cynical way to look at things.
I get the idea you are where you want to be.
I’m where I’m at by my plan, given the
Everybody over the age of twelve knows it is
not always what you know, but who you know,
and when opportunity knocks what you know
becomes very important and you have to perform.
Unless you are dealing with Democrats, most people
aren’t out to stomp people down.
“not always what you know, but who you know, and when opportunity knocks what you know becomes very important and you have to perform”. You are never going to become rich and elite unless you are willing to give up your moral conscience and be willing to join in with the corrupt system that exist at this time in this country. Truly ethical people never become rich elites, and that’s the way it is.
That’s actually true… but only up to a point.
Once you reach a certain size, usually measured in gross dollars per annum, you must compete with established firms void of ethics or morals. The problem there is that the general public does not care about morals or ethics, only about price, so to compete with such firms you must also abandon your ethics and morals. If you’re not willing to kill your competition’s children in their sleep, then you need to have a plan to sell your company to the unethical when they come knocking, and if you’re any good, they’ll come knocking.
It’s amazing how many of these investors who have reached true financial freedom, where their passive cash flow from investments exceeds their living expenses…..
MMMMMMMM……. Sounds like he is about to sell me something……
Oh…. There it is.
Click here to read Part 2 of this report (free executive summary, enrollment required for full access).
The problem with income of any sort is that Uncle Sam has his hand in your wallet before you do. Then along comes state and local of various types.
Jesus Christ the son of God
Salvation and Forgiveness through Christ.
THAT IS THE ONE TRUE THING.
All else is deception, distraction and folly.
You came into this life with nothing.
You will die. You won’t be ready for death.
But death will come for you anyway.
When you die. Just as at your birth. You leave with nothing.
Those preps, gold, silver, ammo, food stores, money, will not take the journey with you. All your worry and work might benefit those left behind? But your goods will not help you, once dead.
In combat there are few atheist. You are in a quite war NOW.
If you really want to be ready for shtf, then get your spiritual house in order. The will to endure true hardship is near impossible without faith and belief in God.
If you have the comfort of Jesus and belief in God. You can and will, endure, maybe even thrive in extreme high risk situations. You won’t panic. Calm under fire allows you to think and react to deal with deadly threat efficiently. The man or woman that is fearless because their faith strengthens their resolve under severe adversity, can endure and prevail.
Seems like humanity is at a crossroads.
One road leads to life. Belief in Jesus Christ.
Other road leads to servitude, bondage, death. That is the “smart city” Beast 5g surviellence and culling system with monitoring by AI-Robots-Tech.
In the past you could sit on the fence.
But now you must choose.
Who do you serve? God.
Or do you embrace the beast system?
Tech and worship of the beast 5g-AI-Robotics, system is deception. You will be under absolute control.
The few. The “Elite” will use tech to control the masses. Then they will cull and thin the herd with tech AI Robotics-wars-famine-financial collapse-disease. Those are some tools of the Beast system. The plan is obvious to Anyone with eyes. You can see it unfolding.
But be of good cheer. Jesus Christ will return. The future will be wonderful once Christ finishes his works.
Who do you serve?
Or Beast deception System created by DARPA and “Elite”.
You have a choice. Choose well.
It is better to learn to live with little money rather than learn how to ‘beat the system’ by joining it.
Escaping the financial control grid matrix by acquiring additional debt instruments (dollars) is NOT “the one true thing” which leads to “true financial freedom”
“true financial freedom” is learning to function & enjoying life without the use or need of the banksters fiat, slave issued digital tracking currency. That is “the one true thing”
Money doesn’t buy happiness…..BUT: It buys everything else.!!!
You sir must have never been poor, living on the streets, living as a wounded animal.
Money can and does Buy happiness, in form of basic human comforts: Not being in a war/conflict zone, not being shot at daily/weekly. Waking up alive.
Roof over head, hot food in belly, place to use restroom in peace, hot shower, clean socks and underwear. Place to be left alone, to have a few beers without being harassed.
Peaceful place of your, own to read the word of God. Simple human comforts most of you take for granted.
Money Can and Does buy happiness. Poor street people know that. Poor children with ill fitting hand me down clothes, no shoes, empty bellies, they know that.
Money DOES BUY HAPPINESS.
But money does not buy salvation.
That is provided by Jesus Christ.