There is a positive and negative version of the “total manipulation” paradigm.
On the negative side, secret societies and giant corporations and bankers dominate world events to such a degree, resistance is futile. Nothing can be done.
And since nothing can be done, individual freedom is useless.
On the positive side (if you can call it that), the universe, or superior space aliens, or some other Entity is working out a plan that is destined to succeed and usher in an era of joy and glory—in which case, one only need wait until the moment arrives.
In this case as well, individual freedom is beside the point.
In both versions of this paradigm, passivity is the actual outcome.
A person operating under its banner is advocating a massive excuse for his own inaction. That’s what he’s after. That’s his Holy Grail. Arriving at a vacuum and rationalizing it.
I have seen this play out on many fronts.
The wisdom of waiting. The wisdom of spectatorship. The wisdom of having “superior intelligence.” The wisdom of “submitting to a greater force.” The wisdom of surrender.
But the truth is, no matter how much manipulation exists behind the curtain, the individual and his freedom and imagination and power don’t go away. They don’t vanish. They are always there.
Another truth: most of the people who wind up being passive started out with a preference for passivity—and their explorations were launched in order to confirm what they were already dedicated to.
Over the past 35 years, I’ve spent a great deal of time exposing high-level manipulations, but always with the bottom-line intent of making readers more conscious of their own capacity to reject those operations, in favor of the futures they truly want to create.
That’s the point of my work, and of my three Matrix collections.
The power of the individual is the root.
The paradigm of lock-and-key manipulation imprisoning the whole planet BEYOND RECALL is a deep form of fake news. The people who buy it tend to want to pull others down to their level. This is a dead-end contagion.
This is retreat.
But what would advance look like?
It would look like the individual fleshing out, through imagination, various thrilling futures he might want to build—and settling on one and committing himself to its invention.
This is the frontier, at which the population arrived, after centuries of struggle to disentangle the individual from the collective, from the kings and theocracies and other power groups.
This is the frontier, at which some individuals stall and postpone and wait and go passive.
But that doesn’t mean you have to.