I was raised red, white, and blue. Doing my service in the military was never a question.
There’s no way to describe the anger, disillusionment, and hopelessness that overcame me as I realized the highest ideals I held were not only fantasy, but psychotic.
Those events fueled my return to college for 13 years in an effort to better understand how I had been manipulated, and how I could help stop other young and idealistic but misled people suffering the same.
It all starts with deconstructing the matrix we’ve been taught to believe is reality.
Arthur Ponsonby and Falsehood in Wartime
After the Great War came a huge backlash of disillusion and revulsion. Calmly analysed, most of what had been told in the war turned out to be lies and half-truths. «Falsehood in War-time, Containing an Assortment of Lies Circulated Throughout the Nations During the Great War» was the title of a book published in 1928. Written by Arthur, Ponsonby, it discussed 20 instances of lies in wartime.
The contents of the book can be summed up in the Ten Commandments of War Propaganda:
- We do not want war.
- The opposite party alone is guilty of war.
- The enemy is the face of the devil.
- We defend a noble cause, not our own interest.
- The enemy systematically commits cruelties; our mishaps are involuntary.
- The enemy uses forbidden weapons.
- We suffer small losses, those of the enemy are enormous.
- Artists and intellectuals back our cause.
- Our cause is sacred.
- All who doubt our propaganda, are traitors.