Against the Grain – Nonconformity in a Homogenised World

Former Google CEO and AI prophet, Eric Schmidt has reinvented himself as the prime liaison between Silicon Valley and the military-industrial complex. Alarmingly, he recently assembled a secretive fund with Washington insiders to help direct US national security investments – potentially for his own benefit. This public-private partnership could grant Schmidt, who is reported to have “invested millions of dollars into more than half a dozen defence startups,”  massive influence over US National Security policy and, potentially, the opportunity to steer taxpayer money to his own bets.

The blandly named America’s Frontier Fund will be led by a who’s who of the defense establishment combined with close associates of Schmidt’s ventures in business, finance and public policy. The high-powered investment vehicle appears to be modeled on In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the Central Intelligence Agency. Interesting choice seeing that In-Q-Tel has faced several allegations of serious conflicts of interest among its trustees. According to the draft press release, the fund’s “initial areas of focus include microelectronics, artificial intelligence, and advanced networks 5G and 6G.” (what could possibly go wrong?)

In a week where Ukrainian authorities have banned the country’s main opposition party and seized all its assets, once again undermining the narrative that President Zelensky is presiding over a beacon of democracy, Ukrainian forces are set to receive an unknown number of uncrewed ground vehicles (UGV) called “GNOM”. These robots are no bigger than a standard microwave and weigh around 50 kgs. According to Forbes, “While it is usually operated by remote control, GNOM clearly has some onboard intelligence and is capable of autonomous navigation. Previous Temerland designs have included advanced neural network and machine learning hardware with software providing a high degree of autonomy.” Ukraine has also been utilising US Switchblade Kamikaze Drones and now killer robots with machine guns appear to be entering the battlefield. However, the battlefield is not the only place armed robots are set to be invading.

“Under observation, we act less free, which means we effectively are less free.”
― Edward Snowden

Totalitarian Tiptoe

Taser and surveillance vendor Axon has proposed what it claims to be the solution to the epidemic of school shootings in the United States: a remote-controlled flying drone armed with a taser. This is wrong on so many levels. Even a four-year-old could tell you this is an incredibly dangerous idea.  Armed drones would then easily mission-creep their way into everyday policing. Whatever tool of repression that is close at hand will suffice for technocratic purposes. An estimated 1 million customers are fighting to recover their own savings since four Chinese lenders froze cash withdrawals two months ago, citing internal systems upgrades. The Chinese government chose to weaponise the national COVID tracking app to stop people from protesting.

The CCP adopted a traffic light colour-based QR code system using big data and mobile technology to track people’s movement as part of its COVID-19 control measures. Residents must present a green health code daily on their mobile phone. They must scan a venue code for every place they visit. Aggrieved depositors across the country planned a protest in Zhengzhou on June 13 to demand an answer as when they will have access to their money, even though previous gatherings were met with silence from local authorities and violence from plainclothes police officers. However, their plan was thwarted as their health codes turned red at the city’s train stations or highway entrances. A red code immediately locks you out of society. You cannot use public transport, enter buildings or even use the toilet at a service station. Residents are even stopped on the highways and face two weeks of centralised isolation in a quarantine camp for being identified as a red code. Interesting timing then, Google is joining Apple in promoting the ability of a digital wallet to house digital versions of driver’s licenses, vaccine certificates, tickets, and more.

“Fear, conformity, immorality: these are heavy burdens. They drain us of creative energy. And when we are drained of creative energy, we do not create. We procreate, but we do not create.”

— David McCallum

Watching You

Corporations, regimes, and authorities each have the same reasons: efficiency, serviceability, profitability – all under the umbrella term of “security”. Call it surveillance, or call it monitoring the masses; it all comes down to the same thing. You are being watched. After a series of scandals – including 1MDB, fired managers who expensed strip club receipts or texted colleagues pictures of S&M sessions (and of course the $150 million fine they paid “for significant compliance failures” in regards to Jeffrey Epstein) Dodgy Deutsche Bank has now gone full Big Brother on its employees. According to the Financial Times, Germany’s largest lender has started requiring bankers to download and install mobile surveillance app Movius, which allows compliance staff to monitor calls, text messages, and WhatsApp conversations. Technocrats surveil, snoop, and hoover up data because they are internally compelled to do so, and there is no such thing as “too much data”. Forced compliance is the goal.

In the cold, calculating world of social impact investing, the masses exist on a continuum of potential criminality and need. Their perceived value to the system lies less and less in their productive labour, but rather in their willingness to be pre-emptively “fixed” by bureaucratic systems that do not see their innate humanity, just data, data on a dashboard. Society is fast adopting a mindset where the worthy poor will be separated from the unworthy; where ubiquitous surveillance and Internet of Things tracking will monitor compliance, algorithmically assess a person’s risk profile, and award assistance, or not. In this future, social supports will be ephemeral and conditional. Rights, privileges, and value will exist as data, tied to a digital identity, on a phone (or eventually embedded in a chip), ready to be erased on command.

“Millions of people never analyse themselves. Mentally they are mechanical products of the factory of their environment, preoccupied with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, working and sleeping, and going here and there to be entertained. They don’t know what or why they are seeking, nor why they never realise complete happiness and lasting satisfaction. By evading self-analysis, people go on being robots, conditioned by their environment. True self-analysis is the greatest art of progress.”

— Paramahansa Yogananda

Rules of the Game

As we move towards a world dominated by surveillance, digitised public services, and predictive profiling, we must recognise that powerful global interests are attempting to turn our lives into a petty game, a game for their entertainment and for their profit. Kevin Werbach, a Wharton professor and expert in gamification and Blockchain, closed a 2012 talk on Lifelong learning with the following assessment. In any game:

 #1 Rules matter

 #2 Rules can be surprising

 #3 Players must respond to the rules the game designer has set up in advance

 #4 Be the one who makes the rules.

We must wake up and realise we are in their game. We will never win if we continue to play by the rules. It is time to turn the tables and flip the script. Freedom is the natural state of all intelligent human beings. However, freedom cannot – and never has – existed when government is present. By ignoring government en-masse and by not complying with any of their draconian measures; by never allowing the theft of your property and earnings by the state; then and only then can you claim to be sovereign and free.

“Fear keeps us stuck, it keeps us small, but it keeps us comformed.”

— Sophie Sherwin

Liars and Thieves

Those who claim illegitimate power over society, whether elected or not, believe they are more capable of dictating how others must live their lives instead of learning how to live their own. Division of the masses will always be sought by those seeking power, and every time we as a society fight amongst ourselves, the state wins and the rest of us lose. In this current hell on earth that has been created due to unwarranted fear, apathy, total indifference, and contempt for all those who disagree with each other, what is left is an all-powerful state working together as one, and a gargantuan underclass at each other’s throats – all by design.

The elimination of all government power, the privatising of all money, the destruction of central banking, and self-responsibility are necessary if we are to survive this ‘great reset’ plot conjured up by the parasitic ‘elite’ who consider themselves to be better, more privileged, and superior to all others. This has nothing to do with equality because equality does not exist. There will always be those who have more ability than others, those who are more successful, those who are more talented, and those who have tremendous intelligence. This is the magic of diversity.

Our enemy is not each other; our enemy is the state. It stands to reason that the elimination of all state power will result in more peace, understanding, and tranquility among humanity. The elimination of state power can only benefit all and allow for a much better existence without all the division that has been purposely created and stoked by those who claim to be the ruling masters over us. The tearing down of governments and government power can only lead to a more compassionate, honest, and less violent society.

“No one rules if no one obeys”

– David Icke

Nonconformity in a World That Wants You Bound

In researching lessons from centenarians, neuropsychologist Dr. Mario Martinez discovered how to transform “ageing consciousness” to continually increase your value and competence as you grow older. In his book, The Mind Body Code, he discusses the overt and subtle ways our cultural beliefs impact our immune system and the pathways to healing the archetypal wounds of shame, abandonment, and betrayal. Every culture uses these three things to keep its members in line:

1. Abandonment

Abandonment of your own self and everything you know in your heart to be right and true.

2. Betrayal

Betrayal of your own authenticity, dreams, core values, and unique path in life.

3. Shame

Shame for even daring to dream of breaking free from the crowd and forging your own path in life.

So when you begin to feel better, wealthier, and healthier, the childhood wound pops up so you feel as though you are betraying, abandoning, and shaming your people. There is a great deal of fear constantly being projected onto us by the world around us – in subtle and not so subtle ways – warning us of the dangers of non-conformity. Those of us who are more sensitive easily pick up on these fears. We can sense that something is off – even if we don’t always understand what we’re feeling in the moment and why. The fear is real because the messages we are receiving are real. They are present all around us, demanding that we conform, obey and follow the rules. And if we don’t, and we dare to be anything other than what we have been so heavily programmed to believe we are, we will suffer the consequences.

Unfortunately, most people give into these subtle fears. Afraid of being accused of abandoning and betraying the ones we love, we would rather go on living a lie than admit the truth to ourselves: that we are in fact betraying ourselves and everything we know in our hearts to be right and true just so we can ‘please’ the world. We sacrifice our own happiness to half-live in a bid to appease others. In this way, we do everyone a disservice. When you are a novice in heart-centred matters, it feels safer to follow your mind. However, this sense of comfort is an illusion, because when you look at your past, you can see that solely following your mind hasn’t helped you create the life you truly want. Yet, your heart is connected to something much larger. You don’t have to know everything to know enough. You only have to know your next step, and that next step is uncovered by listening to your heart. It may come as a thought, a feeling, or even a song on the radio. Taking that leap of faith is your first step to living a life of freedom and passion.

“Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity.”

— Thomas J. Watson

Dare to Choose You - The World Will Adjust

To be great is to be misunderstood. To walk the path of non-conformity and be truthful and loyal to yourself is to risk being accused of betraying and abandoning ‘your people’. It happens. And you know what? No amount of fear, worldly praise, recognition, safety, or whatever it is the world is asking you to exchange for your integrity and authenticity, is worth betraying yourself. None! You weren’t born to live in fear. You weren’t born to live your life according to the endless list of expectations of those around you. And you certainly weren’t born to be a cheap copy of everyone else so you can be rewarded for ‘your good behaviour’. You were born to express your uniqueness to add your thread to the global tapestry. You are here to integrate the whole of you so you can expand your consciousness and raise the vibration of the planet.

You were born to make music, create art, and use science as a way to lead people back to truth, not away from it. You were born to walk the path of integrity and shine light into the darkness that has enveloped the world. You have a right and a responsibility to walk the path of non-conformity. And the world has a right not to like it. So what? You are not here to please the world. You are here to honour yourself and be loyal to who you truly are. As the conscious leader of your own life, you are here to elevate into the very best expression of you that you can be. Only you can do the things that you can do better than anyone else in this world. The world needs you – the real you. Listen to that soft voice inside – and bravely obey that – while shutting out the loud voices of blame and judgement around you. Conscious leaders do not conform to the pattern of this world. Learn to look at yourself through the eyes of Source, and no longer through the lens of others. Do not give yourself away to people who are only interested in betraying you just so you can please them. Be true to you. Walk the path of non-conformity and follow your heart. Together we rise!

“For far too long we have been seduced into walking a path that did not lead us to ourselves. For far too long we have said yes when we wanted to say no. And for far too long we have said no when we desperately wanted to say yes. When we don’t listen to our intuition, we abandon our souls. And we abandon our souls because we are afraid if we don’t, others will abandon us.”

—  Terry Tempest Williams

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