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There is a history of the world of which most people are unaware. It is encapsulated in the phrase, “History is written by the victors.” What about those who lost? Their stories are lost in the tales of the winners. They are notes in the margin. They are “Other”. Often, little is known about them beyond the slanders and libels their successful enemies levelled at them. History doesn’t record their voices. Often, they left no written documents, or at least none that survived the destruction wrought by their enemies. This lost history doesn’t concern wars between great nations or famous battles involving powerful kings or the most skilled generals. Instead, it is a struggle of the powerless against the powerful, of minorities against majorities, outsiders versus insiders, oppressed against the oppressors, have-nots against haves, those with nothing against those with everything, the margins of society versus the establishment. In the vast majority of cases, the establishment is triumphant. Often, the minorities - the heretics, the rebels, the revolutionaries, the members of the resistance, the freedom fighters, those leading alternative lives, the anti-establishment, those who won’t bow to tyrants - are destroyed and exterminated. They are usually labelled mad, evil and dangerous and their terrible fate is held up as a warning to those who might follow the same path. “Do not be like them or you will suffer the same consequences,” is the message.
It's not widely known, but The Cold War was lost, the West lost The Cold War, culturally. It won it geopolitically, when the Soviet Union collapsed from 1989 through to the early nineties. We won that sort of objective geopolitical level of Cold War but we lost the cultural Cold War. And the reason we don't talk about it is that those who would be talking about it are the children of the victors. It's a message that is met with a blank stare. People just don't know what to make of it. And it's difficult because we are all influenced by that defeat. But the thing is our houses are not heard, our daily routines are not heard. What's heard is our minds, our consciousnesses. So the way we look at the world, the prison through which we view reality and society, has been altered. And we carry that prison around with us. So we're caged, as Max Faber called it, we're caged by mere concepts. But these are powerful concepts. We lost the cultural Cold War and somehow we have to find ourselves, we have to find our way back to viewing reality as it is. It's really interesting, so you can see that this question you asked leads to profound questions about how we think.
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
drops of liquid sealing-wax, drops that adhere, incrust, incorporate themselves with what they fall on, till finally the rock is all one scarlet blob. "Till at last the child's mind is these suggestions, and the sum of the suggestions is the child's mind. And not the child's mind only. The adult's mind too-all his life long. The mind that judges and desires and decides-made up of these suggestions. But all these suggestions are our suggestions!" The Director almost shouted in his triumph. "Suggestions from the State."