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The "virus" in the US has taught us to fear and distrust, government, politicians, media, each other

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posted on Apr, 6 2020 @ 07:19 AM
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What I have seen in recent days that the coronavirus has been teaching us through the media coverage and politicians reactions is terrifying in the long term. It only takes 6 weeks to ingrain a habit, the longer one engages in those changes, the longer and stronger the long term changes in the brain. These are my observations of what is happening to US citizens.

This will most likely have ramifications much like the Great Depression. Many adults will carry psychological scars of fear and distrust of "others" for the rest of their lives, much like those old enough to be aware, carried the psychological scars of the Great Depression for the rest of their lives.

We are being trained to fear and distrust anyone not in our direct household. We are told (and for good reason now) to stand at least 6 feet away from anyone not living in our household. Grandparents are told to not touch or be closer than six feet to their grandchildren and grown children. Barriers are being set up at check out stands to keep us separated from "others", and dots put on floors to keep us separated. It doesn't matter how nice the "other" is, or how much you like/love them, we are being taught to fear the "other".

We are being trained that no matter how nice or how much you like/love another person, they could be an asymptomatic carrier and not know it, therefore not to be trusted, but to be feared and kept apart from. Not that it is the other person's fault, but that we are to fear and distrust them "just to be safe".

One very sad consequence is some of the stories I have read on ATS,Quora, and other places. Where a grandparent was distanced from their family for their own safety, the family loved the person, but kept their distance. The grandparent died alone in their house after asking for a visit and being told that it was not safe for any family member to visit them, for their own good. This has made many hate the government that forced in some countries, and encouraged in other countries the physical abandonment of people living alone, even if they made phone calls, etc.

The media loves and thrives on frightening people. They have gone overboard in terrifying us into submission and into fearing even the nicest person we know. The media constantly and consistently tells us to stay away from "others" and to fear they may be carrying the disease that could kill us and not to trust even the nicest and our closest friends and relatives, but to keep distance from them.

The media has long been fomenting hate, it seems to be the signature of journalism and the media these days. ALL media has open bias these days and instead of promoting working together, has been doing it's best to make us hate the "other side". Not only hate, but to have a deep and abiding distrust of the "other side". This adds to the fear and distrust between people. The media assures us that those who have a different political point of view from us are dangerous to our health and "their" (the other sides) actions show they are out to do what they can to insure we catch the disease and die. This is also ingraining in people that if "your side" is not in charge, then one must never, ever, ever, trust the government or those in power who don't think exactly the way they "should".

Politicians are just as bad. There is no unity in our government, there is only hate/loathing/disgust/distrust/fear of the "other side". To the point where Congress is putting together another bureaucratic layer, delaying (coronavirus) help to the American people, delaying any assistance, stopping action to investigate, just so one side can "stick it to the other side". This constant "you can't trust" the government if we aren't in charge has been teaching the people a great deal. To hate your government, to distrust your government, that no one can possibly work with anyone who has a different political outlook.

Through the constant and unrelenting message of you can't trust your government, you must fear and distrust your government by the politicians themselves they are creating an atmosphere not only of disunity, but total and complete distrust and fear of the government itself. When every measure to assist the American people by the government is called dangerous, too early, too late, not enough, too much over and over and over by politicians. We have learned to distrust and actually fear those who are running the government itself.

What will the future hold? If the country goes socialist, they will have to use totalitarian, oppressive, and authoritarian methods to force people into group think, which is absolutely necessary for a socialist country to thrive and survive. The people will have been taught quite well to distrust and fear the government so it will take draconian measures to bring those people into line for a successful socialist government. If the country reacts by individualism digging in so tightly that nothing gets done, because individuals don't trust the government and will have been taught that one can only rely on oneself and must in all cases take care of oneself first (even if it means hoarding and never sharing) and ones family above everyone else around them.

Yes the media and politicians are doing a great job of traumatizing the nation into one of two directions, of which both are terrifying in the long run.

Is there a solution? Maybe, the self-isolation suggestion was good. That was where people decided for themselves rather to expose themselves and their loved ones or not. At least that didn't rely on hating, fearing, and distrusting everyone and everything around them. Stopping the political hate and the politicians work together to conquer the virus. I think the country is beyond being capable of any sort of unity or working together, between the major parties, because for years politicians have been teaching everyone to hate/loathe/despise anyone who disagrees with us politically. Trying to get the media to realize what they have done to the nation by abandoning the basic tenets of fair and unbiased journalism? I also don't think that is possible, they seem to thrive on fomenting as much hate and division and doing as little real journalism as possible these days. We're screwed basically, thanks mostly to the biased media and politicians who absolutely refuse to work together for the good of the nation.



edit on 4/6/20 by The2Billies because: spelling grammar




posted on Apr, 6 2020 @ 07:24 AM
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a reply to: The2Billies

They're driving this wedge ... because there's a change coming. And it'll be BIG.

TPTB don't want big groups of armed Americans descending on them.



posted on Apr, 6 2020 @ 07:32 AM
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Now we are hearing that trump knew about this virus as early as January 3rd. And did nothing.
The Chinese announced a cluster of the virus in December.
They didn't hide it like so many have claimed.

Now that ________ is saying that hospitals are thrilled with his response and that they have all the supplies they need. Why lie about that?
I guess he doesn't think his base is also dying.



posted on Apr, 6 2020 @ 07:33 AM
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a reply to: The2Billies

The depression went on for nearly a decade.

It's been a few months. Weeks really.



posted on Apr, 6 2020 @ 07:42 AM
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originally posted by: Snarl
a reply to: The2Billies

They're driving this wedge ... because there's a change coming. And it'll be BIG.

TPTB don't want big groups of armed Americans descending on them.


I think you may be right. If it happens - It'll make Stalin's purge of tens of thousands look like a birthday party. It'll make Mao's purge of hundreds of thousands look like a picnic. My friend who quit the Coronavirus task force in our state has been warning his friends that there is more to it than we see. He is a brilliant man and physician who said something similar. I hope he is wrong, I hope you are wrong.

But the question remains -

has this actually taught even the heartiest socialist/globalist that no one is to be trusted, no government is to be trusted -

the individualism the "me first" that this is teaching may have a backlash -

arms sales are up in the US.

The backlash toward individualism and me first because of what the people have gone through, hoarding TP is a vivid symptom -

tells me that what TPTB want, socialism isn't going to be as easy as they think -

they have taught us to fear, distrust and hate any government and each other far too much -

they have tried to teach distrust and abandonment of all religion, which is the biggest threat to government (groups of people gathering on a regular basis, without government oversight) and this has caused more fear in the people of government and politicians.

I think the globalism/socialism that TPTB want to enslave the people and give them ultimate power and money may fail.

This virus has taught even Chinese citizens that collectivism doesn't give a damn about you or your family as individuals - I'm seeing evidence of this creep into online sites

If the virus and governmental reaction to it has taught the US people anything, it is you can only really rely on yourself in times of crises. Regardless of what the government does, or tries to do, it is deemed evil and wrong by either the media or other politicians.


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posted on Apr, 6 2020 @ 07:44 AM
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originally posted by: Sillyolme
Now we are hearing that trump knew about this virus as early as January 3rd. And did nothing.
The Chinese announced a cluster of the virus in December.
They didn't hide it like so many have claimed.

Now that ________ is saying that hospitals are thrilled with his response and that they have all the supplies they need. Why lie about that?
I guess he doesn't think his base is also dying.


Thanks for a shining example of what I mean by teaching people to hate/loathe/despise the government and to never ever trust "the other side". That one must constantly question "the other side" and deem them evil and rotten to the corp in their intentions. I appreciate your effort to give us such a great example.



posted on Apr, 6 2020 @ 07:45 AM
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originally posted by: Sillyolme
a reply to: The2Billies

The depression went on for nearly a decade.

It's been a few months. Weeks really.


I taught PSY in Univ.

It only takes 6 weeks. We are beyond that now.

It will continue for more weeks, further cementing these fears and distrust of each other and of the government (BOTH SIDES).



posted on Apr, 6 2020 @ 07:45 AM
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a reply to: The2Billies

Sorry not feeling hate fear or distrust of my fellow man.
We are pulling together on this.

In the grocery store where we kind of smile as we make wide circles around each other or shrug like, it is what it is, and nod to one another.
We are in it together.

There is only one to fear. The one who's personal identity is knotted up with how everybody sees him. The one who is both conceited and suffering from low self esteem.
Because he lies to make himself look good and make others look bad.
And he is lying through one of the worst times in U.S. history when we really need a leader. All he cares about is getting applause and praise oh yeah and better be grateful too. Gratitude is high in his list of things he deserves.

Good thing we have other leaders who aren't concerned with how this makes them look and are really concerned with the lives of others.
Good thing as a whole we can depend on each other.



posted on Apr, 6 2020 @ 07:48 AM
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a reply to: Snarl
Sure . And you'll hear, just as soon as I finish my beer and this episode of Duck Dynasty.
Count me in.



posted on Apr, 6 2020 @ 07:51 AM
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Why do we list so few people as recovered in the United States? We have been doing this for weeks now and they don’t list people that are recovered to scare people. We have had the antibodies test for a while and will not let people take it to prove they have recovered and to give plasma to help others and you still can’t get a test unless you are sick enough to go to the hospital and they will not let people take the malaria drug - zpac combination.

This is a terror mission perpetuated on the masses.



posted on Apr, 6 2020 @ 07:53 AM
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originally posted by: Sillyolme
a reply to: The2Billies

Sorry not feeling hate fear or distrust of my fellow man.
We are pulling together on this.

In the grocery store where we kind of smile as we make wide circles around each other or shrug like, it is what it is, and nod to one another.
We are in it together.

There is only one to fear. The one who's personal identity is knotted up with how everybody sees him. The one who is both conceited and suffering from low self esteem.
Because he lies to make himself look good and make others look bad.
And he is lying through one of the worst times in U.S. history when we really need a leader. All he cares about is getting applause and praise oh yeah and better be grateful too. Gratitude is high in his list of things he deserves.

Good thing we have other leaders who aren't concerned with how this makes them look and are really concerned with the lives of others.
Good thing as a whole we can depend on each other.



NO people are not working together.

They are distancing and fearing each other and this is encouraged daily and relentlessly by the media.

We can't even get together to depend on each other.

Many people can't even get a neighbor to give them some toilet paper, or flour, or rice, or oil or other things people are hoarding - NOT working together.

I don't know what fantasy land you are in.

These days no one can depend on each other individually unless they are very close family members.

Yes we smile, we shrug, and walk around each other. We walk around each other because we are being taught,ingrained to fear each other.

If people were really working together, if you were really pulling for the nation, you'd look for at least a drop of good in the other side, but from your writings, well you won't, many people are incapable of looking for even a drop of good in the "other side", far too many people these days, we have been brainwashed to hate/loath/and fear "others" so very very well.



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posted on Apr, 6 2020 @ 07:54 AM
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Blah blah blah the media, the media, the media.
LOL
Y'all crack me up.



posted on Apr, 6 2020 @ 07:55 AM
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a reply to: The2Billies

HA! No I didnt. I can't help how you take things. That's on you deary.



posted on Apr, 6 2020 @ 07:59 AM
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originally posted by: Sillyolme
Now we are hearing that trump knew about this virus as early as January 3rd. And did nothing.
The Chinese announced a cluster of the virus in December.
They didn't hide it like so many have claimed.

Now that ________ is saying that hospitals are thrilled with his response and that they have all the supplies they need. Why lie about that?
I guess he doesn't think his base is also dying.


Everyone on ATS knew about the 2nd or 3rd week in January. What's your point? Should he have shut the economy down then? Maybe he was operating based on advice from so called experts like the CDC and WHO.



posted on Apr, 6 2020 @ 07:59 AM
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I don't know what fantasy land you are in


Silly lives in many fantasy lands since Trump was elected.
She specializes in wild delusions.



posted on Apr, 6 2020 @ 07:59 AM
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What I've proved is my intelligence. My ability to research and learn and not be fooled by what sycophants try to convince me is true.

I'm not led by the conspiracy crowd.
I don't believe in fantasies or live in a dream where everything is exactly opposite what is real.



posted on Apr, 6 2020 @ 07:59 AM
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originally posted by: Sillyolme

The Chinese announced a cluster of the virus in December.
They didn't hide it like so many have claimed.


Maybe they didn't hide it but certainly they didn't say the real size of the mess.



posted on Apr, 6 2020 @ 08:00 AM
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or simply a virus has appeared (that happens) that is dangerous and since then every country is trying to find the best way to get out of this situation. and america (the politics) is actually not doing a good job as it seems. in germany all parties are working together, the political trench warfare is at rest. only the right-wing national afd is trying to get attention through stupid actions but nobody is interested in that at the moment. nature shows us who the real boss is.

a gentle isolation, i think. i can go out and take a walk. can see my girlfriend. have internet. and phone.



posted on Apr, 6 2020 @ 08:00 AM
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a reply to: RazorV66

Ha ha


I'm finished here.



posted on Apr, 6 2020 @ 08:02 AM
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Jesus ..so you are adding to the doom and gloom. Thanks!!! I needed a black cloud to obscure my sunshine.

I say that its drawing peiple closer. Neifhbors out clapping for the emergency services. Armies of volunterrs delivering food etc to housebound peeps.

Guess if one wants to fret everything, then this is just the catalyst they were craving.



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