Definition of PARANOIA —para·noia noun \ˌper-ə-ˈnȯi-ə, ˌpa-rə-\ para·noi·ac also para·noic adjective or noun—
1: a psychosis characterized by systematized delusions of persecution or grandeur usually without hallucinations
2: a tendency on the part of an individual or group toward excessive or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others
Origin of PARANOIA
New Latin, from Greek, madness, from paranous demented, from para- + nous mind
First Known Use: circa 1811
Examples of PARANOIA
She was diagnosed with delusional paranoia.
I had to admit that my fears were just paranoia.
As many of you know, in 1949, a man named George Orwell
wrote a book called
about a society ruled by an oligarchical dictatorship. It was written in a
future sense and brought rise to the publics eye about the extent of a big controlling Government. It also sparked fears within the people as to where
we could be heading toward.
Some of you may know, in 1965 a book was written by Richard Hofstadter
, a Columbia
University professor, called
"The Paranoid Style in
. It presented a thesis that is commonly followed to delegitimize any criticism of Government that goes above complaining
about how much the Pentagon pays for nuts and bolts. It has commonly been used to dismiss and derail those that call for a smaller Government and a
rise to Individual rights.
"Nineteen Eighty-Four" gives a plausible reason for common man to be fearful and paranoid of the Government institution and "The Paranoid Style in
American Politics" gives the Government ways of sweeping these fears under the rug and out of the publics eye. Although this battle between the
People and Government has been on going, the mistrust of the Government, by the People, began to rise above simply the Kennedy assassination and UFOs
with 9/11. Yes, there have been other conspiracies like the reported death of John Wilkes Booth, but I feel personally, the level of fear and paranoia
in mainstream conversations today began with 9/11.
The Government, with their secret agendas being hidden from the public in order to keep them secrets from the other Governments, had to come up with a
"story" full of holes which caused the public to question actions and motivations. With a supposed terrorist plot, the public was sent spiraling
into this paranoia in many different directions. Who actually was behind it?, How do we protect ourselves and from whom? Where are we headed? The
mistrust of the Government began to grow exponentially.
The rise of this mistrust by the public has caused the Government to become fearful of its people and a rash of experiments(ie, the holding back of
FEMA in order to test martial law capabilities after Katrina(IMO)), expansion of Government control via CIA, NSA, TSA, etc. as well as new facets of
Government outside the limitations of the Constitution, and Laws designed to control the people.
Government mistrust of its people is not new as seen in the gun and other laws throughout the U.S. history so to say it began with the people is a
little naive, but on the other hand to say it began with the Government is just as naive. Regardless of where and how it began this paranoia is
pushing both the Government and the People closer to the "Nineteen Eighty-Four" scenario.
The question of who is more paranoid, the People or the Government, really does not matter in the grand scheme of things, IMO, but what does matter is
this spiral must be broken and neither side is willing to trust the other in order to break it. IMO it has gone too far for this to be accomplished.
We, the People have separated ourselves from Country(ie, land, People, Government) and it has been further pushed by the agendas of the corporate
politicians(and the evil Lobbyists, but that is a whole different ball of wax). If we, the People, give in and place our trust in the Government, we
give up our liberties. If the Government gives in to the people they loose their pocketbooks and control in the global market.
The only way out, as I see it, is for the People and the Government to begin to work together for the betterment of Individuals and Country together.
A return to, by and for the people, in Government with a country of individuals working for the betterment of human kind on a global level. It is also
my opinion we should be allowed to live the freedoms we are fighting for in other countries, instead of moving toward a dictatorship while giving
other countries their "Freedom".