Tuesday, 7 April 2020

The standard narrative in one sentence

A potentially world-destroying plague has emerged; and we are very fortunate that all the nations of the world and the global media have taken this seriously, put the public well-being as their number one priority; and united in a coherent and coordinated strategy of lockdown - which will (so long as everyone obeys it) save us from mega-death.

10 comments:

Nova said...

Fascinating that Sweden continues to reject the standard narrative, while the alleged "land of the free" is cowering indoors.

Francis Berger said...

That sums it up well!

The next two sentences could read something like this: "And after we have saved the world from megadeath, we're going to ensure nothing terrible like this ever happens again. All you have to do is trust us and willingly accept everything we are going to force upon you."

Bruce Charlton said...

@Nova - And Iceland I believe. Maybe it's about Viking genes? But it just amounts to slight variations in the style of monomania. It's the same excuse for the same international totalitarian coup.

Hrothgar said...

This seems more or less accurate. Since we are dealing with the lying global Mass Media, however, who operate according to the principle of Demonic Inversion - considering that they have been converted into the most effective vehicle for the large-scale dissemination of Evil that the world has ever seen - a consistent counter-inversion of every single key premise of any narrative they seem to be pushing with particular insistence will at all times bring us close to the truth we need to know, without any further special knowledge or insight required on our parts.

This process of truth-inversion by the media has become so predictable and consistent that you could probably program a computer to determine truth, at least sufficient to stop us falling into sin, error, and willing participation in The Lie - with prior identification (by a reasoning human who is capable of recognizing them) of the original narrative's key premises. By way of example, Bruce has already done the work of reducing the Great Virus Narrative to its key premises, so let us see what their counter-inversion brings. I'm going to do it the human way rather than the computer way, which allows for more nuance in interpretation:

A disease which presents no serious threat to the world (or perhaps no disease at all) has emerged; and we are very unfortunate that all the nations of the world and the global media have taken (or pretended to take) this seriously, used the public well-being as their pretext, and united in a coherent and coordinated strategy of lockdown, which will (so long as everyone obeys it) cause death on a massive scale (or at any rate on a significant scale, together with mass privation and suffering).

Jared said...

Yes, that seems like a succinct summary of the narrative, Bruce.
All this is stupid in the extreme. I guess tyranny doesn't have to be smart.

Matias F. said...

I would say the establishment in Sweden is/was too invested in the earlier excuses for totalitarianism to notice fast enough that the narrative has changed. Closing down schools would be anti-feminist, because women would have to stay home to take care of the kids. And the establishment is actually afraid of what their imported criminal underclass would do if there was a serious lockdown. So the difference in narrative should not be interpreted as resistance to the New World Order. Iceland might be a different story, I wouldn't know.

What is truly astonishing in this birdemic is the outreach of the global establishment, that even in remote places in Africa, schools have been closed and public gatherings prohibited, even as the excuse (not to overload intensive care units) is entirely absent.

Bruce Charlton said...

@Matias - "What is truly astonishing in this birdemic is the outreach of the global establishment"

Absolutley - I too have been astonished by this. Any lingering doubts I harboured concerning the de facto reality of a covert world government has now been dissipated.

And when I add to this solidified understanding my belief concerning the nature, motivation and intent of this global establishment (i.e. what they plan to do to/ with us), this means that it would be best for the world (the best spiritually, in an eternal perspective - although NOT materially in the perspective of the coming months and years) if The System *does* collapse, as seems likely.

Sean Fowler said...

@ nova. Sweden is pushing through new legislation as we speak and trying to bypass the parliament in order to do it. They have a constitution and they follow it. The current laws don’t allow the gov to close things down willy nilly. Resistance from the Christian Democrats, but I doubt that anything will stop them. They were following the same line as the British were in the beginning and said as much, herd immunity, wash your hands, be sensible. Exactly as Boris publicly stated the day before he declared a total lockdown. The Swedish medical expert who has been the media figurehead for gov policy has been under constant attack in the press. For “ refusing to take responsibility”for the deaths of a few anally incontinent, paraplegic octogenarians in nursing homes. Big witch hunt in progress. They will fold. Just have to ram some new laws through.

Brief Outlines said...

"saved from mega-death"
I think you are being too generous here. To me the standard narrative is most of the time quite vague about what exactly we are being saved from - and when it is more explicit, it is rather tame - as in "save the NHS, save lives".
I suggest the impression of a looming mega death doesn't come from any narrative but instead comes purely from the authorities response. The response is proportionate to something truly horrendous - like half the population dying. And because action speaks louder than words, we unconsciously project some such atrocity over the actual reality that is being reported to us. When it emerges that the actual crisis is over the concern that there are not enough hospital beds or respirators, one has to work hard to suppress the thought that the whole thing is not just another "first-world problem". (To people living in slums in India, there are more pressing issues to deal with, such as where their next meal is going to come from. Perhaps that will be our fate too as a result of all this insanity, and then we really will be facing the prospect of mega death.)

Bruce Charlton said...

@Brief. That's it. I think you've described the way it works. The bigger the response, the worse the problem 'must be'.