The corporate media outlets rarely (if ever) tell us the whole truth about any issue. Besides, we don’t want to be told the truth, since we like being lied to. Simplistic lies let us jump to conclusions that justify our pre-existing beliefs. We become angry when someone challenges our beliefs by pointing out that, “We don’t yet know all the facts.”
Politicians encourage this phenomenon, and they exploit it. They conspire with corporate media outlets to give out just enough information to make us jump to the conclusions that they want us to. This is how they control our minds. We let them do it. We insist on it.
This mind control applies to all topics, but let me pick one topic at random, namely the case of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who visited North Korea via a tour company called “Young Pioneers Tours.”
As Warmbier was preparing to board a plane and depart from North Korea, he was arrested, was later convicted of “hostile acts” against North Korea, and was sentenced to fifteen years in prison. This was in March 2016.
On 12 Jun 2017 the North Koreans released Warmbier, who reportedly has extensive brain damage that has left him permanently semi-comatose.
The U.S. government and most of the corporate media pundits claim that Warmbier was imprisoned for stealing a poster from his hotel wall, and was tortured for no reason. They say this proves that the North Korean government is brutal and insane, which in turn proves that NATO should destroy North Korea like it did Libya.
Most people agree with this crap, because it’s fun to do so. Most people jump to conclusions in order to justify their simplistic, comic book view of the world.
What really happened? What did Otto Warmbier actually do? The North Korean government says it never mistreats tourists, since it needs their foreign currency. They say that Warmbier contracted botulism sometime after his trial and fell into a coma after being given a sleeping pill, and that this caused his brain to become starved of oxygen long enough to cause brain damage.
All lies, say Trump and the other politicians (plus Warmbier’s own father). They claim that Warmbier was tortured – even though U.S. medical experts at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center have found no evidence of any torture.
None of the other people in Warmbier’s tour group had any problems. The tour company says Warmbier was the first to be arrested of the 7,000 people it has taken to North Korea.
So why was he arrested? Who is telling the truth? We don’t know — and this is my point. We believe what the U.S. government and the corporate media outlets want us to be believe. And we imagine that our belief is based on fact, when it is actually based on what the U.S. government and the corporate media outlets tell us. They routinely lie, but are they lying about Otto Warmbier? We don’t know — but we imagine that we do know. This is how entire populations are made to march off to war.
Few of us are able to travel to foreign lands. All we have are politicians and the corporate media, who are compulsive liars.
What did the North Korean government really convict Warmbier of? Was Warmbier just an innocent tourist, or did he do something illicit at the behest of the U.S. government? We don’t know. All we have are claims by corporate media outlets that Warmbier simply stole a poster. Is that true? We don’t know. We can’t know. But imagining that we do know is what reduces us to cattle.
And so everyone is saying, “Let’s destroy North Korea!”
What happened to Otto Warmbier after his sentencing might never be known outside the reclusive country.
Yes, because the reclusive U.S. government distorts everything said by the North Korean government. Also, if North Korea seems “reclusive,” it is because North Korea is sealed off by sanctions and blockades.
I am not defending North Korea. I am defending reason and logic. We know little about the world outside our personal sphere. We imagine that we know, but this is mere belief.