How our Digital Habits Invite Authoritarian Abuse

“When thine eye is single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” ~ Luke 11:3

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi

In 2010 US Sufi Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee compared the internet with a super human global mind:

The Internet is a powerful image of life’s interconnected oneness, and how the individual can interact with the whole. It is present everywhere at the same time. The Internet is not a hierarchical structure, and despite the attempts of some companies or governments to control it, it’s nature is globally democratic. As it becomes more and more present in our collective consciousness, it is more and more able to channel life’s underlying energies in new ways. It is a power and life force of its own, able to evolve and adapt like a fast-changing organism, and, like other emerging images of our time, it is reconfiguring our consciousness, rearranging our lives. For example, social networking is just one way this living web interacts with us, bringing us together in unexpected ways."

Those were the days. Humanity believed in it’s Uber-Power. Yet, the only super mind around is the higher intelligence of God. What humans create always carries the weaknesses of our minds, our perceptions, our intentions, however non-conscious we may be of them. We are well advised to remain realistic about our limitations and work on our flaws, instead of hyping ourselves up. Let’s be realistic: Our so called collective mind, the internet, has some serious psychotic issues.

Let’s fast forward from 2010 to 2018: We are making the collective experience how the internet and social media is used to foster authoritarian agendas that fragment humanity and drive us apart. Fragmentation is a mental health problem for everybody who spends too much time with computers, gadgets, smart phones etc. Brain functions change the more we work with technology. Our attention is modified. We are reduced to only capture events in “bites” – we loose the big picture, the whole view, the panorama. I know mental fragmentation from trauma therapy. After traumatic events the brain “fragments” memories and disables our ability to understand a complete narrative. It can also lead into amnesia. It is a self-protective mechanism to prevent overload. Like a circuit shutdown. It is sign of physical or psychic injury. A fragmented mind leaves the affected person in a desperate struggle to understand what has happened. Yet the brain has gone into self-protection mode and only a process of conscious healing can repair it. I propose that we look closer at how minds can be holistically healed to understand how to fix the internet and our human societies that took so much damage over the last decade. Trump, fascist nationalism, more and more povery, the rise of more exploitation are just the symptoms of an underlying psychic illness. We need to look at our individual and collective minds to understand the roots of these miseries and re-gain control – to re-build communities and control technology so it serves us.

Some social media like facebook take advantage of how our minds work and how our minds can slowly fragment when exposed to too much multi-tasking and multi-processing. When treated this way – like machines really – our minds are encouraged to make emotion driven snap-decisions, to buy, to vote, to belief (that the Earth is flat for example).

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Bombarded by advertising, fake news, inversed science, hatred, gadgets, interfacces that require individual learning (an enormous everyday mental task), and too much interaction with other users, the brain starts to fragement because it no longer manages to make comprehensive sense, to keep oversight. Chronic confusion kicks eventually in. Surely this has also contributed to the rise of authoritarian agendas and exploits. The doors to people’s minds were forcefully opened by Zuckerberg & Co and people with dirty shoes came inside. In my assessment (and the assessment of many others) the rise of authoritarianism is directly linked to our confused internet minds, the exploitation of our data and the new digital surveillance and manipulation (propaganda) industry that exploits our collective internet confusion.

Until the end of 2011 I myself worked in London as a consultant user experience expert for commerical and news projects, and dealt with data, user movements, user pedagogy and similar issues. Back then user data were dealt with anonymized and very broadly categorized, but it was already clear that a scary potential lies in algorithms that can change at any point what an individual user sees and interacts with (“experiences”) on the net. In advertising everybody wants to reach a person’s emotions. Emotions sell. Goods. Services. Fashion. Politics. Digital footprints of users give clues about preferences, view points, buying capabilities etc and with that informationn a lot of emotional targeting is possible.  In the hands of political game players things got very quickly really nasty. It is plainly speaking advanced agit-prop (agitation propagada) and like every ill intended human deed propaganda leaves psychic residues and mental wounds in others. Maybe it helps to consider all those folks that vote for crooks and despots to be psychically wounded. But it is time to stand up and fight this.

"I did not know exactly what was coming our way before 2016, but I already knew how vulnerable people are when data are openly accessible and what can happen when data are manipulated."

I did not know exactly what was coming our way before 2016, but I already knew how vulnerable people are when data are openly accessible and what can happen when data are manipulated. I also know how authoritarian abuse operates in the shadows. I am myself a victim of cyber stalking, surveillance, hacking and authoritarian abuse and made experiences with an incompetent, corrupt State system that allowed itself to be hollowed out by private interests that use the internet and hidden data highways for it’s dirty deeds. The step from there – a hidden criminal world – to an open take over of the State by criminal, mafia-like political structures (a Kleptocracy) is not a very big one.

My story in a nutshell is the following: I was under surveillance during and after a court battle with a council and the police in London. I was surveillanced because I brushed people in the council and the police the wrong way, complained about them and tried to hold them to account in a court of law. The people in question fought back by playing most foul. Letters from my lawyers and the court never arrived, my email was hacked, my mobile phone was hacked too, I received weird messages and my data in the centralized computer system were manipulated (it is indeed a very bad idea to keep people’s data in one central place, but that is exactly what the UK does, it keeps police records, council records, medical data etc, all in one centralized file). Remember, I am not a dangerous person. Just a person who tried to stand her ground. They did not let me stand my ground. Later I found out that there are many more people like myself. People who tried to stand their ground and those in control of the power did not let them. We met via the internet. What irony.

"The digital shadow land combined with shady laws gave them the power of an invisibility cloak."

I eventually came to the conclusion that the council hired a private investigator firm to derail my case (see also this News article),  knowing how to not get caught. My job did not protect me. Perhaps it would have helped if I was a Millionaire. But I was no Millionaire. I was just a woman and they did with me whatever they wanted. The digital shadow land combined with shady laws gave them the power of an invisibility cloak. These are the spheres these types of people operate in. It was an occult epxerience too. I can hardly describe the everyday weirdness I encountered back then. An experience beyond stressful and terrifying – unsurprisingly I lost in court. I also lost my footing, my home, my family. Lucikly, I left England and returned home to Germany.

The internets I prefer to hang out in these days, are in forests, in the Earth. There one experiences true inter-connectedness. Un-surveillanced and un-manipulated and I also experienced profound healing of my own “fragmented mind”, that came about as a result of the manipulation I suffered. The highest intelligence, nature, the expression of the superior mind, healed me. Amazing things happened, proofing to me that Artificial Intelligence and it’s capabilities to manipulate us is nothing in comparison to the Higher Intelligence.

Returning to the Internet and Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee’s article on the Huff Post, and his statement: “The Internet, as a living symbol of global oneness, offers us a direct connection to an awareness of divine oneness“, I want to tell about experiences I made with Christian Esotericism and spiritual exercises that help greatly against propaganda and attempts to manipulate us. According to this particular group of Christian healers, the human mind is an unrelenting source of discord that constantly seeks to subvert and deny any Oneness with God. It seeks to escape. It seeks to gratify it’s Nafs, it’s desires and pleasures. It is constantly chattering with itself. It has no spiritual belief or focus. It is as such open to any kind of manipulation. What would be a desirable mental state of us as individuals, that we become less open to manipulation?

I only got some words here, which you can surely expand with your own words. Keep these words in your mind. To my mind come “Trusting in God, unharmed by evil, joyful, unimpressed and untouched by propaganda. Whole. Complete. Focused. Loving. One in God. One with ourselves. One with each other. Unpenetrable by evil”. Look after your mind. Feed it with good. Make good your fortress. Stay focused. Don’t divide your mind. Don’t divide other peoples’ minds.

When we manage to keep ourselves as close as possible in a clear, calm mental state, we can pick up very quickly when evil intended outside thoughts and manipulations enter our minds. Try it. Watch out for linguistic trickery, be aware of how and what people say and do. There is no joy in hatred. Hatred is the divider. Authoritarian abusers and their minions need hate. The filthier the propaganda war on the internet becomes – our collective psychosis so to speak – the more complete, knowing and best as we possible can be we have to become. Please, do not get dragged down into any beliefs that all is lost and that we lost our collective mind. Be your natural self. Go into  nature. Live without the internet, gadgets, computers as much as you possibly can.  Some people in Silicon Valley sold us collectively the idea, that we will change the world buying their products and joining their FREE! platforms (nothing is for free in Silicon Valley folks!). Unsurprisingly, it was just a hype. The internet and our technologies are human creations and as such full of flaws. But again – there are remedies. I can give you clues, but they will amaze you so much that you will resent them at first, unless you are a believer. God is real.

What I am trying to express is that the healthy parts of the “collective mind” need to be conscious of their power and take back control.

To conclude this post, I share again this quote from Mahatma Ghandi:

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi

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