Cultural myths

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Let's imagine that you have gone to see a hypnotist and for arguments sake your hypnotist is a man who uses a pocket watch to induce a trance like state to put you under.

He brings out the pocket watch and as you're lying there on the couch and about to go under, he informs you that "When you wake up you will not remember anything from our conversation."

This is a hypnotic suggestion. This hypnotist's appointment is our way of presenting an analogy of how social and mental conditioning works and how the various cultural and social engineers work to manipulate your perception of reality so that you become confused between actual reality and what can be described as cultural reality.

"It's the truth"

In reality, and in society "the truth" is commonly used as a hypnotic suggestion to get you to believe something is real or part of reality when it's not. Actual truth is closely connected to your life experience and the felt sense of immediate experience, therefore actual truth is relative only to your perception of reality and life. But in terms of culture 'the truth' is a commonly used hypnotic suggestion to get you to believe that something is real or true when it's not, or that certain societal rules and conditions are sacrosanct when, once again, they are not.

This is all part of the grand conspiracy we play on each other, constantly. You get told the 'truth' from your parents, your teachers, your friends, your partners, your children, politicians, businesses, media figures, religious leaders, and you yourself have used the same hypnotic suggestion on other people. You cannot really blame anyone because they are subjected to the same social and mental conditioning as you are. This explains why most people are completely confused as to what is actual reality and what is only cultural reality.

We use the term cultural myth to describe a concept or 'fact' that is commonly believed to be truth or reality when in fact it is no more than a cultural belief. We present some examples of some common or popular cultural myths and we are sure you can think of others.

Examples of cultural myths

Below we present some examples of cultural myths. Click on any of the buttons below.

The Artistic Universe

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The Artistic Universe is based on the interpretation of the universe as it was presented in the Book of Genesis and other similar scriptures. God is presented as an elderly, wise, creative sculptor or potter who makes human beings out of clay and breathes new life into them.

God had a plan, and you and everyone else was part of His plan. The universe was seen as God's creation, and as God's children we were all part of that creation.

This was until science started to become serious, especially among Western intellectuals and physicists and this concept was no longer credible to them.

The birth of authoritarianism

It's important to understand that from a human perspective, there are two different fundamental bases for human perception and the human perspective of life - language and culture on the one hand, and science and actual reality on the other. Language is rooted heavily in culture, because without any cultural awareness you cannot use or understand language, but relying on language and cultural awareness alone leads to beliefs and belief attachments. Language is the basis of not just culture, but such things as magic, art, ideology and religion, while science is atoms, molecules, energy, consciousness physics and biology.

The divine right to rule

It is out of this cultural myth of the universe we have the divine right to rule of King James VI of Scotland and I of England and the revised King James Version of the Bible. This is a later revision of the previous one, undertaken by the Catholic Church based on the 'Theologica Mystica' of pseudo-Dionysis, a mysterious 14th century Syrian monk who shifted the emphasis of Christianity from knowledge to faith and effected a transition so that Man could become God and God could become Man.

However it was the revision by King James which led to the birth of domination culture, the witch trials of Salem and Pendle Hill and the subjugation of magic and witchcraft in favour of religion and Protestantism. This is what later led to the emergence of such figures as John Locke, Adam Smith and the birth of the United States and it's these beliefs and ideology which lie behind the belief of absolute authoritarianism in the United States and its behaviour as a monarchy when it is presented as a republic.

The Automatic Universe

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The Automatic Universe is the concept of the universe which is based on the early scientific views of people like Charles Darwin, Freud, and others. The universe is no longer a sculpture or artefact controlled by the hand of God and we are no longer subjected to God's plan. Instead the universe is controlled by blind, ignorant and stupid energies - among which Mankind exists as some kind of fluke or evolutionary aberration - and in order for Mankind to survive we must unite to fight the forces of nature and the universe and gain control otherwise we will either die out or become as blind, ignorant or stupid as the various forces that surround us.

It is out of this concept of the universe we have such things as natural selection, the cultural belief in survival of the fittest, eugenics, the cultural myth of the Ego and the concept that we are all a centre of consciousness centred around an Ego. This false sense of separateness persists as a result of this cultural myth even today and many people still perceive themselves as an Ego and centre of consciousness encased in a body wrapped in skin, totally separate and isolated from everything around them.

This also gives us the concept of Newtonian physics where atoms are seen as random and chaotic as snooker balls after being hit. Even today in medical science these attitudes persist, and many doctors specialize in one area of the body at the expense of the others. We are perceived as individuals, like machines or other mechanical entities where different parts of us can be chopped out, replaced, and medications give to work on one part of the body. The concept of a human being as a complete living organism where all parts of the body are interconnected and related to one another and connected to habitat and environment is still foreign to a lot of people.

Conquest culture

Out of this concept of the universe we have 'conquest culture' (a term coined by Stella Baker, Qultura's founder) which creates beliefs and ideologies around the conquest of space, the war on drugs, the war on poverty. Much of what we perceive addiction as is still based on a personal choice and moral weakness, where an individual 'succumbs' to the addictive power of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, alcohol, tobacco, even food (through obesity) but somehow this concept never extends to perceiving such things as addiction to money, addiction to political power or addiction to control over others as a moral weakness and personal failing.

Conquest culture = domination culture

Conquest culture is still based on domination culture, a belief in personal supremacy over others, be it white supremacy, male supremacy, female supremacy, ethnic supremacy, intellectual supremacy, financial supremacy, physical supremacy, and in such things as imperialism, totalitarianism and all other aspects of domination culture.

The illusion of money

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One of the biggest and most popular cultural myths in existence, throughout the world, is money. An astonishing number of people believe that money is somehow tangible and real, and this is why we have questions such as "Where is the money going to come from?"

Unlike gold, money doesn't come from anywhere. Money is a unit of measurement to denote value and has the exact same reality as litres, miles, kilometres, grammes, pounds, decibels and degrees Fahrenheit. This is done by way of social consensus to make the complex social practice of barter so much simpler.

While gold is a precious metal which is brilliant in jewellery, teeth fillings or as a coating to connect an amp, set of headphones or even the covering of a building much of the gold mined in the world today is pressed into ingots and left untouched in large vaults of banks. Why? As a symbol of both value and power.

Fundamnentally money is made up out of thin air by certain banks through the fractional reserve banking system, where further money is made up out of thin air, and once in circulation money is exchanged to as a promisory note in exchange for something of value - be it time, labour, products, goods, services, and even life.

However is also a symbol of power and money is used for authoritarian purposes to keep people in their place, deprive them of opportunity and often restrict their access to the necessities they need to achieve some degree of physical security through having access to resources they need in order to live. Therefore money is also a very important control mechanism and a means of balancing population to the perceived level of available resources.

The other use for money

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However there is another, darker, more esoteric side to money because it is widely used as a magical prop, especially when it comes to physical currency. If you care to examine closely any banknote you should find an image of a face or head, some symbols, a spell or short phrase, and a number.

Now think about all the various rituals that you must go through to obtain money to live. This is magic. We're not suggesting that everyone does this and banks employ sorcerers and spellcasters. But some people do and they have money.

The false concept of time

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Time is another cultural myth and something which does not exist in reality. Time is just another system of measurement like money but to measure reality and cyclicity through a numerical system of dates, hours, minutes and seconds.

Einstein stated that there are two states of being which are reality and possibility. Reality is the present (explained further in 'About creativity') and the past and the future? These are possibility. We are led to believe that time progresses in a linear fashion from the past through the present to the future but what actually happens is that time is created from the present moment and flows outwards through our perception.

Time is money

This means that time has the exact same reality as money - it is an arbitrary unit of measurement to denote value. A digital or mechanical clock provides nothing more than an arbitrary cultural reference point. The Sun doesn't rise because it is 5.30am. The two events are completely unrelated.

Time as a distraction

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Time serves as another useful purpose and that is as a distraction to shift your attention from your present moment and focus instead on the future.

This can often start in kindergarten, and once a child is in kindergarten then they have to prepare for school. Once they're in school then they have to get through one class, then another, and prepare for another, then another, and prepare for tests, and then prepare to go to a new school, and the process repeats itself all over again. Then once you've got through school you have either go to college or get out into the Real World and get a job.

Even more jumping through hoops

Then you get one job, and have to get things done, and all the while you're trying either find work, develop a career, get a better job, and also find a partner, find a home and start a family, you're still focussed on the future still expecting to find that 'goodie'.

But it never really comes so you end up in your 40's having jumped through the hoops with a sense of having been cheated and - rather like a horse in the UK's Grand National - if you don't fall at some hurdle you end up in your 40's somewhere far behind, feeling knackered with nothing to show for your effort.

Such is the distraction of time.