Stalking Vol 2: The Bridge of Reason
"The free among your audience might agree with you," I said, bumping her shoulder lightly,
"but the rest will see your views as a personal attack because, as you’ve said, they’ve lost too
much to their indoctrinations to change their thinking. I think our movie won’t be made, or you’ll
be shot. Maybe both," I added as the thought arrived.
"Between being told what to fear and what to overlook, leading a nation into bankruptcy
through greed and warfare isn’t difficult. When that reaches the tipping point, a spark will set fire
to the myths they have been defending so vigorously as to give away that they are myths." She
looked across the inlet toward Point Atkinson. "There are a lot of them awaiting the flask point;
many more than any government would care to admit, or are aware of, because they’ve used
them and thrown them away, as well. They’ll be a formidable force when they organize."
"But you’re not advocating that," I teased her.
"I have not lived their experience, so I have no voice."
Uncomfortably, I said, "You were saying wars are scripted long in advance—that we don’t
She looked my way. "I’m saying the Players don’t want a healthy population, or peace in
particular, because there’s no money in it compared to the alternative. We’ve been following
their scripts into debt and degradation for decades."
"Do you know who specifically is designing our fear?" I said, shuffling sand between with
"You can figure out some of them with a little research," she said, removing her shoes. "I’ll
tell you what to look for at another time, but you will have to assess these events through your
own experiences. You’ve met some of them."
"No doubt," I quipped, but I meant it.
"Their basic manipulations," Bonnie said, breathing deeply, "lie in the generation and
relieving of aspects of fear in everyday life. If it were overt and non-stop, everyone would
become like you—no one can make you go to war anymore. But wiser, nastier people have long
since understood how reasonable people can be manipulated by regulating key aspects of
"Such as through television?"
"Take it deeper: the media is the most influential institution of mass manipulation that can
surreptitiously make us feel unnecessarily guarded. The most easily observable aspects of this
are reporting agencies relentlessly causing us to focus on the negative, ostensibly awaiting
resolution. They call this news when they present, as hype, only half the story, and endlessly
speculate or spout indecisive clichés under the guise of insight and drama. ‘How this will end,
only time will tell,’" she said with a sniffled smile: Bonnie knew that pontificating drivel drove
me nuts, because its natural evolution into infotainment was taking hold, and people were
receiving both as if they were gospel.
"Moreover," she said, "the negative focus of the media contributes to negative events as a
matter of energetic momentum manifesting within a particular consensus, or about the evils of
the world in general. Even sterile financial reports focus businesses on risk management—the
focus being on risk."
"I wouldn’t have thought of that one."
"When you have time, assess weather reports," she said, throwing her hands in the air.
Suddenly somber, "Another influence is the bombardment of what we supposedly need, and I’m
not talking about advertising turning want into need for the moment. I’m talking about the media
introducing us to whatever the powerful want us to think we need to have a better life, through