America – The Great Illusion

America The Great Illusion

By Tim Bryant and Ryan Cristián

Guest writers for Wake Up World

“Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” — Albert Einstein

Life is the greatest gift in the known universe. It is incredibly precious, vastly diverse in its scope, and without judgement or prejudice — it just happens. One does not have to possess any specific talent, live any particular lifestyle, or be any one particular person in order to enjoy its enormity. In fact, the profound beauty in life does not come through force or will, but instead through surrender to the natural flow.

However, today’s world has become increasingly complex. Social forces mold individuals into thinking, behaving, and believing in a way that benefits the consumer driven society; essentially telling the child, “You can be whatever you want to be as long as you do what you’re told”.

There is Little That’s Real or Natural About Our Way of Life

We are told this is “real” and this is the way life is supposed to be, yet most would likely agree that something isn’t quite right in society today. Why are there so many wars? Why have technological abilities and labor power skyrocketed, and yet poverty and wealth inequality are still prevalent all over the world? The list can go on and on, but the point is that organic life has blessed the world with unlimited gifts of potential, yet somehow humanity has stumbled down a dead-end. It’s as if everything is backward in a grand illusion of what life appears to be, compared to what it actually is beneath the surface. It’s important that Americans see through society’s false projections, so that the nation is not tricked into continuing down the wrong path.

This is incredibly apparent when one dives into the natural world; a necessary component of interaction for the survival of the species. The food that is eaten, the water drunk, the air in the atmosphere and the soil in the earth, are all increasingly being replaced with inorganic substitutes. Food sources are becoming genetically modified and stuffed with additives, growth hormones and other chemicals are used on the during the raising process and on the land,  and are slowly robbing the precious soil of its natural fertility, and its ability to grow food organically. All the while, the air is tainted on a daily basis with toxic pollutants that seep into the water supply already being pumped full of fluoride to begin with. This doesn’t take into account the often overlooked aspect of radiation in the atmosphere, as nuclear plants like Fukushima, Wi-Fi fields and cell phones expose one’s body and food to high amounts of radiation.

Faux Health = No Health!

It would be naïve to think that there is zero negative affect on the human body and environment from all of this, but how is one to know and understand the gravity of this situation while being so disconnected from the natural world?

The human body is made up of trillions of cells that are constantly being replaced on a daily basis. The very air, food and water being processed by the body, becomes the body. Science has already begun to prove that these inorganic products affect the chemistry in the body and ultimately can alter one’s DNA. It’s fair to say that constant exposure to all this inorganic life could potentially distort one’s perception of reality, forming an illusion unaligned with the naturals laws of life.This carries over directly into how one deals with health in this country.

The environmental issues being overlooked are the reasons an ever-increasing number of people are getting sick. Why is mental health becoming an ever-increasing problem, while prescription drug use and incarceration has never been higher? The American system wants to suppress individual surface symptoms or lock people up as if this is an isolated problem, but once a deeper look is taken it becomes clear that Americans are surrounded by a very toxic inorganic environment. It’s no wonder cancer rates are going up, along with heart disease, Autism, and ADHD. Stress remains one of the primary culprits behind many of these diseases, but throwing patented pharmaceutical drugs at the problem only suppresses the pain in the short-term.


The answer to the root problem can be gained by looking deep inside oneself, and bringing balance back into day-to-day life through diet, lifestyle and positive social relationship changes. Meditation, yoga, prayer, exercise and other stress reducing activates, mixed with raw, balanced, and organic diets, have shown incredible abilities in calming the mind, identifying triggers of stress, and attacking the root cases head on. If the true desire is to become healthy, then the illusion of reactionary medicine to individual problems must be dropped and the people must realize how these illusions have been creating  the perfect toxic environment for all these problems to manifest. Americans must begin to alter the environment and take preventive measures in order to avoid disease, imbalance, and stress related disorders before they occur. This requires that citizens begin to learn how to think again in a healthy, more organic way.

Education via Indoctrination

A game plan has been developed for education over the years – a plan in which educators take the pitcher of water and fill the kids heads up with all the information they will ever need. Not only does this system tell the child what to think, but he will be tested on it, ranked on it, and given hours of homework to do as if he already has a job.

Six hours a day for the better part of almost 14 years is plenty enough time to prepare a child to enter the world, without the need of excess homework, which takes away from much-needed play and imagination time – essential for a child’s healthy development, while gaining ‘hands on’ and versatile knowledge for the future. The problem is how this education is being presented. No one person is the same, therefore the system should surely teach children how to think, rather than what to think, if they are to adapt successfully to an ever-changing world.

In Need of Critical Thinking

Americans need to learn how to approach a problem, look at it from all angles, and make educated hypothesis through critical thinking; knowing that information is always subject to change if new evidence presents itself. The organic world and human population is incredibly diverse. One must learn to cultivate the unique value within themselves instead of attempting, unsuccessfully, to mold everyone into the same form. This comes back to encouraging creativity and imagination and realizing all the answers are not inside the box.

Nature is vastly diverse, yet it is still very much interconnected as an ecosystem. This doesn’t happen through control, memorization and form, so it’s important that this current education illusion be dropped, and instead allow education to be adaptable, open-minded and individually liberating enough so all may find their inherent value to the world. The illusion that was taught, “It” is not real because learning is a continual process throughout the entirety of one’s life. You can never learn “It” or rather, you never stop learning “It.”

America The Great Illusion - Critical Thinking

Should America ever surround itself with an organic environment, the error in its current path will become shockingly clear, and one can begin to drop the ridiculous assertion that the government and economy are unimportant and will solve themselves. It seems pretty clear at this point that the “powers that be” don’t represent the people, don’t want to fix the problem, and have very strong financial interests in keeping the current game going.

It’s no secret that America has incredible technology, huge amounts of land and resources, and the knowledge and labor to construct something amazing, yet it remains in turmoil. This is a fact, and continuing to believe that voting is going to make it change is naïve after decades of the same unfulfilled promises.

It’s time Americans took the government back from the elites and build an economy that is valuable, fair, and representative of all. The reality is that the ninety-nine percent vastly outnumber the one. The citizens of this country need to wake up, mobilize, and take collective action to change the status quo; a fundamental change in the way this country’s government functions, but this does not happen over night. In fact change does not happen until one makes it happen – sitting back in a trance wishing it all away is ineffectual and unnatural.

We Are Better Than This!

Given what America is capable of — both industrially and politically — the people can create something extraordinarily beautiful if they start to realize the incredible power that rests in their collective hands. This entire system is built around confidence, and the investment of the masses. In a true republic the power is in the majority. It is time this country remember where it began and drop the illusion of power projected onto the current governing body and economic powers. Its illusionary power because in fact, the only thing keeping it together is our own unjustified confidence and compliance in it all. The real power lies with the many! So the moment the people decide change is needed, if this is indeed still a republic or a democracy, then change will happen.

Historically a shift within the political structure of a society in favor of stronger civil and democratic rights, whether it be by way of violence or dialogue, has always been followed by a period of enlightenment and prosperity. Modern Americans are so ingrained into this monetarily driven and materialistic culture that they have remained stagnant in this regard. Due to an incredible fear of leaving the jobs and lifestyles they deem mandatory, the larger picture is completely missed. Most people lack the real passion and flexibility in their work that they so desire and deserve. There is a better way and that is no secret. This country needs to get over the illusion that change is impossible and realize it’s right there for the taking.

Raising awake children in a broken school system - Carlin - Proud Parents of a Freethinking Child

Work doesn’t have to be slavery nor should it be. Why would anyone want to spend the prime of their lives working jobs they don’t like, have no voice in, and don’t often profit from, when they excel? What is the point of work if it has no value to society or the individual? The elite have nothing without the people, so how long will the average citizen continue to remain obedient while they rake in astronomical amounts of money from the hard labor of others? There are trillions of dollars sitting in the derivatives markets that are all basically just numbers on a computer, yet these people make millions, and many act as though it has contributed so much value to society. This is merely part of the grand illusion, and is only possible for them through the continued participation of others. The people have nothing to lose and everything to gain by seeing through this illusion of power..

Why Don’t They See Through It?

Because its all covered up and distorted by a media and entertainment industry that over-saturates society with fear and distraction. How can anyone at this point take this country’s mainstream media seriously, when it is public knowledge that they’re a business with shareholders? That means they are in the business of making money, and have primary interests other than presenting real, unbiased, unfiltered news and in-depth analysis. Few even attempt to hide the bias anymore. It has become common place to see reporters with fake voices, fake smiles, tossing softball questions to the puppet politicians they interview, those who are clearly actors. The illusion that the media represents the people and the country is ‘out of the bag’ now, and slowly their power is disappearing. They represent a very small, but powerful group of interests.

The Real News is Now Being Delivered by the Alternative Media

The real media now lies within the alternative media, for it’s up to the people to self-explore, filter, and decide on what is true and how society should operate. It’s equally important to not be distracted by the lure of a false entertainment industry, to blind and distract you from the task of changing the world. Entertainment is art and art is organic expression with no true form. But can one call the entertainment industry art, when profit is the driving force behind it all? It’s not about who a person is as an artist anymore, but instead its about how the industry can use (exploit) that person and build a particular image around them; it’s all an illusion. When a musician signs a contract with a production company and that company writes the music, alters the voice, produces the beats, and Photoshop the cover picture, at what point is this still considered real?

Clever people have vested interests in keeping the consumer distracted, triggering certain emotions in everyone, and playing off this to sell product. However, the whole entertainment and media apparatus is only as real as we-the-people allow.  If we could outgrow our need for this staged-managed entertainment, then we’d stop wasting our time and money on it, and it would cease to exist.

Related reading: Mainstream Media vs. the Age of Information

Stepping Back to See a Bigger Picture

We need to take a step back and start to truly examine what truly holds value, and what is just an illusion of a false self, cultivated from an environment with many inorganic projections. Most people barely even touch or feel the natural world anymore as concrete blocks the ground, buildings hide the sky, and cities trap everyone in another reality. At what point does the continual rat-race to the top of the social and financial hierarchy begin to collapse?

The Inevitability of Peaceful Revolution - Love Revolution

That’s not to say everything is bad, but deep down humanity knows that the concrete jungle is unnatural, and in need of a new direction. The whole system depends on confidence, this is why financial analysts always talk about it, and once the confidence shifts the system will change. This is just as true about money, as money is only as valuable as the people’s confidence in it. Money currently makes the world turn, but only because people believe it to be that way. As they believe, so it happens.  However, most people know that there is more value to life than just accumulating countless material possessions to build our status in the eyes of others.

What is Really Valuable Then?

What Americans value deep down more than anything is freedom, authenticity, fairness, and ultimately… love.  A world filled with organic love is a world that can flourish in any system. One barely need rules, money, and form as it guides and adjusts itself naturally. Remember life just happens, and the more one fears it and controls it, the more inorganic and bad it becomes. They want to keep people pitted against each other. They want to keep people in line so they will work for them, go to war for them, and obey them. This is all just an illusion; one ultimately has the power to say no. What are they going to do if everyone stops participating in the current system?

It is finally time that this nation as a collective get over this great illusion of fear, and let love take control and guide the people down their natural path. There is a better way and as John Lennon famously said, “All you need is love.”

About the authors:

An avid free-thinker, Tim Bryant has set out on a mission in search of the truth in whatever form it may come. Ever since his awakening several years ago, his passion for knowledge and justice has led him on a journey into deep research, cultural travel, and complete expansion of the mind. Tim feels as if the information freely flowing into the hands of the public, due to the dawn of the Internet, cannot be stopped at this point, so he has made it his goal to help facilitate and breakdown this complex stream of information, so that others can accelerate their own awakening and be part of the inevitable change happening in society.

Driven by a desire for accuracy, chef and alternative news stalwart Ryan Cristián has a passion for the Truth. As founder and Editor-in-chief of The Last American Vagabond, he understands that Americans want their news to be transparent, devoid of the opulence frothed out by today’s Corporate Media. A cultured and insightful man with a worldly sense, Ryan’s unjaded approach offers common sense to the individual racked by the ambiguous news cycle – a vicious and manipulative merry-go-round that keeps trenchant minds at a manageable distance from the truth. Avid writer and editor by day, Truth seeker by night, Ryan’s reality defines what it means to be current.

“Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.” – John Lennon

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