In the ten years now I have been writing the ISC blog after finishing Credentialed to Destroy, one of our ongoing gags has been the expression “Yet another lost invite” to show sarcasm at a little known gathering where troubling intent targeting all of us is openly laid out. Most of you may have noticed I have not been writing too much as an unexpected tragedy left me engulfed in the fog of grief about eight months ago now. In fact, I considered closing up the blog and figuring out a new way forward. I may still do that soon, but not quite yet. It turns out the infamous globalist Klaus Schwab held a Great Narrative Meeting on November 11-12, 2021 away from prying eyes (like mine) in Dubai. I never saw any reference to the meeting, but on April 8, 2022 the online journal Nautilus published an article by Schwab and Thierry Malleret called “The Power of Narrative”. Turns out the article was an excerpt from a book forthcoming from them and published by the Davos crowd–the World Economic Forum or WEF–called The Great Narrative for a Better Future.
Since the desired Narrative fits so well with how learning standards and competency frameworks in K-12 actually work (as CtD covered at length) and thus quietly force the effect of cultural evolution through altering values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, let’s take a look at the confessed Power of Narrative. After all, Messrs. Schwab and Malleret were kind enough to tell us openly that these alterations are not just an effect, but actually the purpose. Once I became aware of the meeting, I located this article covering the address Schwab gave last November https://sociable.co/government-and-policy/wef-klaus-schwab-great-narrative-humankind/ where he confessed that those of us who are well-informed, nonconformist thinkers–who are not the least bit deterred by complex situations–are obstacles to the WEF plans. After all, as Schwab apparently stated there:
People have become much more self-centered and to a certain extent, egoistic. In such a situation it is much more difficult to create a compromise because shaping the future, designing the future usually needs a common will of the people.
Just like the stated purpose of Critical Race Theory, Equity mandates in education, and what is called ‘Culturally-Responsive Teaching’ per its advocates as I laid out in the last post. Prescribed learning standards matter to anyone wishing to control “What future do we face? What future do we want?” to quote the beginning of the Nautilus article because they lay out the Abstract Ideas and Conceptual Frames or Lenses to be used to guide perception of daily experiences. They create the very Cognition to be used in this expressed aspiration for what Consciousness can now be made to do with the right practices and learning experiences.
We can’t predict the future. However, we can imagine it and even design it; no outcome is predetermined and, as cognitive human beings, we retain the agency to shape the world we want…As the most effective conduits for ideas, narratives have the unique power to help us determine what is going on, what lies ahead, and what needs to be done.
Those of us paying attention to the implications of that intent, especially if we also remember it was former US President Obama who nationalized learning standards when he became President after bringing them from a 1990s Chicago initiative, can see why he has moved on recently to forums at U-Chicago and Stanford on Disinformation and the need to censor certain ideas and offered facts. It’s part of the same overall vision of how to midwife a desired new Just World Order. If the architects see Media/Big Tech censorship, and the agenda in education ‘reforms,’ as a part of a common assault on prevailing consciousness we should really listen. We can simply think of both as attempts to get at adult consciousness prevailing among the masses in case anyone managed to grow up away from a participating local school or district, or before learning standards became nationalized and then tied to global standards.
Long-time readers may remember my long time interest in the concept of Guiding Fiction, especially as a history or science concept, where the authors readily admit that the belief is not true, but believing it is highly useful to someone pulling the strings of behavior in the masses of people. I really had to appreciate Schwab quoting Robert Schiller to the effect that “The human brain has always been highly tuned towards narratives, whether factual or not, to justify ongoing actions.” Well, that certainly explains the desire to use effective techniques with known neural effects on students. It also confirms the repeatedly encountered new definition of knowledge using an emphasis on theories of what should be over what has been and what is (aka facts). Mind Arson, and a limited ability to read fluently, also comes in handy for anyone hyping an ability to:
rely on the power of imagination to get us out of the holes we’ve dug ourselves into. It is incumbent upon us to imagine the contours of a more equitable and sustainable world. Imagination being boundless, the variety of social, economic, and political solutions is infinite.
It is hard to imagine a more fatuous statement than the quote in that last sentence. What kind of Solution is anything that can be imagined if the likely effects, that are knowable to anyone observant and well-informed, are to create More Problems and Pernicious Effects for the mass majority of people? See the utility now of Mind Arson? No ability to pick up on when a prescribed Metaphor is Inapt, a Guiding Idea or Principle is a fiction, or when the Product of Imagination has led to recognized past social disasters. Just use the prescribed perceptual lenses and all of us supposedly can avoid “getting imprisoned in a dangerous cognitive lockdown because of the magnitude of the task.” Now think of the value to anyone seeking national or global Fundamental Transformation of being able to widely control the following:
Narratives provide the context in which the facts we observe can be interpreted, understood, and acted upon. In that sense, they equate to much more than the stories we tell, write, or illustrate figuratively; they end up being the truths, or the ideas we accept as truths, that underpin the perceptions that shape our ‘realities’ and in the process form our cultures and societies. Through narratives, we explain how we see things, how these things work, how we make decisions and justify them, how we understand our place in the world and how we try to persuade others to embrace our beliefs and values. Narratives shape our perceptions, which in turn form our realities and end up influencing our choices and actions. They are how we find meaning in life.
I think Schwab and Malleret are too modest in using the verb Influence in that last sentence, especially when the Exact Narrative being used is embedded in poorly understood K-12 learning standards for children, as opposed to the overt censorship of a Big Tech platform on what can or cannot be said or an HHS Disinformation Ministry. I want to end this post with a point made by blogger Caitlin Johnstone in a different context with a post https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2022/04/15/more-escalations-in-online-censorship/ that makes a crucial and often unappreciated point about the Internet. Learning standards and competency frameworks invisibly censor at the source of perception and become engrained at a neural level by intention. How much more useful than visible, overt action to ensconce a desired Narrative.
The advent of the internet gave the powerful an ability to propagandize the public far more rapidly and efficiently than they previously could, but it also brought the risk of a democratized information space where the public could collectively figure out together that they’re being subjected to tyranny and deceit and decide to put an end to it…The idea is to keep the vast propagandizing power of the internet open while forcing its democratizing power closed…
Precisely the manipulation I can see going on in education now too., especially given the expressed intentions of Ed Tech and prescribed immersive online learning experiences. It’s a great description of what I described in CtD as Transformational Outcomes Based Education which is now all about using schools to get students to internalize the Desired Narrative to reimagine the future and then act to bring that Vision to Fruition.
As a student of history, it is difficult to imagine any authoritarian through the ages who would not have given anything to quietly utilize a tool as powerful as the function Schwab and Malleret ascribe to the Narrative in the above quotes. We will revisit the power of controlling prevailing Ideas in the next post as there have been still more open confessions across the political spectrum since my last post. Everybody wants to control consciousness, it turns out.
You know my motto. If connected people declare something, we get to both discuss it and show why the offered rationales could win a medal in Sophistry. Well, at least if one has not been a victim of Mind Arson.