The Burden of Truth and Knowledge

Gaye Levy, Contributor
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These days, the enlightened carry a heavy burden of truth and knowledge that, without conscious effort, can be both exhausting and debilitating.

One merely has to look around, read some news, and watch a little television to realize that there is major subterfuge going on.
Knowing that deceit and trickery is around every corner, we are forced to dig deep to examine facts, evaluate actions and derive truthful conclusions based on evidence and fact rather than spin and political innuendo.

Not only is that time-consuming, but that truth and knowledge can begin to eat at our very core, manifesting itself in the relentless and unstoppable pursuit of even more knowledge, more facts and sadly, more acceptance that our world as we have known it is doomed.

Just what exactly is happening to cause this pursuit? Let us start with just a few examples.

  • A worsening global economy fueled by excess government spending, undeserved entitlements, and a dearth of decent, well-paying jobs.
  • The likelihood of massive food shortages within the next three to five years due to adverse weather patterns and droughts.
  • The threat of laboratory mutations intentionally causing a worldwide pandemic.
  • Ongoing and insidious use of political and government power to reign in and control the masses.
  • False and misleading statistics are taken out of context and being paraded as truths.
  • Manipulation of our food supply via misguided bioengineering without due regard for our health.
  • The expansion of the super rich, the elimination of the middle class, and the swelling of the working class.
  • Propaganda and fear are used to influence where you live, what you purchase and how you deal with healthcare.
  • Personal freedoms and liberties are being sacrificed – in the United States, at least – by quiet little Executive Orders that carry a big punch.
Need I go on? I think not, since the enlightened are already aware of the malfeasance that attempts to control and manipulate our lives.
Last week I posed the following question on Facebook:

I have been musing with the Survival Husband on the burden of knowledge versus sheeple oblivion. Does anyone else feel it? The burden, that is.

The Ultimate Burden of Knowledge

I was overwhelmed with emails that related anecdotal stories of the personal strife created by this very same muse. Family members accusing them of being crazy, friends and co-workers tagging them as nut jobs, and the despondency created when trying to awaken the blind to the truth about our world were recurring themes.

In a perfect world, I would like to think that we – as an educated and modern society – would face these burdens together. But alas, our world is not perfect. Not that it ever has been; but now, with the proliferation of the electronic age, we are more aware of just how imperfect the world and society has become. This same electronic age, and the Internet specifically, has allowed the powers-that-be to create false flags and falsehoods with rapid deployment via recognized news channels. Who is to blame the lazy for accepting such lies at face value?

Many of us find that our shoulders are not strong enough to carry this burden alone. And yet we attempt to do so in the very best way we can. We stock up on food, we learn survival and coping skills and we become accustomed to living with less, not because we have to but because we may be forced to one month, one year, or even ten years from now. It can be a lonely journey.

How lovely it would be get up each morning, put on a happy face and go about the day. With a few extra dollars in our wallet, perhaps we would purchase some new shoes or go spend $100 on a night out on the town. An emergency fund? What is that? Pay off credit card debt? What for? Just keep on smiling, keep on having a good time and assume that if something bad happens, the government or those crazy preppers will take care of us.

And so, if you are like me, you do your best to carry on in spite of it all. Some days are better than others.

After work, if the sun is out and the chores are done, you might take a hike or hit the lake in your kayak. On other days, things are not so pleasant. Time is spent reading, writing, learning, sharing – doing whatever it takes to keep spirits alight and optimism – now cautious – alive.

The Final Word

I share this short essay with you today as much as a catharsis for myself as a message to let you know that you are not alone as you internalize your knowledge and attempt to come to terms with its affect of your life, your loved ones and your moral values.

We all need coping mechanisms and tools to deal with this very real human condition called survival. As you pick your way among those tools, be secure in the knowledge that by learning and living to be self-sufficient and self-reliant, you are taking control of your life and living it in the very best way you can.
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8 Responses to "The Burden of Truth and Knowledge"

  1. David Allie  September 20, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Re: “the burden of knowledge versus sheeple oblivion. Does anyone else feel it? The burden, that is.”

    Yes, yes, yes, I feel it deeply. As I read your post, I felt as if you’d been tip-toeing through my head because your feelings so closely matched my own.

    To shoulder the burden, I take long walks outdoors rain-or-shine, make preparations, gather knowledge from various sources on survival that all goes into a journal, and occasionally—just occasionally—I remind myself that I’m moving in the right direction, improving my survival skills, all while reducing my “footprint” in the world and living more responsibly. This is a difficult burden to bear, at times, but I know that I’ll be in a better position to help myself, family, and community when the SHTF (global economic collapse, pandemic, war, etc) comes to pass.

    Thank you for your inspiration.

    — David

  2. Gilmar Salvador Traspadini  September 20, 2012 at 3:41 am

    In my whole life I haven’t read anything I could relate more than your message. It feels like the world is closing around me, it’s hard to breathe. This reminds me of a funny story: Once, in an usual sunday family reunion, I said I wished to have a little piece of land, where I could plant what I eat, I could get away from all the noise, the mass poison and, most of all, money. I’m not a delusional radical that thinks I don’t have to work nor that I don’t need money. That’s the rule of the world, and it’s much greated than me. But they mocked me. They said I could never live without internet, tv, having to work everyday farming under the hot sun and taking care of my crops. I won’t be a hypocrite and say I’m not attached to my computer and my internet, which I use mostly to study, really. I grew up in this system and part of the poison is still in my veins. But little by little, I’m trying to deatach from many things. I stoped watching tv and watching american movies, for instance. Aside from all that, “knowing” really is a burden. Sometimes I have a hard time trying to explain to my family that what the tv says are mostly lies. But they just get angry! They ask me how do I know more than the “scientists” that work day and night to find the cure for cancer. At that point I just give up before starting an argument. It makes me sad, and even depressed, to be able to see the roots of money and consumism in everyone I love. And it pains me even more to be unable to make them see even a little of what I believe the world truly is, even thou I myself can be wrong, since I’m still very young and immature. It is truly a burden, maybe even to the point of calling it a curse. But I won’t give up. I’ll study, understand and, hopefully, find a place of peace for myself. Thank you for your message.

    • M.B.  February 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      Well said.

  3. Jane Picome  September 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Here could be something to uplift your spirits (worked for me):

  4. Steve  September 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Great article!!! I have felt the same, and have also felt the looks I get when I talk about stocking up on water and non-perishables. Speaking with my close family, I tried to explain that the best thing we could do with our money right now is work on paying off our house and further build our nest egg/emergency fund (I don’t even get into self-sustainability). The response I always receive is that I need to live and I have 20 years to pay it off. In my head I’m thinking, “20 YEARS! We don’t have 20 years!” A lot people look at me like I am a nut when I talk about building solar heaters. Sites like yours, have helped feel not alone, and allows me to get what’s in my head out with people who are like minded. I also feel like the story of the ant and the grasshopper (check it out if you don’t know it, you’ll feel the same), which makes me feel great about what I am doing to prepare and to move towards self-sustainability. We’ve taken the red pill, while those who took the blue pill are still asleep believing whatever it is that they want to believe.

  5. Brandan  September 21, 2012 at 4:38 am

    I disagree about the food shortage famine. if anything it will be oil or the absent value of the dollar.

  6. cathy stuart  December 2, 2012 at 1:34 am

    yes I do feel alone for the most part…My sister is basially the only one on our same page that i personally know….I have been somewhat awke most of my life and im awake now, but im not sure if i am fully awake. It seems i am though but i know from past days, i can be more inlighten and i can learn more…I do know im more awake then most ppl I know…..I just awaken a little more about 3 months ago when i realized alot of which i was struggling with,concerning 12-21-2012, was a bunch of false flag/fear promoting BS….I have also learned that we control what our future will become….See ppl believe what they read, for example the doom and gloom written in revelations…..I could go on and but I believe the I got the jist of it….Thank you for telling me that i am not alone….There is a few of us were just scattered around, we could us a web site where we could all go to and meet…..Thank you for all the time u spend learning so that u can share it with us. I want u to know ur not alone and u are appreciated….(0: I dont know u but I will so bold as to say I love you……we will meet one day, Im sure…..(0:

  7. matthew  January 15, 2013 at 9:22 am

    at first it felt good to have my eyes opened to the truth about things like 9/11, govt. conspiracies, etc. it became almost a fun obsession to learn more and more. it felt like an awakening, but if ignorance is bliss i would soon learn that enlightenment is a burden. it became apparent that i could never know the whole truth and feelings of helplessness crept in. i feel guilt about holding this knowledge and not doing anything to change the world around me. earlier in life i had romantic ideas of protesting wars, campaigning for elected officials, and the power of grassroots activism. but as i continued to look behind the curtain the revelations of what is happening and who is responsible evolved into the realization of what little power i had to affect change. i started to realize that no picketing or protesting was going to stop them from doing what they wanted and the fact that i knew there secrets was of little consequence to them. where i used to at least take some pride in seeing through the orchestrated smoke screen of the media, it was now depressing because what good comes of it? i could shout it from the rooftops and even if i wasn’t looked at as a whacko or met with animosity i would still see the same cycle repeating. there was no point in sharing what i knew at all. some days i want to wave a white flag and say “if you’re going to creating this ‘one world govt’ just fucking do it already!” i was feeling this way today and i thought it might make me feel better if, with all the truthers, conspiracy exposers, and the rest out there, that there were some of you who felt the same weight baring down. so i typed “burden of enlightenment” into google and came across this page. it does feel good to see even a few entries here and to be able to type this story know someone can relate. this has opened me to a new revelation. which is that i wouldn’t go back to blissful ignorance if i could. no govt. or super power is more powerful than the human spirit. i may not be able to stop them from spraying chemicals in the atmosphere or even convince others that they are doing it, but i am certain that they can never brain wash me, suppress my creativity, or crush my spirit. my power, love, empathy, and happiness comes form my mind. exclusively. that is an enlightenment worth the struggle.


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