Whose mind is it anyway?

Television is a reflection of the human mind, just like everything else that mankind creates. Therefore, by flipping it about, it provides a view into the minds that developed it.

Watching a show, be it news, opinion or drama, is a flat experience versus the depth of input required to create it. From writers to make-up artists to cameramen, there are dozens, hundreds or even thousands of people who combine for the final product. Each person expresses a little part of themselves along the way. It’s a team effort, including dissenting opinions on style and content. Taking a news anchor’s speech as an example, the audience hears a solitary voice. They could be forgiven for believing that the anchor was solely responsible for the words they spoke, yet the reality is they’re the words of other unknown voices and opinions.

If the mind is like a television, then it’s thoughts are the news anchor’s words. These being a personal source of information, opinion and calls-to-action. It’s the only inner voice on the only channel and therefore completely unchallenged. Yet it’s neither singular nor entirely trustworthy.

Different television networks will edit the same news items in different ways, depending upon their corporate advertisers and political interests. For example, CNN would report a protest event in a very different vein to Fox. Regardless of editorial bias, the event is unchanging.

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The spirit, through the soul is also a content producer. However, it’s not the only influencer in town. The mind will rehash and recycle old news and pull in external sources of opinion, for better or worse. More complexly, it can be influenced by physical and non-physical forces, with varying agenda. Each source competes for dominance in an editing room full of opinion. Eventually the news caster reads the prompter and conveys the winning mix. The viewer has absolutely no insight into how the words came into being. All they get is the end-product by the only news caster on the only channel. Who would think to question it?

To extend the analogy further, the spirit-soul tele­confer­ences into the room. For many, the volume is too low and the uplink drowned in noise. The external forces are jumping around in the next room, trying to open the door. Usually the door’s locked, so they shout through the walls, often louder than the spirit-soul uplink. The untrained mind is simplistic and self-identifies with the loudest voice. The external forces are persistent and in time will fool the mind into unlocking the door. The first thing they’ll do is suppress the uplink and assert absolute editorial control.

When a dictator whines that a pandemic is ‘going away,’ and another talks about ‘a little flu’, would you question that source of information? If you only watched Fox news, you probably wouldn’t question charismatic mouthpieces such as Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson. What if one day you discovered these ‘very fine people’ (that you’d invited into your personal editorial room) had been actively deceiving you? What next with your reality? (And switching to CNN isn’t the answer.)