"Films, football, beer, and above all gambling filled the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult." —George Orwell, 1984
The business of distraction, diversion, and subduing is in the trillions. They include:
- The television (Tell A Vision, not your vision though)—game shows, reality shows, drama series, and particularly the evening news.
- Sports: MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, FIFA, etc.
- Gambling (physical casinos, online casinos).
- Gaming, which is bigger than gambling and movies combined.
- Prescription and illicit drugs.
- Social media, which is the biggest of all. They call social media weapons of mass distraction.
It is a war for your wallet, attention, and mind. You can watch someone else live their life, or you can tune them out and live your life. Choose what you let in your life.
"Focus does not mean saying 'yes'; it means saying 'no'...People think focus means saying 'yes' to the thing you've got to focus on. But thats' not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that are there. You have to pick carefully...That's been one of my mantras: Focus and Simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple." —Steve Jobs
Bread and circuses
In brief, bread and circuses are about cheap food and mindless, meaningless entertainment.
1) Offerings, such as benefits or entertainments, intended to placate discontent or distract attention from a policy or situation.
2) "Bread and circuses" is a metonymic phrase referring to superficial appeasement. It is attributed to Juvenal, a Roman poet active in the late first and early second century AD and is used commonly in cultural, particularly political, contexts.
3) Bread and circuses is a translation of the Latin phrase "panem et circenses", which appeared in Juvenal's Satires, and which alludes to the Roman emperors' organization of grain handouts and gladiatorial games for the populace.
"Revenge is always the weak pleasure of a little and narrow mind."
"All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price."
Modern-day bread and circuses
The true purpose of sports is to shut down revolts through what's known as the "venting mechanism".
The distractions are paraded 24/7 so men in tights can chase a ball like dogs and be glorified as superheroes, so through the Ego identification process "their win becomes mine".
Beer and other poison are paraded as "friendship" in which the slaves cower around a flickering box or hunker down in a prison (stadium) in which to ignore the problems within and around them.
Sports players are idolized to consume the minds of youth so they aspire for the "greatness" of throwing a ball into a hoop or chasing one faster than the other dogs around them.
Their frustrations of their inadequate life and freedoms eroding around them are drowning in GMO based beer and potato chips—and their internal frustration is projected upon actors in a play as it unfolds day after day, week after week, month after month—with endless talk shows arguing around "who threw it better".
The first thing you want to do to become awakened is turn off the attention-sucking leech of "professional sports" which consumes your precious moments of life and attention, and start turning your energy inward toward self-transformation.
Imagine if millions of people came together for hours every week to better their lives and that of those around them.
Rituals have always played a part in Human Consciousness, and creating time sucking Sunday night rituals upon which to distract the herd from reality are carefully crafted to where Men and Women can name every RBI, touchdown, 3 point percentage, and other useless facts, but not know one single ingredient being injected into their children.
Mediocrity is easy, hence why so many people choose it.
Greatness requires you to step away from the herd and claim your attention bandwidth.
It's up to you to make a choice. Do something meaningful with your life.
"The evil was not in bread and circuses, per se, but in the willingness of the people to sell their rights as free men for full bellies and the excitement of the games which would serve to distract them from the other human hungers which bread and circuses can never appease." —Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman senator, philosopher ( 106 - 43 BC )