I have been criticized for “negativity” and “worrying too much.” I have been branded with the labels “crazy” and “conspiracy theorist.” And those are just the stellar reviews from my parents. I can count the number of supporters on one hand, and I have no idea what strangers who happen upon my website think of my writing. Based on the traffic logs, it appears few of them stick around long enough to read an article in its entirety.

I know negativity is a turn off. And I really do want to infuse my writing with humor, because I think it is a more effective way of getting a point across and making people think. However, the constant barrage of bullshit, lies, propaganda and bad news we are subjected to on a daily basis absolutely kills my ability to put a humorous spin on the topics I choose to focus on. I am trying to present an honest and accurate picture of the world we are living in today. I see no reason to sugarcoat things or attempt to maintain an impossibly optimistic perspective.

Imagine that you were diagnosed with terminal cancer and had only six months to live. The doctor tells your family to keep it a secret so that you won’t live out your final days in mental distress. As your condition worsens, your doctor reassures you that everything is fine, and your family tells you not to worry, everything will be alright. Toward the end, you realize that your suspicions were correct—you’re dying—and now there is no time to seek alternative treatments, put your affairs in order or even say a proper goodbye. You are caught totally unprepared, but time has run out.

Think how differently you would spend those final six months if you knew the truth. Even if it were not possible to find an alternative treatment to extend your life, at least you would be able to prepare for the inevitable. Most importantly, you would be in control of the rest of your life and free to choose your own path.

In this example, relying on the authorities (doctors) and public consensus (family and friends) is disastrous in terms of both freedom and fate.

It is much easier to simply accept what authorities say at face value and go along with public consensus than it is to think for ourselves and make up our own minds. Critical thinking is not encouraged by the authorities. To make an informed decision requires that we are first informed—ideally—by means of true and accurate information backed up by evidence and logic. Evidence and logic are also discouraged by the authorities, who instead promote faith and emotion as the basis for decision-making.

The situation is convoluted by the introduction of cognitive dissonance, which further erodes our ability to think critically.

One example of cognitive dissonance is what I call the Muslim conundrum. Since 2001, we have been indoctrinated to believe that Muslim terrorists are an existential threat bent on utterly destroying Western civilization. Yet at the same time, we are supposed to welcome countless numbers of Muslim “refugees” and “economic migrants” into Western countries. But wait—aren’t these the people who are trying to kill us? After all, the soldiers who fight and die to protect us from Muslim terrorists are called heroes, but anyone who opposes Muslims immigrants is an irredeemable racist. How do we know who is a terrorist and who is an immigrant? Don’t worry about it! Just let faith and emotion guide you. Do what feels right.

Clearly, there is a concerted effort to destroy our ability to think critically—or even to think at all. Instead, we are encouraged to feel. We are meant to trust the authorities and their “official” version of reality. We are made to be fearful of going against public consensus, which is itself a fiction, carefully contrived by the mainstream media and parroted by lazy conformists who wish to appear intelligent.

We are living in the most highly surveilled, analyzed and manipulated human environment ever. What almost no one seems to understand is that the authorities and mainstream media aren’t just lying, they have weaponized information with the aim of dividing and conquering. Almost none of what the brain-dead among us call “news” is real at all. Thus, almost none of us can tell the difference between a false flag, a hoax and straight up propaganda. In fact, the mainstream corporate “news” offers little else.

What some readers perceive as negativity or cynicism in my writing is, in my opinion, an accurate grasp of reality. And reality is not pretty. In fact, it is terrifying.

I understand the tendency of people to want to avoid bad news. Americans in particular have been brainwashed to believe that positive thinking is beneficial. It certainly doesn’t help the terminally ill cancer patient. In fact, it can be detrimental to long-term planning and strategic decision-making. Sugarcoating the truth only benefits the bearer of bad news. You actually do someone a disservice by blowing sunshine up their ass.

Furthermore, if someone insists on taking an optimistic viewpoint, if they are convinced that all the world’s troubles will somehow work themselves out, they must base such a belief on some kind of hard evidence, otherwise it is tantamount to saying you’ll lose weight someday…without ever attempting to diet or exercise. Things don’t “just happen” on their own. Relying on authorities to look out for our best interests is suicidal. To paraphrase a saying attributed to Pope Julius III, “do you not know, my son, with how little understanding the world is governed?” The truth is, our so-called leaders are psychotic narcissists. They are incompetent, compromised and duplicitous charlatans.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with skepticism. We should all be extremely skeptical of every claim made by authorities and the mainstream media. The danger is when our skepticism becomes so extreme that it devolves into cynicism. Worse than an optimist who believes everything he is told, the cynic believes nothing, even when presented with the truth. The best way forward is a path between these two extremes: critical thinking. This involves a dispassionate analysis of information and requires effort (i.e. reading, research and contemplation), all of which must be predicated on logic and evidence.

Today, we face an unprecedented number of threats against our freedom, privacy, wealth, health and happiness. Many who take an unvarnished look at the situation we find ourselves in cannot help but see a myriad of crises looming on the horizon. In truth, many of them are already here. Those who believe wars are fought to maintain peace, police are there to protect and serve, corporations are people, money is an asset, digital technologies are making our lives freer and government has our best interests in mind are in for a tremendous shock. There will be no mercy for the willfully ignorant.

There is no time to beat around the bush—it is too late for most of us to physically prepare for what is coming. That being said, the most important factor in our survival is mental preparation. This is why I continue this effort in futility. I am doing what little I can by attempting to point out the red flags and sound the warning bell. If this strikes the reader as negativity, then by all means, pop open a beer, turn on the TV and slip back into your coma.