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The Top 10 Delusional Beliefs Among The UK Population

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Belief is a powerful thing. It influences our thoughts and behaviour and, scientists are now discovering, even has the ability to affect our biology. Yet for many of us, our perception of the world around us is not truly our own. How we view ourselves and the people around us, what we think about the world, and what we desire or need, have all, in a sense, been ‘programmed’ into us from the day we were born. This is why it’s interesting to bring attention to certain beliefs that are common amongst a large portion of  the population, consider how we came to hold them, and discover whether or not they are accurate representations of the world.

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In 2011, psychologist Peter Halligan at Cardiff University assessed how common ‘delusional’ beliefs were in the UK. Of course, one could easily question the validity of the term delusional — how we define it and who is doing the defining — but for now, let’s simply take a look at his findings. According to Halligan, more than 90 per cent of people in the UK maintain at least one delusion:

The upshot of all this is that our personal guidebook of beliefs is both built on sand and also highly resistant to change. If you hear a new thing, you try to fit it in with your current beliefs. That often means going to great length to reject something that contradicts your position, or seeking out further information to confirm what you already believe.” – Graham Lawton, taken from his article in New Scientist titled “Beyond Belief”

Before I get into this article, I wanted to mention the importance of keeping an open mind, especially in the world we live in today. New information is constantly emerging which challenges the long-held belief systems of many. It’s okay to entertain an idea without accepting it, and opening our mind to new possibilities and explanations that contradict what we previously believed is an important step for the human race to take if we want to move forward.

1. Your Body Or Part Of Your Body Is Misshapen Or Ugly

Believe it or not, number one on the list is the fact that most people believe their body, or part of their body, is ugly. So many cultures today have come to idolize the Western, caucasian image of beauty, holding it up as the standard against which everyone must be measured. It’s a worldwide issue that has gotten entirely out of control. Truth is, these images of beauty have been driven into our psyche for decades, even though, for the most part, they represent an unrealistic, unattainable (and photoshopped) fantasy.

This fantasy has been manufactured by corporations and, through various means, is being imprinted deeply into our subconscious. Are our standards of beauty truly our own? Do we all really believe, of our own, natural accord, that thin is the only body worth having or that white is the only shade of beauty? Our minds are moulded by our environment, and when that environment only sends one message, it’s pretty remarkable the effect this has on our thoughts and feelings.

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When it comes to the beauty industry, self-love equals no profit. We all buy into this idea of “real beauty” that is being sold to us, to varying degrees. Below is an episode of  These Guys — in it they explore the obsession we seem to have with real beauty and present an alternative way to look at it and ultimately move beyond it.

2. You Are Not In Control Of Some Of Your Actions

Surprisingly, 44.3% of people believe they are not in control of some of their actions. This is a wide spectrum, because you can have somebody believe that their thoughts and actions are guided by imposters, aliens, or something of that nature. Such delusions are often accompanied by disorders of perception and emotional processing, and according to some, this is where these delusions start.

Another way to look at it is from the standpoint of mind-control. The neuroscientific investigation of belief began in 2008, when Sam Harris at the University of California, Los Angeles, put people into a brain scanner and then asked whether they believed in various written statements. Some were simple factual ones like, “California is larger than Rhode Island,” while others were along the lines of “There probably is no God.”

Harris found that statements people believed to be true produced little characteristic brain activity, triggering just a few brief flickers in regions of the brain that are associated with reasoning and emotional reward. On the other hand, disbelief produced longer and stronger activation in regions associated with deliberation and decision-making, which suggested that the brain had to work harder to reach a state of disbelief.

This is fascinating. If the brain has to work harder to reach a state of disbelief, then whenever deeply held ‘truths’ are called into question we must go against all our natural inclinations in order to adjust our thinking. On the other hand, as the study shows, we feel pleasure when we hear something that confirms these beliefs (related to confirmation bias). Perhaps this helps to explain why it takes so long for new information to become widely accepted.

We can see evidence of this today in the public discourse surrounding GMOs. Many countries have recently started banning GMOs, and prior to the global awareness which led to this shift, people who opposed GMOs were considered conspiracy theorists. It’s something to think about.

So, are we in control of our actions? Why do we buy junk food? Why do we go out and party with our friends? Why do so many people do the same things and act in the same way? Regardless of whether our thoughts have been influenced by various outside entities, ultimately, I believe we are always in control of our own actions. But the science of human behaviour is not clear cut or black and white, and various factors need to be added to the equation. Definitely interesting to think about though.

3. You Are An Exceptionally Gifted Person That Others Do Not Recognize

The belief that you are an exceptionally gifted person that others do not recognize is next on the list. There’s nothing wrong with having self confidence regarding certain abilities. It’s good to view yourself in a positive light, but there is a thin line between confidence and narcissism.

The need to be recognized seems to be a common symptom of our modern age. Many people express the feeling of not being understood, but we never really ask ourselves why we feel this way. Why do we need external acknowledgement? Why do we crave attention? I feel that if you let go of your need to be understood, then you will start to understand. Your gifts and passions are there for you, perhaps to share with the world, perhaps not, but if you are constantly looking for external gratification, you will never find happiness and contentment in your own right. Confidence, happiness, peace — these all come from within.

4. Certain Places Are Duplicated, i.e. Are In Two Different Locations At The Same Time

This was very interesting to find on the list, and I’m going to have to contest the implausibility of such a notion. Is it really that far-fetched to think that certain places could exist in two or more different locations at the same time?  I say this because recently a pair of scientists —  Dr. Yin of Bejing’s Tsinghua University and Dr. Li of Indiana’s Perdue University — proposed what they believe to be a plausible method of observing a living organism in two places at once. (source) In fact, quantum physics has shown us that when we observe matter at the smallest possible level, a piece of matter can exist as what’s known as a “wave,” meaning it exists as multiple probabilities. You can read more about this here.

This is why I believe that having the idea that one thing can be in two different locations at once is not really delusional.

5. People Say Or Do Things That Contain Special Messages For You

This was a weird one, and again, many delusional beliefs that are linked with some sort of ‘mental illness’ seem to be quite common among the UK population, which I believe can serve as a microcosm f0r most of the developed world. It’s important to remember that the very vocabulary of psychiatry is completely defined by the pharmaceutical industry, and that the Diagnostic & Statistical Manuel of Mental Disorders is more so a political document than a scientific one. You can read more about that here. That does not mean that mental illness does not exist — of course it does, and it’s a serious problem. But while some deluded beliefs do arise from mental illness, we should not automatically equate the two.

That being said, if you think you think people are doing things ‘to’ you or that everything revolves around you, that even a random person walking on the street has more than a passing thought about you, your thinking is irrational.

6. Certain People Are Out To Harm And Discredit You

Who knows, maybe there are certain people out to harm or discredit you? This is a common phenomenon among alternative news websites, where hired ‘shills’ are paid to comment and discredit various articles. At the same time, as an individual, if you believe certain people are out to harm or discredit you yet nothing has happened, and these beliefs come out of nowhere and continue to occur, there is a good chance that they are probably the result of paranoia.

7. Your Thoughts Are Not Fully Under Your Control 

Personally, I do not think this is a delusional belief. If someone were to say that their thoughts are under the control of an extraterrestrial or some outside agency then yes, that could be considered delusional (in many cases, in some cases not). But, as mentioned earlier in the article, we live in a world of mass propaganda and brainwashing, one in which our wants and our beliefs about ‘what is’ are dictated to us by a handful of corporations. That new car, that lavish lifestyle, and all the material wealth that all of us chase, might not be a product of thoughts which originated from your own mind, but rather from some outside entity (propaganda) encouraging you to constantly want and consume. Perhaps this is why we see such high numbers of people with delusional beliefs, because the self is constantly neglected? Or maybe it’s because some of the beliefs we label as delusion actually contain a grain of truth? It’s impossible to say for sure, but next time you have a thought or a desire, ask yourself where it’s coming from.

8. There Is Another Person Who Looks Like You And Acts Like You

This is another point on the list that I don’t really agree with as being completely delusional. Who knows? Maybe there is another person who looks like you and acts like you. These days, it’s not even that far-fetched to believe that there is another version of you that exists in a parallel universe. Call me delusional, but I would not be surprised if there was another person on this planet who looked like and acted like me.

9. Some People Are Duplicated. They Are In Two Places At One Time

I am not going to repeat myself here, as I would write the same paragraph as I did for the belief that certain places are duplicated. Why this is considered a delusional thought baffles me.

10. People You Know Disguise Themsleves As Others To Manipulate Or Influence You

This is one I can agree with. If you think people you know are disguising themselves and trying to manipulate you, you might want to question your beliefs. I am surprised this ended up on the list to be quite honest, I would have never guessed that this was a common belief.

Sources:

NewScientist Magazine: “Special Report, Belief, They Drive Everything We Do.” Page 28.

 

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Royal Family Implicated Again In A New Court Case About Pedophilia & Sex Slavery

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  • The Facts:

    Another court session has taken place in Florida, where multiple victims spoke out against sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Prince Andrew, a colleague of Epstein, has been named as one of the accomplices.

  • Reflect On:

    How is it that years can pass, allegations and evidence can mount, yet there is never any repercussion for those involved? How can we dismantle something that is controlled by the very top?

Never before has pedophilia and ritualistic child abuse been on the radar of so many people. Having been at Collective Evolution for nearly ten years, it’s truly amazing to see just how much the world has woken up to the fact that ritualistic child abuse is actually a real possibility. The people who have been implicated in this type of activity over the years are powerful, from high ranking military people, all the way down to the several politicians around the world, and more.

One example would be the  NBC news report that implicated Hillary Clinton in covering up a massive pedophile ring in the heart of the State Department, possibly why we see “crimes against children” in this document from the FBI. This activity could even have permeated the three letter agencies, so to have them ‘look into it’ is also worrisome.

The Pope’s right-hand man, George Pell, is in court for sexual assault, and a massive pedophile ring has been exposed where hundreds of boys were tortured and sexually abused. Pope Benedict’s brother was at the forefront of that controversy. You can read more about that here. As far as the military industrial complex goes, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney grilled Donald Rumsfeld on DynCorp, a private military contractor with ties to the trafficking of women and children.

Years later, a top U.S. General who was the liaison between DynCorp and the U.S. Military was implicated in the sexual assault of teenage girls. Earlier this year, Florida Air National Guard  Col. Michael Shawn Garrett was found guilty in October of soliciting a minor for sex and has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Approximately one week ago, an FBI sting caught an Air Force lieutenant colonel trying to meet a 14 year old girl at a hotel. His name is Willie Newson and he has now been arrested for child exploitation.

Years ago the Guardian reported on dozens of staff and contractors with high-level security clearance put at risk of blackmail by their sex crimes. I also recently wrote an article about Vladmir Putin, who not long ago made some comments about Satanism & Pedophilia within politics are turning out to be true. You can read that here.

The list of examples is literally endless, and it can be quite overwhelming.

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Ex FBI regional director, Ted Gunderson, a former regional FBI director, created a lot of awareness about ritualistic abuse among the global elite. It goes into satanism, pedophilia, and child sex trafficking. Robert David Steele is a former Marine, CIA case officer and the co-founder of the US Marine Corps Intelligence Activity has also been quite active on this issue, as have many before him. He is part of a group that formed the International Tribunal for Natural Justice (ITNJ), which has been quite active in addressing this problem. Here is a list of the ITNJs commissioners, and here’s a list of their advocates.

Jon Wedger, a retired police detective with over 25 years of service in the investigation of child abuse was a witness to the ITNJ and explains who is involved in these rings, and how it operates continually without being taken down. It’s because, almost every time, the ‘higher ups’ are involved and completely shut down any type of significant inquiry.

Jeffrey Epstein

One of the best possible examples to illustrate this type of activity is Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein was essentially found to be running a child sex ring, in which he hosted rape parties for his wealthy friends on his private jet, the Lolita Express, and on his private island, which was referred to as “Orgy Island.”

Former President Bill Clinton was among Epstein’s closest friends, and the flight logs from Epstein’s private jet shown here reveal that Clinton was listed as a passenger on the jet at least 26 times between 2001 and 2003, which would have put Clinton on the plane at least once a month during the two-year period. Here’s a video of Steve Pieczenik, a former United States Department of State official and a Harvard trained psychiatrist who references the Clinton’s trips with Epstein for the purpose of engaging “in sex with minors.”

Epstein was also close friends with Prince Andrew, who was named in a lawsuit filed by a woman in 2014, claiming that when she was a teenager, she was kept on Epstein’s private island where she was treated as a “sex slave” and forced to have sex with Prince Andrew.

Epstein ended up getting convicted for only one minor charge in 2008, and spent just 13 months in prison out of the 18-month sentence he was given for “soliciting prostitution and procuring a minor for prostitution.”

Prince Andrew Implicated

The Royal Family is being dragged back into the Jeffrey Epstein pedophile scandal, as a photo of the Queen’s son, Prince Andrew, with an alleged ‘underage prostitute’ is listed as an exhibit in a new US court case. Below is a picture of Andrew with Epstein.

Victims of Epstein testified in a Florida courtroom yesterday. Below is a picture of Prince Andrews with Virginia Roberts, one of Epstein’s accusers, and victim of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. The photograph shows the Prince with his arm around Roberts’ waist. It was taken at a London residence in March 2001, at which time Roberts would have been 17.

Roberts claims that she was forced to have sex with Epstein, and then “loaned out” to have sex with his friends, including Prince Andrew. A Buckingham Palace spokesperson stated: “It is emphatically denied The Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts.”

Epstein’s Plea Deal

Alexander Acosta, negotiated a plea agreement for Epstein, sealing a 53-page FBI indictment against him and avoiding any federal criminal charges being brought against him. Is it possible that Epstein’s plea deal involved getting information that has helped to prosecute Prince Andrew now?

Acosta is now Donald Trump’s Secretary of labor, which is interesting because Trump has pledged to deal with the human sex trafficking issue. In his first month in office, the president said he was “prepared to bring the full force and weight of our government” to end human trafficking, and he signed an executive order directing federal law enforcement to prioritize dismantling the criminal organizations behind forced labor, sex trafficking, involuntary servitude and child exploitation. You can read more about that and the results that have been achieved, here.

One of the reasons it is difficult to prosecute criminals in the system is that it is so deep, complicated, and a lot of disinformation and obfuscation are put out. The idea of elite pedophile rings are still labelled as “conspiracy theories” by establishment media like the New York Times and CNN, who have also been accused of participating in these types of activities. It seems nobody within this realm has a clean sheet, or at least if you’ve done the research it’s very rare. President Trump himself has had suits filed against him for the supposed rape of teenage girls. It is only in working to separate fact from fiction, and actually be willing to look into these matters and consider the possibilities that these crimes are occurring on a massive scale, that we will help to expose what is really going on.

The Takeaway

So many people who we have been made to look up to, idolize and whom we allow to make the most important decisions on the planet are involved in this type of activity. Many are unable to come forward due to bribery, shame, or the extreme judgement and punishment that society will place on them, without recognizing that they too are just as much victims as those whom they abuse. Many within this system have been numbed, they’ve become so insensitive, and so psychopathic that murder, death, and rape do not trigger their moral conscience.

We have to ask ourselves, who are we looking up to? Why are these people made out within the mainstream to be saviors? Figures like Obama, Clinton, celebrities and more. Have we become so obsessive, and so programmed that we will not even entertain these ideas? Are they just too unbelievable?

To completely ignore something and deem it a conspiracy without investigation allows women, children and men to continue to be hurt. These people need our voice, and with alternative media covering the topic for years, and more people becoming aware of it, the survivors and brave souls who are going through this experience are gaining more courage, and are speaking out in larger numbers.

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Congressional Hearing Could Be The Beginning Of The End For Hillary Clinton

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  • The Facts:

    A public hearing examining Clinton Foundation malfeasance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will be convened today, and will include supposedly 'explosive' testimony from three whistleblowers.

  • Reflect On:

    Is it possible that this hearing represents a watershed moment in the takedown of the Deep State?

For those who remain skeptical about the notion that the Trump Administration is working to take down a ‘Deep State’ that has long held power over the American government, the military, and its law enforcement and intelligence agencies, today’s (December 13, 2018) public hearing on investigations into the Clinton Foundation before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee may very well be a watershed moment.

Mind you, there is a second tier of skeptic to consider: those who accept the notion that a ‘Deep State’ or shadow government does exert tremendous power in our world and may very well have plans to create a totalitarian one-world government, but reject the notion that there is any real resistance to this power, especially not from Donald Trump.

Both sets of skeptics will point to the fact that there has been no concrete action, no major arrests of supposed key Deep State players. A case in point: is Hillary Clinton not still walking about freely, touring with her husband, flying out to India for a lavish wedding celebration, creating a buzz of excitement around the prospect that some lucky donor could get the opportunity to spend an evening of drinking and theatre with her?

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OK, these events might be pathetic money grabs,  but certainly if some of the allegations against her were true, both groups would argue, would she not be behind bars by now? Suffice it to say, most people who have done any manner of research into the many claims against Hillary Clinton have concluded that while she is most likely a criminal, they just can’t see her getting arrested. But if–and it’s a big ‘if’–she ever does get arrested and convicted of a serious crime, that likely would satisfy the most ardent skeptic and give rise to widespread belief that the Trump Administration is working on, and succeeding in, taking down the Deep State. Let’s examine the possibility that things are headed in that direction.

Two-Tiered Justice System

For those who have been following the stories of impropriety, illegality, and even sexual perversion surrounding Hillary Clinton (at times in connection with husband Bill), from Whitewater to Filegate to Benghazi to Pizzagate to Uranium One to the private email server, and more recently with Clinton Foundation malfeasance in the spotlight surrounded by many suspicious deaths, there is a sense that Hillary Clinton must be too high up, has too much protection, or is too well-connected to ever have to face criminal charges. Certainly if one listens to former FBI investigator James Comey’s testimony into his kid-gloves handling of Clinton’s private email server investigation, one gets the impression that he is one of many government officials that is in Clinton’s back pocket.

Whistleblower William D. Campbell echoes the sentiments that people like Hillary Clinton are receiving preferential treatment in a ‘two-tiered justice system’, as noted in this Sara Carter article:

A former whistleblower, who has spoken with agents from the Little Rock FBI field office last year and worked for years as an undercover informant collecting information on Russia’s nuclear energy industry for the bureau, noted his enormous frustration with the DOJ and FBI. He describes as a two-tiered justice system that failed to actively investigate the information he provided years ago on the Clinton Foundation and Russia’s dangerous meddling with the U.S. nuclear industry and energy industry during the Obama administration.

“(Mueller) received the documents, copies of which I still have, over a period of years and ignored a national security threat to the United States because of his political preference,” said Campbell, who said he is frustrated that the investigation into the Clinton Foundation and the other information he provided was apparently ignored years ago.

However, it must be noted that this was how things were then. Things have changed significantly within the system, though if you relied on Mainstream Media you would probably not have put together how much this ‘two-tiered justice system’ has started to be challenged based on firings and forced resignations within the Department of Justice, the FBI, and elsewhere. This post from Q-Anon probably gives us the best compilation of these actions:

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[Updated]
James Baker – FIRED [reported today – resigned [false]] / removed Jan/FIRED 4.21
Lisa Page – FIRED [reported today – resigned [false]]
Testimony received.
Tracking_y.
[Added]
Mike Kortan, FBI Assistant Director for Public Affairs – FIRED [cooperating under ‘resigned‘ title]
Josh Campbell, Special Assistant to James Comey – FIRED
[DOJ]
David Laufman, Chief of the Justice Department’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section [NAT SECHRC email invest] – FIRED/FORCE
John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General – Head of DOJ’s National Security Division – FIRED/FORCE
Sally Yates, Deputy Attorney General & Acting Attorney General – FIRED
Mary McCord, Acting Assistant Attorney General – Acting Head of DOJ’s National Security Division – FIRED/FORCE
Bruce Ohr, Associate Deputy Attorney General – Demoted 2x – cooperating witness [power removed]
Rachel Brand, Associate Attorney General – No. 3 official behind Deputy AG Rosenstein – FIRED/FORCE
Cross against House/Senate resignations/final term announcements + CEO departures.
CONSPIRACY?
FAKE NEWS?
THE SWAMP IS BEING DRAINED.
TRUST THE PLAN.
JUSTICE.
Q

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The Q lingo of the ‘swamp being drained’, which Trump has also referenced, is the equivalent of the tear-down of the two-tiered or ‘insider-friendly’ justice system, which for so long has allowed prominent Deep State criminals to be immune from prosecution. Just the kind of rhetoric we have been hearing, including Clinton Foundation CFO Andrew Kessel’s semi-metaphorical admission, ‘I know where all the bodies are buried in this place,’ leads us to believe that things are now different.

The Hearing

What may finally soothe the anger of William D. Campbell and other whistleblowers is that their time seems to have finally come to be heard, and perhaps even have their findings acted upon, as today’s hearing seems to be striking a different tone to the ears of those who have in-depth knowledge of the crimes that have been alleged. This is certainly how rep. Mark Meadows, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sees it:

Rep. Mark Meadows, chairman of the Freedom Caucus and member of the committee, said this time it will be different. He noted that the investigation is apparently ongoing with the FBI and DOJ and believes the information being delivered for Thursday’s hearing to be ‘explosive’ in nature and may help connect the dots.

Meadow’s told Fox New’s Martha MaCallum Tuesday, “the American people, they want to bring some closure, not just a few sound bites, here or there, so we’re going to be having a hearing this week, not only covering over some of those 6,000 pages that you’re talking about, but hearing directly from three whistleblowers that have actually spent the majority of the last two years investigating this.”

Meadows, who’s also on President Donald Trump’s short-list to replace Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly, noted that some “allegations (whistleblowers) make are quite explosive.”

“We just look at the contributions. Now everybody’s focused on the contributions for the Clinton Foundation and what has happened just in the last year,” he said. “But if you look at it, it had a very strong rise, the minute she was selected as secretary of state. It dipped down when she was no longer there.”

“And then rose again, when she decided to run for president. So there are all kinds of allegations of pay-to-play and that kind of thing,” Meadows added.

If, in fact, this hearing reveals anything serious like the long-suspected ‘pay-to-play’ strategy of the Clinton Foundation–which allegedly sought large donations in return for favors from the Clinton-run State Department–then Hillary Clinton will be in big trouble. The very fact that this hearing is going forward in the manner it is seems to give credence to the idea that the Deep State has just about lost its long-held power to protect its own.

The Takeaway

As Martin Luther King said, ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.’ It seems like those of us who have been researching and learning about the fraud and corruption in politics have been waiting so long for the truth to emerge and justice to be served as to have difficulty believing that it may ever arrive. Fortunately, we don’t have long to wait to see if this coming hearing is a true watershed moment and a harbinger for things to come.

That said, it is important to keep in mind that this is only a small part of a larger awakening that is happening on the planet right now, and if we hope to contribute to this awakening, we will realize that maintaining equanimity throughout the unfolding of these events is what is essential.

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Finally, A Clear Explanation Of The “Baby It’s Cold Outside” Controversy

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  • The Facts:

    Recently, the 1944 song 'Baby It's Cold Outside' came under fire from modern feminists claiming it was a song promoting rape culture. Some radio stations banned the song. A check into the lyrics and song's meaning proved that simply wasn't true.

  • Reflect On:

    Why are we so quick to jump to aggressive conclusions without simple research? Why are we so emotionally driven about everything these days? Why are we so quick to protect ourselves from 'offensive' things? Don't we decide to get offended?

When I first heard of the “Baby It’s Cold Outside” controversy it seemed to resemble the type of results from the common social engineering practices taking place right now whereby people are led to think incompletely about events and culture in order to create a divide amongst people. This creates enemies where they don’t truly exist and makes for a very easy to manipulate and control populace. Ultimately, this leads for people to call for greater governance.

And this is exactly what is happening when you observe the millions up in arms about issues they don’t fully understand, calling for the government or corporate bodies to step in and do something about it.

Common examples are microaggressions, trying to say everything is hate speech, and blaming gender, racism, or privilege at any possible time, even when those things have nothing to do with situations.

I feel this is often, not always, a reflection of the barriers we want to put up around ourselves so we don’t have to deal with much of the pain we have within ourselves. When we were children we were taught “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names can never hurt me.” The reason we are told that is simply because while we all do want to live in a world where everyone is nice to one another, people may sometimes say mean things. The piece we miss today is, how we react to what people say isn’t a reflection of what they said, it’s a reflection of how we feel within ourselves.

“I was just minding my own business looking for people to crucify in my witch hunts instead of dealing with my own pain…” JP Sears, Baby It’s Cold Outside Controversy Explained

Remember, when it comes to getting offended, we all decide what offends us and how to get offended by what someone says. TRUE empowerment means you have the control within yourself. We don’t have to allow things to offend us simply because someone says something, and this also doesn’t mean everyone is going to be mean to us all the time, this is an unsubstantiated fear.

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How The Controversy Began

The controversy began a few weeks ago when people claimed the lyrics of the song Baby It’s Cold Outside were promoting rape culture. A groundswell emerged on social media, causing the song to be banned on several radio stations in the US and Canada. Singer Melinda DeRocker even opted out of recording it on her recent holiday album.

But did anyone stop to find out what the writer of the song meant when they wrote it in 1944? Yes, actually, some did, thankfully.  But many didn’t and jumped on the hate bandwagon because nowadays many of us seem to have become headline and meme readers and take all we see as fact without ever questioning what we’re being told. We seem to shy away from delving deeper into content and research, as a general statement, and this is a big problem.

The truth is, the song’s composer Frank Loesser wrote the song so he and his wife Lynn Garland could perform it at holiday parties.

The song’s original score designates the duet partners as “wolf” and “mouse,” and genders are unspecified. This is why many decades of covers have had women and men switching roles as we saw with Lady Gaga and Joseph Gordon Levitt’s version where Gaga plays the wolf’s role. Heck, even Miss Piggy of the Muppets played the wolf as she pursued ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

The Real Meaning, All About Perspective

When you truly begin to observe the lyrics more clearly, you can actually deduce what it’s about. In fact, some have argued it’s a song about female empowerment.

In 2006, Slay Belle wrote for the feminist blog Persephone:

“At the time period the song was written, ‘good girls,’ especially young, unmarried girls, did not spend the night at a man’s house unsupervised,”

“Later in the song, she asks him for a comb (to fix her hair) and mentions that there’s going to be talk tomorrow – this is a song about sex, wanting it, having it, maybe having a long night of it by the fire, but it’s not a song about rape. It’s a song about the desires even good girls have.”

“The song ends with the woman doing what she wants to do, not what she’s expected to do, and there’s something very encouraging about that message.”

And in 2015, writer Helen Rosner decided to remove the part about the ‘aggressor’ in the song, or the wolf, and determined that the song was about a “sexually aware woman worried about slut-shaming.”

“The first two verses are both: (1) I have to go. (2)I’m having a great time, but (3) I’m scared of my family’s opinions,” Rosner wrote on Twitter. “She clearly wants to stay, is scared of the social ramifications of that choice, and in the end says ‘fuck society’s repressiveness’ & stays.”

“If you think Baby It’s Cold Outside is creepy, you are robbing the woman in that song of her agency,”
“You are the problem. I’m not kidding.” – Helen Rosner

The Takeaway

In this article, we covered 2 different perspectives of what this song is about. In 2018 it’s about rape, 2015 it’s about a sexually aware woman who is trying to avoid slut shaming, which was the same sentiment in 2006 as the song “was about sex, wanting it, having it, and maybe having a long night of it by the fire, a song about the desires even good girls have.”

The differences come down to important nuances that often don’t exist in many overly emotional activists these days: critical thinking. The 2006 and 2015 examples are intelligently thought out, researched, unemotional and balanced. The example from here in 2018 resembles movements that are about narratives, rhetoric, and creating enemies and divide. It’s angry, emotional and does not have a basis in truth when you take the time to analyze and look at original meanings.

I feel it’s very important we remember not to push so hard about taking sides and trying to identify with certain movements. The more we do this, the more we filter everything through that narrative. Thus we become unconscious.

I wanted to end with a laugh. I will say, I like JP Sears for his comedy. Sure sometimes I am not sure if it comes across to most people as making fun of spirituality and personal work, or if it just calls out the ridiculousness of some of it when we do it inauthentically, but he still has some great jokes. Perhaps though, a shift in his style is needed or even emerging, so his message, whatever it may be, can be a lot clearer to viewers.

That said, I feel in this video’s tone, it hits pretty well on what things are like today with many activists.

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