Freedom is having control over your own choices in life. It is limited when you cannot make the choices you desire. These choices can be to speak your mind (freedom of expression), to go wherever you like to go (freedom of movement), to meet whoever you like to meet (social freedom), to believe whatever you like to believe (freedom of opinion, freedom of religion), to produce, trade and consume whatever you like (economic freedom), and many more.
Other people's freedom
Probably the most important natural limit to our freedom, is our desire not to intrude in other people’s freedom too much, by causing them discomfort or misery in any way. As human beings, we were given free choice, to do as we like. But since we were given only one world to share, we have little choice than to take into account other people’s freedom in many things we do. We may be free to cause other people discomfort or misery in any possible way, but most of us would naturally rather not choose to do so.
Gaining more freedom
When a little child is born, the only choice it has, is to start crying when it feels uncomfortable. When the child learns to speak its mind, it gains the freedom of expression. And when the child learns to crawl, walk, and ride a bike, it gains the freedom of movement. In this example, gaining more freedom is the result of the process of learning. Unfortunately, not all types of learning will give us more freedom.
Giving up freedom
By learning from his family and peers, going to school, watching TV, reading books, magazines or maybe even newspapers, the child develops a perception of life and the world around him. He learns what is considered to be normal and socially accepted. The child will adopt many of these values to be his own, and will try to behave in what it believes to be the socially desired way. By doing so, the child gives up many of its possible choices, giving up freedom in exchange for love and social acceptance. The child may even refrain from many of its possible actions, not sure whether they wil be appreciated or not, limiting his own freedom even further.
Obeying parental rules
Parents give the child rules to behave in a more desirable way, with a punishment for breaking them. The punishment serves as a threat to make the children fear the consequences of showing undesirable behavior. Parents may also give the child positive impulses, like love and affection, to encourage a more desirable behavior. Either way, they manipulate the child into showing more desirable behavior. On one side of the coin, this helps the child to fit in and be socially accepted. On the other side, it limits the child’s choices to behave different from what the parents prefer.
Adopting social values
Social values may limit the child’s freedom even more than rules. Social values are often a lot less clear than rules, and vary in minor or major ways to many different people. Social values are what people consider to be honorable, or cool, or fair. Social values involve many different parts of life, including taste for music, sports, fashion, religion, political opinion and even scientific opinion. Learning social values allows the child to be part of the group, but limit the development of his individual freedom even more. Instead of learning to be free, the child will learn to behave similar to the group’s behavior.
Obeying school rules
When the child goes to school, it soon learns about school rules and discipline. In many cases, these are even more suffocating than its parents’ rules. Since the school teacher has to handle so many children at once, even basic freedoms like speaking or going to the toilet are prohibited. As harsh as these limitations to our freedom are, we learn to accept them, mostly because everybody seems to accept them, and we seem to have little choice than to accept them, if we want to graduate from school and become successful in life. Most people would never consider their school and college diploma’s to be certificates of blind obedience and servitude, rather than a proof of actual knowledge and academic achievement.
Questioning rules and values
For the development of the child, there are clear benefits to be gained from learning these rules and social values. Knowing how to behave in a socially acceptable way will help the child achieve its goals in life. However, what most children forget once they grow into adulthood, is to start questioning these rules and social values. Of course, in their teenage years, many kids will rebel to their parents, or even to the school system. And in their adolescent years they may criticize the government or even become politically active. But besides some daily annoyances, most people don’t take much time to overthink the entire set of rules and social values in our society, and start questioning the system.
Obeying democratic rules
And so the child grows to adulthood, learning about that other, even more powerful organization that even our parents and teachers fear: the government. The government can even go as far as taking away our entire freedom by sending us to war, making us pay taxes and fines or go to prison, and obey to all other kinds of arbitrary rules and obligations that we never got to agree on in the first place. We learn that since our government has been elected democratically, its many rules and limitations to our freedoms are the necessary result of what the people have voted for. We learn to criticize the system, and we are encouraged to vote and become politically active. But we never learn to question the system.
Questioning the system
We never learn to understand how the democratic process in so many countries seems to always end up with such poor results as mass poverty, social misery, war, terrorism, flourishing criminality and an equally flourishing prison industry, degradation of nature and a depletion of its resources, and so on. We read about them in the newspapers, hear about them on the daily news, and see comments from politicians, promising to solve these issues. Gradually, experience teaches us that none of these issues will ever be solved by any politicians, because the political will and the financial resources are never found. Meanwhile, the political will and financial resources for more prisons and wars always seem limitless, just as for the financial rescue of failing banks and other big corporations.
The matrix of power
On this website, we will try to show you how all these major social issues can be much better understood once the matrix of power becomes clear. We have found the design of our democratic society to be very different from what most people were taught to believe. We will show you how mainstream news events are usually much better and more correctly explained from this perspective on society. Of course it will always up to you to do more research into any of the details we present you, but we hope to provide you with plenty of evidence to support the view we present you. Note that many details in many different videos on this website may contradict what you’ve learned so far, or even contradict each other. It is for this reason that we have made this website, to show you the similarities and connections, while explaning the differences, to reveal to you the hidden power structures of our society.
Keep an open mind
We will have to ask you to keep an open mind, and for the moment accept even seemingly absurd explanations as possible explanations of the truth. We don’t ask you to stop thinking. We ask you to widen your horizon and open your mind to explanations you may never have considered to be real. We promise you that you will learn to have a very different perception of the world around you, once you start understanding the grand design of our society. You can always choose to opt out and keep a different opinion on any of the details we show you. All we ask you is to keep an open mind to the possibility that the explanations found on this website, including those seemingly absurd, may actually describe reality a lot more truthfully than the mainstream explanations you’ve probably heard so far.
Start connecting the dots
We will try to show you how all topics on this website are interrelated, so that the main pillars of the power structure of our society become obvious to you. From there, all details explained in the many videos, books and articles on this website will be a lot easier to understand. Understanding some of the big picture (the grand design of society) will give you a huge advantage in researching all the different details in all varying topics on this website, and a better understanding how they are all interrelated.
The role of information
Learning is crucial to gain more freedom. Therefore the role of information is crucial too. Good information will enable you to make good choices that will further your goals. Bad information, on the other hand, may misinform you so severely, that you will not be able to make good choices. And when you are making bad choices, bad information may even encourage you to keep doing so. Your ability to distinguish good information from bad, will be challenged in every article, video and book you find on this website. It will be up to you to take the information we provide you with, with a grain of salt, or with the highest possible sense of urgency.
Start thinking for yourself!
Imagining yourself to be in the position of those in power can be very helpful to answer important questions on many important topics. How would you act if you were in their positions of power? We hope this type of thought experiment will encourage you to keep asking yourself questions while doing your research. However, you need to keep in mind that those in power have a very different mindset than you, and they apply a very different type of logics and reasoning. They even use their own secret language of symbolism, color codes and numerology. Learning about these things will allow you better to imagine yourself in their position, and learn to understand their deceptive power game.
Keep being critical
On this website we will criticize any person or organization that messes with our freedom. We encourage you to become more aware, alert, and responsive to defend your current freedoms, striving to gain more freedom every day. However, we need you to keep questioning all information on this website too. Even though we are pretty sure that most things presented on this website come very close to the truth, it is you who will have to be critical on every detail in every article and video on this website, to ensure your freedom research will lead you into the right direction. Too often, beginning researchers are lured away by truths and half-truths, only to find themselves deceived in yet another way. Therefore we ask you to follow our guidance in text and videos, before you start digging and researching into our topics, and doing your own research.
A critical attitude should not imply swearing or name calling. Therefore, we will always aim to be objective and fair in our analysis toward any person or organization who appears to harm our freedom. We want to encourage all freedom researchers to refrain from swearing, name calling, or other damaging actions to other people's image. On the other hand, no person or organization in power should be offended for being monitored or researched by free individuals. It is the people who should be offended to find out how their freedom has been marginalized by these persons and organizations in power. We therefore wish to avoid all political correctness, which kills any type of criticism for being offensive. Instead, we hope to provoke an open and fair discussion on this website, to further our shared understanding of freedom, and our shared path toward it.