From the Wikipedia article on Gaslighting:
“Gaslighting or gas-lighting is a form of mental abuse in which a victim is manipulated into doubting their own memory, perception and sanity. Instances may range from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents ever occurred up to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim.”
The term owes its origin to the 1938 play starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. Since then the term has been used in clinical and research literature.
The plot concerns a husband who attempts to convince his wife and others that she is insane by manipulating small elements of their environment and subsequently insisting that she is mistaken remembering things incorrectly or delusional when she points out these changes. The original title stems from the dimming of the gas lights in the house that happened when the husband was using the gas lights in the attic while searching for hidden treasure. The wife accurately notices the dimming lights and discusses the phenomenon but the husband insists she just imagined a change in the level of illumination.
The term “gaslighting” has been used colloquially since the 1960’s to describe efforts to manipulate someone’s sense of reality.
This original play and movie played to an educated audience that was familiar with psychoanalytic thinking in the 1940’s. Since then, to the present it would seem that we have entered a period of history where our entire life is being gaslighted.
The major venues of the 6 media giants are engaged in 24/7 wall-to-wall gaslighting. This is reflected in a staggering 6% trust in media by the public as demonstrated by recent polling. The public is not buying this.
As the old saying went “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it is raining.” And yet everywhere we look in society now there is gaslighting going on.
Psychology tells us that we can fight depression with drugs.A recent study shows that if you use typical SSRI antidepressants you must remain on them permanently and if you stop using them you will become depressed.
Education tells our children to do their math using common core math. 2+2=5 is a legitimate answer in this wacky theory of teaching. This is “gaslighting by arithmetic ” in the present school curriculum.
We now have transexual bathrooms. We are told that bathrooms should have mixed sexes. This means that old men with beards who “self-identify” as females are welcome and little girls should become accustomed to seeing mens genitalia. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/may/18/charlotte-observer-girls-must-try-overcoming-disco/. We are being gaslighted that this is the new equality.
There is a movement of men who call themselves “Pups” and self identify as dogs. They should also have access to tramsexual public bathrooms and should be granted public access to trees or fire hydrants. https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/may/25/secret-life-of-the-human-pups-the-men-who-live-as-dogs. Can you identify how this kind of public policy constitutes gaslighting?
In Silicon Valley hi-tech and other trendie industries, people are not really paid any longer for their work but rather “contribute to the collective.” Business grounds of hi-tech firms look like academic campuses and are referred to as Universities now. In the early days techie geniuses became millionaires when they were very young. This is no longer the case. In many of these cases creative geniuses labor without compensation. Instead of getting “fired” they are said to “graduate” when they leave the firm. http://www.dailycal.org/2014/02/07/breeding-tech-elite/. In short another blatant example of gaslighting in employee policy of current firms.
Gaslighting is an unending practice these days in politics. 94 million people are on food stamps and unemployment pay and yet the government reports whilst gaslighting us that unemployment in this country is under 3%. The economy is reportedly doing “really well” and at full employment. Do you sense the dim flickering in the shadows of the gas flame yet?
Painkillers are prescribed in great quantities. Addiction is a certain outcome of this medical practice. Doctors have unconscionably created an epidemic of addiction. Added to this has been a US war policy in Afghanistan. US troops protect the poppies there, and the drugs flow into the country through open borders in massive quantities. Street heroin becomes an inexpensive alternative for millions. All the while the problem is swept under the rug, as we are gaslighted on a grand scale. The current drug epidemic might easily be the largest problem facing the country and yet the policy makers in classic gaslight fashion deny that there is a problem. Meanwhile Afghanistan has twice the opium crop ever and the drugs flow day and night through the open border. The undertakers “Make a killing!” as the small town newspapers all over the country are filled with reports of local drug ovrdose deaths. This is a nationwide crisis but “it must be your imagination.” says the gaslighting media. There is no problem here right?
Trade agreements which are defined as Treaties which require 2/3 Senate ratification and House approval, and are treated as law, though they have never passed congressional approval
Many Laws which exist are not enforced, and many laws which do not exist are enforced. There is a continual state of gaslighting within the law itself.
Contrailing by jets is production of residue of ice crystals in jet exhaust at high altitudes. Chemtrailing (Not Contrailing) is continually done in the skies pumping barium, aluminum and other heavy metals into the the atmosphere. Chemtrailing is usually done at low altitudes. The public is gaslighted even continuously about even the existence of these known programs, and the official story is that the program does not exist, it is only your imagination. The evidence is quite clear in what is seen in the skies everywhere now which is obviously not natural. The official answer is to gaslight that nothing is going on here.
Social Security funds and Pension funds are safe and will be there though the money is obviously being spent.
Vaccines are a cure-all to keep the populace healthy, though studies of the actual vaccines such as those of Dr Andrew Wakefield show that actually msny vaccines are riddled with cancer causing enzymes enzymes which produce cancer, and substances which undermine natural immunity .http://www.thebigriddle.com/2015/12/murdered-holistic-doctors-discovered.html
On and on through every aspect of society we see this continuing gaslighting on a regular basis. The many instance are abundant and too numerous to mention!
We ourselves were gaslighted at Biruni Motorbike. We had been informed in the summer of 2012 that we had a product, the Biruni Papillon, a trike, to sell. Believing this to be true we went forth to the bikeshops of America and innocently took orders for this product. In effect we then went out and unbeknownst to us innocently gaslighted the public.
When these bikes did not materialize to fill the orders, we then on to sell the “bait-and-switched” all new second model pending delivery. These did not materialize as well.
Finally the Biruni Scarlett was to be delivered in a large lot January 7, 2013. These bicycles never were delivered.
Our country and society as a whole is today in great turmoil. In order to once again experience a viable society and economy, it will be necessary to restore a communication environment in which people say what they mean, and mean what they say. This will mean the return of ethics and integrity overall.
America has been a great country in the past and has produced a great society. This can be accomplished once again by restoring these standards of honesty and integrity. With the proper direction and guidance we can achieve a new Renaissance the equal to and greater than that of the 16th century.
Gaslighting needs to be replaced by a new age of Enlightenment and Reason. This can and should be the greatest era in the history of thw world.
Ralph and Susanna Copyright 2016