You’ve probably looked around lately and noticed that the world has become a bizarre place full of total nutjobs.
It wasn’t exactly like this even a handful of years ago, but things have changed.
I recently heard a parable that I thought was very appropriate to our current reality.
This parable was all over the internet when I searched for it, but I heard it on the Bold & Determined Podcast and the way it related to our world today really struck me.
First, the parable:
“There was once a wise king who ruled over a vast city. He was feared for his might and loved for his wisdom. Now in the heart of the city, there was a well whose waters were pure and crystalline from which the king and all the inhabitants drank. When all were asleep, an enemy entered the city and poured seven drops of a strange liquid into the well. And he said that henceforth all who drink this water shall become mad.
All the people drank of the water, but not the king. And the people began to say, “The king is mad and has lost his reason. Look how strangely he behaves. We cannot be ruled by a madman, so he must be dethroned.”
The king grew very fearful, for his subjects were preparing to rise against him. So one evening, he ordered a golden goblet to be filled from the well, and he drank deeply. The next day, there was great rejoicing among the people, for their beloved king had finally regained his reason.”
Author Unknown, I’ve seen it attributed to St Anthony the Great.
“A time will come when the whole world will go mad. And to anyone who is not mad they will say: ‘You are mad, for you are not like us.'”
The world now has gone completely insane.
It would seem that the majority of people have consumed water from the poisoned well.
There are countless examples of what I can only describe as degeneracy (and I try not to use that word lightly!)
On example that springs to mind is what New York and other blue states have done with abortion.
Society would have us believe that the right to kill a baby up to (and including after) delivery is an issue of women’s health, rather than murder.
These are just a couple of examples.
I’m not brave enough to list anymore at this point, but suffice it to say, it’s hard to look at even these few examples and not think the world is upside down.
People who think this way are like the king who has not yet consumed any of the poisoned water.
We clearly see that things are not as they should be, but we can’t talk about it.
The people who have consumed the water have gone mad and will not be reasoned with.
To merely suggest an alternative to their deranged worldview will instantly result in you being labelled a racist/homophobe/misogynist or whatever other label is fashionable at the time.
No discussion. You’ll be convicted of wrongthink and sentenced before you even realize what happened.
It wasn’t always like this.
I’m old enough to remember a time where things seemed a little more sane.
Things weren’t perfect of course, but society didn’t seem to be racing to destroy itself.
I guess in our comparison here, the water is several different things
The Education System – From Kindergarten through all years of college, public education seems to be indoctrinating children into whatever the social engineering fad of the week is. Moreover, young adults are getting themselves deep in debt for degrees of questionable value.
Mass Media – Selective, agenda-driven reporting on certain issues, while completely ignoring other things (a.k.a Fake News). Shootings are a big one that comes to mind.
Entertainment Industry – TV and movies are all pushing the same agenda as education and the media, it’s almost as if they’re working together. Heaven help anyone who wants to make a living in this world if they diverge from the narrative in any way.
Social Media – Everyone uses social media, myself included. However, it’s a terrible time-suck and makes us feel worse about ourselves. Add to that the fact that all social media companies are owned and run by people who have consumed the poisoned well water in massive amounts. It’s also patrolled 24/7 the thought police, so tread carefully. It says a lot that you probably don’t know anyone who hasn’t considered deleting these accounts, but ultimately doesn’t (because it’s an addiction.)
I’ve seen it suggested that the parable is actually advocating for drinking the poison well water to put an end to the suffering.
I can see where they might get that idea, and while I can see why that appeals to one’s sense of comfort, it also seems like the cowards way out.
But how do you hold up under that kind of pressure?
Here you are, a normal guy who knows that the things that he sees in the world are not right, but every single message coming out of your TV and social media account says they are… That you’re the crazy one.
And they’re coming for you, just like the poisoned subjects were plotting to kill the king.
They might not literally kill you (though that’s probably not out of the question), but they may take your job, or your family.
But the red pill is the antidote for this poison.
I know that I don’t think 100% of what is passed off as red pill is accurate or useful, but it is the only thing that can counter the poisoned well.
But you probably also know that you can’t just talk about this stuff with anyone, because the blue-pill masses will destroy you.
You need to strengthen your body, which will simultaneously strengthen your mind, but you also need to get in community with other people who think like you do.
One example of this is the Fraternity of Excellence (affiliate link). I’m a member there and it’s full of men working on improving themselves.
But regardless, you have to find likeminded individuals to communicate with, people who haven’t consumed the poisoned well-water and won’t try to make you think that you’re the crazy one!
This blog is a good place to start, as is the Fraternity of Excellence.
There are segments of Twitter that are good.
Do you have other places to recommend? What are your thoughts on this?
Share in the comments.