One of the most profound distinctions (so-called ‘polarities’) forced upon us by these times, is the stark choice between each person making his own inner-discernments about the truth of reality; or else a willing and willed embrace of what we know to be a world of lies and manipulations, emanating from the institutions of The Global Establishment.
I sometimes misunderstand Bruce, but he seems to be saying that we have two choices: submit to the big, ubiquitous, demonic voice of the corrupt world system, or discern truth inwardly. In my view, his words are correct but they miss the most important thing: Discovering the small truthful voices. We don’t have to discover truth all by ourselves. It’s not just me versus the world. It’s us versus the world.
Possibly Bruce regards it as an obvious given that we can encounter truth through the voices of others. Maybe the inner discernment he speaks of is nothing more than the act of choosing which voice to believe. (That is, after all, the key choice that any person makes.) But in his current writings he emphasizes the untrustworthiness and wickedness of the current authorities and institutions, and the need for inner discernment. He doesn’t write much about the importance of the small truthful voices which can still be found in books and online.
Indeed, a few paragraphs later in the linked post, he writes:
Each of us [is] confronted by the stark choice of believing in our own, personal, individual and perhaps unique evaluations; or else yielding (by choice) to a world of lies and evil.
This can be nuanced, of course, but there’s no denying the general thrust: Each one of us is on his own.
Bruce emphasizes inner discernments as of first importance. I agree with him that inner discernments are based on intuition about first principles (intuition is how all first principles are known.) But to be accurate, intuitions must be confirmed, refined, and augmented by our further experiences plus ideas that others have honed and put into words. Intuition is a sense that something is true; a sense that is not based on a conscious process of analysis but is instead grasped immediately and grasped whole. But our sense of something may not be accurate. Intuition sometimes leads us astray. Intuition must be educated and tested. If it is true, it will pass the test.
And we must also have the written Word of God (the Bible) to tell us the most important truths that intuition cannot know.
When I was young my intuition told me something was wrong with the world system, and with myself. But it was just a vague sense; I didn’t know whether there really was something wrong with the world (and I am part of the world), or the world was OK and it was my fault for not getting with the program. The voice of the Establishment just didn’t seem truthful. It was the words of others, which I first experienced mostly through reading their writings, which showed me the truths about first principles. These small truthful voices were hard to find amidst the uproar, and I discovered them through what seemed to be chance, but they confirmed the general accuracy of my unease. And they explained the world. If I had not found these small voices of wisdom, I would still be lost.
The voices of truth are in one sense easier to find than when I was young, because of the Internet. But they are becoming harder to find, as the campaigns of distraction, vilification and censorship are ramping up.
Despite persecution of the truth-tellers, the salvation that I gained is still available. Others can experience what I experienced by learning from the wise. We need to keep writing and talking about the truth.