Trivium Analytics Canada - Weekly Review - April 29, 2016 - by Jeff Fitchett

“I hope we shall take warning from the example of England and crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”  “And I sincerely believe…that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”
 Thomas Jefferson

General Thoughts

There are times in everyones lives that seem out of control and helpless.  Often a health issue, job loss, marital breakdown or some other major life event occurs that sends a person into a whirlwind of mental chaos.  Situations like this storm our senses and prevent us from having the mental capacity to process what is transpiring.  

Scenarios of what the potential outcome, in the wake of the major event, can thrust a person into the grieving process as they try and make sense of what to do and what is going to happen to them.  Often, time is of the utmost importance and a plan of action should be determined and initiated quickly.  It is extremely difficult for most people to operate coherently, in such a situation, given the overload of stress.  It is difficult to take a step back, breathe and put things in perspective.  

Working through the grieving stages, while trying to focus on immediate tasks is emotionally trying.  It is important to understand that life will continue and that you need to organize your thoughts and priorities.  Making a list of your thoughts and things to do will help a person stay on track and move forward in a positive manner. 

More importantly though, now is the time to start reflecting on your life and learning about the growing number of serious risks that we all face.  We do not have the luxury of time to be reactive and figure things out after the fact.  

We need to take steps now to prepare for the future.  Most Westerners do not have adequate savings to cover the costs of daily life if they experience an interruption of employment or pensions.  What will happen to you if our banking system or food system is disrupted?  The fact is that these problems are already occurring in developed nations.  The writing is on the wall and the next major financial crisis has already begun.  

America’s Pension Problem - by Jeff D. Opdyke

Jeff Fitchett: This is a crucial issue for everyone to be cognizant of.  Every defined benefit pension is facing the same predicament: .  Please take a moment to read this article.  

So, there are these two ants…

One works in the private sector as a secretary for the company that builds anthills. The other works for the state, the Council of Ants, that oversees the anthills. These two ants are friends. They earn similar salaries and live next door to one another. Their kids play together and go to the same school. Their families gather for barbecues (grasshoppers, of course) on the weekend.

The only significant difference is one neither see, but which promises to tear their friendship apart one day — and to destroy the anthill in the process.

You see, the private-sector ant contributes 10% of her pay to the company retirement plan for which her company has no contractual obligation to assure a decent standard-of-living in her golden years. She must invest her savings herself, though she has no skill in this area and, thus, has no guarantee her money will even exist when she retires. She’s also required to donate (under force of law) a quarter of her salary to the Council of Ants to help it pay all the costs of running (though not very well) the anthill.

Meanwhile, the bureaucratic ant contributes a minimal amount of salary to her retirement plan. But she’s part of an organized group of bureaucratic-worker ants who banded together and negotiated (often through blackmail tactics) fabulous, contractually-obligated retirement packages that the Council must pay — with money it collects largely from private-sector ants.

Better yet for this bureaucratic ant: She has professionals managing her savings; she knows she can retire from work well before her neighbor (with full benefits), and she can load her last three years of work with an abundance of overtime, goosing higher the average annual salary on which her retirement payments are based (the private-sector ant has no ability to do anything similar).

No doubt, you see the problem: The two ants will live two entirely different retirements — the one who saved will struggle; the one who didn’t save will live comfortably — and it’s the private-sector ant who essentially funds both. 

Dollar will Blow Up and Collapse - John Williams with Greg Hunter

Jeff Fitchett: John Williams is a good person.  His analysis of statistics is informative and contrary to what we are being fed by the establishment.  I use John's analysis for making personal decisions. 

Gold vs Gold Miners - by Nick Barisheff 

Jeff Fitchett: This is a good article for anyone interested in precious metals.  Gold bullion should be the foundation to everyones life savings.  Shares in mining and exploration companies offer opportunities for investors who have an in-depth understanding of this industry sector.  I encourage you to read this article: 

For thousands of years, gold has been used as money, a store of wealth, fought over and sought after. Over the last 45 years, Western populations have had a mixed impression of gold. A minority of the population understands that gold is a monetary asset that should be held as wealth insurance. A larger percentage of the population is confused about gold because of mainstream sources of information. Many people consider gold a risky investment when in fact gold bullion is not an investment at all, but rather money itself. Just like any fiat currency held in a vault, gold does not pay interest or dividends. Investors often look upon gold mining companies in the same light as physical gold bullion. Gold mining shares are investments, and can be good tactical investments from time to time. However, the characteristics of gold bullion and gold miners are very different. In some ways, those differences are similar to the difference between an insurance policy and shares of an insurance company.

It is important to understand the role of gold as money in relation to fiat currency.  Governments and banks work hard to ensure that people retain confidence in their debt-backed paper currencies, and in the economy in general. Wall Street’s message about the economy and the US dollar’s strength has to remain optimistic, because when people are uncertain and skeptical, they do not invest in financial assets, and companies curtail new financings, creating a negative feedback loop. Financing is Wall Street’s lifeblood, so it will always see “green shoots” and “recoveries around the corner,” just as it did in 1929, 2000 and 2008 while the market crashed around it. Consumer spending and bank lending is what keeps the fiat shell game going, and people do not borrow or spend when they feel uncertain about their financial future. Gold, because it inconveniently serves as the truest, irrefutable long-term indicator of the economy’s health, has to be discredited.   

Final Thoughts

I have learned repeatedly over the years that corporations, specifically upper management, are for the most part managed by sociopaths.  Short term corporate profits are more important than people and the communities they live in.  Employees and the general public are thrown under the bus if there is a possibility of making more money.  Longterm strategic planning does not exist in Western culture.  We face the real possibility of societal collapse.  A country that no longer produces, but consumes has no future because debt and deficits will lead to financial ruin.  

Jeff Fitchett B.A., FMA, CIM
Analyst - Trivium Analytics Canada


Dollar will Blow Up and Collapse - John Williams with Greg Hunter

Jeff Fitchett: John Williams is a good person.  His analysis of statistics is informative and contrary to what we are being fed by the establishment.  I use John's analysis for making personal decisions.  


Without Price Suppression Gold Would be $5,000 to $10,000 - Bill Holter with Greg Hunter

Jeff Fitchett: This is a good update on precious metals.

What motivates people to take action? - by Jon Rappoport

Jeff Fitchett: People often mention to me that they feel that it is hopeless to effect change on a large scale.  I always hear the same accurate assessment in that the majority of people are asleep and do not realize what is going on in our world.  A feeling of futility is the most common reaction from people who are busy learning about the true state of affairs we find ourselves in.  I understand and can appreciate where they are coming from.  I always state that each of us, as individuals, can control a lot of our personal circumstances.  I know we are all tied into the matrix to some degree.  The more debt an individual carries the more tied they are to the system.  That said, our lot in life is not hopeless. We should strive to develop as individuals and work towards changing our actions that in turn benefit the world at large.  You have the power to choose how you spend your money, what you read or watch, who you interact with and the lifestyle you live.  You can make personal goals that are achievable and beneficial to humanity.  Remarkable people are doing remarkable things.  There are many examples of what is possible.  

Courtesy of Jon Rappoport

First, what kind of motivation am I talking about?
I'm talking about the urge to pursue a goal to change things for the better. An urge that goes beyond the simple desire to belong to a group; that goes beyond the desire to reflect the pronouncements of authority; that goes beyond a need to bolster the status quo.
Eliminating those motivations, we are left with something that involves an individual taking a stand---and making his position public.
His position, his beliefs, his principles, his ideas.
The problem centers on his family, friends, colleagues, co-workers. To some degree, he feels enmeshed in a group, and that group would take a dim view of his ideas and actions. In the territory of his thoughts, he's emerged from the shadows of conformity; but in the world? That's a different story.
What would "they" think of him? What would they say? What would they do?
Is he willing to risk fracturing his relationships?
Is he willing to risk "being misunderstood?"
Most people stop at this point, reconsider, and fall back into line. They see The Group as the final arbiter of what they're permitted to do.
But they're missing something.
Some far more basic. Something that comes earlier.
As individuals, do they see that they have individual power?
Or not?
Do they understand they have the capacity to act independently in the world? And that these actions have strength?
Or not?
Because if they don't see that, then where would they stand? 
And next, do they realize they can form a vision of what they want to do---and do they sense this vision has power?
What I'm talking about here has nothing to do with making an assessment of the likelihood of success or victory versus the numbers of people who are asleep or who defend the status quo. That calculation is, at bottom, an excuse for doing nothing.
If sheer numbers were the deciding factor, all action would be rejected.
Boiling down the basis of motivation comes to this: does the individual realize he is an individual? Does he realize it in greater and greater degrees?
If not, he'll root around in the forest and never form an independent vision.
A vast overemphasis on his "interdependence with others" will sentence him to grinding out his days.
The "individual who is first and foremost a part of the group" is a fiction. It becomes a convenient fiction for many. It rationalizes avoiding uncomfortable circumstances.
There is the old saw: with great power comes great responsibility. There is some truth in that, but in most cases people are urged to consider responsibility in a way that chokes off their power. The responsibility is directed toward group-duties.
The individual's responsibility is toward himself. Then, assuming his own power, he can act. Then he can think about his connection to others---but even so, how much is there to think about, if he is forwarding a vision to make things better?
Critics will drag up examples of individuals who enacted destructive visions. But what do these criticisms add up to? The discovery that there are bad apples in the bunch? This is no revelation. Is the crazy dictator a justification for damning all individual action? Of course not.
Where does individual power come from? It comes from the creative urge, the creative impulse. This is deeper than the notion of solving problems. It's deeper than mechanical resolutions.
If the major part of the last 10,000 years of human history has been dedicated to submerging the individual, then turning the formula right side up is not going to be a Sunday picnic. Understood. But the reversal has to start somewhere. It certainly isn't going to start from the program of a group. That would be a root contradiction.
The longer a person waits for a spark of inspiration to jolt him into action, the less likely it is that he'll cross the threshold into a new life. 
Placing a "we" before an "I" may at first appear to be a strategy for exiting an old life, but it soon fades in the glaze of conformity that groups insist on.
Powerful groups can exist---when they are composed of powerful independent individuals, but the group does not give birth to the individual. 
It never has. 


The Thing About Bubbles - by Jeff Fitchett

There are tell-tale signs of bubbles.  All throughout history bubbles have been formed, popped, a depression ensued and then another bubble formed.  The characteristics of bubbles are very similar. Group think is one of the key components.  Rational thinking is set aside as more and more people crowd into a purchasing frenzy to buy up a sought after item.  The value of the said item rapidly increases in price and in the end the price collapses and humans suffer financial ruin.

In the 1600's, the Dutch experienced what is now called tulip mania.  People flocked into buying tulip bulbs.  The masses bid up the price of tulip bulbs to prices that were in some cases 10 times the income of a craftsman or worth more than acreage of property.

The history of the South Sea Company is another example of an extreme bubble that occurred in the 1700's.  England was deep in debt and had devised a plan to convert debt into equity of a newly created trading company: The South Sea Company.  The idea was to create a company that would conduct trade in South America and use the profits to pay a dividend of 6% to shareholders.  There was no reasonable prospect that trade would occur, but the company expanded rapidly and the share price moved significantly higher as a herd of people scrambled to buy shares.  The bubble eventually popped and fortunes were lost.

In the 1800's, Britain had passed hundreds of Parliamentary Acts to build railways.  The masses bought the shares of railway companies and as the price moved higher so too did the number of people buying shares.  Over a third of promised railway lines were never built and the bubble popped.

In the late 1990's, the internet was becoming much more accessible to the greater population.  Financial pundits and tech gurus described the tech sector as the "new economy".  Investors swarmed into any stock that was considered technology related.  Initial public offerings were hitting the markets at an unsustainable rate.  The valuations of companies, that had no revenue, sky rocketed.  Eventually panic occurred and stock prices collapsed as investors sold off worthless shares of soon to be bankrupt companies.

The biggest bubble in human history is building right now.  The first signs of this bubble occurred in the US mortgage market and it temporarily wrought havoc to the global economy in 2007 through into 2009.  Instead of allowing the bubble to pop; central banks, cheered on by politicians and the media, printed money to keep the bubble from popping.  In essence, the powers that be kicked the proverbial can down the road and have allowed the good times to continue for a bit longer.  The bubble will pop and a depression will negatively impact our civilization.

The thing about bubbles is that the general population moves in concert, embraces fiction and literally buys into an unsustainable set of circumstances.  The psychology of people is very fascinating.  Insanity can be defined as repeating the same action over and over and expecting a different outcome.  It's interesting to note how people are corralled into joining the hype.  In the early to mid 2000's there were many TV shows about flipping houses.  All of a sudden, everyone was wanting to buy rental properties and fixer uppers to flip.  Mortgage standards declined in most countries and people who should not have qualified for getting a mortgage were granted access to mortgages.  As you know, when the mortgage bubble popped; home prices collapsed in many countries.

Today, if you can fog a mirror, you can be approved for car loans, credit cards and lines of credit.  We are bombarded with commercials from lenders that state: "No Credit Check, No Income Verification" "Contact Us For An Instant Loan". Globally, governments are taking the lead and going further into debt.  Western culture has become a 'buy now and worry about the consequences later' society.  The most concerning aspect of this bubble is that our entire way of life is based on debt.  After all, fiat currency is created through the issuance of debt.  We have robbed the future in an effort to enjoy the present.  When the good times end the piper will need to be paid.  The unfortunate part for us is that it is impossible to pay back the mountain of debt that has been accumulated.  Every country is dealing with too much debt within a system that has been corrupted to its core.  We are about to be crushed under the weight of debt defaults and debt monetization.  It doesn't matter if we experience extreme deflation or inflation.  The effect on the average person will feel the exact same.  Either way we will struggle to provide the basic necessities of life.  Few people will be able to profit and succeed in a world that is mired in depression and adversity.  The luxuries we enjoy today will seem like a pipe dream from a bygone era as life continues to grind down into the abyss of history.


Grasping At Straws - by Zen Gardner

Jeff Fitchett: I appreciate Zen's outlook on life and our world. 
It’s pitiful to watch the US election gyrations in the midst of this calculated societal breakdown. Americans have historically had such guts and strength, while albeit pitiful little is left, as they direct their vestigial frustration in such futile directions in the throes of their certain demise.
So many have attached their grievances and hence hopes for change to this new set of puppet false promises it’s absolutely not just alarming, but seriously disturbing. The very nature of looking to others to change their circumstances, never mind via such obvious psychopathic, self-serving, self-appointed dupes and character actors, is just overwhelming.
The fundamental full-frontal reality that they seem hypnotically destined to participate in such an obviously manipulated environment truly boggles the mind.
The same can be said for the sleeping and compliant European population, but I don’t think it’s quite as vast as the American phenomenon we’re witnessing – but it’s getting closer. Either example, it’s clearly a pathetic display of uninformed ignorance and subservient compliance on a massive, disheartening scale.
When will people wake up to the obvious truth of what’s transpiring around them and realize their innate power of personal manifestation and all it would entail.
All 0f this is an ongoing and ever present challenge, but apparently part of the learning process we’re undergoing here.

It’s No Easy Transition

Granted such a complex, interactive world seems to have no simple solution, but I contend it essentially does. When individuals wake up to their true power everything takes on new dimensions of reality. Not only does our active role become manifest, but the futility of reacting to the paradigm that’s been laid out to be our assumed playing ground inherently reveals itself.
And begins to lose its power and thus crumbles.
Not an easy transition to make for the system-ingrained mindset. But it’s happening. Why? Because the system itself is breaking down and showing its illusory nature, day by day, staged event by falsely reported announcement and propaganda piece. The so-called news is nothing but one shallow, misleading and disempowering non sequitur news story at a time.
It’s not an easy process to go through, waking up to the fact that we’ve been literally bullshitted to death for so long. People understandably don’t react well most of the time to this news. Some take it on and see the deep significance and sit back and learn to digest it and draw conscious conclusions. However, most try to bury this reality, or just get mad and even psychotic to some degree which leads to the mass hysteria we’re witnessing today.
In a way I can’t blame them – yet I can. The voice of conscience is there for all. It appears continually. Whether we listen to and pursue its beckoning call is a choice, one heart signal at a time. It’s not once and forever gone – it continually appears, giving opportunities right, left and center despite the misinformation and the dystopic psycho-chemical-electromagnetic and even nuclear storm we live in.
The results are before our eyes of what people have currently chosen on the macro scale. Quite sad to behold in a mass spectrum knowing these are individuals making bad decisions, but then look at the shining examples of those who have taken up the torch for truth and consciousness!
Therein lies the difference.

Don’t Circle the Drain with the Rest of Them

It does no good, intrinsic or otherwise, to ride the mass wave of further willful ignorance and eventual destruction as if participating in some act of resonant compassion.
As real as that subconscious impulse is it’s crap, and full on programmed co-dependent fear-of-arising-as-an-authentic-self form of self disempowered thinking!
Snap out of it. We are each majestic manifestations of Universe in co-creative action. This subject is way deep with extremely empowering and revelatory notions but one thing is certain. We are not who they say we are. We are not destined to be tooled about by others and forced to petition these entities for changes they have no intention of implementing….while giving us the illusion we can make any kind of difference in their paradigm.
It’s time for truly revolutionary change based on radically transcendent thinking and resultant realizations.
And to have the guts to venture into the realms where we can manifest this true revolution for the sake of our planet and co-inhabitants.
Are you up to it? Get there and be there.
It’s sure time.
Take up the call.
Love, Zen

We Are Living In an Environment Where Nothing Is Real - Gregory Mandarin with Greg Hunter

Jeff Fitchett: This is a good interview.  The discussion covers precious metals, manipulation and failed monetary policy. 

Dollar Collapse, Political Corruption & Protecting Liberty - Interview with Ron Paul

Jeff Fitchett: Ron Paul is what politicians should aspire to emulate.  This is a great interview.


Trivium Analytics Canada - Weekly Review - April 22, 2016 - by Jeff Fitchett

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“No matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away.” 

Haruki Murakami

“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and for deeds left undone.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe
"Every man dies. Not every man really lives.”
General Thoughts
Last week Deutsche Bank admitted to conspiring with the Bank of Nova Scotia, Barclays Plc, HSBC Holdings Plc and Societe Generale to manipulate prices of gold, gold futures and options, and gold derivatives through twice-a-day meetings to set the so-called London Gold Fixing. They also admitted to doing the same in the silver market. This comes as no surprise as it was ridiculously obvious that the bullion market was being manipulated.  
Every single market is manipulated.  The too big to fail banks continuously pay massive billion dollar fines for market rigging, no person ever goes to jail for the crimes committed and the beat goes on.  Governments are bought and paid for by corporate interests and the general population continues on their merry way. 
It is easy to dismiss corruption as just a fact of life and carry on with business as usual. It doesn’t have to be this way.  We can opt out and make decisions that help eliminate our exposure to the grips of nefarious people and institutions. 
The financial markets are one of the most blatant areas of corruption.  Fractional reserve banking is the foundation to many of the ills of society.  Central banks, along with commercial banks, have been granted the power to create money. Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild said; ”Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes it's laws”.  The quote was from over a 100 years ago, but holds true to this day.  
Take control of your money and remove it from the system. There are numerous ways to protect your wealth and take power away from those who cause harm.  
In addition, the best thing you can do as an individual is to strive to understand what is going in our world.  At every turn we are exposed to misinformation.  Look no further than what is in your kitchen cupboards and sitting in your refrigerator.  Most of the food we eat is void of nutrition and modern industrial agriculture is destroying the carrying capacity of our ecosystems.  
You can literally pick any topic or sector of our economy and find corruption and degradation: finances, food, legal industry, oil & gas, commodities, interest rates, government, media, lobbyists, manufacturing, auto industry….
If you are aware, you can prepare!

A World War Has Begun. Break the Silence. - by John Pilger
Jeff Fitchett: This is an important article.  I constantly hear opinions from people that are not their own.  They talk with certainty, but they do not realize that they are repeating ‘talking points’ that they have read in mainstream newspapers or watched on mainstream television shows or movies. I have discussed this numerous times over the past months.  If you are  still under the impression that the evening news is not controlled please watch this short clip. I encourage you to read John’s article.

In 2009, President Obama stood before an adoring crowd in the centre of Prague, in the heart of Europe. He pledged himself to make "the world free from nuclear weapons". People cheered and some cried. A torrent of platitudes flowed from the media. Obama was subsequently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

It was all fake. He was lying.

US Economy - Ongoing Distortions - by Zero Hedge

Jeff Fitchett: This is a good article that provides a number of charts and commentary that illustrates that the US and the global economy are in a severe recession.  I have been tracking economic data for years and it is obvious that we are heading towards a cataclysmic depression.  

Dr. Marc Faber: Federal Reserve Won't Stop Printing

Jeff Fitchett: Dr. Marc Faber is never one to mince his words.  His views of the economy are spot on.  His geopolitical assessment is always fascinating.  
Syrian Parliamentary Election Results Disprove Western Claims Of “Alawite Dictatorship”
Jeff Fitchett: The Western narrative that the Syrian people revolted and a civil war broke out in an effort to depose Bashar al-Assad is incorrect.  We have been lied to.  Any country that has an independent foreign policy or is rich with natural resources, such as oil, is a prime target for US ‘interventionism’.  The crimes against humanity committed by the United States, European Vassal states and even by Canada and Australia go unpunished.  Syria just held an election and it is very important for you to understand that Sunni Muslims, Christians, Shi’ite Muslims, Alawite Muslims and woman were elected across the war-torn country.  Our mainstream media is not providing us with accurate reporting.  I do not enjoy having to report the ‘real facts’, but it is important for us to have access to information that counters the information war that is being waged on us.  Question everything; including my own assessment.  Think for yourself.  I encourage you to read the article contained in the link below.
If We Don’t Stop This, We’re Dead - Dane Wigington on SGT Report
Jeff Fitchett: Geo-engineering is the most important issue that nobody is aware of.  The human population is like a cancer feasting on its host.  We are living way beyond the carrying capacity of our world.  Our entire economic model is based on infinite growth in a world of finite resources.  The general population is quick to shirk responsibility and delegate problems to government.  Unfortunately, governments are the worst managers of resources.  Psychopaths and sociopaths always end up dominating positions of power.  As I have stated repeatedly; the only thing you can control is your own actions.  
“Getting Things Done” – The Brother of Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Chair is a Major Lobbyist for Saudi Arabia - by Mike Krieger

Jeff Fitchett: This is an interesting article about Saudi Arabia’s role in the September 11th, 2001 ‘terrorist attacks’, government lobbying, financial warfare, media spin and corrupt government officials.  This article is worth a quick read.  

New York Times - WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia has told the Obama administration and members of Congress that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of American assets held by the kingdom if Congress passes a bill that would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The Obama administration has lobbied Congress to block the bill’s passage, according to administration officials and congressional aides from both parties, and the Saudi threats have been the subject of intense discussions in recent weeks between lawmakers and officials from the State Department and the Pentagon. The officials have warned senators of diplomatic and economic fallout from the legislation.

No law is going to change us; we have to change us”  Macklemore

The Collective Experiment on Planet Earth - by Jon Rappoport

Jeff Fitchett: I agree with Jon's assessment.

When all obsessive group-consciousness on Earth is finished, exhausted, when it admits defeat, then a different era will emerge.  But for now, we are in the middle of the collective experiment.

High-flying cloying sentiment, profound dependence on others, covert repression---these are the order of the day.

How long until the collective age is over?  A hundred years? A thousand years?  The answer is, as long as it takes for every human to realize that the experiment has failed, and why.

The why is clear---the individual has been overlooked.  He has been demeaned.  He has been grabbed up and drafted into groups.  His creative power has been compromised in order to fit in.

The majority of the world still believes in this approach, as if from good groups will flow the ultimate and final solutions we have all been seeking.

This is sheer mind control, because good groups morph into evil, and vice versa, in the ongoing stage play called reality.

Ideals are twisted, infiltrators subvert plans, lessons are ignored, and the whole sorry mess repeats itself again.

What constituted a triumph of good over evil at one moment is guided into yet another collective, whose aims are "a better kind of control."

The most deluded among us believe we are always on the cusp of a final breakthrough.  

But there is no "we" to make the breakthrough.

It comes to every person on his own.  And it does not arrive as the thrust of an external force, but from one's own struggle, accompanied by insights for which there is no outside agency to lend confirmation.

If indeed it will take a thousand years to bring this collective illusion to a close, that is no cause for despondent reaction.

On the contrary, it is simply an understanding that all experiments come to an end, as does the method of thought on which they are based.

One or ten or a hundred collapses of civilization, and the resultant rebuilding, are not enough.

The pattern endures.

It can only dissolve when overwhelming numbers of individuals, each in his own way, absent self-deception, sees its bankruptcy.

The "we" and the "us" are merely postponements and cover stories splashed on the front pages of the mind.

Fighting for what is right, here and now, is vital.  But it does not preclude the knowledge that, as long as people are fixated on groups as the Answer, the underlying problem will persist.

Therefore, as part of my research over the last several decades, I have explored what is now commonly called the Matrix, from the point of view of freeing the individual from it.

The first step is understanding Matrix as an ongoing perverse "work of art" and viewing the nuts and bolts of it.

Final Thoughts

At every turn there is a major issue playing out.  Earthquakes and volcanos are unleashing dramatic energy and damage around the world. Seismologists are predicting more intense earthquakes to hit.  Nuclear reactor disasters are playing out in Fukushima Japan and at a Manhattan Project-era nuclear storage tank in Washington State. The global debt bubble is bringing down economies and the global economy is contracting at en ever-increasing pace. The costs of social programs are beginning to cripple the finances of governments.  The average person is finding it harder to maintain their standard of living. Health issues are increasing globally. Droughts are intensifying. Many species are becoming extinct or on the verge of extinction. Governments and politicians, with the help of the media, are continuing to maintain a narrative that ‘all is well’ and that Western policies are faultless.  

At some point, each of us must realize that the current path we are travelling on is not working.  We need to take personal responsibility for our own actions, recalibrate and seek out paths to travel that are sustainable and fulfilling.  The tipping point has already occurred, but most people are completely unaware of it.  I encourage you to think about your life now and in the future.  Short term thinking only will lead to complete personal failure.  You can chart a course that is sustainable!

Have a great weekend!

Jeff Fitchett B.A., FMA, CIM
Analyst - Trivium Analytics Canada