Are you known or unknown?
by Jon Rappoport
September 3, 2017
This is the story of someone I knew a long time ago.
Perhaps you know someone who has the same story.
He was exceptionally bright. He spent hours and days in the library, searching sources for information about how the world really operates and who is behind the curtain.
He discovered secrets, and he remembered everything he discovered. He was able to assemble large amounts of data and organize them into connected wholes.
With all of this research, he did…nothing.
Every few months he would come to see me, and we would talk about paths he could take.
Finally, I asked him, “Do you want to be known or unknown?”
It was a question he couldn’t answer.
He would deflect the question and talk about other people. He would talk about history. He would talk about powerful elites. He would talk about civilizations that had risen and fallen.
But he never made up his mind about the question.
The last time I saw him, he was working for a think-tank as an outside consultant. He wasn’t happy. He was using a very small amount of his knowledge and skill to do his job.
The idea of stepping out of the shadows into the light was too much. For him, putting his knowledge into the world was fraught with mystery. He didn’t know how to take the first steps.
“I can’t imagine it,” he said.
We talked about limitations, because he saw himself beset with them. That was the theme of his ongoing story. He told it well. He made a convincing case. Not to me. To himself.
All in all, he was starring in his own myth about remaining unknown.
He saw that my patience was running out. But he was convinced his myth was so complicated and had so many parts, he had to divulge all of it.
I could see, though, that the story would never end. He would keep manufacturing it as long as he needed to—whatever it took, so he could remain unknown.
In that sense, he was quite creative. He could imagine many, many things, as long as they didn’t involve him launching some enterprise in the world that would make him visible.
This wasn’t the tale of Sisyphus pushing a great rock up the hill, only to have it come back down again, forcing him to start over. This was an eternal musing that would keep him from away from the rock and the hill altogether.
The thing was—and I caught an occasional glimpse while he was talking—he knew that once he began to push the rock, it wouldn’t come back down. He could see himself reaching the summit. That was troubling to him. That was too much.
That would cut him off from the postponement which had become so familiar and comfortable.
He was an artist of postponement. It was his forte.
I’m sure his colleagues didn’t see him this way at all. As far as they were concerned, he was a bright hard-working consultant. He turned in good reports. He gave good advice. He understood their questions and problems, and he had solutions.
But in his own thoughts, in his private world, he kept spinning out a story that had no end.
His myth of eternal indecision was his most prized possession.
He had two lives. In one he was entirely acceptable to the people he knew. In the other, he could see events of the world inscribed and painted on a curtain that was hiding the truth behind it.
How many people exist in this fashion? And what would happen if they stepped forward and made some part of that truth known?
Muscle and bone truth, blood truth, brain truth, knowledge truth, soul truth, creative truth.
I’ll finish this with two short excerpts from a work-in-progress, The Magician Awakes:
“You had a dream. Last night, while you were sleeping, the world was the same, but you were joined with yourself. You were enacting a vast plan. You could only glimpse it, but you knew it would stand. It was a sunlit and moonlit thing. It would let people know they could become known. They could be more than the world. There would be no more trouble about that. That question would be gone.”
“All the men with their medals and citations eventually begin to fade. The past is no longer known. The thought of resting on their laurels is less appealing to them. What about now? What about stepping out of the wilderness of memories and testing the voice, to see what it can do? If it wobbles a bit at the beginning, pay no attention. The voice never goes away. It breaks through the envelope of amnesia and inherits a space it was made for. A space larger than time. Then all bets are off.”
(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Exit From The Matrix, click here.)
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.