Conditioning …

False reinforcement

Do this and get that

Even if that isn’t what you need

It’s for your safety…

That’s what they say

But the facts don’t support it

Unchecked control

We’re here to help…

Another classic lie

Help themselves

While using you in the process

The check is in the mail…


But with strings attached

Sometimes ropes and chains

Money isn’t everything…

Easy to say

When you have it

And others don’t

Everything happens for a reason…

I don’t buy it

When they work so hard

To convince me of it

Two wrongs don’t make a right…


Following blindly isn’t a solution

It’s a pathway to self-annihilation

Don’t judge a book by its cover…

Can go either way

But usually, darkness wears darkness

And light shines bright

The best is yet to come…

False prophecy

The best days can be everyday

Depending on your attitude

Trust the fact-checkers…

What makes them experts

Fact-checkers are a propaganda tool

Real truth is easy to see

College makes you smarter…

Not anymore

College is conditioning

Creating elitist sheeple

Diversity makes us stronger…

Not true in our modern application

It usually causes conflict

Unless it’s purely, diversity of intellect

Accidents happen…


But usually caused by operator error

Or planned to happen

My enemy should be your enemy…

Leading the weak-minded

Tyrants want you to hate

Collective hate keeps them in power

God will save you…

But which God

Modern religions are all cults

Money, power, and control

Conspiracy theories…

Usually surface as truth

Covered up to justify agencies

Diverting us from reality

Crime doesn’t pay…

So, say the criminals

Who rob the world blind

Of resources, talent, and labor

I was just following orders…

Two wrongs in action again

Why obey a falsehood

To further tyrannical ambitions

Trust me…

Thanks, but I’ll pass

I trust in my own abilities

To research, assess, and conclude

Conditioning …

It only works on the willing

Nothing is free

Except love.  Love is free.

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I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

3 thoughts on “Conditioning

  • March 17, 2022 at 6:51 PM

    So true: love is the only thing left that is free. I am old enough to remember when life was simple, and a lifestyle was what we ourselves chose. I also remember that a nickel bought me a lunch bag full of candies that I picked out myself! LOL. I like this piece, Ralph. Well done.

  • March 20, 2022 at 8:11 AM

    As always Ralph you have written a piece that is informative, if not sad in most aspect. I relish your insight into the workings of the world. Great Job, my friend!!!


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