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|Indigo Children as a Social Barometer|
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I visited the Secular Humanism website a few days ago and saw an article there about pseudoscience written by our academicians. In particular, it talked about children with paranormal abilities (the X-ray girl). The academicians were outraged that our mass media was once again propagandizing pseudoscience, which is especially cynical in a situation with children because experiments have been conducted in other countries and the obvious trickery around this "sensational phenomenon" was detected.
I would probably not have paid special attention to this article inasmuch in our country now only a lazy person does not earn money from human stupidity and superstitions if in the news on TV the next day I had not heard approximately the following: "Every third child in the world is born with unusual abilities. The number of indigo children grows by the hour, not by the day. Scientists are horrified inasmuch as it is clear that this is not normal". They show a girl who supposedly sees through people like an X-ray machine. Then a woman (a teacher) speaks: "When I go on the Metro I already see these children. They do not look at you as children should, in an ingratiating manner and they do not hide their eyes modestly. They look right at you as an equal and it seems as if they see right through you". And the horror in the eyes.
Yes, I think, alright. Why do they publicize a fear of so-called indigo children on TV (which in our times is a reflection of the ideology of the government)? Who are these indigo children? Surfing the Net I see a mass of esoteric nonsense beginning with these are children with a dark blue aura, that they are space aliens, that these are children of Light sent with a certain mission, and ending with these are computerized children who think with their head and not their heart. (It is a terrible thing when a person thinks with his head and not his heart. Imagine how he'll vote). And, finally, I find 10 signs by which one can identify an indigo child (http://indigo.e-puzzle.ru):
[Copied from http://skepdic.com/indigo.html:, not translated from this article]
1. They come into the world with a feeling of royalty (and often act like it).
I look at all this and I do not understand what the specific problem is. All 10 signs correspond to simply NORMAL children. Children who have self-worth, who have creative ability and intellect, who have no complexes, and who easily ignore the taboos and superstitions which are widespread in society.
Why then is the appearance of normal children in large numbers so threatening to grown uncles and aunts? I recall a recent conversation I had with a former teacher of my child's elementary school:
I: You complained about our class and called them "child hooligans" but is the new class better?
Teacher: No, unfortunately. Now the children are all worse with every year.
I: Why worse?
Teacher: They've become completely unmanageable. Earlier it was one or two such children in the class, but now it's almost all of them.
And here is the main word was named: UNMANAGEABLE. Now the reason for the fear is clear. A generation of unmanageable children is growing up. Children whose brains are no longer washed by Communist ideology and still have not been washed by a religious-patriotic ideology. These children have piety neither toward adults, nor authorities, nor the government. These children have intellect, creative ability, and a pragmatic view of the world. These children are better than adults: they are able to find and use information. (They often feel at home in the Internet). So, what will happen when these children become adults?
Impressions from shooting the film "Gadkie Lebedi [Nasty Swans]" (http://www.newizv.ru/news/?id_news=52872&inset=cinema&date=2006-09-01):
"Filmmakers notice that the most difficult aspects in filming are working with animals and children, for they are unpredictable. The creators of Gadkie Lebedi were also afraid. Children who were to portray the concepts of "constitution" and "aphorism" were sought for a long time but when they were found, everyone became a bit terrified. 'I had the impression that I was not testing them, but they were [testing] me', recalls the director".
Rather, not only the filmmakers became a bit terrified, but also all those who are part of a dying system of government based on a primitive manipulation of people. What will happen with this system and at the same time to its representatives when an unmanageable person comes to replace a member of the mob? You get three guesses.
Can the representativess of the system still do anything to avoid the consequences of the advent of a new generation of unmanageable people? They think they can. And they are already trying.
First, the system can try to ideologize (brainwash) them anyway. There is such an attempt: the introduction of religion into kindergartens and schools, NVP [Basic Military Training], and the creation of national patriotic youth movements.
Second, if they do not manage to brainwash [children] with the aid of ideology they can try to drum obedience into them with the aid of the Army and law enforcement bodies. In peacetime this would hardly work but if a war were to begin somehow then all of them can be shaved [SIC] together.
Third, the indigo children can be declared witches and wizards and a hunt for them begun. But a certain public opinion needs to be created to do this. A fear of unusual children "who see through everyone" needs to be evoked among the quite numerous duped portion of the country's inhabitants. Especially since this is not a first for a mass media which represents the government to whip up the horror amongst the population against something unusual: evil Western imperialists, people "of Caucasian ethnicity", and awful sect members of all stripes (Jehovah's Witnesses, Hara Krishnas, Scientologists, Satanists, witches, and occultists).
Not long ago I heard a joke: if there were no America the government would begin to fear space aliens. The joke turned out to be prophetic. But I did not read about space aliens there in some esoteric community and not in the yellow press but an interview in Komsomol'skaya Pravda with Yevgeniy Litvinov, the Chairman of the RAN Committee to Study Anomalous Phenomena (http://spb.kp.ru/2006/10/10/doc141355/):
"In the words of Yevgeniy Litvinov (an RAN scientist) there are hundreds of space aliens on Earth every year, or even thousands of aliens. It turns out that ours is such a popular planet. Where does this attention come from? The scientist has developed a whole system of rationales in that regard:
1. The Earth serves as a resort for them.
Then a guide is given: "How to tell an alien among people". It is restrained in the style of "The Witch's Hammer", the well-known 17th century masterpiece. I will cite several excerpts. I did not restrain myself and gave my comments in parentheses.
"External appearance. Height from 1.7 to 2 meters. They are well-built. The head is of somewhat increased size with clearly expressed hemispheres, a large forehead, and a small, expressionless mouth. The eyes are round, prominent or almond-shaped". (Be careful, any passerby might be an alien!). "How do they behave? They avoid handshakes and direct gazes. They avoid questions about [their] childhood and parents. They do not like to go to doctors and stores and are absolutely ambivalent toward card games and popular entertainment". (Someone who doesn't like TV series is unambiguously an alien).
Now about the main thing:
"THEIR CHILDREN (INDIGO). Unlike their parents they know of their extraplanetary origin. As some of them have admitted they have flown to us to save the world. In the opinion UFOlogists indigo is a generation of new people who were actively inserted into our planet by aliens" (second-generation spies, there it is, an enemy force).
Then, in accordance with the idea there should have been a section "what to do with them", but the great scientist Litvinov apparently decided that this was outside his competence. His cause is to beat the alarm, but the [security] organs will be looking into it.
It is understood that for the crooked Russian government the ideal child is a student at some military school, like the Suvorov type. He gets up at the command "reveille", tucks in his bed with a straightedge, and goes into the yard to form up. He keeps only the correct books in [his] bedside table and only the correct thoughts in his head. Such a child can be fed any kind of crap (as recently happened at the Mozhaysky School in St. Petersburg) and he will swallow it. When he grows up he can be send into any war you want. If he is killed there, well the hell with him, "the women will bear others".
But indigo children or, to put it more simply, the normal children of our "people's power" are not needed.
This is what I think: it is correct to mold children to the State or maybe to mold the State to the children? As justly noted in Andersen's "The Emperor's New Clothes", a child is always in the right place, but the government is not always.
Translated by Gary Goldberg
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