I was recently a guest speaker on a Zoom videocast, having been approached by the coordinator of the online networking group. He asked if I would speak on a number of subjects, which he and his associates were familiar with, including my manner of presentation. One associate was supposedly connected to a major studio reportedly in process of doing a film on The Art of War. I was to speak on The Book of Five Rings, Self-Revealization Acceptance®, and The Art of War. There would be about 25 – 35 attendees, who, I was told, were anticipating my appearance and had certain questions regarding the subject matter. After the initial “Hi, who are you, where are you, what is a hanshi …,” I got down to business: 15 minute general intro, 30 – 40 minute presentation on specifics, and a 15 minute Q & A.
The next day, I contacted the coordinator and asked about the response, having been somewhat surprised that he didn’t call me. The text response from him was unbelievable. To say the least, I was amazed and stunned, considering who the audience was supposed to be. Wow! I had intimidated the audience by being ‘too deep,’ and they could not grasp my message. Too deep? When I talk to elementary school kids and others, perhaps some having difficulty with the concepts, when questioned, I readily explain with more clarity. I have very rarely encountered such pathetic criticism in my more than 60 years of teaching and presenting my work.
Then came the bombshell. I gave examples of who might understand The Art of War and be able to use it intelligently to advantage to further a cause. I mentioned a few people, including Trump. I did not praise him, nor did I say anything pro or con. The coordinator then reports that eleven of the audience immediately dropped out of the Zoomcast at the mention of Trump’s name. He was very upset and would get back to me in a few days with more information. After 5 days, not having heard from him, I gave him a call and left a message, which he did not return. I reminded him that I was teaching The Art of War, and according to his request, did not hold anything back. A normal audience response would be something to the effect of how would they be able to use the same principles for their own advantage rather than run away and look for a ‘safe space’. Subsequently, I learned that the audience was mostly non-conservative and millennial.
Too deep? Terror at the mention of a name? I realize we are living in most precarious times, with the younger generations unable to come to terms with personal responsibility or the self-esteem required to make a place of importance for themselves. Anything that causes them to think for themselves or goes against their opinion is apparently not in their agenda, as they blindly follow those who promise to deliver unredeemable promissory notes. Unfortunately, as the NWO begins to levy its new-age consciousness, it will be more and more difficult for the younger generations to come to terms with any form of reality that threatens their Eloi mentality.
My generation will eventually expire, and so it is meaningless to berate the young for their obvious inability to come to terms with the reality of what they look forward to melting into. The time we are living in is ultra-superficial, all-surface and, in my view, apparently with hardly any substance whatsoever. Consider social distancing: just another form of social conditioning that follows the same non-committal path as texting, though on a physical level to further rend the soul from intimate human contact. Add to that pending 5G mind control, face recognition, forced vaccinations and nanochip implanting.
Hey, kids, go enjoy your “playdate” and remember to keep your distance and not touch each other. We know if you are behaving, or you are not, and Santa knows if you are naughty or nice.
©Stephen F. Kaufman 2020
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