Dedicated with love to Jordan B Peterson.
The reason why totalitarian regimes hate literature classics is because stories are powerful, because reading them might allow you to expand your prism of reality and integrate narratives from these books into yourself, and because classic literature has many insights about life. When people describe a dystopian world many quote George Orwell’s “1984”, or Aldus Huxley’s “Brave New World”. However, there is one book that perhaps describes what our society is experiencing right now better than the two above. It was written by Carlo Lorenzini, a humorist, journalist, and an author, who was known by his pen name Carlo Collodi and his masterpiece “The Adventures of Pinocchio”, which he wrote in 1883. Most people are familiar with the Disney adaptation of the book, which became the animated movie “Pinocchio”. However, like in the cinematic adaptation that was done to the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, which became “The Wizard of Oz”, Hollywood’s final product was a sugar-coated edition of a book that had important messages not only for the young audience but also for the adults. In this article I will use one of Pinocchio’s adventures from the book to show how relevant it is to our days, the same way Jordan Peterson used the Disney adaptation to explain other hidden elements that the story tells us.
Peterson, one of the most influential thinkers of our time, has lost his voice and has not spoken out against the tyranny we are experiencing. Peterson, like all father figures, is lost in the belly of the beast, so I decided, as someone who loves him dearly, to set his spirit free by sharing more insights from a story he loves so much.
In one of Pinocchio’s adventures, his friend (Lamp-Wick) was telling him about “a real country – the best in the world – a wonderful place!”. He called it “the land of toys” (in the Disney adaptation it was called “pleasure island”) and tried to convince him to come with him to that land. When Pinocchio hesitates, his friend describes to him the place as a land where “days are spent in play and enjoyment from morn till night. At night one goes to bed, and next morning, the good times begin all over again“. He described a place without teachers, without school, with no need to study. A land of no responsibility. One day a wagon full of kids arrives. It was driven by a coachman who was a little man that was constantly smiling, and has “a voice small and wheedling like that of a cat begging for food“. This coachman asks Pinocchio if he want to come to his “wonderful country“. Pinocchio hesitates, but he is being pressured to come by the people in the wagon:
“Pinocchio!” Lamp-Wick called out. “Listen to me. Come with us and we’ll always be happy.”
“No, no, no!”
“Come with us and we’ll always be happy,” cried four other voices from the wagon.
“Come with us and we’ll always be happy,” shouted the one hundred and more boys in the wagon, all together.
Since there is no space on the wagon, Pinocchio tries to ride one of the donkeys, which throws him. The coachman approached the donkey and while “still smiling, bent over him lovingly and bit off half of his right ear. Pinocchio tries one more time to climb on the donkey, the animal thrown him again in the air, and then the coachman “became so loving toward the little animal that, with another kiss, he bit off half of his left ear“, and then he told Pinocchio to climb the donkey, assuring him that all we be ok “I have spoken to him and now he seems quiet and reasonable“. Pinocchio climbs the Donkey, but along the way he thought he heard the donkey speaking to him, trying to warn him. When he told the coachman, the coachman replies “do not lose time over a donkey that can weep“, and Pinocchio obeys.
The Promised Land
The great land of toys was full of young boys who were busy playing games, riding bicycles, playing music, and doing whatever they wanted, without any consideration for others. After five months of no school, no study, no worries, and no responsibility Pinocchio discovers one day that his ears are growing. He saw his image in a bowl of water, and got so terrified that he started to cry, to scream, to knock his head against the wall, which only his ears grew faster. At this point a fat little dormouse comes to him and he tells him that he has a donkey fever and that within 3 hour he will be turned into a donkey. When Pinocchio started to cry and be in panic, the dormouse told him “why worry now? What is done cannot be undone, you know.” and he adds “tears now are useless. You should have thought of all this before.”
Pinocchio felt deep regret, and he told the dormouse “If I had only had a bit of heart, I should never have abandoned that good Fairy, who loved me so well and who has been so kind to me! And by this time, I should no longer be a Marionette. I should have become a real boy.“
At that point, Pinocchio’s friend arrived. Both of them tried to hide their donkey ears, but after they exposed their condition to each other, they started to transform into donkeys: “both of them fell on all fours and began running and jumping around the room. As they ran, their arms turned into legs, their faces lengthened into snouts and their backs became covered with long gray hairs.”
When the coachman arrived he was happy to see that the boys turned into donkeys, and he then planned to sell them. In the book the author explains that the coachman’s profession was to find those who do not want to live a life of responsibility, take them with him to the Land of Toys, let them enjoy themselves, and then, when they became little donkeys, he sold them on the market place. “In a few years” Carlo Collodi added “he had become a millionaire.”
The coachman took the donkeys to the market where he sold Pinocchio’s friend to a farmer, and then he sold Pinocchio to a circus owner.
When Pinocchio arrives at the circus the owner of the circus was trying to feed him with straws, but Pinocchio who was still used to human food refuses. Then his owner gives him hay, and after Pinocchio complains he lashes him. After a while, Pinocchio convinces himself that not only the hay is good but also that the straws. He tells himself “Patience! Have patience!”. The next morning his owner comes, tells him “You are to help me earn some fine gold pieces”, and Pinocchio’s master teaches him tricks he is required to perform in front of the circus audience.
As Pinocchio was performing his tricks he saw a beautiful woman in the audience who had, around her neck, a long gold chain, with a medallion that had a picture of a Marionette. It was his fairy, which he betrayed when he refused to grow. He tries to call her, but he does not have a voice anymore. This breaks Pinocchio, and he cannot perform anymore. When his owner realizes he cannot use Pinocchio he kills him and uses his skin as a drumhead.
You will own nothing, and you will be happy
If you cannot see the similarities between the moral of the story and the way most of the society acts today, you are, like Pinocchio, a marionette. Dystopia, like socialism and communism, are always being mascaraed in promises of Utopia. We now live in an era where our governments have been telling people not to work and giving them money to stay at home. In the book Pinocchio is being sold a land of toys, these days we are being sold “The Great Reset“, which is in fact a plan to enslave those who will be tempted by the promises of freedom from worries. The wagon that takes you to that land of toys are the experimental gene therapy treatments, and like in the book, everyone who has been on board of the wagon is pressuring you to join. Like in the book, those who bought up with this modern trap are those who have chosen to be uneducated about the true nature of Agenda 2030 and the dangers of the experimental gene therapy treatment which is an essential element of it. Like in the book, people who believe the promises happiness, being promised that they will not own nothing and be happy, while in fact hiding the truth which is that “own nothing” includes not owning the right to speak, the right to travel, the right to assemble, the right to vote, and the right for a bodily autonomy, a modern day slavery.
The book describes and predicts the antisocial behaviour of those who were vaccinated, which act in disrespect to the democratic values of our society, the right for bodily autonomy, and freedom of speech. The description of the transformation into donkeys in the story was horrifying, especially considering the fact that the experimental gene therapy treatment is impacting the biology of those who agree to take it.
Like in the book, slavery is achieved not only by the master who is punishing the people for not performing as they want them to (masks, social distancing, passes) but more importantly by the people accepting the state of slavery, convincing themselves it is ok to be a slave, and telling themselves that if they will be patient it will be better. Like in the book, most heartbreaking moment in people’s lives will be when they, one day, remember the freedom they had when they were living from their hearts, how loved they were, and how instead of following the truth they have chosen the temptation of their mind which led them to their slavery. This memory will make people call for it, but they will fail, and when they do it is when people will lose all reason of living, it is when people will not be of use for their masters, and it is when their masters get rid of them while using whatever is left of them for another purpose.
Who is our modern day coachman? Who is this merciless smiling man with a squeaky voice? Is it Bill Gates? Anthony Fauci? Mark Zuckerberg? I feel it is a metaphor that the coachman describes all those who are serving the forces of Evil, each have their minions. You might ask yourself who are the modern day masters that we are going to be sold to, and the answer is that we do not know. The masters who run the circus only will appear to us after we will be unable to resist, when we lose our ability to be free and to speak. I am pretty certain it is not Klaus Schwab – the message in Thomas Hobbes’ “Leviathan” is that power is always hidden and it is not where you think it is. Again – another classic literature that almost every child in American knew before it was stripped from our collective memory. If you want to learn about reasons behind the hidden curriculum of compulsory schooling, please read “Dumbing Us Down”, which was written by the late American teacher and political libertarian John Taylor Gatto.
Our society has been lured by promises which were driven by the fear of the people. In the story, Pinocchio hates school almost as much as people hate to be sick. In the book, his fear of growing up and facing reality leads him to many sufferings. Our Western World is now experiencing times where truth is being suppressed, where violence in the name of childish victimhood is being glorified and encouraged, where hate is being ignored and even justified, and that it is funneled toward those who refuse to follow the masses into land of toys, the Disney’s “pleasure Island”, towards those who refuse to taking the vaccine and embrace the vaccine pass(port).
Do not be fooled by the fact Pinocchio has been transferred into an animated movie. In its essence, Pinocchio is a timeless warning about the dangers of being an uneducated marionette. When a society gives up the precious, sacred values it has flourished upon, the result is always enslavement. Contrary to common belief, ignorance isn’t a bliss, it is a pass(port) to a life of suffering, a world of enslavement. Seeking the truth and surrendering to it is the only way to experience inner freedom, the only path that can lead us to experience the sacredness of the now.
Totalitarian regimes always want to control the story you tell yourself about the world you live in, to turn you into a marionette, a slave. Do not allow them.
STOP BEING A PUPPET ON A STRING !!!
Remember who you are: I am the love that is you.
(originally written on the 27th of May 2021, adapted on August 2021)