Author David Mathisen discusses his research on the hidden symbolic and metaphorical meanings of ancient texts. David and James examine the significance of this work for approaching and understanding modern propaganda and mind control techniques.
Mathisen was almost twenty years a “literalist,” reading the Old and New Testaments scriptures carefully and literally. Yet these texts remain some of the most exquisite crystallizations of esoteric teachings from ancient times.
Over a long course of research Mathisen began to identify the outlines of the vast system that underlies the scriptures and other ancient writings censored or excluded through literalist tradition.
“Some people might protest and say, ‘Wait a minute, I’m not a literalist. Why do you keep throwing this term around?'” Mathisen begins, “I’m using the term ‘literalism’ very broadly. I’m talking about the ancient, sacred texts of humanity–the ones that have been by far the most influential on Western civilization, and continue to be very influential here in the United States to this day. These are the texts that have found their way in to the Bible … What I mean by literally is to understand these texts as describing literal, historic figures, whether that’s Abraham, Moses, Jesus and the Twelve Disciples.”
Mathisen maintains that such figures are frequently symbolic and intended to explain a larger story of cosmic and human development. One must distinguish between “the literal and the allegorical. When I say taking the Bible literally, I believe the Bible has profound truths, but I think there’s so much evidence … that it is not intended to be literal. So, the term ‘literalism’ is a useful term to describe to the approach that says, ‘Don’t take away the historical, literal level.'”
While at first glance such research and analysis may seem divorced from the present historical moment, the rationales and methods behind propaganda and mind control have changed very little over at least the past few thousand years. Indeed, modern education and mass media seldom teach intellectual introspection or self defense. “There’s no doubt that religious belief can be used as a form of ‘mind control.'”
Nowhere was this more evident than in the Enlightenment era. “There was a famous essay by Immanual Kant, ‘An Answer to the Question, ‘What is Enlightenment?” This question was posed to various thinkers in the 1700s, and they were invited to give a response. Kant said that ‘enlightenment is waking up from out self-imposed immaturity.’ In other words, taking other people’s answers instead of examining life for ourselves … Kant actually talked about the scriptures and Bible–taking those uncritically is a form of self-imposed immaturity.”
If one reads great literature it’s usually anti-mind control, it usually subverts that [sentiment or message]. I think [Melville’s] Moby Dick subverts that. I think that Shakespeare can be seen as subverting that. A lot of time you have the fool who just doesn’t buy into the mind control, who just kind of saying what he thinks, and the king keeps him around for whatever reason. The fool has esoteric aspects as well. This idea of the person who doesn’t buy into the fictions created by language to bind us. A profitable definition of mind control is getting people to violate natural law.
Earlier this year MHB posted Mathisen’s essay, “Paging Dr. Zaius,” which examines the profound underlying theme of the film Planet of the Apes. “Was ancient history important in Planet of the Apes? You bet it was. It was hugely important. It’s a great metaphor because Dr. Zaius and all the leaders of the ape world had a vested interest in ancient history that the people, or the apes, believed. Zaius knew that ancient history was very different from what the ape scriptures said, and from what the apes believed.”
David Mathisen is the author of two books, The Mathisen Corollary: Connecting the Global Flood with the Mystery of Mankind’s Ancient Past (2011), and The Undying Stars: The Truth That Unites the World’s Ancient Wisdom and the Conspiracy to Keep it From You (2014).
Mathisen is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds a master’s degree in English literature from Texas A&M University. Additional information is available at mathisencorollary.blogspot.com/