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Thought Barriers: The Salem Witch Trials

"Examination of a Witch" (1853) by Thompkins H. Matteson.

In conversing with my left-leaning peers, I have found that many of them are aware that they’ve been lied to about almost everything. They are aware that the mainstream media and schools are full of garbage and nonsense meant to manipulate them. However, they don’t know what the alternative is. They don’t comprehend the extent to which they’ve been programmed.

I think it is likely that even those of us who have largely escaped left-wing bias and secular humanism remain programmed to an alarming extent. This became evident to me a when someone pointed out the possibility that there actually may have been (real) witches in Salem, Massachusetts during the famous witch trials.

I of course, had always assumed that the story of Salem Massachusetts was one of a society getting carried away by superstitious delusions, a warning against mobs — but just think about it for a moment. The historical records from the time indicate that there literally were people there who engaged in witchcraft, making “witch cakes” and such things. Also, there are people today who practice witchcraft, so why not then?

Although we can rightly castigate the mob mentality of the witch trials and rightly ridicule some of the practices involved, such as “dunking”, the fact remains that witchcraft is a real threat to society (even if only through providing abortion services) and should not be tolerated in Western countries. The people of Salem were right to try to put an end to the practice of witchcraft in their territory.

The common narrative regarding the Salem Witch Trials is that they were persecuting a group of people who were harmless or who may not have even existed. In colloquial usage, the expression “witch hunt” has even come to mean the persecution of a harmless or non-existent group of people. I myself adhered to this common narrative for a while, though now I have reason to doubt it.

This should give us reason to pause and consider just how certain we are about anything. What alternate perspectives are we not aware of regarding all of our commonly accepted historical narratives, things for which we couldn't even begin to wonder about? Just how programmed are we?

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