The value of knowing you're not alone.

From our no-mask no-contact-tracing-narc meetup events.

There's a lot of talk about how people have created their own "bubble" of information. We follow what we are interested in, reject what we aren't, and the algorithms feed us ever narrowing preferences.

I get that. It's its own discussion, and one I've blogged about. 

But here's another angle: when you're in a kind of battle, you need to know other soldiers are in the trenches, especially if you can't always see them.

There's a podcast I listen to that a lot of people mock, one about Bible prophecy, and the older woman who runs it often uses the phrase "like-minded believers" as a reason she puts on a prophecy conference and other events.

Why is it good to periodically be around like-minded people?

Because if you aren't, pretty soon you adopt the mob mentality out of sheer weariness. 

Propaganda works because it wears people down over time, even if they know the propaganda is bull. We quickly adapt to something as "normal" because we can't live in a constant state of battle. Heck, even when I know something isn't normal and good and right, I find my brain getting used to it. I have to tell myself, for example, that no, it isn't normal nor good for people to have their face covered everywhere they go.

We've seen this before in our nation. 

The whole culture has shifted into the garbage heap of bizarro land because the pressure was intense and unrelenting from the media and universities and Hollywood and bit by bit people found it easier to give up what they believed or thought was right and just go along to get along. If you agree with everyone, you don't have confrontations or fights.

Now we see it with those refusing to participate in the fear-mongering nonsense the government, social media, mainstream media, accepted experts, and others around as are perpetuating. We know there's a serious health risk to eight months of fear, we know there's hope, we know there's data that supports what we believe...but we're weary. 

"Maybe we just wear the masks to show we care," you think, because you're tired of every single day being a battle.

If you separate, isolate, and fill with fear, and you have control over people. The only way to stop the battle is to join the crowd; then the pressure is relieved.

When every day is a battle, you will absolutely get weary. Every decision, every choice you're faced with, every bit of your existence becomes a battle. We function best when we can create habits and "automatic" decisions so we don't have to think about everything we do. We'd get mentally and physically exhausted if we couldn't do this.

But now, something as simple as buying groceries requires you to gear up for battle. Something as simple as going to get your mail at the post office is a battle. Sitting in the breakroom at work is a battle. Reading the news is a battle. Posting something on social media is a battle. Driving down the highway and being repeatedly confronted with state-sponsored propaganda again and again requires you to battle that idea in your mind.

We battle wrong ideology, rude and confrontational people, and the strange sense that we're alone when we see everyone with a face diaper.

We're weary.

I'm seeing people express that weariness. They're tired of being confronted by co-workers or random people out in the public, scolding them with the government's permission, berating them and forcing them to battle or shrink.

Regular bouts of being with like-minded people lets you rest. You can catch your breath. You don't always have to have your hand twitching above your sword, reading to defend yourself. You can relax and connect and talk and laugh and all the good things free people should be able to do.

Last week, the "No Mask For Commerce" group I started had a little meetup. We got together, and for several hours, we talked and absolutely enjoyed each other's company. Several weeks ago I went to a health freedom even in Bismarck and there was a large crowd, mask free, enjoying each other's company. It was a real slice of normalcy, and it was rejuvenating for just that alone.

You need to know you're not alone.

The world you see around you in the news and online and from our state government has gone crazy, but there are others like you who are not participating in the hysteria.

You might be weary, but do NOT give up hope.

Block propaganda at every opportunity. Reduce the access of social media friends who only want to argue with you all the time. It's valuable to hear other ideas, but right now, when daily life is a battle, you need a break from it. Yell back at the propaganda billboards that they are garbage; hear yourself say it out loud (it's possible I use a finger, Gov. Burgum's name, and some colorful metaphors every time I see the stupid #maskupnd billboards). Find like-minded people. Arrange to meet them IN PERSON when possible because the human connection will refresh you more than online social media will. Spend time talking and laughing. Hold a mask-free hope-filled let-freedom-ring no-narcs movie night or Bible study or meal with friends at your home. Rinse and repeat.

You will be refreshed.

You're not less of a person for seeking like-minded people when you're in the trench and you're not sure if anyone else is manning the artillery. You need others to help you hold the line. That's what good soldiers do.

If you are struggling right now, send me an email and I'll respond. I'll pray for you if you'd like me to. It is my intention to send out notes and cards of encouragement to everyone on my postal mailing list, so if you haven't signed up there, do so.

You're not alone. You're not mistaken. You're completely sane. The world has gone crazy, and the asylum wants as many drugged-up patients as it can get.