The Choose-Your-Own-Reality Theory of Terror, Mass Shootings and Spiritual Warfare

Op-Ed by Dylan Charles

By now, every possible angle of the Las Vegas shooting has been expounded upon by anyone with a website or a YouTube channel. Without a doubt, something doesn’t add up, but, we’ve gone through this before, many times now, and it never adds up.

And it won’t ever add up, because the self-proclaimed authorities will never acknowledge contrary points of view. They’ll never publicly admit that the official story doesn’t jibe with the totality of facts and thoughtful observations openly available to anyone with an Internet connection and a halfway open mind.

And so we never come to know the whole truth and nothing but the truth. These cases remain open forever. They fester on and on like incurable tumors in the psyche of the body politic, forever generating debate, discussion, discordance, disharmony, infighting, argument and anger. Forever pushing people into psychological traps where reality is whatever best fits with one’s chosen perspective, whatever that may be.

The power structures in place have a firm grip on the controls of the reality generation machine. It’s a top-down system. When an event like Las Vegas happens, the machine goes into action, spinning out variants and possibilities then tossing them into the ether of the collective consciousness. There, facts and fantasies are furiously pecked at and picked over until we’ve had our fill. Then we wait for the next feeding. The next blood-letting.

You see, the real powers in our world don’t care if we know the truth. They don’t care if in all of our theories we do happen to stumble upon the actual story. Their interests aren’t threatened by speculative chatter on the Internet. They’re not challenged by keyboard experts or social media warriors. They’re not afraid of homegrown video analysis and list articles pointing out the obvious. They’re not troubled by snarky know-it-all bloggers. To them we’re just a billion monkeys with a billion typewriters feverishly hoping to accidentally hammer out Homer’s Odyssey.

In fact, they love it when they know that we know. It’s a psychopath thing. You wouldn’t understand.

To the contrary, though. The insane flurry of pseudo-investigative journalism and professional-grade speculation serves them well. It deepens the divide. It stokes more anger, rage, impotency and confusion. It speeds up the fractionation of the public psyche into ever-finer opinion groups and ever-tighter echo chambers. It serves them well to niche us down into evermore subtle corrals of theoretics.

In our uber-connected, news-cycle-driven world, an event like Las Vegas is much more than just murder. It’s a wide detour for public awareness. And it’s a mega pay-day for everyone in the game.

Those pulling the trigger profit by selling us back our peace of mind in the form of security technologies and increased federal budgets for the alphabet agencies of the police state and the Orwellian permanent war tribe.

The 24-7 news teams cash in, too. They gain in audience share and up the price on their advertising space. The pundits get booked overtime presenting, framing, re-framing and re-packaging tidbits of info for public consumption. They sell dark fantasies about what could be and what might come to be, triggering the imagination, stirring up waves of cortisol then selling more pills and products to cope with it all.

The ever-growing body of independent websites and alt-news ventures get to take all this to the bank as well. Speculation is insatiably click-worthy. No one really knows what the hell is going on, but the clicks just keep on coming, so long as we can think of new ways of saying the same things. After all, clicks equal money, and who doesn’t want money? If the theory is just as discreditable as the official story, who cares?

The ritual of terrorism and mass murder events wouldn’t be what it is without the feeding frenzy of content creation, widespread speculation, conjecture, opinion generation, confidence games and outright bullshit. It’s part of the emotional roller coaster we so darkly love. It temporarily fills the void. It’s a little thing we do to feign purpose and meaning amidst our frustrating inability to substantively improve the human condition.

In this environment we are free to choose our own reality, to jump from ship to ship, subscribing and unsubscribing to whatever theory compliments our frame of mind and upholds up our tightly held worldview.

Meanwhile our attention is stolen and misdirected, trained onto the most terrifying of external fascinations. Higher consciousness is pissed into the wind. Love is plowed under by fear, and a spiritual illness metastasizes. The inner being continues to rot and disintegrate.

Suddenly there’s no time for holding space for the victims or for those directly affected. There’s no desire to consciously generate empathy. The task of ferreting out our own darkness and of rooting out our own anger and hate is put on hold for a wild goose chase in search of certainty and consensus. The bigger picture is totally lost in the sensational details of the horror.

The mind convinces itself that it can control the world by wrangling with external circumstances, and that its righteous duty is to submerge itself in the dark minutiae of shock and awe. The psyche is further conditioned to indulge in madness, and the spirit is further tricked into believing that fear has a rightful home in the heart.

It’s a trap within a trick. A tragedy built into a tragedy. A thousand rabbit holes within a rabbit hole. It’s a veil concealing the reality that the matrix is an attention funnel designed to direct our awareness and energy onto a pre-fab spread of pre-packaged, shitty realities. Where attention goes, energy flows. This is spiritual warfare. The enemy’s goal is for us to forget that we are creators of this world and that we have more power than we know what to do with.

This is the age of choose-your-own-reality. It is my suspicion that the world will begin to improve when we consciously enter into the age of create-your-own reality.

Read more articles by Dylan Charles.

Dylan Charles is a student and teacher of Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, a practitioner of Yoga and Taoist esoteric arts, and an activist and idealist passionately engaged in the struggle for a more sustainable and just world for future generations. He is the editor of, the proprietor of, a grateful father and a man who seeks to enlighten others with the power of inspiring information and action. His remarkable journey of self-transformation is a testament to the power of the will and the persistence of the human spirit. He may be contacted at

This article (The Choose-Your-Own-Reality Theory of Terror, Mass Shootings and Spiritual Warfare) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Dylan Charles and It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

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8 Comments on "The Choose-Your-Own-Reality Theory of Terror, Mass Shootings and Spiritual Warfare"

  1. This is a very sane piece of writing. Thank you!

  2. People who study topics like Philosophy of Science, make a sharp and important distinction between scientific investigation to discover the truth of an indifferent universe – that is an inanimate universe that is neither working to help or thwart the scientific investigator – vs. trying to study or play games against “a demon” who will purposely work at cross purposes to the investigator opponent. Science is hard/tricky enough, and philosophers recognize that current theories are inevitably slightly wrong and will be eventually replaced or expanded upon by improved versions. Playing against a demon is recognized to be infinitely harder – no rules, no consistency…what can one say?

    When independents investigate large events of public criminal violence alongside the likes of the FBI and Secret Service, one should ask, as a thinker or a journalist – Is that akin to being a scientist investigating nature alongside others or aking to fighting a demon? The answer is a a different kind of speculative theory. However, we can learn from past experience. In the case of the JFK assassination, there have been over 50 years for independents to uncover evidence and get at the truth. What the evidence shows is that the demon role of the FBI in covering up the truth, falsifying evidence, tampering/harming witnesses, etc. is the most sure thing about that case. One can theorize without much exaggeration that almost every piece of evidence introduced to the Warren Commission by the FBI was falsfied, fabricated, or misleading in some important ways, and that hiding the truth rather than discovering it was the FBI agenda in that case. There are other examples like 9/11, Lockerbie, WTC ’93, OKC bombing, etc. where the criminal role of the FBI is also suspected and highlighted with various pieces of suspicious evidence.

    Because of the history above, when a new event like the Las Vegas shooting happens, skepticism about the official story should be the default response rather than a last resort.

    • It took me a little to unpack your message. Instead of saying a demon, call it for what it is, human corruption. Those in power feel it is power absolute, ergo they are corrupted absolutely. Bearing such power those in power desire keeping power. Why? Fear is the ultimate motivator of greed I think. That and the myth of scarcity has been disproven, all that is scarce is absolute power.

      That will soon be trampled and tossed away like so much dust in the wind,too. People are tired of bowing down, consenting to power that cannot, will not lead properly. How would they lead properly? By following what Confucius & Lao Tzu taught about leading, maybe. Such will not come from those seeking to be leaders, those in power at present time.

      I doubt it would come from any at any time, genuinely. Human corruption is as old as humans and will likely undo all, outlive us all. I am saddened by this tragedy as I’m saddened by the war ongoing. Which war you might ask, well, all of them are the same beast, the same war so all wars and any wars. There is no need of war but filling the bank’s coffers and then they appoint those they appoint to power.

      Money and currency are simply a long dead idea. It only serves the bankers truly. Let them have their Mammon and let the rest of us alone, we can do fine I think using barter, trading, volunteering. As it is bankers have the leaders that continue promoting war and other tactics to perpetually fill banker coffers. Fine, let’s pull it out by the root then.

      I doubt we see that happen either. Such as is it is, so is life.

  3. The ‘news’ channels like to spew a simple message one shooter many guns.
    If any one here has noticed a bunch of folks that were in Vegas are saying many shooters and many hotels.
    No doubt Chertoff and his naked xray scanners will proliferate.

  4. This article is misguided. It perhaps formerly applied but not anymore. People are waking up exponentially due to the internet. TPTB are desperate to control the narrative because they can no longer. If they weren’t concerned there wouldn’t be an army of obvious trolls in the comment sections.

  5. Even my 60 yr old, conformist, bible-thumping mother, who has the emotional maturity of a 3 year old and has never entertained a conspiracy theory in her life, is calling bullshit on this one (Vegas shooting). Either the shadow gov’t is getting very sloppy, or they’re toying with the masses.

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