The Tree: My 2017 Holiday Post


2017 was a year ruled by politics. Every single fact and issue has become political. This year’s news was indeed monopolized by people on both sides of a widening and divisive gap, covering their ears, and shouting about how they’re right and good – and how the other side is wrong and evil. Although there is nothing wrong with getting involved in politics, obsessing about social constructs can lead one to ignore universal truths.

The Vigilant Citizen was never about politics. Its scope goes way beyond trying to have a politician elected. It is about the unseen impact of culture and symbolism on the human psyche and realizing that our current environment is toxic and detrimental to the mind and soul.

Since 2008, I’ve been highlighting the many ways popular culture is toxic and how it constantly caters to our darkest impulses. In 2018, we are seeing consequences of such a culture: A generation excessively prone to anxiety, depression, and suicide. People are so keen on numbing themselves from the world that they are dying by the tens of thousands (in the US alone) of opioid abuse – drugs created by pharmaceutical companies to numb pain. As celebrities sing about “popping pills”, people are literally numbing themselves to death. The opioid crisis is symbolic in itself and, unfortunately, perfectly illustrates the state of mind of our generation. It is symptomatic of a palpable mal-de-vivre, a malaise of the soul that needs to be healed. Several factors are causing this climate and our constant exposure to media and its distorted messages is a big part of the equation. As we’ve seen this year, the messages keep reaching new lows of depravity while attempting to reach children as young as possible.

This past June, I published an article titled “Something is Terribly Wrong With Many “Kids” Videos on YouTube” which exposed the disturbing content found in “children videos” on YouTube. The video platform has been flooded with thousands of videos aimed at toddlers filled with content that is either shocking, terrifying, sexual or all-out traumatizing. Even worse, some videos are targeted by child predators. Dubbed “Elsagate” by some online communities (because they often feature popular children’s characters such as Elsa), these videos garner billions of views and expose babies and toddlers to a steady regiment disturbing media

Fortunately, some good has come from our collective vigilance. In response to the outrage, YouTube “terminated more than 270 accounts and removed over 150,000 videos” from their platform. YouTube also “removed ads from nearly 2 million videos and over 50,000 channels masquerading as family-friendly content” and “turned off comments on over 625,000 videos targeted by child predators”.

While this might be a step in the right direction, the same underbelly is still bubbling not so far below the surface, constantly churning out videos from stars and idols promoting self-destruction. This year alone, we’ve seen Katy Perry being eaten by elite cannibals, Selena Gomez torturing herself and calling it a fetish, and Lil Uzi Vert spinning around in a bloody, pill-induced Satanic haze.

The symbolism that is pointed out on The Vigilant Citizen is the outward, easily perceptible manifestation of a dark undercurrent, an underground philosophy that guides the actions of those in power. Understanding this mindset – as foul and disturbing as it can be – allows one to navigate the world with eyes truly open.

There is a process in motion and every year it is more visible. Indeed, there is a conscious and deliberate effort to distance the masses from what is true and authentic in order to move them into an artificially created environment, custom-made to stifle the human spirit. The further away we are from truth, health, balance, and harmony, the easier we are to control.

For this reason, it is essential, more than ever, to stay grounded and connected to what life is truly about. We must reconnect with Life with a capital L. What is Life with a capital L might you ask? Well, like you, I am still finding out. However, I do know that, since the dawn of time, it has been represented by a simple yet powerful symbol: A tree.

Picture a great big tree, with its massive roots firmly gripping the soil that is full of nutrients and its tall branches reaching for the rays of the sun. Across all ages and across all cultures, the symbol of the tree represents Life … with a capital L.

Tree of Life

The Tree of Life can be found in the canons of countless religions and mythologies. It is an age-old archetype that symbolizes the connection between Earth and the heavens.

It is found in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The tree of life is also part of Egyptian, Persian, Chinese, Germanic, Celtic, Aztek, and Iroquois mythologies. In nearly every case, the tree is associated with knowledge of life and a described as a key to immortality.

For instance, at the beginning of the Bible, in Genesis, the tree of life is in Eden, guarded by two cherubims. Separated from the tree, Adam and Eve found themselves subject to physical and spiritual death.

A 19th-century painting depicting the tree of life in Eden guarded by two cherubims.

At the very end of the Bible, in Revelation, the same tree is mentioned again: “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God”.

17th-century depiction of the Tree of Life in Palace of Shaki Khans, Azerbaijan.
An 1847 depiction of the Norse Yggdrasil – the tree of life.

Although each culture has its own elaborate story surrounding their version of the Tree of Life, the core message is the same: It is through the essence of this tree, which is rooted in the true source of life, that one can truly flourish.

Today, most of us are completely disconnected from that tree. And those in power are doing their best to push us as far away from it as possible. Through a debasing and abhorrent agenda, they seek to disconnect us from the core of that tree and its wise, life-giving essence. They want us to be like dried up leaves, detached from the tree, and floating aimlessly at the mercy of the winds they choose to blow at us.

Instead, like a tree, we must be firmly rooted in grounds made of strong values, solid knowledge, and patient wisdom. Like a tree, we must reach for the heavens and allow our fruits to be ripened by the sun.

While the Tree of Life has a profound spiritual meaning, simple steps can be done to reconnect with it. Disconnect from the hypnotic light of screens and the nauseating sounds of media. Reconnect with nature, with the elements, and with life on earth. Breathe fresh air, gaze at the stars, and admire the miraculous force that animates all living things. Step back from the dizzying torment of society and resynch with the balancing rhythm of nature. Take the time to truly connect with your loved ones, with your neighbors and, of course, with yourself.

Because, although being aware of the evils of this world is all-important, we must not allow ourselves to be consumed by it. We must use this knowledge to identify what is toxic, not to obsess over it, but to clearly focus on what is healthy. Although we all want to change the world for the better, the true challenge of our lives is to change ourselves for the better. And this is what being a Vigilant Citizen is all about.

Thank you for reading my articles, for sharing them throughout the web, and for contributing your own thoughts through comments and messages. Today, more than ever, we need independent thinkers that rely on a solid moral compass – not a predetermined agenda – to understand the world, to speak up, and to fight for what is right.

Our work is far from done. See you in 2018!


Subscribe to the Newsletter

Get an email notification as soon as a new article is published on the site.

Support VC


Leave a Comment

114 Comments on "The Tree: My 2017 Holiday Post"

newest oldest most voted

What a beautiful message of hope, what an amazing, ancient allegory with the Tree of Life! I wish you blessed and peaceful Christmas time, dear VC! Love from Serbia

Jesus is the way the truth and the Life with a capital L. Thanks a lot for your articles!!

Amen Ana!

Open your eyes and ears

Jesus is conveniently another male figure for people to worship. Maybe live life doing goodness by ones own thought processes instead of organised religion would heal us all?

They are to brain washed to think that way

Jesus is not just some nice dude who got duped into fulfilling prophecy from the beginning of Genesis. He is the ONLY truth in this world. The fact that these diseased elites mock Him and go well out of their way to blaspheme Him and keep us in the dark of spiritual things is very telling of His true divinity. I know He’s real. I’d be dead without His intervening.

Open your eyes and ears

“Him” you keep labeling this all powerful being a male, don’t you ever wonder why? Seeing as females give birth and you have Mother Nature etc, why would God not be a female and why would Jesus be a male?

It’s gorgeous that you have the faith to guide you, I’m just questioning why we can’t find the right path on our own and why so many are quick to follow such a masculine religion?

The creator exists outside of the creation. Meaning he/it/she is above the principle of polarity. Get it. Got it? Good.

Open your eyes and ears

What is the creator then? Does it have a form or is it like an expression?

Better late than never
Hi there. I’m answering your question from a purely Christian standpoint. So this is my perspective. I’m curious to hear yours. But we were made in his image: mind, body, and soul. God has three forms that are all apart of him but serve different purposes. The trinity: the Father-the formless, boundless mind, all-knowing, all-powerful. The Father makes the plan The son-the body carries out the plan of the father. Just as your body moves and functions from signals from your brain the son functions from signals from the father. What the Father commands the Son does. Finally the Holy Spirit(the soul of the father). If you have every heard of astral projection then you are well aware that our soul can leave our body. God limited us, for the time our soul is tied to our body, but this body is not in it’s final glorified form. As for… Read more »

You said, “Jesus is conveniently another male figure for people to worship. Maybe live life doing goodness by ones own though processes instead of organized religion would heal us all” Don’t you know says Jesus, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh to the Father, but by Me.” John 14:6 Yes, worship Jesus! He is God! “There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no not one.” Romans 3:11-12

Open your eyes and ears

“He is God”

I don’t put a sex on whatever is guiding me, don’t allow religions to control you.

Yes, Jesus was God in the flesh! 1 Timothy 3:16 reads, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” Also, John 1:1 reads, “1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” Jesus was the living Word of God, he is King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Revelation 19:13 reads, “11And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon… Read more »

Amen. This is true. Thank you for sharing.

Jesus is a god but he is not the all mighty God who created all things and whom we need to worship. Jehovah is his name and Jesus is his son, his first creation also known as the Word that was with God in the beginning like is mentioned in John 1:1. New World Translation Psalms 83:18 18May people know that you, whose name is Jehovah, You alone are the Most High over all the earth. King James Version Psalms 83:18 18That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth. American Standard Version Psalms 83:18 18That they may know that thou alone, whose name is Jehovah, Art the Most High over all the earth. Byington Psalms 83:18 18And know it is you alone that are named Jehovah, on high over all the earth. Traducción del Nuevo Mundo con referencias Salmos… Read more »

Totally agree with you… Spirituality is far more powerful than religions. Spirituality unite people, religions separate them…

” Yes, worship Jesus! He is God!”… So you mean firstly that no man cometh to the Father (Himself), but by Him ? (“I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh to the Father, but by Me.” John 14:6) and secondly that He sent Himself ? (“For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken.
” John 12:49)…

If you do not know how to differentiate the Father (God, our Creator) from the Son (Jesus who came to lead us to the Father), then you are not only deceiving all persons who listen to you but also deceiving yourself.

ask and you shall receive
oh my friend…because we are born again in Christ and follow the path set before us does not mean we follow a “process”. We all are individual and unique in our own way..bringing different strengths and weaknesses to life..and walk our own path of God. Until you see the glory of God for will always believe anything. This bible goes much deeper than some story you think would be made up to fool the world. Once you understand the occult symbolism..and who blatantly in your face it is to use in the form of tv, entertainment, magazines, award ceremony rituals, NASA I could go on and on…and what this form of occult knowledge actually does..and how Jesus Christ TRUMPS ALL of their evil you will never truly understand. There is power in his name..and his blood. Without Jesus there is nothing…no healing. And living life to do… Read more »

Sounds like a feminist (open your eyes and ears)

‘Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.’
(Matthew 13:31-32)

Oh, because this site talks of evil and satanism. Of course christians think theyre the only ones who lnows what is evil or isnt.


CHRISTIANS ARE PIECES OF S**T, CHRISTIANS ARE SINNERS OF FACT! die retards, die! you and your f*****g bullshit.

I think you missed your nappy time.