Here's another way to think about our situation, as freedom lovers.
Most of us on this forum do some
combination of reading, watching, writing, debating, researching, investigating, thinking, wondering, considering, preaching and listening -- but The Sheople do NONE* of the above.
That seems to me the fundamental difference between the awakened and the oblivions. What do you think?* "none" in the macro sense - of course there are exceptions - point being we actually look at stuff whereas they don't at all - they know nothing of history or ideology -- sad, sad, sad
The thing is, we use the metaphor of being awake or asleep. What you have said here relates interestingly on another level... the things that you mention, namely, "reading, watching, writing, debating, researching, investigating, thinking, wondering, considering, preaching and listening," are all activities of awareness and active consciousness.
The "sleeple" are mostly in a dream, daydream, or a waking-dream like consciousness. Everything happens to them, similar to the way a dream meets the observer/dreamer in their sleep; satisfied to be swept along as if on an amusement park ride, having little control or desire for control... satisfied in being pleased or displeased at what happens...
I believe this is the way the unaware view waking reality as well, they are here to be entertained and excited with pleasure, and to cower away from the frightful and disturbing...
In reality you see this last protection manifest in how most people avoid eye contact in crowds and many avoid it period. When confronted with harsh reality the walking dreamer abruptly slam their eyes shut, their fingers go into their ears, they "about face" quickly, while "la-la-ing" the theme from Harry Potter excessively loud as they scurry away...
Now this isn't to say that they are bad, I mean, at some point they will be stung
by reality hard enough to awaken, and their fatuousness will rapidly leave them, replaced by a mind full of questions, concerning their newly acquired consciousness.
Oldyoti"Here, without contemplating consequences,
before high heaven and in the face of the
world, I swear eternal fidelity to the just
cause, as I deem it, of the land of my life,
my liberty, and my love."