There was a phrase I heard over and over in that refugee camp, and it was oht jhai. It has no literal English translation. The closest meaning would be: "This, too, shall pass." Laotians believe all circumstances are temporary, and if you have the patience to wait them out, you will turn a corner. Something better awaits. If not, that too shall pass.
You don't need cybernetic eye implants and immersive propaganda portals to alter history. You don't need to wait decades to have disinformation beamed into your head. You just need a constant stream of misleading information, half truths, and fictions to be promoted, pushed, and peddled until they are accepted as fact.