A Philosophical and Religious study of the Art of Manipulation.

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The origins of the Art of Manipulation

Are you a true ''believer''?

Is your church, religion, or political group the ''true'' path for you?'

We are all victims of some kind of mind control at various times throughout our lifetimes.

Influences on the mind before the age of reasoning can be detrimental to your health and well being.

Using manipulation as a means of control.

This concept is as old as man's ability to think for himself.

Biblical writings and other scripts from the Ancient past show this innate ability being used to perfection.

Practice does make perfect and this perfection of the art of manipulation is noticeably present today both in religion and politics.

Loopholes and catch 22's are the order of the day, and are the direct results of the perfection of the Art of Manipulation. Fear and guilt are the paint brushes (tools) used to perfect the art in many ways, both the subtle and the overt.

The intent : to overpower the mind with overwhelming intensity and create a "catch 22" that lends itself to endless speculation and debate. It boggles the mind beyond rationality and the diminishes the ability of logical reasoning.

We have blindly underestimated the intelligence that prevailed in the past and make the assumption that we are smarter than our ancestors and believe that we are actually in control of our own destinies - when in fact we are not; and will never be, unless we recognize and correct this mind trap that holds us all prisoner to our unfounded fears and guilts.

catch 22 by definition:

  • 1. A problematic situation for which the only solution is denied by a circumstance inherent in the problem or by a rule
  • 2. An illogical, unreasonable, or senseless situation; a measure or policy whose effect is the opposite of what was intended; a situation presenting two equally undesirable alternatives
  • 3. a hidden difficulty or means of entrapment

The Antidote

Is there an antidote to reverse the catch 22 dilemma, or dichotomy? Yes there is. But the (catch 22) to obtaining and using that antidote is to accept that the catch 22 actually does exist and the willingness to face our lives and destinies on our own, without the crutch of our ingrained beliefs.

In other words - admit to ourselves that we have been wrongly taught for negative reasons - not for our total betterment.

The majority will cling to their beliefs, as if desperately clinging to a life raft in the middle of the ocean, because they are not strong enough to face their demons and confront what has been done to us and what we are going to do to the next generations to come.

The desire to control and manipulate the lives of others has been deeply implanted and rooted into our minds to the point of violent disagreements as to whether the problem exists at all.

The Catatonic life

It is hard wired into our very beings to accept this catatonic condition as if it were God's will. It is not (or rather cannot logically be so). It is the manipulation of those (humans) that would keep this "mind control" deeply hidden in our subconsciousness; for obvious reasons.

catatonic condition defined: A marked psycho-motor disturbance (or condition) that may involve stupor, mutism, negativism, rigidity (of thought), purposeless excitement and inappropriate or bizarre posturing (in this case when even considering the possibility of being caught in a catch 22 position regarding our basic beliefs). Characterized by a marked lack of movement, motivation, activity, expression, or desire to change our ingrained belief system - out of guilt and/or fear.

When we fight and argue about what is "right" and "moral" we are actually defending ourselves for possessing this catatonia of our spirit. I doubt that this was ever the intention of any altruistic or benevolent entity of the spirit world. If so, it is a negative state of mind for man - not one that is positive in any way. Unless one believes that man's lot in life is merely to be subjugated to the worship of an unseen, unknown entity.

Mind control

subjugation defined: to be under the total control of.

If this is so, then man was never meant to have any 'free will' at all and our very existence here is to provide selfish love and adoration to a spirit we can not see, hear, or even prove exists at all. So i will offer this subliminal thought for you to ponder:

  • And again, i say unto thee:
  • "What fools ye mortals be".
  • There are such wonders to behold,
  • it be a waste of time, to be told
  • the only reason for to live
  • is the adoration that we give.
  • Is our God such a fickle entity
  • that for this created thee and me?
  • If ye truly believe this epithet
  • then ye deserve all that ye get.
  • When the 'holy books' were written
  • by their very design be smitten
  • with the intent to appease the masses
  • and make us all behave as asses. (mules that is).

When the holy books were written their very design was to control the lives, thoughts and behaviors of others, by those who created them. The intelligence of those scribes has been grossly underestimated, as i previously stated.. When the words and edicts were penned to paper (or papyrus) the catch 22 concept was used to a perfection by the use of many "quotes" or "warnings" from God himself -

  • "those who disobey will be severely punished...
  • those who question these words of god will be punished....
  • those who blah, blah, blah...
  • etc, etc, etc..... ad infinitum (endlessly).

This very simple concept repeated a thousand times and in different ways, has been a very effective and powerful tool mightier than the sword. The populace of the times when they were written, was less educated and easily fooled by the writers.

The dumbing down of America

Ergo, therein lies the other concept being re-introduced to us today via the process of "the dumbing down of America". The less educated - the more gullible. Very simple concept and easily interjected into a society that values freedom and equality; and allows for the devaluation of education over the pursuit of wealth. As these are the main threats to the powers that be.

We are on the brink of an age of true enlightenment; and i fear that there are those who would sooner destroy humanity than to lose their grip on it.

My only hope for humanity is that we, as a global people, have reached our 'event horizon' (or the point of no return) and the inevitable direction is forward - not backward into those long gone dark ages of despair and hopelessness.

We can only hope.

by: d.william 09/29/2011

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Terri Meredith 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

Absolutely love this! You have put together in a very straight forward manner, all that can be said about the topic. I suppose others can discuss, postulate, and in general, strive to hear themselves talk, but they would only be repeating what you've said here, or arguing your points, which...would actually be making your points. Terrific! voted up and awesome!


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks for being the first to read and comment on this article. I appreciate your positive comments.


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

d.william, this is an amazing hub, and I agree with what you had to say. I assume you will take some heat with this one, but you said it very well. You put into words thoughts I have but could never write about. Great job my friend.


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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

d.william, a well stated position on the existence/nonexistence of a "supreme being". It seems the American version of the human species is de-evolving to accomadate our own peculiar "catch-22", so that we can conform to a version of reality that the far right perceives as "reality". Where if we follow this course we will have succeded in actually getting dumber than the genrations before us and if we fail then they will find it necessary to bring on the "End of Days" and destroy this country. In other words we're damned if we do and damned of we don't. Our illogical catatonic condition of subjugation therefore is unavoidable it seems. Thanks for the analysis,

Peter


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks for reading and commenting. I am trusting that the American people will do the right thing in the next election and that there is some kind of safety precautions in place to prevent voter manipulation by hackers. from changing the outcome of those elections. It would be comical if both parties were part of the computer hacking and they ended up cancelling each other out. Maybe that would force the going back to paper ballots and hand counting, which seems like the only viable solution. However, cheating and lying seem to be an intrinsic part of our political society these days.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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thanks for visiting and commenting. It is good to see you back. Hope all is well with family. Speaking of getting heat, i received two more emails from that same whacko. I reported them to the team at hubpages, and they say they will deal with him, but i don't see how. I added them to my hub: "emails-forwarded-from-hubpages" (I tried to put a link to that hub, but it keeps going to my home page instead.)


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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I had to add another capsule just above the comments section above to the hub: emails forwarded from hubpages. You have got to take a quick visit to see the last one i got from the whacko.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

I'm so on your page with this, d.william. Inside the circle of people manipulated by any specific order, one uses all his energy and intelligence to blend in… to be like everybody else… in order to be covered, protected, to become either invisible to the enemy (depriver of whatever we regard as precious), or too big and strong being part of a large group. Once you manage to escape, you discover the real difference between being a member of Homo sapiens and being simply a glorified gregarious primate.

Intelligence: Humans may, perhaps, possess the most of this ‘substance’ between their ears, but even Einstein would have been an ordinary superior ape if he lived in a jungle where opportunities to use intelligence just never present itself.

Great hub about The Origins of the Art of Manipulation. I manipulated all you buttons…. of course up…. So easy… It’s all about pushing the right buttons. The video is sCaRy.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I agree, moving forward is a must. Education is the key. Know who and what you are voting for. Be aware, there are deceivers out there. In the last fifty years our nation has gained civil rights and simiequality, we could lose it all. The video was an eye opener. Be smart. Don't fall for promises made by people running for office. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me! Great Hub. Keep writing......


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Rod Marsden 5 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Not bad. The YouTube presentation was entertaining.

Much is made of Catch 22 which is a brilliant novel. I would also suggest looking up two of Orwell's works, Animal Farm and 1984.

For a Further study on manipulation for ratings while spending little money and making money on the side I suggest 'reality' (Is this a manipulative lie or what?) shows such as BIG BROTHER, DANCING WITH THE STARS, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE? (remember what the video has to say about cults and the art of spinning and dancing to make people not think?), AMAZING RACE, etc.

Propaganda films of the 2nd World War give a great insight into the manipulation of nations. I am working on a hub about it right now. I also currently have a hub out about 'reality' television.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thank you for reading and your kind words of support. They are always welcomed.

I think more people believe as we do that don't but those who disagree have the loudest voices - and as they say: the squeaky wheel gets the grease. So the media sensationalizes their words of protest and thereby adds credibility to their protests against change.

Also, the old argument that this applies to the majorities in our society, they have twisted that to their advantage as well. There is quite a big difference between the minorities being denied equality, and the majority trying to silence those who disagree with them by crying that minorities are being favored instead of controlled or converted to their ways of thinking..


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks for reading and your words of encouragement. Yes, it surely is a shame when you have people voting strictly for their parties out of misguided loyalty, instead of taking a few minutes to research what they represent, and pick the one that will benefit the people before the corporations.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thank you for reading and commenting. I was watching Fox News Network a few days ago about how the GOP is accusing Obama, the democrats, and CNN of "brainwashing" the public to get them to turn "liberal". I actually laughed out loud when i heard this.

They also accused such shows that you mentioned above as having some kind of subliminal messages promoting progression and liberalism that triggered another bout of laughing out loud.

As i keep pointing out, that what one party continuously says about the other, the other is continuously saying the exact same thing about them. One would presume that this foolish rhetoric would somehow cancel each other out, and it would, if people actually listened to both sides. By doing so, everyone would finally see just how childishly stupid these politicians truly are.

The word 'propaganda' is also abused, and even though i detest the true 'reality' shows on T.V. there is not much logic in the assertions that they have any profound impact on the minds of those who watch them. Except, of course, that they are a total waste of time and contribute nothing to the real world, or in any way add any meaningful knowledge to those who do watch them.


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Rod Marsden 5 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Ratings and not politics is the name of the game with 'reality' shows. They are cheaply made and if you can get people to pay to 'phone in' during commercial breaks then they can virtually pay for themselves.

They basically target the young and also people with a desperate need to belong. The profound impact with reality television, if there is one, comes from the pretense that is actually real. No meaningful knowledge imparted I will go along with. The manipulation comes from getting people to not only watch but in some instances to spend in order to participate. Again I say the desperate desire to belong to something greater than themselves is tapped into.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks for commenting on my comment to your comments. And i do agree with you that the deceptiveness of the attempt to pawn off these ludicrous shows as true reality is beyond belief. And yet, people who watch them probably do belief they are.

Although, the 'phoning in' calls are free to the callers, there is no money made from the calls themselves, but the advertisers grab these slots because of the vast number of people who watch them.


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Rod Marsden 5 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

The phoning-in calls are free? Well, maybe in the USA. In Australia the calls were at a rated cost much higher than a regular phone call. By law viewers had to be told this and they were but many people still called in. The next lot of reality shows made here where you do have phone-ins will no doubt be the same deal.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Yes, it is a fact that the call in for voting is free. They provide a toll free number, and/or also offer voting via their web site. Those done by cell phones may be charged the standard texting rates so i am sure they are extremely limited.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Yes, it is a fact that the call in for voting is free. They provide a toll free number, and/or also offer voting via their web site. Those done by cell phones may be charged the standard texting rates so i am sure they are extremely limited.


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Rod Marsden 5 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Well in Australia the people who run the reality shows have that extra dodge to make money. I believe you when you say the voting is free in the USA.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

D, in this article you said that "When the holy books were written their very design was to control the lives, thoughts and behaviors by those who created the"

I may disagree with that, but I also say that we are free agents, and as such do not have to indoctrinated. Only non-thinking people would allow their lives to be controlled outside of their express will and desire by precepts promoted by others. In the vast universe of ideas, you get to choose those to which you want to adhere and those that you dismiss or be indifferent about. Thinking people are difficult to manipulate. The human family is too often devoid of ethics, which increases the likelyhood that we may well not survive into the future, Great Hub, Cred2


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks for your comments. We may be 'free agents' in concept, but when you start brainwashing and indoctrinating children who have not reached the age of reasoning yet you have tarnished that concept of 'free thinkers' by the subliminal messages of unfounded fear and guilt that most people never get past in their entire lifetime. They believe what they were forced to believe and think that it was their "choice". They could not be further from the truth. Those who are fortunate enough to be able to 'reason' in spite of their fundamental brainwashing, are truly the enlightened of the world, and the most hated by those who can never escape those chains of bondage put around their minds by such early manipulations.

It is truly a complex world, but i still believe that the evil surrounding the essence of what people try to hide behind in the name of God, will be the undoing of man. Ethics is not taught by ANY religion and not even taught in schools. It seems to be more important to teach fairy tales than ethics, honesty and logic. And yet we still wonder why there so many screwed up adults running around posing as normal.

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