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The Human Condition: Gullibility, Emotional Restraints, and Mental Anguish

Updated on February 9, 2018


How far would you go for social acceptance? Would you lie? Steal? Commit atrocities against the minorities? (These are merely rhetorical questions.)

The weak will always be weak, and the ignorant will always be ignorant no matter how far they go to get accepted by others.

The only tool to combat ignorance is "knowledge". Knowledge is truly power.

Gullibility: An abnormal human condition manifested by naive and passive acceptance of things, such as taught beliefs and common misconceptions (or the lack of perceptions) that are usually only loosely , or not at all, based on logic and facts.

It is a trait that politicians, religious leaders and other shysters and pettifoggers promote, endorse, and rely on to control a situation, or an idea, that is not generally accepted as being in the best interest of society as a whole.

Webster defines gullibility as:

  • being easily duped or cheated.
  • It is a tactic commonly used by those with morbid gulosity (excessive appetites/greediness)
  • and it is an extremely successful tool in a society of ill informed superstitious people;
  • people with a common history of the condition of a brainwashing technique;
  • such as forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes,
  • to accept contrasting regimented ideas.
  • A persuasion by propaganda, or salesmanship.


Its practice is mentally, and emotionally invasive and abusive when used to manipulate another person's mind to further an agenda of a few, or a cult, a sect, or an entire religious, or political belief system.

As Shakespeare wrote many years ago: (".....and in this brainish apprehension kills the unseen good old man").

Brandishing ideas into the minds of children to further any cause should be unacceptable in a society of "free thinkers".

But then, are we truly "free thinkers"? Those who brandish their ideas and beliefs certainly do not want children, citizens or 'subjects' who are 'free thinkers'. It would totally disrupt the general order of control; as seen by the uprisings against tyranny going on around the world today.

Brandishing ideas (brainwashing) is as evil, abusive, and controlling, as brandishing a lethal weapon in an ostentatious, or aggressive and menacing manner, to impart one sided beliefs, or fear, into an individual, or group of individuals on a wide scale.

The same principle applies -

  • as forcing circumcision on babies reduces physical pleasure of the man he becomes
  • as brandishing ideas takes away the sensitivity of soul (empathy):

and takes away the capacity to reason with logic,

and diminishes the desire to learn new concepts that challenge the mind to greater heights of awareness.

So we, as a society, not only condone physical circumcision, but foolishly welcome mental circumcision with open arms. All the while believing that this is what our benevolent God wants.

Ritualistic and repetitive behaviors sap, and replace, the spirituality of the soul, and the innate desire to explore other realms of possibility.

It is, after all, all about ''control'' isn't it?

Massive mind control?

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Mind control

Robbing a child of its natural ability to 'think outside the box" in terms of religion, or politics is stifling and creates increased mental anguish; if you have implanted into the child's brain and psyche, that what it has been forced to believe, is the only way of viewing things in life.

When this one way, narrow view of anything is confronted by other beliefs that are just as viable and valid, that child can 'snap' and become violent, abusive and irrational, towards anything, or anyone, that is perceived as different from their norm, or a threat to those indoctrinated base beliefs.

Thus, we create this grossly narrow minded view of reality, filled with haters, bigots, radical religious zealots, and radical conservative fascists in the true sense of the word.

Proof of this statement? Look around us. We must open our eyes to the current political environment in this country. We are moving toward fascism rapidly, and seemingly unopposed, with 3 major controlling factions:

  1. Corporate control,
  2. Massive Greed,
  3. and Religious control.

None of which belong in a free society, or an environment of peace and harmony.

Maintaining gullibility and mental control is the key factor to a successful take over.

We are moving in the opposite direction of the middle east, whose people are finally demanding, what this country has stood for in the past:

  • freedom,
  • equality
  • and the right to pursue individual happiness.

Those days are gone, and unless the middle east can learn from the mistakes made here, they are doomed to follow the same path in the future.

We never seem to learn from history.

Every generation thinks they are smarter than the last, so they do not even make an effort to learn from past mistakes. We just repeat the same old stupid mistakes over and over - like listening to a record with a scratch on it - repeating itself so annoyingly over and over, over and over, over and over - without any hope of ever moving forward.

This is the true definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and each time expecting a different outcome.

So is the lot of man, unless some radical changes are made, and soon.

And certainly NOT by taking away individual rights and freedoms and giving more wealth and control to the current control factors: Corporate, Greed, and Religion.

by d.william

A must see - Please! Please! Watch This Video!

Telling Religious Lies to Children is Inappropriate and emotionally abusive

© 2011 d.william


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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I just re-checked the video and it seems to be working OK.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The video is not working, sorry. Hopefully people will start to think and maybe realize that not everything taught in childhood is factual. Thank you for sharing.

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      credence2 6 years ago

      Yes, D, AS shown in the video, indoctrination starts with the youngest. As I have alluded to in many of my articles, there is conscious dumbing down of people. People are accessories to the crimes against them by allowing "conveniences" to circumvent their ability to critically think.Standing up to power requires people who can think independently. What better than to remove the possibility of independent thinking? Brainwashing disguised as education, we are all in trouble, and there are many nefarious sources behind it. Slavery requires a docile and plaint population. I agree with your assessment, but I included militarism in the mix. Thank you Cred2

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      You got that right. Obsessive compulsion is the proper term. It is a commonly known mental disorder, much like most politicians, as well as religious leaders, possess.

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      Druid Dude 6 years ago from West Coast

      INSANITY: Performing the same set of steps several times and always expecting a different outcome.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      ? The video link is to a video that only shows something akin to radio waves. ? do not see the significance.

      Thank you for your words of encouragement. And as usual, you manage to sum up my entire article in one sentence= (re: give me a child until he is 7, etc...).

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks again for your comments. Although i understand your words and their meanings, i am at a loss why anyone would advocate to opt out of exposure to anything that will, and does, affect your life, freedoms, equality, and individual pursuits of happiness. I for one, want to know what those crazy fringe elements are doing to try and infringe on any of my rights, and those of others. If someone remains silent while they take away your rights and mine, then you would have no reason to complain about those infringements that they impose on your freedoms, and equality. I will shout loud and clear, in protest of these fanatics trying to mandate morality to me, my friends, and/or my family, and their attempts to take away benefits from the elderly, women's rights, and the abuse of religions on the children. And yes, it certainly is true that that proverbial squeaky wheel gets all the grease. And i intend to get my share of that grease.

      For the past 30 years we have allowed these few people to take away freedoms, rights and benefits while looking the other way, and silently praying to a god that does not hear, or care, to intervene on our behalf.

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      I like the way you compare Christian and Islamic fanaticism in this way and what shocks me is how readily parents simply hand over their children for this kind of indoctrination. Hitler did the very same in Nazi Germany and the Jesuit motto, attributed to St Francis Xavier, was "Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man." Those in power know that the key to effective indoctrination lies in getting the children when they are young enough. Between the ages of 0 and 7 the critical factor is not fully developed so the subconscious just absorbs whatever it is given without question. Thank you for another great hub.

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      someonewhoknows 6 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      This is a link to a reversal of a child in your video above.

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      clark farley 6 years ago

      Excellent Hub-induced discussion, d.

      In fact, I do tend to only concern myself with individuals and not with groups or causes or movements. There is a mentality that becomes operative when the people (involved) exceeds 3...

      (lol) I know, I know...I get that reaction a lot.

      As I suspect you have scanned my hubs including the one advocating that a person would do well to cut off exposure to the culture (in general) and the media (in particular).

      This approach to dealing with modern culture is not as 'head in the sand' or "...and then they came for me, but there was no one left to...etc" as it may sound.

      Throughout history there are cycles in which a culture gets 'top heavy', one component (of that culture) becomes overbearingly influential, be it militaristic/economic/religious in nature, this power proceeds to try to force the rest of that culture to behave in a way that benefits the dominant element, at the expense of the subordinate elements.

      Movements arise, splinter groups splinter, tracts are nailed to cathedral doors, thrones are over thrown.

      Does this cycle ever stop? Has it stopped?

      I would say, no not yet.

      Everything has been tried, except opting out. (Not self-exile, not moving out of the culture), I suggest simply not being a productive member of (the target) society.

      The most effective non-involvement activities, ar, counter-intuitively the voluntary ones,, watching TV, following fashion.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for reading and commenting. And please do not believe for a moment that God will help those who help themselves. If that statement has any truth in it at all, we are in some deep shit, with the current politicians, and big businesses, helping themselves at the expense of everyone else.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Sadly, you might be correct, when you say that the reason people never learn is simply that they do not want to. Some people are quite content with the way things are, as long as bad things happen to others and not to them. Sounds as though you may be of that crowd. L.O.L.

      Yes, i do know people who boycott, refuse to vote and turn off the t.v., but not for any altruistic reasons. If you close your eyes and your minds to the woes of the world, then there is not need to get involved, is there? Many people i know have the attitude that: oh, well, yes, that is sad and a bad thing, but it really does not affect me. What is that story about having this attitude, and when all others have fallen along the wayside, and it is your turn to be attacked, you find that there is no one left to defend you? People who live in their own little sheltered worlds, have found no need to be concerned about those less fortunate- unfortunately. The stupidity of living in ignorance is not an excuse for that stupidity and ignorance.

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      someonewhoknows 6 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      I can't remember who said it,but it is so true.That it's only takes a small group of dedicated people for significant change to happen.

      Like our founding fathers.There weren't perfect ,but they seem to have had some help in their endevor from places unknown.

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      clark farley 6 years ago

      You say:

      ..."We never seem to learn from history. Every generation thinks they are smarter than the last, so they do not even make an effort to learn from past mistakes. We just repeat the same old stupid mistakes over and over..."

      I would submit that you are confusing the individual with the group, or to put it (more charitably) you are projecting the perception of yourself and like-minded people onto the average person, the crowd.

      I would suggest that people, as a group/on average do not feel a need to 'learn from their mistakes'. Perhaps the reason that people 'never learn' is simply that they do not want to learn.

      Consider the state of the current culture, repressive government, rapacious you see anyone boycotting a specific Oil Company?...refusing to vote? turning off the TV?

      no, you do not. So it must be because there is not the will to change. At least on the part of the masses.

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      someonewhoknows 6 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      My what a web we weave when at first we PRACTICE to Decieve! Here-in! lies! The truth!

      VOTED UP! Send a link to the video to your friends

      This is the reason there is no peace in the middleast.