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Are You Riding the Right Wave in Life?

Updated on July 2, 2013
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There was an experiment conducted back in 1967 by a history teacher (Ron Jones) at the Cubberley High School in Palo Alto California. Mr.Jones was a teacher of a "Contemporary World" history class. He found himself unable to explain to his students how the Germans claimed ignorance of the extermination of the Jewish People so he decided to conduct an experiment instead. On the first day of the experiment Jones had put a few rules in place some of these being the following: by the time the second bell rang all students must be sitting at attention and when addressing the teacher they must use the prefix of Mr.Jones before answering or asking a question in which they were to do in 3 words or less.

Third Wave

By the second day Jones had managed to bring his students from functioning as individuals to working as a group with a sense of community and discipline. On this day Jones named the movement "The Third Wave" it is said that the third wave in a series of waves is the largest. He also made up a salute not unlike the Nazi Regime; ordering all the students to salute each other in and out of the class which they all did. Those students who did not follow the rules of the movement were banished to the library for the remainder of the classes. They were no longer welcome to be part of the movement; this left the banished students with a sense of fear and confusion as well as feeling like outcasts. They were left wondering what was really going on behind the closed doors of Mr.Jones' class.

Stop the Experiment

Students taking part in the experiment began to show improvement in their academic skills and a great increase in motivation. The students were issued membership cards each of them receiving special assignments such as designing banners for the "Third Wave" movement and keeping non-members out of the class. Jones also instructed students on how to initiate new members and by the end of the third day there was over 200 participants. Jones was shocked to find that students within the movement were reporting to him on other members who were not following the rules of the movement. By the time the fourth day came Jones realized it was time to put a stop to the experiment as it was getting beyond his control. On this day he announced that the movement was not an experiment but was part of a nationwide movement. He then told the students to attend a noon rally the following day at which a presidential leader was going to announce publicly the existence of the movement. The students were expecting to see a televised presentation of their leader but instead they got an empty channel. After a few moments Jones finally announced to the students that they had indeed been part of an experiment in fascism and that they had created a sense of superiority not unlike the German citizens of the period of Nazi Germany. He then concluded with showing the students a film on the Nazi Regime.

Shocking Truth

The students reacted to the shocking truth in different ways some burst into tears others fled the class while others stood in speechless shock. Many students that were interviewed years later had said that this experiment was one if not the best learning experience or lesson in their lives. It let them really understand how easily anyone from any walk of life can be manipulated into performing actions all in the need to be accepted and to be part of the movement that wields the power and strength in numbers. Showing them also what lengths people will go so as not to be labeled an outcast but instead to be a part of the movement.

Do Not be Afraid to Voice Your Opinion

They learned that one should not be afraid to voice ones own personal opinion even if it goes against the movements beliefs or rules. Even if it means you will be considered an outcast at least you are following what you believe is right. You must stand up for your own beliefs; thank goodness we do not live in a fascist run country. We are blessed that we have the freedom of choice on so many issues one of those being able to choose what wave we want to ride in life! Remember your personal "Surfs Up" when you say it is not when some fascist movement says it is.

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      Pamela-anne 

      6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks so much David for your kind words of praise. take care and stay connected!

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      6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thank you all for supporting my hub.

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      David Warren 

      6 years ago from Nevada and Puerto Vallarta

      Profound! Thank you for sharing this. Well written and very interesting!

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      Pamela-anne 

      6 years ago from Miller Lake

      I was surprised to when I found out that this really happened thanks for your kind words.

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      Pamela-anne 

      6 years ago from Miller Lake

      I'm glad you could relate and understand where this hub was coming from thanks for your kind support.

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      Pamela-anne 

      6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks for the support and wonderful response slcockerham.

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      Pamela-anne 

      6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks for girishpuri for your kind words and support!

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      Pamela-anne 

      6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks MsDora for your kind words and support!

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      6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks so much Mellonyy for voting my hub up take care!

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      Pamela-anne 

      6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks so much Mellonyy for voting my hub up take care!

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      Mellonyy 

      6 years ago

      Really motivating and edifying story. Voted up!

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      Pamela-anne 

      6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks MsDora for your kind words about my hub. take care pam.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      "Even if it means you will be considered an outcast at least you are following what you believe is right" I like that statement. You also explained the experiment very well. Thanks for sharing.

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      Pamela-anne 

      6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks girishpuri for your lovely supportive words. take care pam.

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      Girish puri 

      6 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      very inspiring and motivating hub.. thanks

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      Pamela-anne 

      6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks slcockerham for your positive support on my hub. take care pam.

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      slcockerham 

      6 years ago from Tallahassee, Florida

      Thanks Pam for this insightful hub on mind control. It's shocking how a dictator can take over so quickly, controling people even to the point of condemning others. Thanks again Pam.

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      zionsphere 

      6 years ago from Oregon

      Wow. I saw a movie once about that experiment, but I didn't know it had actually happened. I have often contemplated the reasons behind peoples actions during the holocaust. I suppose it makes sense to not want to be an outcast, and even warm hearted people could fall victim to that sort of mind control.

      Thank you for writing such a though provoking hub!

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      Pamela-anne 

      6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks so much DDE for commenting on my hub have a great Canada's Day Weekend. take care pam.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks for an awesome Hub

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I grew up with a perfectly brainwashed person. She could truly see 6 fingers (Orwell). It was fascinating.

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