One of the most freeing things I've been able to do since fading from the Watchtower's tendril like grasp is, "read what I want to" I particularly enjoy historial novels because they entertain and inform all at the same time. I'm just finishing the first of a trilogy "Fall of Giants" and there was a paragraph that made me think of the great influence of propaganda machines (probably because I was so influenced by the Watchtower) I am hugely aware of it's power to lead people all over the place like the waves of the sea I suppose.
Here is the paragraph:
Maud knew the proprietor of the Mail, Lord Northcliffe. Like all great press men, he really believed the drivel he published. His talent was to express his readers’ most stupid and ignorant prejudices as if they made sense, so that the shameful seemed respectable. That was why they bought the paper.
Follett, Ken (2011-08-30). Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy (p. 754). Penguin Group. Kindle Edition.
At the time in the book that this paragraph was written, WW1 had just ended and now there was a jockying of political structure not only in Eastern Europe and Germany but even in Western Europe and England the war of people was now clearly in the hands of the smooth talkers, the one who could "express his readers' most stupid and ignorant prejudices as if they made sense".
Is this still being done today? Of course it is. Now we have every way imaginable to communicate to just about everyone in the world these ignorant prejudices. But wait there is more. We don't just have one or two magazines or newpapers to read nor do we have one or two radio stations or television channels or libraries. Now anybody who is a smooth talker can rise to the ocasion with blog's forum's yada yada yada.
So where does mankind go from here? Is it all just a cycle? Is history still continuing to repeat itself? Will it always be this way?
What are your thoughts? Do you think life is a cycle that can't be changed? Or do we somehow have an impact in some way? Will governments continue to become more opressive or will there be a move to an Anarchical Society.
These are questions I continue to ponder because, NOW I CAN.
Because for 28 years I felt guilty for thinking anything else.