“Winning the Battle for Your Mind”

by SAHS 14 Replies latest jw friends

  • SAHS
    SAHS

    “Winning the Battle for Your Mind.” That is the title of an article in the latest Watchtower magazine, of July 2017, pages 27-30. Wow, how ironic! Here is the direct link:

    https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2017488

    The article begins by saying:

    “YOU are under attack! . . . a very dangerous weapon against you. . . . Propaganda! . . . to attack, . . . your mind.”

    The article goes on to say:

    “What is propaganda? . . . It is the use of biased or misleading information to manipulate the way people think and act. Some equate propaganda with ‘lies, distortion, deceit, manipulation, mind control, [and] psychological warfare’ and associate it with ‘unethical, harmful, and unfair tactics. . . . Many of us are being influenced and manipulated – far more than we realize. . . . men and women have been ‘quite easily led into the most preposterously dangerous behaviour’ – such as ‘genocide, war, racist hysteria, religious intolerance and many other forms of irrational behaviour.’”

    Then it goes on to say:

    “Since truth is often the first casualty of war, you—like any other soldier in the heat of battle – need a source of trustworthy, reliable information to prevent the enemy from playing tricks with your mind. . . . But remember this basic fact expressed by author Noam Chomsky: ‘Nobody is going to pour truth into your brain. It’s something you have to find out for yourself.’”

    Most telling is where it then states:

    “Keep in mind that Satan does not want you to think clearly or reason things out well. Why? Because propaganda ‘is likely to be most effective,’ says one source, ‘if people . . . are discouraged from thinking critically.’ (Media and Society in the Twentieth Century) So never be content passively or blindly to accept what you hear. (Prov. 14:15) Use your God-given thinking abilities and power of reason to make the truth your own.”

    BUT, then it advises this:

    “Be determined to stick to Jehovah’s organization and loyally support the leadership he provides – no matter what imperfections may surface. . . . Surely there is ample evidence to show that you can trust the channel that Jehovah has used for nearly a hundred years now to lead us in the way of the truth.”

    Isn’t that interesting – especially when you consider the record of seemingly endless falsehoods and flip-flops promulgated by and disseminated from “Jehovah’s organization,” supposedly the one-and-only channel of “the truth” in the entire world. One can always peruse the detailed synopsis of that in this itemized gem:

    http://www.freeminds.org/history/key.htm

    And then, finally, the articles actually gives this warning:

    “Satan will use fear of man, fear of persecution, fear of death, and any other kind of negative fear to try to dominate you and make you shrink back from serving Jehovah. . . . Have you ever watched a film in which, from your vantage point in the audience, you can clearly see that someone is being deceived and manipulated? Did you find yourself thinking: ‘Do not believe it! They are lying to you!’”

    Well, there certainly is a “battle for your mind” alright. But, funny enough, as we here can see, it’s a battle that is actually being waged and sustained by the very organization which has published the article.

    Isn’t it so ironic how the fox has been in the henhouse trying to disguise himself as a chicken! (Or, if you prefer, a wolf dressing up as a sheep. Same thing.)

  • sparrowdown
    sparrowdown

    While we have discussed this article before on here it still leaves me shaking my head at the epic mindfuckery of articles like this one.

    It also proves for me that the borg knows exactly what it's doing, they are not some benign "nice but misguided" delusional religion they are a cold calculating lying psychopathic organization.

  • sparky1
    sparky1

    I find it rather odd that the Governing Body (tm) would allow the writing department to quote Noam Chomsky. Noam Chomsky is a very intelligent man, a believer in freedom of thought and a highly rational humanist.

    Many old timers here will recognize this article as a rehash of the December 15, 1969 Watchtower article: The Battle For Men's Minds. A rehash of information from almost 50 years ago is now 'food at the proper time.' It's the same thing over and over again with this religion: Everything old is new again!

  • breakfast of champions
    breakfast of champions
    I find it rather odd that the Governing Body (tm) would allow the writing department to quote Noam Chomsky. Noam Chomsky is a very intelligent man, a believer in freedom of thought and a highly rational humanist.

    Brought to you by the people who cite Richard Dawkins in order to "debunk" evolution.

  • sparrowdown
    sparrowdown

    They have no shame.

  • David_Jay
    David_Jay

    The opening words of the article are correct.

    The only thing it doesn't actually tell you is that the Governing Body is the one attacking minds with propaganda. If you read the article with this in mind, then it's quite correct.

    Just because you call your food "manna from heaven," it doesn't mean you're not eating sh#t. A rose by any other name...

  • flipper
    flipper

    I thought that was really interesting that they quoted Noam Chomsky as well.

    The quote : " Nobody is going to pour truth into your brain. It's something you have to find out for yourself. "

    Interesting because the Witnesses are ALWAYS told to accept whatever the WT leaders and GB are giving them as " food " ( or truth ) at the proper time and to NEVER doubt that it's the " truth " . Even if it makes " no sense to humans " - JW's are still expected to agree WT has " the truth ".

    So since JW's are told by WT leaders to NOT look outside the organization for any kind of truth - it's ironic they quote Chomsky saying " It's something you have to find out for yourself. " WT says : " No you don't. WE have the truth- so don't question it ! "

    So I wonder if there's a plant at Bethel in the writing committee sneaking subliminal thoughts into these articles to get JW's to think and have cognizant dissonance ? Makes me wonder. Peace out, Mr. Flipper

  • Ding
    Ding

    “Keep in mind that Satan does not want you to think clearly or reason things out well. Why? Because propaganda ‘is likely to be most effective,’ says one source, ‘if people . . . are discouraged from thinking critically.’ (Media and Society in the Twentieth Century) So never be content passively or blindly to accept what you hear. (Prov. 14:15) Use your God-given thinking abilities and power of reason to make the truth your own.”

    “Be determined to stick to Jehovah’s organization and loyally support the leadership he provides – no matter what imperfections may surface. . . . Surely there is ample evidence to show that you can trust the channel that Jehovah has used for nearly a hundred years now to lead us in the way of the truth.”

    Sadly, the vast majority of JWs will wholeheartedly agree with both statements and see no contradiction at all.

  • Doubtfully Yours
    Doubtfully Yours

    There are many JWs trapped inside due to family/friendship ties that are wide awake to the WTBTS mindfuckery schemes.

    Oh, how I envy the courage of those who just leave...

    DY

  • Rainbow_Troll
    Rainbow_Troll

    Hey, at least this proves that the good old boys at Warwick have a sense of irony. Forgive them not, for they know what they do.

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