The following is an excerpt from a book of quotations that I want to publish in the very near future. I hope you discover - for yourself - the wisdom in these words.
Television to brainwash us all and Internet to eliminate any last resistance.
- Paul Carvel
If we'd been born where they were born and taught what they were taught, we would believe what they believe.
- A church sign in Northern Ireland
The only chance for victory over the brainwash is the right of every man to have his ideas judged one at a time. You never get clarity as long as you have these packaged words, as long as a word is used by twenty-five people in twenty-five different ways. That seems to me to be the first fight, if there is going to be any intellect left.
- Ezra Pound
Advertising is far from impotent or harmless; it is not a mere mirror image. Its power is real, and on the brink of a great increase. Not the power to brainwash overnight, but the power to create subtle and real change. The power to prevail.
- Eric Clark
We live at the level of our language. Whatever we can articulate we can imagine or explore. All you have to do to educate a child is leave him alone and teach him to read. The rest is brainwashing.
- Ellen Gilcrist
Basically the school system sets you up with what it wants to set you up with. They're really good at it. I think they're too good. Problem is, what they're doing is conditioning kids to merely accept the culture at hand. But the rebels won't accept it.
- Jack Bowman
All forms of tampering with human beings, getting at them, shaping them against their will to your own pattern, all thought control and conditioning is, therefore, a denial of that in men which makes them men and their values ultimate.
- Isaiah Berlin
Too many contemporary neuro and behavioral scientists seem committed to a narrow, unrealistic view of human social behavior. They focus mainly on the possibility of controling behavior. If this continues, psychotechnology will increasingly become a favorite tool of social and political repression.
- Professor Stephan Chorover, Psychology Today, October 1973
And it seems to me perfectly in the cards that there will be within the next generation or so a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing... a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda, brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods.
- Aldous Huxley, 1959
From the social point of view, the educational systems are oriented to maintaining the existing social and economic structures instead of transforming them.
- Wilhelm von Humboldt
If the scientist do what they have laid out for themselves, men will become manageable ants.
- Adolf A. Berle, former Assistant Secretary of State and Chairman of the New York Liberal Party, Diary entry
None are more helplessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
Johann W. Von Goethe
Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control.
Denis Diderot, 1796
If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.
- Thomas Jefferson
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
- Albert Einstein
...Another poll revealed that 'faith in God is the most important part of American's lives.' Forty percent 'said they valued their relationship with God above all else'; 29 percent chose 'good health' and 21 percent 'happy marriage.' Satisfying work was chosen by 5 percent, respect of people in the community by 2 percent. That this world might offer basic features of a human existence is hardly to be contemplated. These are the kinds of results one might find in a shattered peasant society.
- Noam Chomsky
The man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest
even that man shall die.
- Deuteronomy 17:12
Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if a man bears up under pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God
But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.
- Peter 2:18-21
As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.
Hierarchies make some people dependent on others, blame the dependent for their dependency, and then use that dependency as a justification for further exercise of authority.
- Martha Ackelsberg
Totalitarianism demands, in fact, the continuous alteration of the past, and in the long run probably demands a disbelief in the very existence of objective truth. The friends of totalitarianism in this country usually tend to argue that since absolute truth is not attainable, a big lie is no worse than a little lie ... It is pointed out that all historical records are biased and inaccurate, or on the other hand, that modern physics has proven that what seems to us the real world is an illusion, so that to believe in the evidence of one's senses is simply vulgar philistinism. A totalitarian society which succeeded in perpetuating itself would probably set up a schizophrenic system of thought, in which the laws of common sense held good in everyday life and in certain exact sciences, but could be disregarded by the politician, the historian, and the sociologist.
- George Orwell
So true is it that unnatural generally means only uncustomary and that everything which is usual appears natural.
- John Stuart Mill
The complaints of the privileged are too often confused with the voice of the masses.
- John Kenneth Galbraith
What fetters the mind and benumbs the spirit is ever the dogged acceptance of absolutes.
- Edward Sapir
Our civilization is locked in the grip of an ideology - corporatism. An ideology that denies and undermines the legitimacy of individuals as the citizen in a democracy. The particular imbalance of this ideology leads to a worship of self-interest and a denial of the public good. The practical effects on the individual are passivity and conformism in the areas that matter, and non-conformism in the areas that don't.
- John Ralston Saul
Once upon a time there was a magnet, and in its close neighborhood lived some steel filings. One day two or three filings felt a sudden desire to go and visit the magnet, and they began to talk of what a pleasant thing it would be to do. Other filings nearby overheard their conversation, and they, too, became infected with the same desire. Still others joined them, till at last all the filings began to discuss the matter, and more and more their vague desire grew into an impulse. 'Why not go today?' said some of them; but others were of the opinion that it would be better to wait until tomorrow. Meanwhile, without their having noticed it, they had been involuntarily moving nearer to the magnet, which lay there quite still, apparently taking no heed of them. And so they went on discussing, all the time insensibly drawing nearer to their neighbor; and the more they talked, the more they felt the impulse growing stronger, till the more impatient ones declared that they would go that day, whatever the rest did. Some were heard to say that it was their duty to visit the magnet, and that they ought to have gone long ago. And, while they talked, they moved always nearer and nearer, without realizing they had moved. Then, at last, the impatient ones prevailed, and, with one irresistible impulse, the whole body cried out, 'There is no use waiting. We will go today. We will go now. We will go at once.' And then in one unanimous mass they swept along, and in another moment were clinging fast to the magnet on every side. Then the magnet smiledfor the steel filings had no doubt at all but that they were paying that visit on their own free will.
- Oscar Wilde
When someone with the authority of a teacher, say, describes the world and you are not in it, there is a moment of psychic disequilibrium, as if you looked into a mirror and saw nothing. Yet you know you exist and others like you, that this is a game with mirrors. It takes some strength of soul--and not just individual strength, but collective understanding--to resist this void, this nonbeing, into which are thrust, and to stand up, demanding to be seen and heard.
- Adrienne Rich
To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see everyday, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H White
Contrary to popular belief, conventional wisdom would have one believe that it is insane to resist this, the mightiest of empires.... But what history really shows is that today's empire is tomorrow's ashes, that nothing lasts forever, and that to not resist is to acquiesce in your own oppression. The greatest form of sanity that anyone can exercise is to resist that force that is trying to repress, oppress, and fight down the human spirit.
- Mumia Abu-Jamal