#Fear is one of the world’s best motivators, and and well,here lately i cannot shake this nagging feeling that MAYBE just MAYBE... it is being used to make us afraid of #alternative #spirituality.
Fear is a #weapon of #socialcontrol used to #manipulate #thoughts and actions without people even knowing it. Today it’s used to control and #alienate would-be practitioners of alternative spirituality. How has this happened and who stands to gain from it? #PeepGame #Muckrakers:
Because by understanding how fear is used we can be free of manipulation in our choice of spirituality.
If you were an early Christian (back when it was still an alternative religion) you had to be careful not to become food for a lion. Once Christianity was established, if you were ‘pagan’ or a ‘witch’ you had to be careful not to be burnt at the stake. Nowadays, unless you live in China where Falun Gong practitioners – who were once supported by the state until they gained too much influence – are still victims of false imprisonment, torture and live organ harvesting, or in a strict middle-eastern country where you might be hung for expressing alternative spiritual beliefs, it’s somewhat safer to be on the fringe of religious belief.
Free from the fear of impending death, one might think that we have much more spiritual freedom. Unfortunately however in the Western world, physical abuse has been substituted for fear inducing propaganda, and we have long been studied as a humanity to discover the most effective psychological triggers with which we can be controlled. Rather than physically stopping people from practising spirituality, these techniques insidiously influence social attitudes so that people avoid exploring alternative spirituality to begin with.
For a greater understanding of modern day manipulation, let’s step back in time to the early 20th century and the birth of propaganda and social engineering.
Fear responses can be conditioned
Fear is a bit like a #virus. If you're exposed to it enough you're likely to be infected
Fear is a bit like a virus. If you’re exposed to it enough you’re likely to be infected
The fight-or-flight response is one of the most basic #instinctual