I've been royally pissing a friend off on a similar topic as the false dichotomies and manipulation through them. This is a friend I've known for 13
years, and we recently engaged in a conversation on being a "leader" or a "follower" and she has stated, I have to pick one or the other.
This of course, does not make Me happy in the least. Do not tell Me I have your options, that's assinine in the least, insulting to My intelligence
as well. I am not a follower, especially not a stupid follower, like a lemming or sheeple
willing to follow
without question. I question everything, at all times.
Well, then she expressed that I would become a leader.
Another thing to not do, to tell Me a role I will or will not play in anything. I hate ignorance and she showed it during that conversation, and the
continuing conversations after that one on the same topic as well.
While yes, I have learned about world leadership, world politics, blah blah, the list goes on and on, I am not stepping into the role of a leader,
unless I choose to do so. My choice, not yours, not hers.
She stated, there were only two choices, be a follower, or be a leader.
Poppycock, sheer poppycock I say. She kept prying and trying to get Me to define that I would be one or the other.
I did not.
Meanwhile, I'm laughing to Myself, because I know she's a manipulator.
I do not have to be a follower.
I do not have to be a leader.
I can be neither, and be neutral, and gain just as much power or non-power through that, if I so choose to.
Just a word of advice, never try to manipulate someone, when they know what you're up to.
They will screw you every time.
[edit on 14-6-2008 by SpartanKingLeonidas]