I was reading this thread and something started nagging me about this obvious resent trend. I kept thinking that our gov't is slowly eliminating our
soceities pleasures or call it 'stimuli'.
I remembered way back in the late 70's,early 80's when religious cults were really prolific, they were trying to figure out how these groups were
able to recruit people to see things their way. The 'Hara Krisna(?)' used a diet of bland foods such as a lettuce salad and bread for weeks to
basically make you brain dead or better said, de-programmed, and then re-programmed you into the way of their thinking. It's called 'Passive
Brainwashing'! Look it up-
Although I haven't found exactly what I was looking for concerning this one cult, I came across this article which is very interesting and a ton of
info. I'll highlight just a few paragraphs as there is so much info. If you start thinking of what has transpired in our recent past, we are slowly
and deliberately getting brainwashed into what the few what us to do
Steps in the Decognition Process
Once the initial conversion is effected, cults, armed services, and similar groups cannot have cynicism among their members. Members must respond to
commands and do as they are told, otherwise they are dangerous to the organizational control. This is normally accomplished as a three-step ˜
Step One is alertness reduction: The controllers cause the nervous system to malfunction, making it difficult to distinguish between fantasy and
reality. More subtle is the "spiritual diet" used by many cults. They eat only vegetables and fruits; without the grounding of grains, nuts, seeds,
dairy products, fish or meat, an individual becomes mentally "spacey."
(Disclaimer: This poster is implying why all the treehuggers and bunny huggers are the way they are.LOL)
Step Two is programmed confusion: You are mentally assaulted while your alertness is being reduced as in Step One. This is accomplished with a deluge
of new information, lectures, discussion groups, encounters or one-to-one processing, which usually amounts to the controller bombarding the
individual with questions. During this phase of decognition, reality and illusion often merge and perverted logic is likely to be accepted.
Step Three is thought stopping: Techniques are used to cause the mind to go "flat." These are altered-state-of-consciousness techniques that
initially induce calmness by giving the mind something simple to deal with and focusing awareness. The continued use brings on a feeling of elation
and eventually hallucination. The result is the reduction of thought and eventually, if used long enough, the cessation of all thought and withdrawal
from everyone and everything except that which the controllers direct. The takeover is then complete. It is important to be aware that when members or
participants are instructed to use "thought-stopping" techniques, they are told that they will benefit by so doing: they will become "better
soldiers" or "find enlightenment."
Does any of this start to relate on whats slowly going on?
True Believers and Mass Movements
Before ending this section on conversion, I want to talk about the people who are most susceptible to it and about Mass Movements. I am convinced that
at least a third of the population is what Eric Hoffer calls "true believers." They are joiners and followers...people who want to give away their
power. They look for answers, meaning, and enlightenment outside themselves.
Never underestimate the potential danger of these people. They can easily be molded into fanatics who will gladly work and die for their holy cause.
It is a substitute for their lost faith in themselves and offers them as a substitute for individual hope. The Moral Majority is made up of true
believers. All cults are composed of true believers. You'll find them in politics, churches, businesses, and social cause groups. They are the
fanatics in these organizations.