reply to post by Hefficide
I think you're putting too much thought into it all Heff. We all know, in our own way, that we are trying to be manipulated or influenced every day
by a wide range of people for a wide range of reasons. It's kind of a basic instinct that we're all born with. But there aren't that many who
really want to get to the bottom of it and try to figure out why.
Whether you're keenly aware of it every day or don't put much thought into at all, everyone is the same in regards to that you either fall for the
"manipulation tricks", or you don't. If you don't stand for something you're going to fall for anything, and no amount of manipulation on
anyone's part is going to change that.
And yes, I understand that entities like marketing and government agencies realize this as well and that's why they can make the exact same ad for a
product 3 different ways to appeal to 3 different demographics. Other people may not see this but, really, what does it matter? Again, if you don't
stand for something you'll fall for anything.
I don't think there's anyone or anything on this planet who has the skill set required to change someone's core values. Assuming of course that a
given person has them. Kind of like that old joke "Yeah, he's such a good salesman he could sell ice cubes to an Eskimo." Or P.T. "There's a
sucker born every minute" Barnum. He didn't make them suckers, they were born that way, he recognized that and used their naivete' against them.
And that's kind of my whole point here Heff: The people who know they're trying to be manipulated don't necessarily need or want to be reminded,
and the people who don't......never will. Either way, the reasons why don't matter.
This is what, to me at least, makes this whole thing out to be a dog and pony show. It's all one big game and eventually people grow out of it or
they don't. Some people I've met have actually never really participated in this game at all. Something about them has been able to see through it
all from an early age and they were able to focus on the more important parts of life. Like self-growth. Or focusing solely on family because,
somehow....someway they were born with a maturity to see though it all for what it is.
Some people call them enlightened, or fortunate, or even lucky. Me, I'll call them for a date because people like that appeal to me. I just don't
have the patience anymore for people who can't appreciate, or care about, the finer points in life. And people like me do so because they're tired
of the game. They're tired of other people always trying to manipulate them. They pick up their ball and go home and try to find someone who see's
things the way they do.
I'll give you a S & F simply because we don't see topics like this on this forum much anymore Heff. Mature and thoughtful.