The Anonymous Whole/Hole

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“The Anonymous Whole!

The real violence exerted by propaganda is this: by means of apparent truth and apparent reason, it induces us to surrender our freedom and self-possession. It predetermines us to certain conclusions, and does so in such a way that we imagine we are fully free in reaching them by our own judgment and our own thought. Propaganda makes up our mind for us, but not in such a way that it leaves us the sense of pride and satisfaction of a person that has made up their own minds. And, in the last analysis, propaganda achieves this effect because we want it to. This is one of the few pleasures left to the modern human: this illusion that we are thinking for ourselves when, in fact, someone else is doing the thinking for us. And this someone is not a personal authority, the great mind of a genial thinker, it is the mass mind, the general “they” the anonymous whole.” Thomas Merton

Published by jeffw5382

Stumbling spiritual pilgrim on my way from here to here. Recovered Addict, US Navy Veteran. Sharing my journey of self discovery, in the spirit of service, generosity and gratitude.

2 thoughts on “The Anonymous Whole/Hole

  1. This is good stuff, Jeff! We’re pretty tribal creatures, so some degree of group think is going to always be going on. That’s why it’s important to try to pick a good group to hang out with.

    Sometimes I like to imagine that heaven is what we will look like without all the deceptions, without all the propaganda, and I think in that state we’re even more wonderful then we can imagine.

    As to the Gov and their propaganda, ai yi yi.

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