First you must imagine you live in a neighborhood controlled by a violent gang....do you have it in your mind...okay...let us ask the questions.
What if you started using first person plural pronouns when discussing the gang and their activities, even though you were not in the gang, you didn't know anyone in the gang, and no one in the gang knew or cared about you? Would this linguistic programming eventually lead to sympathy for the gang’s activities? Or resistance to the idea that what they were doing was wrong?
And last question: How does training in conformity scale up to collectivism in society?
I will answer the questions all together: Once I started noticing doublethink, doublespeak, propaganda, or if you prefer public relations in our educational system...I was taken aback...and I began to question everything the establishment said...Same with the Medical Establishment. And YET....I believe it is very effective in training or rather destroying self-thought. If a gang used the word Us long enough...I believe that many, at least 60% of the population, would start thinking that what they did was not wrong...in fact it was right...it is for the greater-good...after all it is "us" who is doing it.
When education is allowed to use P.R. tactics...it stops being education. Truth is truth...and once it is skewed to get across an idea...it is no longer truth and most certainly is not education...it is forced ideas. We, the people who have been through the public education system, have been trained in conformity and to except a collectivism idea about our society. They say, Sorry I don't know who "they" are...that we are one...yet they fail to say: We are one, but we are also one individual, if I am to care about the many, I should be allowed to also care about myself. Yes we are but a drop of water in an Ocean, but an Ocean is made up of these drops. (I like the old saying: A chain is only as strong as its weakest link...thus I believe we must allow each link to get and be strong...which in turn strengths everything. :) )
To Sum UP the questions in bullet format:
* Does using the term "us" to describe the gang slowly allow for sympathy to creep in?
* Does using the term "us" to describe a gang make the gang become less sinister in the eyes of the beholder?
* How does training in conformity scale up to collectivism in society?
* My Question: Where is training in conformity taking place in society?
Side Note: I frequently use the term Our, We, and sometimes I at EliciaClegg.com blog post. In reality I mean Elicia Clegg...sorry, it is a force of habit, but now you know who is behind the curtain at EliciaClegg.com
As always, have a lovely day. XOXOX Elicia Clegg