Propaganda Within Everything - Part I

YaN By YaN, 5th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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My perspective of the world and how it works. As this topic is quite vast (enough that I could write an encyclopedia on it) I'll overly simplify it as much as I can and divide it into a few parts...

Reason - Season - Lifetime

A few years ago, I received one of those annoying forwarded chain emails called 'Reason, Season, Lifetime' or something similar to that (let it be known that those forwarded emails die in my inbox never to see the light of another digital translation). It was, as expected, a silly lovey-dovey message, written by a 12 year old (minded, at least) with early access to a computer no doubt, about - actually, you know what, I'm going to check to see if I still have this thing in my inbox...gimme a sec...there we go. Enjoy (sarcasm):

I am sending this to you to see how many actually read their e-mail. Your response will be interesting. Pay attention to what you read. After you have finished reading it, you will know the reason it was sent to you. Here goes:

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person. When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometim! es they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.
Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.!
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons, things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
Thank you for being a part of my life, whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.
Send this to every friend that you have on-line, including the person who sent it to you.
0 Replies - you may need to work on your "people skills"
2 Replies - you are nice but probably need to be more outgoing
4 Replies - you have picked your friends well
6 Replies - you are downright popular
8 Replies or More - you are totally awesome (and that's probably why you're on MY list)
I wonder what mine will be'

Ok, enough of that nonsense. I almost feel nauseous.
So after having this aforementioned trash wander around in my subconscious for a few (months, perhaps? year(s)?) frozen clocks, something clicked in my mind. Actually, only the names clicked, the names I borrowed from the email (Reason, Season, Lifetime) to identify a concept I've virtually had forever.
Essentially, all the people in the world, rather, every single thing that ever existed, belongs in those three categories. It's easier to start off with people, so forget the italics part for now, we'll concentrate just on the people part, and to dumb it down even more, the people in your life, those who you have come into contact with, those who you will have contact with in the future.
Now, the Reason category is like an umbrella, it covers the other three categories. Then the Season subcategory comes in, and that's like...I don't know, figure a simile out for yourself. It's a subcategory, live with it.
Then there's another subcategory, Lifetime. Let's identify those people who belong in the lifetime thing. These are people who are in your life for quite a substantial amount of time, such as parents, siblings, spouse, childhood friend, etc. Virtually, these people crudely shape your formless mind into a general shape. Then comes the Season folks. These people take the general shape that's been created and stick it in the oven (I'm kind of running out of metaphors here...).These people are those that stay in your life for a brief period and some may never be seen again though some might, but not frequently and long enough to be categorized in Lifetime. These might include people like your teachers in school, colleagues, employers, the news stand guy you're on good terms with, the waiter at your favorite restaurant you occasionally talk to when it's not a busy night at the restaurant, the clown refugee that lives under your bed etc. Wait, what? Anyway, moving on...
Then finally, you have the most important of all (because it includes the two aforementioned subcategories) thingamajig, Reason. Reason is kewl, it's your bestest friend and you two dance together in the rain when it's snowing. Snowing hail.
Funnyness aside, people who fall under Reason are everyone, and anyone. They are the ones who take your warm, crisp, ovened (not a word apparently. Ovened. Ovened. Huh) general shape and make nice swirly detailed designs on it (I have no idea where my mind-morphing-ovened (ovened)-swirly-twirly metaphor is going...bear along with me). The people under Reason fine tune you, and make your thought process the way it is. Everyone you see has somehow affected you. The people under Season and Lifetime affected you, obviously, they provided you a base and then some steps to climb onto the base, but it is the other random people in your life that dictate what dance you dance on the stage once you get on it (successful metaphor!). I know I'm losing you here, so let me give an example. Rather, I'm going to let you give yourself an example via your memories. Ooooh: Say when you were a kid, did you ever see anyone do something, say something, smell a certain way, look a certain way, etc that stuck to your mind and now as an (hopefully) adult that past experience keeps coming into your mind whenever you see something else that might remind you of it? How about this, say one day you are walking along, and you see a guy wearing, I dunno, blue shoes or something. Whatever you thought that processed in your mind (or lack of. Not mind, lack of thought) somehow altered you. A piece of knowledge was gained (and is constantly being gained), a memory was created, and in your more sensitive years as a child these things really fine tune you out. As an adult, you don't stop growing of course, but let's just say because the earlier experiences came first, they will now dictate how your current experiences will be experienced, and be carried on to the future. So back to the blue shoes, say you see a dude wearing them, and you think 'Nice shoes' which might eventually lead to 'I want those shoes or some other shoes in those colours' or because of the way the owner of the shoes is dressed in a way you find stupid (say with a lot of 'bling bling' and crap on) you associate the positive attraction you had towards those shoes with the thought that 'idiots only wear these shoes', despite actually liking the shoes. So now you all of a sudden do not like the object because of the association you give to it. Or perhaps when you go buy a shirt, the colour of those shoes you saw once upon a time (and liked) might just start surfacing and you pick out that colour in a shirt. These are just very simplistic examples, this is just how you process information, and often with more complexity, with many layers of memories and associations and past experiences of your 5 senses.
To get a little more complicated here, the lack of someone's presence also affects you. Say, because an obnoxious ten year old is not standing right in front of you (or in your general vicinity, or in any way are you being reminded of an obnoxious ten year old (say via today's annoying music or fashion sense etc) through your five senses) you are not thinking whatever you would think when reminded of an obnoxious ten year old and thus your thoughts do not spiral in that direction, perhaps leading to the solution to world hunger (though I doubt that, and we'll talk about why I believe that in a later segment to this...rant? I'll give you a hint, it's because I believe, rather, I know, most people are brainwashed fools, and most people have been through the course of history (those in power enforce norms upon society to keep them in line)...but we'll get to all that exciting stuff later).
Now, this was just with people. Everyone you know or don't. It all of course branches out into objects, things, lack of things, etc. Everything that is, was, will be. Everything that isn't, wasn't, won't be. It all makes you into who you are. All this is similar to the Butterfly Effect (for those who don't know it, simply put, a flap of a butterfly's wing could cause a hurricane halfway through the world, given the exact circumstances. But these circumstances occur everyday...I mean, why did a certain minor earthquake just happen somewhere right now? Perhaps I was typing too hard and the vibrations went into the ground and amplified somewhere moving those earth-plate things and causing an earthquake. Well, someone must've been typing too hard somewhere eh?), except I suppose this theory of mine is more psychological. I think.

Anyway, this concludes Part I, hopefully you understood this stuff, and find it original (it is indeed my own theory...the later parts will be me connecting the dots to facts that exist. Not that this thing above is not a fact, for it is indeed a reported observation. I've just reported it, and we all have observed it all our lives.
Part II might go into how you are being brainwashed. Share these series if you wish, just don't plagiarize.
I'm just finishing Part I now at 5 AM so I'm going to go enjoy some sleep.

Assalamu'alaikum (May Peace be upon you)

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author avatar SiddiQ
7th Nov 2010 (#)

That's something! Good!

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author avatar Denise O
17th Nov 2010 (#)

I can honestly say, I am not brainwashed by no one.
I am my own person, like it or not.
But after our last Presidential election here in America.
I sure saw a lot of brainwashed fools.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar YaN
18th Nov 2010 (#)

we are all brainwashed to some extent. when was the last time you bought something because it looked good in an advertisement (and it turned out to be trash)? ads are a great form of brainwashing, but not just to get someone to buy a product, rather the general trend of what you see/hear on TV/magazines/billboards/radioetc effects society as a whole and makes certain things 'acceptable' that werent really before. for example, back in the 50s, there was a PSA warning against 'the homosexual'. it's hilarious, really. here, watch:
anyway, if you saw that back in the 50s, you might believe it. as time progressed, it became more and more acceptable to be gay, and it reflects in the media today. but is it really reflected in the media, or is CAUSED by it? which is the cause and which is the effect? constantly the media pushes things into our minds, and very subtly does it push CONCEPTS into our minds. products/trends etc are a bit more straightforward, but concepts are really subtle. PSAs are obvious, but if, say, there was a character in a book you read that was what you'd consider 'negative', whatever that is, but in the book he's accepted by the public, and you keep reading books where characters with that characteristic that you find negative is LIKED by society, eventually you'll start liking that characteristic you thought was negative. or something like that :P

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author avatar EmberSept
6th Jul 2011 (#)

Nobody's mind is formless at unshaped at birth, I'd advise you to study evolutionary psychology. In particular I recommend Steven Pinker's books, especially "The Blank Slate" as it was written specifically to refute the 'tabula rasa' methods of the social sciences.

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