Archive for November 2008
Posted November 30, 2008on:
Re: Re: Re: Explanation of my Stand wrt The Lives of Sri Aurobindo
David Hutchinson Sat 29 Nov 2008 08:55 AM PST
A few thoughts that may be applicable to this discussion and current situation:
Every individual believes he/she knows the absolute truth, and that others are misguided.
Group consciousness has a deep and unrecognized influence upon the individual.
Emotion is a stronger force than reason, even when the truth is known.
A lie repeated often enough, and loudly enough, will appear to be the truth.
Hysteria, once begun, needs to play itself out.
Divisive movements usually have a stronger force than inclusive ones.
If you can dictate the terms of the discussion, you have already won.
The most subtle and problematic aspect of an organization is its culture.
Fear incites immediate destructive actions, which have to be remedied when the fear has passed.
A useful tactic when mobilizing people is to define and then vilify an imagined common enemy.
The true story of an event is often revealed only long afterwards.
Those who sit on a fence get to see everything, but they never go anywhere.
Just because a person has knowledge in one area does not mean he/she is wise in another.
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