by Mr. Mean-Spirited
Just about everything that you have been told about brainwashing is wrong; and I am going to set you straight. I realize that sounds rather egotistical, and it damn well should: it is precisely this self-centered perspective that allows an individual to observe the process of mind control at work.
Conformists are more than a casual annoyance. Conformity to social norms is the sign of a successfully and sufficiently brainwashed personality – it is the psychological equivalent of an indicator light on a battery showing a full charge. Mind control is not exposed in grand events like some Manchurian Candidate shooting up a political candidate; instead, brainwashing is displayed by perfect social skills at a job interview. Mind control is not disclosed in some occult plot, as much as being a valued member of a social network.
Brainwashing is not what you see in the movies: mind control does not create an assassin with superhuman powers – instead, you get a human specimen of utter sameness. Socialization into the community is all about uniformity – liberals want you to take part, to join in, to come together. A conformist actually believes there is something greater than himself, and the brainwashed person desperately wants to be part of it.
The individual faces more of a threat not from governmental extermination, but from well-adjusted citizens who just want to make this world a better place. The community activist who just wants to help you is more of a danger to the individualist than the best efforts of the secret police. Mind control is not directed by some hidden conspirators, but indoctrination advances by do-gooders trying to make society more just. Make no mistake about it, the humanitarians want to destroy your very independence.
Conformists are your most dangerous enemy. Treacherous not because they are particularly intelligent, but menacing simply because there are so fucking many of them. Perilous not because they want to kill you, as much as make you one of their numbers. Rather than mind control being some rare event that is practiced by some sinister government agency, indoctrination is a perfectly normal result of daily interaction with friends and relatives.
Mind control is an everyday occurrence practiced upon just about everyone. Brainwashing does not occur when a target citizen is abducted and taken to some underground base; instead, community indoctrination comes about through daily exposure to mass culture. Humanitarians have fashioned a societal order in which mind control is damn near inevitable.
A caring family does not make you more resistant to indoctrination; quite the contrary, a happy childhood leaves you more vulnerable to implantation. A contended upbringing leaves you unprotected against social conditioning. Brainwashing does not occur upon some maladjusted misfits, as much as focused upon all well-adjusted members of the community.
The very structure of a liberal nation-state has made mind control almost unavoidable. First, you were made vulnerable to conformity by your own family; next, you had this pattern of obedience set in place by the mass media; and, finally, this behavioral framework is continually reinforced by your peer group. Your own parents fashioned your personality into something weak; the mass media immediately took advantage of that weakness by telling you exactly how a productive member of society is supposed to behave – and, finally, your friends then came along and insured that you conformed to these norms.
Conformists do not want to benefit themselves, but to better others. Brainwashing changes your basic mental focus – alters your natural orientation from that of your own personal self-interest, to the betterment of the community as a whole. Mind control does not allow you to improve yourself, but to enrich the lot of strangers. Indoctrination does not prompt you to fill your pockets, but to extend a friendly hand to others.
You manipulate a human by making him self-sacrificing. The way that you brainwash a target is not with electronic implants, but you control a subject’s mind by getting him to become altruistic. You maintain indoctrination of a citizen not with psychotropic drugs, but by insisting that the commoner ought to help others. You enslave a person to the system by encouraging him to feel compassion for other people.
You keep the brainwashing updated by keeping your target idealistic. Empathy is what ensures that the target remains tuned to the controllers. You get a victim to do what you want by making him feel caring. You make a sucker get in line by telling him it will help the entire community. A person obeys orders not because he thinks he will get something out of it, but because he is told that they will benefit society as a whole.
Conformity is not so much a matter of doing what you are told, but brainwashing occurs when you feel what you are told. An indoctrinated citizen doesn’t act a particular way; he feels a precise way. A conformist doesn’t follow orders; instead, he feels certain acceptable emotions. A communitarian feels the same meek and mild sentiments as everyone else in the room. Most of all, the follower wants to be appreciated as a “good person.” The conformist wants only to be recognized as “nice.” A brainwashed person will do anything in order that other people validate him as “friendly.” A follower desperately wants to be accepted as “kind” soul and to receive some social acknowledgment for being so “kindly.”
The greatest conformist will be most extreme in their conformity. The loudest customer at the bar will invariably be the greatest conformist. If body mutilation is the fashion, then the most brainwashed woman will be the most cut-up of them all. The true believer always casts the first stone. The more successful the mind control, the more successful a person in society. The more prosperous a citizen’s lifestyle, the more triumphant the mental conditioning.
A conformist will never realize his conformity. It is not just that a mind-controlled citizen will be unable to recognize the extent of his control – but the more successful the indoctrination, the louder the brainwashed taxpayer will claim to be independent. The victim will never comprehend his manipulation no matter how much evidence you show him. A mind-controlled civilian will never come to apprehend the extent of his enslavement no matter how much proof you offer. The better the socialization, the more the subject believes himself to be a freethinker.
The establishment will always attempt to make certain primal passions forbidden in their utopias. There is a reason why legislators always want to criminalize hate; there is a reason why politicians denounce fear. But it is the resurgence of such antisocial emotions that frees a citizen from mind control. Negativity eradicates mental conditioning. These suppressed sentiments make an individual feel separated from his neighbors, and this social isolation frees a character from communitarian indoctrination. Expressing intense hatred short-circuits brainwashing. The only way to free yourself from socialization is to loathe society with all your heart.
I’m not going to sugar-coat things; it is always easier to go along with society. It is always going to be more acceptable to be part of the crowd. If you want to have an authentic life, it is going to cost you. The statists are always right about one thing: it is always enjoyable to do what you are told. The conformists are always the folks having fun; conformity is always in style. Let’s face it, socialization is hip. A mind-controlled person is not some basement-dwelling recluse awaiting orders, but the brainwashed citizen is invariably the partygoer going into the hottest bar. The indoctrinated target is not some outsider unable to function in the community, but a guy watching the big game with his noisy friends. The fact is that resisting conformity is not going to lead to a happy life – you will be alone.
Conformity brings community; resisting brainwashing brings solitude. Thinking for yourself is never going to give you a joyous lifestyle, but you will be living fully. An individualist will not live happily, but the independent man will live fiercely. Mental liberation is going to be lonely, but I promise you that it will be intense. You might become somewhat paranoid at times, but –fuck it – your mind will be completely alive.