#35 Language and Mind Control

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

Salt is the name of a very common substance found on earth. You could also call it sal, sel, sale, sol, so, Salz, sout, salis, sals, sare, zout, salann, gishiri, ntsev, uyah, mchere, cusbo, kripe, tote, duz, gatza,, asin, nnu, garam; but no matter which of the world’s 7000 languages you speak, salt will always taste just as salty.

If you hear or read the word “salt”, your brain immediately produces a generalized idea or concept. You don’t control the process. The process controls you. We call that process language. Language is a System of Control. The more you understand how humans use language to control the world inside and outside our heads, the more Control Savvy you will be.

If we were sitting together at the dinner table and I said to you, “Please pass the salt”, you would probably obey. In that case, I would have controlled your mind and your behavior. But I wouldn’t be the only controller involved. At some point in your life you were taught that automatic obedience to certain commands was “normal” behavior and that defiance would be “weird”. You also learned that it was better to be normal than to be weird. Many of our thoughts and behaviors are as automatic as breathing, so we don’t notice them. Like automatic breathing, automatic language is not a bad thing. It helps us move easily through society without having to analyze every human interaction.

However, awareness of these unseen controllers can enhance our ability to foil enemies who know how to use automatic human behaviors against our best interests.

The best way to challenge an automatic behavior is to imagine what would happen if you changed the rules. I have already suggested the question as a good way of challenging assumptions. Humor is another good weapon—and it’s more fun. Here are a few examples.

The Pun

A pun is also called a play on words. The comic strip below uses multiple meanings of the word “pass” to substitute the wrong meaning into dinner table etiquette. Puns can be silly, witty, sarcastic, or insulting, but they always challenge automatic thinking.

Here’s a link to more salt-related puns. https://punsandjokes.com/salt-puns-jokes/

2. Parody/Satire

Parody uses imitation to make a point about a behavior that we take for granted. In the video “Pass the Salt” a father uses parody to make a (loud) statement about texting at the table.

3. Black/Dark Comedy

No subject is too taboo for dark comedy–including revenge and murder.

Salt By Any Other Name Would Taste Just As Salty

Two rival mob bosses meet in a mutually-agreed-upon neutral location—a restaurant. They are supposed to discuss a truce in the turf war that has resulted in many lives lost on both sides—including the only son of Mobster #2.

After taking the first bite of his first course, Mobster #1 pauses, and says,

“Please pass the salt.”

Mobster #2 smiles, and obligingly passes the salt shaker located next to his plate.

Mobster #1 sprinkles a generous amount of salt over his food. As the meal progresses through different courses, he continues to add salt. After about half an hour he begins to feel nauseous. His symptoms worsen, and he starts to suspect that he has been poisoned.

“You put something in my food!” He shouts.

Mobster #2 replies, “Nope, you did. You asked for salt. You got salt.”

Mobster #1 dies after a few extremely uncomfortable hours. He had unwittingly sprinkled a salt called sodium fluoroacetate (NaFC2H2O2) on his food instead of common table salt, (NaCl).

Mobster #2 gave his enemy “salt” without notifying him about the last-minute change in the definition of the word.

Definitions matter.

4. Stand-up Comedy

This type of humor involves a comedian who literally stands up in front of an audience and delivers a prepared collection of jokes called a “routine”. George Carlin, used all kinds of humor–including the dark kind–to jolt his audiences out of their well-trodden mental pathways.

You can watch the video at this link. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKPqXpcxrFiTys6K1nSzkAw

5. Cartoons and Internet Memes

A picture or series of pictures accompanied by words can deliver a strong message that won’t easily be forgotten. If it makes you laugh, it will leave an even stronger impression. Therefore, images and words-on-images have become a popular tool for those who would challenge automatic thought and behavior. Unfortunately, they are also used by those who want to create automatic thought and behavior. The opening image I chose for post #34 is an example of the pro-vaccine advertisements that are seen everywhere in New York City–paid for by the taxpayer.

There has been a battle of memes since the COVID-19 story began in January of 2020. On one side you have memes that support the official story told by Gates/Fauci/Pfizer. On the other side, you have memes that challenge that story and offer alternative stories. I could write a whole book about the “Battle of COVID Memes”. For now, I will show you two.

The meme on the left compares a very sturdy-looking bridge to the Pfizer vaccine without actually mentioning the word, “vaccine”. The bridge is 99.997% safe (and so is the vaccine ). We are meant to understand that refusing to take the vaccine is like swimming through dangerous waters instead of taking the nice safe bridge (according to the memester).

The meme on the right shows a face. Above the face, are two statements of “fact”: The Pfizer vaccine is 90% effective…But COVID is 99.8% survivable. In other words, not dangerous waters for most of us–just a jump over a puddle. Who needs the vaccine?

Control Savvy Comments

Notice that both memes are using comparison/contrast. X vs Y. In literature, comparisons can be either metaphors or similes. The bridge meme is a metaphor. It compares the vaccine to a bridge and the virus to dangerous waters without using the word vaccine or virus. The face meme does not use literary devices. Rather, it offers two sets of scientific-looking data. It gives information not only about the benefits of the vaccine (90% effective), but also about the low risk of the virus (99.9% survivable).

Here’s the problem. The information is wrong in both memes. Back in November of 2020, Pfizer claimed that the vaccine was 90% effective, but we all found out together that it is 90% effective. for…2 months. After 6 months you are no longer protected. You are basically off the bridge. The meme on the right is correct in saying that the virus is not dangerous for most people under 60, but is incorrect because it doesn’t mention immunocompromised people.

In terms of brainwashing capability, the bridge meme is superior. The picture of the bridge is memorable. The letters are boldly visible right next to the bridge. There is humor in the idea of a person swimming instead of taking advantage of the bridge. The meme on the left is not memorable or funny. The face is a nice face, but it doesn’t illustrate the information. The information is not a part of the picture, and might even be overlooked.

In terms of intellectual honesty, the meme on the right is superior. The memester did the best he could with the information available at the time.

In closing: We all love jokes. We love to tell them, listen to them, read them, watch them. Laughter is good for the body and the soul. However, Control Savvy people are aware of its potential use as a mind control device. The best we can do is observe how it affects our minds while we laugh and then be mindful of the thoughts and feelings that stick in our minds after the laughter stops.

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