From the Wizard of Oz… Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the “ape” in apricot? What have they got that I ain’t got? Dorothy and the Scarecrow respond, “courage!’
A news report tells of Baylor Health Systems who is going to start testing volunteers and new hires for nicotine and not hire anyone who uses it even to the extent of nicotine patches or gum. While Baylor of course, can hire whom they choose, few who read this article saw beyond the inherent health benefits or how they hate smoking. They did not see that anyone was being discriminated against for participating in a legal activity. People have been indoctrinated to dislike smokers to the extent of thinking them stupid or addicted.
Most people are not aware that they have been indoctrinated. Indoctrination starts young, in school when a child is taught that the government is always good, to believe on faith what they read or hear from reporters, science is never wrong and of course, that Superman can really fly. If you take any two or more races of young children together, they play well with each other. When the child gets older, they may not due to being indoctrinated by the adults around them that the races are different or that one should hate another race…bigotry starts at home.
Advertisements by both business and political people repeatedly send out the message they want someone to believe…buy a certain soap, pill or believe in strictly divided political lines…and of course, one party or the other only has YOUR concerns that they will address.
Scientists do research funded by whatever corporation or government entity that is funding them…and 95% of the time find the exact results the funder is wanting. Then that corporation or government entity touts the findings from the rooftops repeatedly, and the people, who are not aware of indoctrination techniques, believes the findings as gospel. It must be true if they keep repeating it, right?
climate change study offer This link talks about two things, first scientists being offered big money to deny climate change and secondly the global warming ideal. Anyone who can think and do a little research knows that scientists are often led to the money trail. Furthermore, anyone who has done a little studying that global warming for the most part is just what it is, the earth being at the end of an ice age and is warming up naturally. Yet, due to indoctrination, millions of people bought into the global warming fiasco resulting in hundreds of regulations and in making the EPA what it is today…a monster.
Indoctrination has led to bigotry, discrimination and outright hate in some people; of course, racism is the most commonly thought of source of bigotry, but think about the Baylor story, smokers are disliked and discriminated against because while any thinking person knows it is most likely unhealthy, it is still a legal activity. This is due to slanted studies and there are studies that are slanted the other way…of course funded by the tobacco industry. People have been taught that everyone no matter what, should be in a certain size range. Studies say so after all, funded by the pharmaceutical and insurance companies and of course, the billion dollar a year diet industry.
Why are there so many people who are indoctrinated to certain issues and so called facts? The founding fathers had it right when they said ‘united we stand, divided we fall’. While they were talking about the revolution, it holds true today. If the government can keep people indoctrinated to the point that they only look out for their own interests and not their fellow citizens, they create divisions that keep people apart…it is another form of control of the population and creates hostility on one hand, and apathy on the other.
It takes courage to take a hard look at one’s self to identify areas where you may be indoctrinated in. It takes courage to think outside of the box to end personal indoctrination. It takes courage to think about another’s rights outside of your own interests and preferences. It takes courage to shed the artificial bigotry and selfishness created by indoctrination. There is no Wizard of Oz to give you a medal of courage to assist you in this, just yourself and the willingness to do the right thing for others.