Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Enslaved in Pride
There was a most revealing rule: slaves were to remain illiterate. In the antebellum South, whites who taught a slave to read were severely punished. '[To] make a contented slave,' Bailey later wrote, 'it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason.' This is why the slaveholders must control what slaves hear and see and think. This is why reading and critical thinking are dangerous, indeed subversive, in an unjust society.
Source: The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan
Comments: Now, what else is censorship if not controlling what makes way to the people's mind? Dissident thoughts are promptly suppressed, termed against the public interest, anti-national, anti-religious, anti-social. Public opinion is designed to suit the desires of those in control of manufacturing consent. And we the people take pride in our nation, in our community, in the slavery of bourgeois. We are plainly unaware of this state of ours, that our thoughts have been enslaved, that we live in the delusion of freedom. Same was the state of slaves who knew not what freedom meant neither do we.
Related: Outsourced Thinking, Freedom For The Soul - fighting mind control
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