Your Choice: Coercive Persuasion or Critical Thinking
I have always wondered how so many existing AOL devotees come to this site…and still do nothing about their lives.
So, for those of you reading this article….here below is some reasoning as to why you may be just staying put and not able to take any corrective action.
The reason you haven’t helped yourself, regardless of how many different ways you may phrase it in your own mind, is simply because you’ve been ‘conditioned’ not to….and this ‘conditioning’ has a name…Its called Coercive Persuasion.
A Coercive Persuasion programme is a behavioral change process applied to cause the ‘learning’ and ‘adoption’ of a set of behaviors or an ‘ideology’ under certain conditions.
The essential conditions necessary for a Coercive Persuasion programme to succeed is ‘immorality,’ ‘fear’ and ‘control.’The purpose of a Coercive Persuasion programme is to control a society by making it believe that the needs of the state, or society at large, outweigh the needs of the individual.
The spreading of a Coercive Persuasion programme throughout a society is based on utilizing the education system (read AOL courses, follow ups, tapes, books and so on). A Coercive Persuasion programme is specifically designed to destroy individuality in order to supplant it with the ‘mind set’ of the state…whoever its ruler may be.
Just revisit history — The occupied British Colonies all over the world lived under a Coercive Persuasion programme which saw their socities ‘controlled’ by a monarch and this system was beset upon by an ‘immoral’ set of laws designed to strip indigenous people from the every ounce of human dignity, and lived in constant ‘fear’ should they dare go against the brutal forces set to fall upon them at the slightest sign of discontent.
AOL only feels like a peaceful ashram. But look at the pressures of performance that your favourite AOL teacher is under. Is this not similar to the British raj collecting taxes. Wake up guys and smell it !!!!
The first recognized formal uprising against Coercive Persuasion ended On July 4, 1776. The American colonists became the first people in modern history to strike out against Coercive Persuasion programmes and in their Declaration of Independence simply, and eloquently, stated: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The power of these words were such that within 50 years the power of the European monarchies were all but destroyed, and within 100 years our human race was propelled to heights of advancement never before experienced in thousands of years….and all because of one powerful idea…”the individual mattered more than the state (for AOL-ites read real estate ?…pun intended)”.
It’s a different matter that the past 100 years, however, have showed the reemergence of these ‘state powers,’ all across the world, and made even worse by the fact the United States FORGOT its original founding Principle and has been leading the charge to, once again, destroy individuality for the ‘benefit’ of society at large.
In order to accomplish their destruction of individuality through the use of Coercive Persuasion they will destroy their mortal enemy…Critical Thinking. Critical Thinking includes a complex combination of skills. Among the main characteristics are the following:
Rationality– We are thinking critically when we rely on reason rather than emotion, require evidence, ignore no known evidence, and follow evidence where it leads, and are concerned more with finding the best explanation than being right analyzing apparent confusion and asking questions.
Self-awareness– We are thinking critically when we weigh the influences of motives and bias, and recognize our own assumptions, prejudices, biases, or point of view.
Honesty– We are thinking critically when we recognize emotional impulses, selfish motives, nefarious purposes, or other modes of self-deception.
Open-mindedness– We are thinking critically when we evaluate all reasonable inferences, consider a variety of possible viewpoints, or perspectives, remain open to alternative interpretations, accept a new explanation, model, or paradigm because it explains the evidence better, is simpler, or has fewer inconsistencies or covers more data, accept new priorities in response to a reevaluation of the evidence or reassessment of our real interests, and do not reject unpopular views out of hand.
Discipline – We are thinking critically when we are precise, meticulous, comprehensive, and exhaustive, resist manipulation and irrational appeals, and avoid snap judgments.
Judgment – We are thinking critically when we recognize the relevance and/or merit of alternative assumptions and perspectives recognize the extent and weight of evidence.
Critical thinkers are by nature skeptical. They approach texts with the same skepticism and suspicion as they approach spoken remarks. Critical thinkers are active, not passive. They ask questions and analyze. They consciously apply tactics and strategies to uncover meaning or assure their understanding. Critical thinkers do not take an egotistical view of the world.
They are open to new ideas and perspectives. They are willing to challenge their beliefs and investigate competing evidence.
Critical thinking enables us to recognize a wide range of subjective analyses of otherwise objective data, and to evaluate how well each analysis might meet our needs. Facts may be facts, but how we interpret them may vary.
Passive, non-critical thinkers take a simplistic view of the world. They see things in black and white, as either-or, rather than recognizing a variety of possible understanding. They see questions as yes or no with no subtleties.
They fail to see linkages and complexities.
They fail to recognize related elements.
Non-critical thinkers take an egotistical view of the world. They take their facts as the only relevant ones.
They take their own perspective as the only sensible one. They take their goal as the only valid one.
Do you really think that collective needs be met when individual needs are sacrificed ? Devising a system when both are addressed is creative.
How does it work when AOL teachers get poorer and the AOL organization gets richer ? How does it work when AOL teacher’s pay tax and the AOL organization does not ?
How does it work when most of the day your are thinking AOL and he thinks about you only when you are physically next to him (that’s 2 minutes a year during an advance course which you paid for).
Common guys take a call….its your LIFE
What you have to decide right now is what kind of world you want to live, or have your children and grandchildren grow up in…one controlled by Coercive Persuasion, or one where Critical Thinking determines the fate of mankind.
If you believe that you aren’t part of this battle then you are indeed very disconnected from what is happening to you. On the other hand….if this message has hit some resonance within you. You can start right now…..just disengage. It is that easy.