How often have you looked at someone who passionately disagrees with everything you stand for and thought, “just look at the facts! You can’t argue with facts, if these people would just look at the truth they would have to change their minds!”? I’m discovering that with some people, no matter how often the facts are crammed down their throats, their beliefs will not change.
This summer a little book by C.S. Lewis caught my attention. In The Abolition of Man: How Education Develops Man’s Sense of Morality, Lewis taps into how the educational establishment controls the way people believe. His analysis surprised me, but the more I thought about it, the more it appeared to be true. The secret to educators’ success in controlling the culture is not their appeal to intelligence or rationality, but their appeal to emotions. To put it memorably, brainwashing has more to do with the heart than the mind...
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