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    Please follow Jesus before its too late! We live in the end times! We all have an eternal life to live. There is not much time left!

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  • In a sense

    I'm not sure what society you're talking about specifically, but in my society, the United States, I think we've been being brainwashed for a long time, and still are. We've just never been encouraged to think critically about things. We're always told/taught what to think, rather than how to think, which I consider tantamount to brainwashing.

    We're encouraged in schools to stand in reverence and pledge allegiance to the flag before we're even taught why we owe our allegiance to it in the first place. We're told by every president that the United States is "exceptional", without any mention of what it is that we excel at. We're taught early on in our schooling that certain drugs are bad (marijuana, LSD, psylosybin, etc.) but are not told why they are bad, and nary a word is said of the harms of socially acceptable drugs such as alcohol, tobacco, oxycotin, or even pharmaceutical drugs that are often used in excess for recreational purposes, like children's cough syrup. Even in the media, we're often presented with a biased view of events, and they are often put through an ideological filter, and rather than presenting only facts the opinions of the reporter are reported along with it.

    I recognize that the above may sound dramatic because I'm calling it "brainwashing", but I concede that it is fairly mild brainwashing compared to what has gone on in the past or what still goes on in other parts of the world. But it's simply a fact that there is still some brainwashing that goes on in modern Western society, and it continues unchecked because we are all accustomed to it and it is so deeply fixed into our society that we never even notice it. But the fact that we do and believe things based on social conditioning rather than critical thought is a positive indication of brainwashing that still takes place in society.

  • Without a doubt

    Have you ever wondered why people have always loved bacon so much for breakfast? Probably not.. In fact, they haven't. The first(known) mass brainwashing experiment using television was carried out in the 1920s to promote an unpopular pork product, bacon. They hired doctors to endorse and promote it as healthy, beneficial, and ideal for your morning meal. Cleary it worked very well because anyone knows that eating bacon for breakfast is just what you do... This is still being done today. Simply turn on a news channel such as CNN or FOX news, and you'll notice a few things. They don't just report the news, they also tell you how to feel about it. They bring in a "specialist" to explain his views, which almost always align with their own agenda. If a differing point of view is presented, the argument will always seem much less compelling than the argument the network favors. Many times news anchors will interrupt guests and change the topic if they make a convincing argument the network doesn't align with. They also only report on news and events they want the public to know about, and omit the things they don't want the public to be too aware of. Net Neutrality for instance.. Had it been covered in detail on any of the major networks while people still had time to react, it would never have been repealed. But because the people that run these networks will benefit from it's repeal, it got practically no coverage and only a few mentions right before it was time to vote. With it's repeal, networks can now drastically increase their profits from consumers and website owners, as well as censor websites you're able to access. This is very bad for most Americans, but very good for network owners.
    "Brainwashing" doesn't just happen with television, though. It seems the main function of our public school system is to teach conformity and obedience to authority. How relevant is most of the material you covered in your twelve year education to your current life? Why do most of our graduates have little understanding of our constitution and how our government works? Why on earth do schools make children all stand together and recite the Pledge of Allegiance?? I don't think this is the case anymore, but until recently it was very common. If this isn't the most blatantly obvious form of brainwashing, I'm not sure what is...
    We're also conditioned, mainly through the media, to believe that conspiracy theorist are all crazy tin foil hate wearing lunatics. This is never something I would discuss at work for fear of being ostracized...

  • It has become human nature.

    Yes we are, however I also think that it in most cases is not intentional. We as humans tend to want to be told what to do and think, why? It's just easier. We like to make things easy and not think in most cases. The difference is really a state of mind. Switch of the TV, stop listening to the news, radio, social media feeds. Choose to learn and listen to what interests you instead. The amount of information forced into our consciousness is too much for us to handle. We have evolved to heed advice and information given to us in order to survive in our locality. We are now forced (ever more with media and social media) to worry about things we have no or little control over.

  • Society has brainwashed us all, whether you see it or not.

    There is really nothing to say. Look around and notice how gullible we are as a society. The government is doing us wrong and we just sit and watch. We put expectations for others to hide our own insecurities. People use the internet nowadays to bash others. What is wrong with today? EVERYTHING

  • We are brainwashed far more than we know it

    The mental health system is a complete brainwash. All of the counseling theories teach you to sorta shelve or "manage" the PTSD and look down on it or even try your best to minimize it. Not only does this not work, but they fail to teach you that you can trust the PTSD since its a source of wisdom since it stores all the intense memories you went through. None of the theories teach you to trust this part of yourself. Not only do the theories do no teach it, but I have yet to hear or read anything that advocates trusting these turbulent emotions in my entire 56 years ie. Any literature or anything else. And that was the technique that I came up with that actually helped me heal more than anything else. Until then I was completely suicidal. I refused to do any of the drugs as numbing does not solve or cure anything.

  • Everyone is being brainwashed...

    Why do you believe what you believe?

    How do you know what is true?

    Do you blindly trust the government and what they tell you?

    Do you believe the US military is "defending freedom" by deploying overseas for wars in the Middle East?

    Do you think politicians care for the general public?

    Do you think doctors and pharmaceutical companies think in our best interest or for profit maximization?

    Do you think people who think or believe different things are bad or evil?

    These are very simple yet critical questions and there are many more to ask.

  • Everything is a brainwash

    Ever since you have learned to be aware you have been brainwashed.
    There way of teaching kids is not doing any good! If you do something wrong you get punished or shouted at. If you don't do well on a test you think your not good enough. But if you do what they say you get rewarded with things. The media today. Girls looking online at the perfect body they 'should have' and it's considered what you should look like and they are wondering why they dont. Teenagers will do anything to fit the lines so they feel accepted. Its ridiculous!

  • It's all about the money.

    Just a theory, when social media was created, it was made just for the sake of people's fun. Take YouTube as an example, if you check older videos like Leek Spin, you can see they were all mainly just a joke. Old YouTube was all about short videos, and short videos that were worth a laugh. But then later on, it all changed.

    YouTube started to remove features. Then they added advertisements. Companies are starting to have YouTube channels, just to make ads for it. Sounds like YouTube is turning into a website where you just go, make videos, and earn money? Misleading people with astonishing-like titles when they're just a boring let's play? (clickbait) Just for the money? Since 2014 and on, YouTube turned from an underrated website where you uploaded random short videos just for the fun of it and because you were bored, to a website that's almost as populated as China, where the funniest YouTubers you watched in '08 turned into sellouts, misleading you, and treating you like a cash grab even if you have always admired them? Youtube is brainwashing us, with YouTube rewind every year, with the same YouTubers, and trying to make you think that they're good, funny, and nice, check them out, click on one of their videos, and find out that you just have been tricked and you have given at least a dollar to them.

  • It's all about the money.

    Just a theory, when social media was created, it was made just for the sake of people's fun. Take YouTube as an example, if you check older videos like Leek Spin, you can see they were all mainly just a joke. Old YouTube was all about short videos, and short videos that were worth a laugh. But then later on, it all changed.

    YouTube started to remove features. Then they added advertisements. Companies are starting to have YouTube channels, just to make ads for it. Sounds like YouTube is turning into a website where you just go, make videos, and earn money? Misleading people with astonishing-like titles when they're just a boring let's play? (clickbait) Just for the money? Since 2014 and on, YouTube turned from an underrated website where you uploaded random short videos just for the fun of it and because you were bored, to a website that's almost as populated as China, where the funniest YouTubers you watched in '08 turned into sellouts, misleading you, and treating you like a cash grab even if you have always admired them? Youtube is brainwashing us, with YouTube rewind every year, with the same YouTubers, and trying to make you think that they're good, funny, and nice, check them out, click on one of their videos, and find out that you just have been tricked and you have given at least a dollar to them.

  • It depends on how you are defining brainwashing.

    It depends on how you are defining brainwashing.

    This is from Merrian-Webster.

    Definition of BRAINWASHING

    1. a forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas

    2. persuasion by propaganda or salesmanship

    Is cultural imprinting really any different than forcible indoctrination?

    Cultural imprinting is the process whereby almost everyone in a particular culture acquires the customs and beliefs of the majority in that culture, especially those born into that culture.

    Is cultural imprinting the same as brainwashing as defined as forcible indoctrination?

    I guess that depends on your perspective. Children usually have no choice to reject the beliefs of their culture as children. Most will keep those beliefs even as adults.

    This is why it will take a very long time, if ever, to eliminate religious beliefs that are all based on superstitious dogma.

    Unless all people learn to question the validity of their beliefs, they will be victims of cultural imprinting or cultural brainwashing.

  • Secularism doesn't have room for brainwashing

    Because it's required to change it's position on finding new facts. Unlike religions who refuse to challenge their own ideas 'because holy book/person said so'. Brainwashing happens when you refuse to accept outside information as true, even if it has been proved to be. My European/Western society doesn't do that, theocracies do. Yes there are still some problems in the West, but I wouldn't call it brainwashing .

  • Secularism doesn't have room for brainwashing

    Because it's required to change it's position on finding new facts. Unlike religions who refuse to challenge their own ideas 'because holy book/person said so'. Brainwashing happens when you refuse to accept outside information as true, even if it has been proved to be. My European/Western society doesn't do that, theocracies do. Yes there are still some problems in the West, but I wouldn't call it brainwashing .

  • You're brainwashing your self!

    As children and still as adults we are told to follow our dream and when we become of age only we can decide for our selves what to believe, what religion to follow if any or who to vote for as an example. Those who believe brainwashing to be true are allowing it to happen to themselves. Spend less time thinking about how you are being brainwashed and more time on your own choices, that come from you and try not to think what influences it. Brain washing may not be real but influencing is.


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