Website owner: James Miller
Everyone gets programmed as they grow up and mature. The programming process goes on without them realizing it. It comes from many sources: parents, peers, teachers, textbooks, television, Hollywood, Madison Avenue, church, government, etc.. All that impinges on a person tends to impress ideas, viewpoints, outlooks, fantasies, desires, expectations, impressions, etc. into the malleable and impressionable mind. And he becomes a slave to his mind thus programmed. It determines how he responds to situations and life. The only way a person frees himself of this programming effect, the only way he de-programs himself, is by thinking, questioning, and examining. As he thinks, questions, and examines he sorts out truth from falsehood, good from bad, fantasy from reality. This is a process that goes on all his life. As he thinks, questions and seeks out truth he develops his own opinions, philosophies, and prejudices. And when this happens these opinions, philosophies and prejudices tend to screen and filter all the many external ideas, viewpoints and outlooks that impinge on his mind from day to day. He is receptive to some ideas and unreceptive to others and the ones he is unreceptive to just bounce off without making an impression. Thus his mind becomes less malleable and impressionable (a mind that knows the truth does not bother itself much over error --- it just disregards it). The programming of the mind does not go on freely and without interference. Conscience, reason and currently held philosophies and outlooks all play a part in the final result. However, some of the most subtle programming comes in the form of things that are just implicitly assumed by people and society. It is a programming that "sneaks through" without being examined by the mind and conscience. Oct 1981 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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