Do institutions tell us what we think?

In circular fashion institutions like governments, religions. and the media themselves tell us what we think.  In other words, they take our place in stating what we think and convince some of us that their version, not ours, is what we really think and feel about issues, institutions, or anything else..  If news media, for example, tell us that we think with increasing negativity about the value of specific governments or religions, then some of us may be swayed to agree with them, even if we don’t really agree with the degree of negativity that they postulate.  If we are critical about governments or religions, let us be the ones who decide, not the institutions themselves.  Otherwise, negativity  can implode or  become a whirlpool. Jeopardizing critical thought, this negativity functions like self-indoctrination and propaganda.

2 Comments

  1. admin February 6, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Right on target! The current presidential debates, political commentary, etc. are perfect examples of propaganda, indoctrination, and opportunities for self-deception. Unless we think for ourselves rather than internalize and co-opt viewpoints uncritically, we become dehumanized.

  2. Laura Taylor February 8, 2016 at 2:31 pm #

    It is true. More often than not, media seems to offer us minimal choices; one must choose a side or a particular view. Why must we define our opinions in such black and white terms? Governments and religions deserve to be evaluated not as a simple whole, but by specifically looking at their intricate parts.

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