Letter to the Menticided: A 12-Step Recovery Program

“Menticide is an old crime against the human mind and spirit but systematized anew. It is an organized system of psychological intervention and judicial perversion through which a powerful dictator can imprint his own opportunistic thoughts upon the minds of those he plans to use and destroy.”

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“Ready made opinions can be distributed day by day through press, radio, and so on, again and again, till they reach the nerve cell and implant a fixed pattern of thought in the brain. Consequently, guided public opinion is the result, according to Pavlovian theoreticians, of good propaganda technique, and the polls a verification of the temporary successful action of the Pavlovian machinations on the mind.”

—Joost Meerloo, The Rape of the Mind (Kindlepaperbackhardcoveraudiobook)

10 Signs You’re Suffering from Menticide

If you are a victim of menticide, you don’t know it. That’s the first sign.

Here are nine more signs you can use to identify whether you’re suffering from this reversible condition:

1) You watch television.

2) You read newspapers and magazines.

3) You listen to the radio.

4) You absorb social media immersion campaigns.

5) You follow popular culture.

6) You support the current thing.

“The sentiments and ideas of all the persons in the gathering take one and the same direction, and their conscious personality vanishes. A collective mind is formed, doubtless transitory, but presenting very clearly defined characteristics.”

—Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd: Study of the Popular Mind (Kindlepaperbackhardcoveraudiobook)

“The specialists in the art of persuasion and the moulding of public sentiment may try to knead man’s mental dough with all the tools of communication available to them: pamphlets, speeches, posters, billboards, radio programs, and T.V. shows. They may water down the spontaneity and creativity of thoughts and ideas into sterile and streamlined clichés that direct our thoughts even although we still have the illusion of being original and individual.”

—Joost Meerloo, The Rape of the Mind (Kindlepaperbackhardcoveraudiobook)

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