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Word of the Day No. 21

Brainwashing. 2: persuasion by propaganda or salesmanship. Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”― Edward L. Bernays, Propaganda

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Word of the Day: No. 20

Fanatic. : marked by excessive enthusiasm and often intense uncritical devotion <they’re fanatic about politics> Merriam Webster

Fanaticism is a belief or behavior involving uncritical zeal, particularly for a religious or political cause or in some cases sports, or with an obsessive enthusiasm for a pastime or hobby.–Wikipedia

A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. Winston Churchill

Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt. Aldous Huxley

The fanatic is incorruptible: if he kills for an idea, he can just as well get himself killed for one; in either case, tyrant or martyr, he is a monster.
Emile M. Cioran

Indefinite Detention

Through seven locked doors I travelled

with wrist and ankles in shackles

I found myself among those who society calls the criminally insane

within seconds a fight broke out

Because one man pissed on another

swarms of guards is all I could see

I thought to myself

these people are going to spend their life with me

because none of us will ever be free

home to serial killers and mass murders

who would soon become my card playing partners

in the hospital for the criminally insane

Indefinite detention is the name of the game

it’s a place for society’s throwaways

no longer considered human beings

I wondered to myself

will I be here forever

because for the first time in my life

I was being indefinitely detained

Ending to Begin

I’m flying on a pirate ship don’t know where I’ m going

don’t know where I’ve been

 seeing the seeing of sadness

seat buckles on

drowning in the vomit of days lasting long

building this building

dreaming by the day

big sister wouldn’t have it any other way

sliding down the mountain tears drips into my eyes

razors edge is blinding gouging out my eyes

now that I’m blind for the first time I can see

words mean nothing  neither do you and me

in the end it falls to the ground

people laughing and staring

delusions abound

freight  train gliding on rails made of mead

sailors without lovers only know greed

in my dying moment I look into the sky wondering if I will ever die

Word of the Day: No. 10

Solitude. 1: the quality or state of being alone or remote from society : seclusion~Merriam Webster

A distinction has been made between solitude and loneliness. In this sense, these two words refer, respectively, to the joy and the pain of being alone.~Wikipedia

“Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.” Paul Tillich