If the events of the past few years have demonstrated anything, it is how susceptible so many people are to suggestion. It is a phenomenon recently popularized and described by Mattias Desmet as mass formation, which he likened to a form of hypnotism.
This begs a few questions: are those so “hypnotized” unable to exercise their own free will, or do they give it up willingly? By what process are they so affected? How can one stay connected to reality?
One famous individual who understood the nature and effects of hypnotism was the late Peter Reveen, whose magical showmanship demonstrated the power of hypnosis for thousands attending his performances spanning decades.
There’s nothing magical or mystical about hypnotism. But its effect on those willing to be hypnotized is very real, and has therefore understandably attracted the attention of those whose agenda involves controlling others with the least amount of effort. History has clearly demonstrated the suggestive power of propaganda and the psychological operations that governments and covert organizations have unleashed upon an unsuspecting public.
By considering the shocking results provided by studies like the Milgram and the Solomon Asch experiments in the context of today’s dystopian zeitgeist, we can develop a deeper understanding about the power of individual suggestion and how it contributes to the mass psychology of fascism. It all boils down to the power of the human mind – to both create and to destroy.
By focusing our minds in a way that is Just Right, we can resist the flood of inappropriate suggestions calling for an end to free will and the conditions that allow for its exercise.
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