Key take aways
- To control a population first control the language and supported concepts. This helps frame and thus restrict the thoughts of its users.
- The further up the hierarchy the increase the need to process contradictory ideas
- In a totalitarian state, even harboring a thought with no corresponding action is considered a crime
- The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function, F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Control over the past allows control of the future. Control of the present allows control of the past
- Tiers of control and effects
- Control body without the control mind will lead to martyr – Romans and the Christians
- Control of body and superficial control of the mind leads to a brittle regime – Soviet Union
- Control of body and absolute control of mind through history leads a long lasting regime – Missionaries and the catholic church.