Monday, May 28, 2007

the old Catch-22

I don't know if it's actually the protocol in the military but let us assume the validity of Joseph Heller's assertion that if you question your sanity, then surely you must not be insane.

If that is indeed the case, then I must have a rather tight grip on the last remaining shreds of my sanity as I have been questioning it endlessly over the past 24 hours.

Psychological warfare. The U.S. Department of Defense defines psychological warfare (PSYWAR) as: "The planned use of propaganda and other psychological actions having the primary purpose of influencing the opinions, emotions, attitudes, and behavior of hostile foreign groups in such a way as to support the achievement of national objectives."

Somehow that doesn't even come close to covering it.

Of course, perhaps there is a subtle difference between psychological warfare and what I have come to refer to as "mind fuck" — namely that whereas psychological warfare seeks to influence, "mind fuck" seems to be closer akin to torture, it’s aim being the complete annihilation of your thinking self.

I believe a well laid "mind fuck" is much like and probably has the same objective as the method the military, particularly the Marines, uses to create soldiers — the tearing down of an individual, stripping them, so that you can then rebuild them into the person you desire. And if performed by one skillful at the art, the victim will in fact be so grateful to be "saved" and "fixed" that they will completely forget that the practitioner was the one that that destroyed them to start with.

While I can appreciate the necessity for questioning one's actions or motives or even thought processes, how dare anyone attempt to make another second guess all that they are.

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