Sunday, November 11, 2012

A control mechanism

In a book I'm reading:

"The priests decided it was a good omen, and yet a warning at the same time." 

What a wonderful observation. Whether a priest or a politician, when you want to control a group or population, you want to feed them both good news and warnings continually. Good news to make them feel their past work and sacrifices have been worth it, and warnings to keep them working and sacrificing.

"The Eastern front is victorious, and we have gained three new territories. We are truly the greatest group ever! 
But beware: we have intelligence that our enemies on the Western front are plotting attacks, so now is not the time to relax, we must work harder than ever!" 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Which book is it you're reading? It looks kinda interesting.