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For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he


"Hi-de-ho everybody. This is Michael Jay Busybody in the home of Mr Ritornello Pleonastic, author of the best selling book Repetition and How It Effects You. Thank you Mr Pleonastic for having me here in your lovely home. Mr Pleonastic, I wonder if you'd tell me and my listening audience a little about your book? How did you come to write a book about something as seeming mundane as repetition, and why do you think your book has become so popular?"

"Thank you for your interest in my book Mr Busybody. And certainly I would be glad to tell you about my book. There are some things in life that have a strong effect on us, yet what we experience of the thing itself seems so commonplace and innocent that we don't even know we're being strongly effected by it."

"Are you thinking of something like cancer Mr Pleonastic? I can see how cancer can go unnoticed for a long time before it's detected, and by then it's too late to do anything about it. But I don't see your book as having to do with physical ailments. Just what is it you have in mind Mr Pleonastic? You have my curiosity peaked."

"Your example of cancer is indeed off the track Mr Busybody, but well fitting my purpose at the same time. Continuing your example we have a similar situation in the physical realm as we have in the subliminal, the which my book is about. Take eating as an example. Such an activity can be highly dangerous, deadly in fact. But we don't think of it as such until the effect has taken place. By the time the damage has been done, it's very likely a person so effected will justify their problem rather than surrender their problem."

"I can understand your meaning when it comes to something like smoking or drinking Mr Pleonastic, but eating? Please elaborate for me if you will."

"Eating is a perfectly natural and necessary function Mr Busybody, as you know. But if we eat foods that are no good for us, or more food than we can successfully burn off during the day, then what is good for us becomes a burden to us, and can even cause us severe health problems. I'm sure you know, or at least know of someone who is grossly overweight but refuses to admit they should deal with the problem. They say it's either a medical condition causing the problem such as their thyroid, or they blame the medicine that's been prescribed for them. But while they tell you how it's not their fault they're overweight they have a Big Mac in one hand and a milk shake in the other."

"Yes, I know of such people Mr Pleonastic. But you say none of this has anything to do with your book. Could you tell me then what does have to do with your book?"

"Yes, certainly Mr Busybody. We learn from our experiences. As a child we're like an empty vessel craving to be filled. We grasp at everything within our sight and our reach desiring to taste it, touch it or to experience it in some way."

"Like the hot handle of a skillet or jumping out of a tree like Superman."

"Very good examples Mr Busybody. Yes, we're learning from the moment we're born. As an infant our learning is mostly conscious because it's our entire goal and purpose in life to learn. As we age we turn our attention to other things that come our way such as school, dating, work and those activities that require or demand our constant attention. Meanwhile our subconscious mind has not ceased from learning. But what we learn subconsciously can cause us much anguish and problems if we allow it to remain totally in our subconscious without bringing it to our conscious mind and examine it in the light of reason."

"You're referring to something like our dreams or our emotions then are you Mr Pleonastic?"

"Yes Mr Busybody, those are examples of subliminal learning tools that can easily effect us without our knowledge."

"I recall in the 60's I think it was there was a stink made about subliminal messages being surreptitiously placed in just a frame or two of the movies causing viewers to desire what was being sold in the lobby, or other such things. And if I recall there were also accusations of backward messages in the music played by popular bands such as the Beetles. But as far as I know, such devices are no longer being used."

"Perhaps not Mr Busybody, but such devices as you call them are no longer necessary since we people are so prone to look in dark corners for our illicit education, surreptitiousness is unnecessary."

"Illicit education Mr Pleonastic? I'm not sure I follow you. What illicit education are you referring to?"

"When you and I were in our formative years it was a common practice for the media and our schools, as well as our parents to serve as censors and to insure we were presented with only the safest and the most appropriate of material. This is no longer the case. While there are some parents who try to protect their children from as many harmful elements as possible, the other sources of protection such as the schools, the churches, and the government are either mum in this regard or they're working hard to undermine any effort to raise moral and straight thinking children."

"You're talking about the violent and the sexually oriented video game, movies and television programs I gather. Yes, I can see this as being, what you referred to as, cast in our faces rather than hidden in a dark corner forms of education. But if I recall correctly your original premise was that it's the subliminal, the subconscious through repetition messages we receive, even today, that can cause us harm. The things we experience that we're unaware of. Could you give me an example or two of this type of seduction Mr Pleonastic?"

"Seductions is a very good word for it Mr Busybody, since it is indeed a seduction of the mind. You're aware I'm sure of the media's part in the promoting of their advertiser's products. They place billboard, cartoons, jingles and any other kind of attention grabbers they can think of before us both subliminally or in-your-face. Their intent is to bombard us with the product and its name until we hunger for their product, and when we're shopping it's the first thing that comes to our mind. We might find ourself placing the item in our basket without even thinking about it since it's been so ingrained into our mind."

"I can see how repetition can indeed cause us to assume that what is unnecessary or even wrong is not only right but essential. One form of this is our tendency nowadays to call something politically correct, or to call someone, name the concept, then add phobic to the tail end in order to manipulate them. As a child I recall it was the nature of the beast to call a person chicken if they wouldn't participate in the inappropriate practice thrust upon them."

"Yes Mr Busybody. There are all kinds of ways in which to manipulate people to do or believe something that is not in their best interest. If a person can cause another person to believe what is not true, or even unbelievable, they can move the world."

"Move the world Mr Pleonastic? In what way can you move the world by getting people to believe in something?"

"For instance the big race between the manufacturers of Coke and Pepsi. If Coke, as a for-instance, can get the world to believe their product is better, safer, or more popular than Pepsi, then they can attract the world to using more and more of their product. We believe what we hear the most rather than what is true. Popular opinion, which is created by repetition, sells what would otherwise not even be considered in the realm of possibility. Say a thing often enough, and it becomes a truth while the truth is looked on as a lie."

"I think I see what you're getting at Mr Pleonastic, but I have a question for you. Ever since the beginning of our interview you've been mumbling the same phase from the same song. Are you perhaps practicing what you preach and forcing something into your subconscious?"

"Not consciously I'm not Mr Busybody. It's just that yesterday I was in church and we sang one of their songs, and I just can't get that one phrase out of my head."



2For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (2Cor 11:)

7For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: (Prov 23:)

3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2Tim 4:)


 

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