«If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you. If you really make them think, they'll hate you. Don Marquis»
Recently I was trying to Force People on a list to Really Think. Boy did I learn the hard way!
With Elul approaching, I used several ploys and tactics in an attempt to shake people from their complacency. The goals were twofold
• A) Stimulate reason and analysis re: certain issue
• B) Stimulate introspection re: certain modes of reasoning and attitudes.
What motivated me?
I'm glad you asked! There was some pontifications on the list that either AISI:
• A) Led into certain untenable results in the long run
• B) Reflected a flawed attitude towards life that was both self-destructive and harmful to others in that it presented a false portrait of reality
Notice the A's line up with each other re: issues and stances, and the B's about attitudes and characters.
Perhaps the Internet is not a good forum for asking or [more properly] demanding that people take a good look and WHAT they say or WHAT they believe or HOW they say things.
RSR Hirsch explains that Rivka had Yaakov masquerade as Esav in order to "unmask" Yitzchak's naivete or paternal blind spot. This ploy eventually worked - but not before Yitzchak himself intensely trembled as his fundamendal paradigms shifted!
Yitzchak had been forced to confront himself by his own wife using their son as a proxy.
Unfortunately, my own good intentions seemed to pave the road to ... As people were more annoyed, than amused, and failed to find these tactics as challenging. Instead they were seen perhaps as meddlesome or irritating. «Sigh»
Hopefully some day the light will dawn that my failed attempts to make others REALLY THINK was a wake up call and not a reason to be hateful
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