Negative Mental Conditioning

The Battle to Control Your Mind!

Below you will find the unedited version of an e-mail being circulated around the Internet.  From the title through the end, it is printed below exactly as I received it, without any editing, and that includes the spelling.  After reading the e-mail, I will share my comments.


Unedited e-mail begins . . .




In a Seattle Washington college classroom, the discussion was about the qualifications to be President of the United States . It was pretty simple - the candidate must be a natural born citizen of at least 35 years of age.
However, one girl in the class immediately started in on how unfair the requirement was that a candidate running for the presidency had to be a natural  born citizen. In short, her opinion was that this requirement prevented many capable individuals from becoming president. The class was taking it in and letting her rant, but everyone's jaw hit the floor when she wrapped up her
argument by stating, 'What makes a natural born citizen any more qualified to lead this country than one born by C-section?'
Yep, these are the 18 year olds that just voted for the President of the United States !


. . . Unedited e-mail ends and comments begin.


Some Thoughts Regarding Negative Mental Conditioning


Like many of the millions of words floating around cyberspace, we cannot help but be impacted in some way by what we read.  Even that which on the surface appears to be harmless and sometimes entertaining can become the seed for serious thought and mind control.  The e-mail could be considered harmless and entertaining, but let us take a moment to dissect what was stated, and what might be implied.


The person who was considered to be “ranting” (negative implication) turned out to make a comment that certainly would not have earned her fame as being “smarter than a fifth grader.”  The writer closes by stating that “these are the 18 year olds that just voted for the President of the United States.”  What “these” is the writer referring to?  Only one person made the comment, because as the e-mail states earlier “everyone’s jaw hit the floor . . .”.  So it would appear that the young lady’s ignorance was confined to her alone.  She could hardly have cast enough votes to offset the votes of those who understood.  Of course I am assuming she was in a class of her peers (age-wise) because nothing to the contrary was stated.


And I have to ask, does the writer connect the ignorance of the 18 year-old to the selection of our current President, or to the Office of the Presidency?  After all, when one votes they would normally vote for many offices and issues, but based upon the words “just voted for” and “the President” the supposedly harmless e-mail creates a mentally implicit connection to the current President.


So does the writer seek to entertain, or to imply a relationship between youth and ignorance, or to create a link between ignorance and the selection of Barack Obama as President?  Although I can’t answer that with any degree of certainty, what I can do is think!  What I can do is remind myself, and those who read these words, that the battle to control and influence our thinking never ends.  What we read and see and hear, can and does affect our thinking, and eventually impact our actions, including what we decide to share with others.  The news media know this; public relations officers know this, as do spokespersons, advertising executives, and countless others.  Infamous individuals including Willie Lynch certainly knew this.


Seldom do we find our common sense, our intuitive nature and our beliefs attacked head on, for in many cases those actions would elicit warning signals and likely be met with more than adequate responses.  More often those who wish to control our thinking do so by approaching us through those side door entrances into our minds called relaxation and entertainment.  Brainwashing is not a noisy thunderstorm that causes us to seek shelter and avoid contact.  Brainwashing is a slow and steady soaking that counts upon our saturation point being exceeded while we are busy enjoying the mist.   


As consumers and sharers of information (and therefore teachers), our interests would be well-served to pay close attention to what we ingest and how we allow it to affect our thoughts and ultimately our actions.


Editor’s Additional Comment


Some would argue that all education is brainwashing.  Well, let me respond in advance by suggesting that at least we seek to use the self-cleansing properties brought upon by proven good intent and the law of probability.  As we continue to seek out and connect with well-meaning individuals, we simultaneously rid ourselves of toxic relationships.  What remains is a cadre of associates and advisors that agree upon very little except a demonstrated desire to help others, and a wide range of abilities to turn those desires into reality.  So if you must be brainwashed, let it be a VISIONS brainwashing!


Please read and think about the following quotes:


I have outlined a number of differences among the slaves, and I take these differences and make them bigger. I use fear, distrust, and envy for control purposes.”


“The Black Slave, after receiving this indoctrination, shall carry on and will become self refueling and self generating for hundreds of years, maybe thousands.”


“Gentlemen, these kits are your keys to control, use them. Have your wives and children use them. Never miss opportunity. My plan is guaranteed, and the good thing about this plan is that if used intensely for one year, the slaves themselves will remain perpetually distrustful.”


Excerpts above from the speech delivered along the banks of the James River in 1712 by the infamous Slave owner Willie Lynch.  Just imagine what he would be doing with a computer today!




We live at the level of our language. Whatever we can articulate we can imagine or explore. All you have to do to educate a child is leave him alone and teach him to read. The rest is brainwashing.


Ellen Gilchrist




Mind control is the shaping of a person's attitudes, beliefs, and personality without the person's knowledge or consent.