Sunday, January 18, 2009

Translating to Serve Culture: Check Old Genesis vs. The Spin. Who's Right?

Vetting the Nebulous in What We Are Taught

Revisit Eden.

Yes, Eden. What do you find.

Genesis 1-4 Transliteration
Meet Eve so far - herstory keeps evolving, despite them

Transliteration.

This is a tool that is different from "translation." Transliteration, or "mechanical translation," takes a word by word, syllable by syllable, approach to what texts say. Do not expect a smooth narrative. That is not the transliterator's job. The sentence structures, grammar, absence or presence of vowels or consonants all make a difference. Add symbols that change pronunciations and entire words, and noone to be sure what it sounds like (folk long dead). Just get the gist, follow along as the transliterators put words to words.

Where there is ambiguity, the not-understood, in character, in circumstance, or where there are hints of powers beyond the norm, the "fey" - some remain fairy tales, the fey bringing in truths sideways, at an angle.

When religion enters, the fey is given gravitas - becomes Doctrine, with Fixed Interpretations.  See Migratory Patterns of Tales, The Fey.

Here, we are interested in Genesis 1-4; fair use and transformative use of a small portion of the entire Old Testament transliteration at the site transliterating old Hebrew lettering to English words, at ://www.scripture4all.org/. Scholarly, workmanlike, word by word, line by line, the old hebrew (and that was not even the original language - the Hebrew came from earlier language forms).

See it in its fully run-on form as a cultural tale at Migratory Patterns of Cultural Tales, Genesis Before Genesis.

And then - voila - a handy dandy translation down the right hand margin at the Scripture4All site that looks like your old Bible up in the sewing room. Except that the translation section is not the same as the words used in the transliteration on the same page. What is going on?

Eden, through a Glass, Darkly
Our thought is that there are such cultural blocks to really seeing old texts that differ from the centuries of teaching afterward, that even the translators don't want to roil the waters. Is that so, or is this just an innocent, silly thing we found. No matter. We just would like to find out.

At issue, if you go to that Scripture4All site, are these issues:

1. Who's made to be in front? Genesis 2:18, 20, is the hebrew 'k ngd v" or KNGDV at hebrewoldtestament.com, for the same verses. The transliteration at Scripture4All says the word cluster means "in front of," as in Eve in front of Adam, as a guide, not as an afterthought, dutifully behind, helping him meet. So, that is the idea, and here is the transliterated word groups here put in narrative form. If you are rushed for time, go directly to Genesis 2: 18, 20 and see the "in front of."

2. The banishing only of the man. Only "the human" or Adam is banished from the Garden Check your own Bible on this as well. See also the hebrewoldtestament.com site on that. Eve is not banished at all. Genesis 3:11-19 section here.

3. Angel with flaming sword: a she. And, the gender of the angel guarding the "tree of the lives" with the flaming sword, is female, a she, there to keep Adam away, no mention of concern for what Eve might do with that. See that same section, Genesis 3:11-19.

Eve in front of. Only Adam banished. The angel a female with the flaming sword to keep Adam away. Now why do you suppose all that has been suppressed, as it has, or is the transliteration wrong. Either way can be so. We are not linguists, just cultural detectives here. The roots of patriarchy. A usurpation?

Note there is also a New Testament transliteration from the Greek at that site.
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We understand there are no verses or chapters in the original Hebrew, and no line designations, no punctuation, mostly no capitals (some are in the transliterated form). Accordingly, even the verse clusters we set out here are not original from the Hebrew, and only for convenience in keeping place.
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GENESIS 1-4
[fair use and transformative use from total Old Testament transliteration words at www.scripture4all.org]

Our Genesis 1:1-10 (our division for all the segments, for ease of reference)
BEGIN THE TRANSLITERATED WORDS HERE AS NARRATIVE
in beginning he created Elohim the heavens and the earth and the earth she became chaos and vacancy and darkness over surfaces of abyss and spirit of Elohim vibrating over surfaces of the waters and he is saying Elohim he shall become light and he is becoming light and he is seeing Elohim the light that good and he is separating Elohim between the light and between the darkness and he is calling Elohim to (the) light day and to (the) darkness he calls night and he is becoming evening and he is becoming morning day one and he is saying Elohim he shall become atmosphere in midst of the waters and he shall become separating between waters to waters and he is making Elohim the atmosphere and he is separating between the waters which from under to (the) atmosphere and between the waters which from on to (the) atmosphere and he is becoming so and he is calling Elohim to (the) atmosphere heavens and he is becoming evening and he is becoming morning day second and he is saying Elohim they shall be flown together the waters from under the heavens to place (ri)and she shall be seen the dry and he is becoming so and he is calling Elohim to (the) dry land and to confluence of the waters he called seas and he is seeing Elohim that good
Our Genesis 1:11-19
and he is saying Elohim she shall cause to vegetate the land vegetation herbage sowing seed tree of fruit making fruit to species of him which seed of him in him on the land and he is becoming so and she is (bring)ing forth the land vegetation herbage sowing seed to species of him and tree making fruit which seed of him in him to species of him and he is seeing Elohim that good and he is becoming evening and he is becoming morning day third and he is saying Elohim he shall become luminaries in atmosphere of the heavens to to separate of between the day and between the night and they become for signs and for appointments and for days and years and they become for luminaries in atmosphere of the heavens to to (give) light of on the earth and he is becoming so and he is making Elohim two of the luminaries the great ones the luminary the great to ruling of the day and the luminary the small to ruling of the night and the stars and he is giving them Elohim in atmosphere of the heavens to to (give) light of on the earth and to to rule of in (the) day and in (the) night and to to separate of between the light and between the darkness and he is seeing Elohim that good and he is becoming evening and he is becoming morning day fourth
Our Genesis 1:20-28
and he is saying Elohim they shall roam the waters roamer of soul living and flyer he shall fly over the earth on faces of atmosphere of the heavens and he is creating Elohim the monsters the great ones and every of soul the living the moving which they roam the waters to species of them and every of flyer of wing to species of him and he is seeing Elohim that good and he is blessing them Elohim to to say (be) fruitful you and increase you and fill you the waters in (the) seas and the flyer he shall increase in (the) earth and he is becoming evening and he is becoming morning day fifth and he is saying Elohim she shall forth the earth soul living to species of her beast and moving and animal of him land to species of her and he is becoming so and he is making Elohim animal of the land to species of her and the beast to species of her and every of moving (animal) of the ground to species of him and he is seeing Elohim that good and he is saying Elohim we shall make human in image of us as likeness of us and they shall sway in fish of the sea and in flyer of the heavens and in (the) beast and in all of the earth and in every of the moving (animal) the one moving on the land and he is creating Elohim the human in image of him in image of Elohim he created him male and female he created them and he is blessing them Elohim and he is saying to them Elohim (be) fruitful you and increase you and fill you the earth and subdue you her and sway you in fish of the sea and in flyer of the heavens and in every of animal the one moving on the land
Our Genesis 1:29-31
and he is saying Elohim behold I give to you every of herbage seeding seed which on surfaces of all of the earth and every of the tree which in him fruit of tree seeding seed for you he is becoming for food and for every of animal of the land and for every of flyer of the heavens and for every of moving animal on the land which in him soul living and every of green herbage for food and he is becoming so and he is seeing Elohim all of which he made and behold good very and he is becoming evening and he is becoming morning day of the sixth
Our Genesis 2:1-10
and they are being finished the heavens and the earth and all of host of them and he is finishing Elohim in (the) day the seventh work of him which he did and he is ceasing in (the) day the seventh from all of work of him which he did and he is blessing Elohim day of the seventh and he is making holy him that in him he ceased from all of work of him which he created Elohim to to do of these genealogical annals of the heavens and the earth in to be created of them in day of to make of Yahweh Elohim earth and heavens and any of shrub of the field ere he is becoming in (the) earth and any of herbage of the field ere he is sprouting that not he caused (the) rain Yahweh Elohim on the earth and human (there) is no to to serve of the ground and humidity he is ascending from the earth and he irrigated all of (sur)faces of the ground and he is forming Yahweh Elohim the human soil from the ground and he is blowing in nostrils of him breath of lives and he is becoming the human to soul living and he is planting Yahweh Elohim garden in Eden from east and he is placing there the human whom he formed and he is causing (to) sprout Yahweh Elohim from the ground every of tree being coveted to sight and good for food and tree of the lives in midst of the garden and tree of the knowledge of good and evil and stream forth (go)ing from Eden to to irrigate of the garden and from there he is being parted and he became to four heads
Our Genesis 2:11-19
name of the one Pison he the one surrounding all of land of the Havilah which there the gold and gold of the land the (s)he good there the pearl and stone of the onyx and name of the stream the second Gihon he the one surrounding all of land of Cush and name of the stream the third Hiddekel he the one going east of Asshur and the stream the fourth he Euphrates and he is taking Yahweh Elohim the human and he is leaving him in garden of Eden to to serve of her and to to keep of her and he is instructing Yahweh Elohim on the human to to say of from any of tree of the garden to eat you shall eat and from tree of the knowledge of good and evil not you shall eat from him that in day of to eat of you from him to die you shall die and he is saying Yahweh Elohim not good to be of the human to alone of him I shall make for him helper as in front of him (emphasis added) and he is forming Yahweh Elohim from the ground every of animal of the field and every one of flyer of the heavens and he is bringing to the human to to see of what he shall call to him and all which he is calling to him the human soul living he name of him
Our Genesis 2:20-25
and he is calling the human names to all of the beast and to flyer of the heavens and to every of animal of the field and for Adam not he found helper as in front of him (emphasis added) and he is causing fall Yahweh Elohim stupor on the human and he is sleeping and he is taking one from angular (organ)s of him and he is closing flesh under her and he is building Yahweh Elohim the angular (organ) which he took from the human to woman and he is bringing her to the human and he is saying the human this one the once bone from bones of me and flesh from flesh of me to this one he shall be called woman that from man she was taken this one on so he is leaving man father of him and mother of him and he clings in woman of him and they become to flesh one and they were two of them naked ones the human and woman of him and not they are shaming (them)selves
Our Genesis 3:1-10
and the serpent he became crafty from all of animal of the field which he made Yahweh Elohim and he is saying to the woman indeed that he said Elohim not you shall eat from any of tree of the garden and she is saying the woman to the serpent from fruit of tree of the garden we are eating and from fruit of the tree which in midst of the garden he said Elohim not you shall eat from him and not you shall touch in him lest you shall die and he is saying the serpent to the woman not to die you shall die that one knowing Elohim that in day of to eat of you from him and they are unclosed eyes of you and you become as Elohim ones knowing of good and evil and she is seeing the woman that good the tree for food and that yearning he to the eyes and being coveted the tree to to make intelligent of and she is tasting from fruit of him and she is eating and she is giving moreover to man of her with her and he is eating and they are being unclosed eyes of two of them and they are knowing that naked ones they and they are sewing leaf of fig (tree) and they are making for them(selves) girdle-(skirts) and they are hearing sound of Yahweh Elohim walking in (the) garden to wind of the day and he is hiding self the human and woman of him from faces of Yahweh Elohim in midst of tree of the garden and he is calling Yahweh Elohim to the human and he is saying to him where you and he is saying sound of you I heard in (the) garden and I am fearing that naked I and I am hiding
Our Genesis 3:11-19
and he is saying who he told to you that naked you from the tree which I instructed you to so as not to eat of from him you ate and he is saying the human the woman whom you gave with me the she gave to me from the tree and I am eating and he is saying Yahweh Elohim to (the) woman what this you did and she is saying the woman the serpent he lured me and I am eating and he is saying Yahweh Elohim to the serpent that you did this being cursed you from all of the beast and from all of animal of the field on torso of you you shall go and soil you shall eat al of days of lives of you and enmity I am setting between you and between the woman and between seed of you and between seed of her he he shall hurt you head and you you shall hurt him heel to the woman he said to increase I am increasing grief of you and pregnancy of you in grief you shall (give) birth sons and to man of you impulse of you and he shall rule in you and to Adam he said that you listened to voice of woman of you and you are eating from the tree which I instructed you to to say of not you shall not from him being cursed the ground in sake of you in grief you shall eat her all of days of lives of you and thorn and weed she shall sprout for you and you eat herbage of the field in sweat of nostrils of you you shall eat bread until to return of you to the ground that from her you were taken that soil you and to soil you shall return and he is calling the human name of woman of him Eve that she she becomes mother of all of living one and he is making Yahweh Elohim for Adam and for woman of him tunics of skin and he is clothing them and he is saying Yahweh Elohim behold the human he became as one from us to to know of good and evil and now lest he is stretching (forth) hand of him and be taking moreover from tree of the lives and he eats and he lives for eon and he is sending (away) himYahweh Elohim from garden of Eden to to serve of the ground which he was taken from there and he is driving out the human and he is causing (to) tabernacle from east to garden of Eden the cherubim and flame of the sword the one turning her to to guard of way of tree of the lives
Our Genesis 4:1-10
and the human he knew Eve woman of him and she is (becom)ing pregnant and she is (giv)ing birth Cain and she is saying I acquired man (with) Yahweh and she is proceeding to to (give) birth of brother of him Abel and he is becoming Abel shepherding of flock and Cain he became serving of ground and he is becoming from end of days and he is bringing Cain from fruit of the ground present (offering) to Yahweh and Abel he brings moreover he from firstlings of flock of him and from fat of them and he is (giv)ing heed Yahweh to Abel and to present (offering) of him and to Cain and to present (offering) of him not he gave heed and he is (be)ing hot to Cain very and they are falling faces of him and he is saying Yahweh to Cain to what he (is) hot to you and to what they (are) downcast faces of you not if you are (do)ing good to lift (up) of and if not you are doing good to (the) portal sin (offering) reclining and to you impulse of him and you you are ruling in him and he is saying Cain to Abel brother of him and he is becoming in to become of them in (the) field and he is rising Cain to Abel brother of him and he is killing him and he is saying Yahweh to Cain where is Abel brother of you and he is saying not I know one keeping brother of me I and he is saying what you did voice of bloods of brother of you ones crying to me from the ground
Our Genesis 4:11-19
and now being cursed you from the ground which she opened wide mouth of her to take of bloods of brother of you from hand of you that you are serving the ground not she shall proceed to give of vigor of her to you one roving and one wandering you shall become in (the) earth And he is saying Cain to Yahweh great depravity of me from to bear of behold you drive out me the day from on faces of the ground and from faces of you I shall be concealed and I become one roving and one wandering in (the) earth and he becomes every of one finding of me he shall kill me and he is saying to him Yahweh therefore every of the killing of Cain sevenfold he shall be avenged and he is placing Yahweh for Cain sign to so as not to smite of him every of one finding of him and he is going forth Cain from to faces of Yahweh and he is dwelling in land of Nod east of Eden and he is knowing Cain woman of him and she is (becom)ing pregnant and she is (giv)ing birth Enoch and he was building city and he is calling name of the city as name of son of him Enoch And he is being born to Enoch Irad and Irad he generated Mehujael And Mehujael he generated Methusael and Methusael he generated Lamech and he is taking for him Lamech two of women name of the one Adah and name of the second Zillah
Our Genesis 4:20-26
and she is (giv)ing birth Adah Jabal he he became father of one dwelling of tent and cattle (man) and name of brother of him Jubal he he became father of every of one handling of harp and shepherd’s pipe and Zillah moreover he she (gave) birth Tubal-Cain one forging of every of one tooling of copper and iron and sister of Tubal-Cain Naamah And he is saying Lamech to women of him Adah and Zillah listen you voice of me women of Lamech (give) ear you saying of me that man I killed for injury of me and boy for welt of me that sevenfold he is being avenged Cain and Lamech seventy and seven and he is knowing Adam further woman of him and she is (giv)ing birth son and she is calling name of him Seth that he set forth Elohim seed another instead of Abel that he killed him Cain And to Seth moreover he he was born son and he is calling name of him Enosh then He is started to to call of in name of Yahweh
END TRANSLITERATED WORDS AS NARRATIVE

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So, there it is. Creation, in a new presentation, let it wash over, but focus again on Eve's role. See topics at Martin Luther's Stove, Eden's Mystery Job Description.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Wolf. Who's Afraid? Suggestion, Symbolism; and Vetting the Wolf

No Vetting Allowed
Vetters Go Home
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A. The Vetting Process Takes Time

1. No Vetting in Times of Danger.


Perception of the wolf. Two origins.

a. Perception of threat from experience, for a few:  "Believe me - I was there. It nearly devoured me."; or, for most.
b. Perception of threat from being taught by others: "Believe me, it nearly devoured that person's second cousin eight months ago."  
c. Or perception of no threat necessarily, that threat is a matter of other things at the same time.

For most, there is no time to check where wolves are involved. There is fear of bodily danger, immediate probability, even, of death. Survival at stake. Teach the child! Cry wolf. Lone wolf. Wolf at the door. Wolf in sheep's clothing. Is there time to vet the teaching? No? Run.

Now: Follow that rule that the wolf means threat, and look at the image here, an 8th century church, a burial plate, from Augsberg, Germany. Look closely. See a wolf, open mouth, baby in mid-air. Is this to teach people not to leave babies about where there are wolves? What is the lesson?
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Augsberg, Germany, St. Simpert burial plate, St. Afra's and St. Ulrich's Church It all depends on the context, the teaching. Is this, "Bad wolf. Bad." That would be reasonable, and usual. But it may not be that at all, and you will not know unless you vet.

2. With time now, vetting the Wolf

Where the idea of the bad wolf comes from; how widespread


The image of a wolf is widespread in cultures, with vastly differing symbolic meanings. See the google book, "Continuum Encyclopedia of Animal Symbolism in World Art," at page 436 (the URL is hugely long - http://books.google.com/books?id=iBSDddO-9PoC&pg=PA436&lpg=PA436&dq=Saint+Simpert&source=web&ots=wGEsbgAnLs&sig=R1R8SUj--smVnUVnwnVoCgodWtw&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=9&ct=result#PPA436,M1/).

The Negative Group
  • Celts and Norse: fearsome creature, destructive, swallows the sun at end of time; but other myths hold positive connotations to balance that somewhat;
  • Christian art - mixed reviews. The wolf personified two of the seven deadly sins - gluttony and anger.
  • Red Riding Hood. See .
  • Dominicans:  the wolf meant heresy.
  • the later-developed legend of the werewolf - to counter other groups' veneration of the wolf
  • Hitler's Germany - WWII, the "wolf pack" groups of U-boats attacking Allied convoys, see The Battle of the Atlantic, at ://www.users.bigpond.com/pacificwar/Battle_Atlantic.html/. One submarine would spot, track and report, others would join it, and the pack then attack. Note that the US then used the same tactic against Japanese shipping in the Pacific, see Nationmaster at ://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Wolf-pack
Where the idea of the good wolf comes from - how widespread

The Positive Group - neither the positives nor the negatives are 100% probably, but the gist:
  • Japan - the wolf is the "sacred animal of the Shinto Shrine at Mitsumine" - "honorable dog."
  • Romans: veneration (Romulus and Remus, twins, the wolf that raised them and that led to their survival to found Rome. ; people even dressed up as wolves in a happy mood) (note, then the rise of the werewolf idea, to discredit the pagans?)
  • To Genghis Khan - positive, divine imagery in the wolf. The Celestial Blue Wolf stood for the light of heaven, and was an ancestor; wolves as important in Turco-Mongol mythology. And strength - the wolf being associated with a Mongol war god. Old Near East: the Celestial Wolf mated with the fawn, the Earth.
  • US Cub Scouts Wolf Pack
  • Franciscans, the wolf stood for all the possibilities of salvation.
  • Saints were known for taming wolves; some "transformed the wolf's aggression into piety."
  • The wolf is also an important clan crest among Native Americans, northwest coast; see alsopreChristian northern Europe, popular as a clan totem
  • Buddhist and Hindu - also positive in side ways. The "vehicle" of protective deities (one deity rides a nine-headed wolf). But also associated with darkness, inauspicious, may live in cemeteries. Devouring. Goes both ways.
A wolf on its own is neutral.
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3. How, then, is the wolf idea in the west used in persuasion?

3.1 In war, make people afraid of the opponent shown as a wolf

3.2 In religion, useful in fostering conversions.

a. Scare people, then show how the power of this saint or that can tame even the wolf, keep you safe, see list above on Saints

b. Flip it, spin it to foster more conversions. Use the wolf now as werewolf and so demonized the pagans (see example of Romans, below, who dressed up as wolves for celebrations, the Christian version superseding the attraction of the pagan fun)

Find more on wolves and cultures, the derivation of the werewolf idea, at another google book with a long URL - see "The Werewolf in Lore and Legend," by Montague Summers, at p.239, at ://books.google.com/books?id=g2_vfYCPy6kC&pg=PA239&lpg=PA239&dq=legend+Simpert+wolf&source=bl&ots=0LusjVh83T&sig=5WC9f70oTB5HEwZzwFe-lco64Bo&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result/

Try "Writing and Symbolism of Wolves," that we can't read because it is yellow lettering on light blue.

c. See the example of the wolf convention right here at Augsberg - The image teaches those who know the convention that the Simpert buried here is a saint, miracles happened, and this theme about even the wolf bringing back the stolen baby shows his power over evil. There we are - Saint Simpert, the wolf doing a good deed as symbol, showing Simpert's power of transformation.

Was it intended to be taken literally, that this actually happened with Simpert? Did the believers know all the other stories about other saints doing the same thing? If they did know of the others, perhaps they would see it as a convention, a stylistic thing, not literal. Like halos. Not sure.

Quiet teaching, quiet persuasion, reminder, suggestion that yes, this is so, no need to check

A different context, a different time, a different conclusion.

Simpert may have been a nephew of Charlemagne, and was appointed bishop here in 778 AD. See Wikipedia at://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simpert/.

II. Vetting the Process.

A. The Effectiveness of the Quiet Persuasion, The Symbol, The Evocative, The Suggestion


How people get persuaded - the function of a symbol, how teachings are inculcated in ways other than a floor burial plate with a story convention that believers then knew well.

We use as our example materials from the US government from WWII: the US analysis of propaganda techniques from WWII, the "US GI Pamphlet Series" found at this history site ://www.historians.org/projects/giroundtable/index.html/.

That material was developed by the US Army 1943-45 and instructed about propaganda as it was being used by Hitler in WWII, and laid out our own against the Japanese and their "disease of creeping aggression," see illustration at ://www.cynical-c.com/?p=3084/. That site collects all kinds of comments, rather than engaging in long analysis. A learning tool. See the reactions.

The information also was intended to give guides for using similar techniques in the post-war world to accomplish allied goals.


B. Quiet suggestion in The Evolution and Inculcation of Cultural Values.
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We are sold ideas from the time we are babes ourselves. See "Behavior Reinforcement" at ://256.com/gray/kids/child_behavior.html/ We are persuaded (or pushed) into behaviors somebody else wants. Of course. Someone tries to mold us. It is not always force.

But force enters in. In the form of fear. The child who pushes the limit, tries the finger in the socket again. Shout, parent, shout.

Some seem made to check it out, others don't, depending. Some fall into line, others of us go in circles elsewhere. Left- wing brain, right-wing brain? See study in the LA Times science news at ://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-politics10sep10,0,5982337.story?coll=la-home-center/
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Persuasion is not just for wartime propaganda. It is also cultural transmission.
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For warfare application, that then became part of post-war maneuvering, read about propaganda. Go to Historians.org, "What Is Propaganda" at "Constructing a Postwar World," at ://www.historians.org/projects/giroundtable/Propaganda/Propaganda5.htm/.
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The tools noted there for propaganda are
  • suggestion and
  • stimulation - the coax to agreement without critique.
Expanding our sensitivities to how we develop belief systems.

Sounds harmless, this mere suggestion and stimulation to move toward agreement without analysis. But it is a profound concept because it works when people aren't looking. Subtle as a technique.

Does it work in all areas of human behavior: falling into a religion, a political orientation, accepting a dogma, a party line, beliefs about how medicine works or not, commercial sales for products - what is a product. A product is anything someone wants to sell. Like war? Like war. Like tolerance? Like tolerance. Like a home renovation just because the taps are dated? Sure.
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We should include all commercial marketing techniques as forms of propaganda. Look up the instances at NationMaster and its statistics and forums, see ://search.nationmaster.com/cgi-bin/search.cgi?query=propaganda&submit=+Search+%C2%BB+/

It all is getting you to buy that thing, governments or treatments. Are the techniques really any different in any form of sales. Perhaps there is a difference in convincing people about motivation, inspiration, etc., but that also is a sales job. The techniques are the same. Is that so?

From the GI Pamphlet Series
"The propagandist tries to stimulate others to accept without challenge his own assertions, or to act as he wants them to do."

It is to lead the public to agree even if there is no logical base.
How to do it? The site lists, in summary:
  • Make broad, positive statements;
  • in simple language;
  • never acknowledge that there is another side. See how Hitler convinced Germans that the Jews sold out Germany in WWI.
  • Shape the language in terms that conform to what people want to see happen - do the polls first, then pick your words.
Should we be discussing Fox and not the Wolf?

Opinion is not just created by persuasion, however. Opinion can come from experience, events, and may be stronger from that base. If a seller tries to sell an idea that conflicts with actual experience, known events, the job is tougher.
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III. Using propaganda techniques we now have learned, everyone, can we sell ourselves on the benign nature of the wolf?
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Ranchers relying on experience, or also reliance on others' anecdotes, may say nuts. Ecologists say yes. The "experience" has been overstated.

What propaganda techniques to use: Start with Cub Scouts and the wolf pack, the qualities of courage, cleverness, endurance of the wolf. The balance of nature, the place of the predator in the larger scheme of perpetuating an ecosystem. Tell stories of benign wolves, like Simpert's. Read the books on global references to the wolf as divine, guide, servant of the deities.

Which prevails, entrenched ideas, ideas reinforced by actual experience (those are very strong), or does anyone's mind ever open, once taught? Buy up the radio stations, feed the tv, suggest and stimulate to agreement without laying out the neutral analysis, goodbye wolf? How much is taught. How much is believed because of direct experience, vetting. What makes us stick with what was taught at an earlier time, without vetting, and believe it now, such as legends used to reinforce the power of people. Look at the wolf and what it means and has meant. An example of PR at work.

How would you do it? Would you use the basic power of mere suggestion and stimulation over time, suggestion as to the nature of the wolf by asking rhetorical questions, using images, juxtaposing ideas, and the stimulating people to agree without checking out facts, as by mere repetition, drumming, no opportunity to answer back, all that. Could you get us to love the wolf? Does fox.