I've been thinking a lot about the post I made Yesterday regarding the controversy swirling around Jeremiah Wright. Today I've been thinking about this quote from Jacques Ellul and the profound reality it describes. This describes perfectly why character assassinations are so effective and why so many of us are so prone to the control foisted on us through propaganda. Unless we are learning to listen for ourselves what the Spirit is communicating to us as individuals, and we are listening for our selves what the other person (original source) is actually saying, we will be prone to falling victim to propaganda. It kills healthy dialogue and keeps us from ever engaging in open conversation. And history is full of horrific examples and it is much easier for us looking back shaking our heads in disbelief as we think about the destructive ideologies our Christian ancestors held onto and defended in the name of God...and it is much more difficult for us to step back and take a critical look at our selves to see if we have any such destructive ideologies we are holding on to and defending, not to mention the courage it takes to admit it when we see them.
"Propaganda ceases when simple dialogue begins ... the individual never is considered as an individual, but always in terms of what he has in common with others ... Emotionalism, impulsiveness, excess, etc. - all these characteristics of the individual caught up in a mass are well known and very helpful to propaganda."