Is the world going nuts at an exponential rate or do I now have more time to observe and reflect instead of just going with the flow of the rat race of everyday living? Everywhere I turn, someone seems to have an agenda for personal gain and the ones that have the biggest agenda are the hypocrites. The saddest part of this debacle is that this onslaught of attempts to manipulate emotions with the goal of changing behaviors is happening under the guise of morality.
Manipulation is nothing new and all of us are victims. Advertising that tries to convince you that an item is a need and not a want is a great example of manipulation. Much of the political rhetoric which is heating up is an attempt to manipulate. I do my best not to become a victim of these ploys and I try to avoid all the mindless debate. Instead of getting caught up in the frey, I will offer you a few references which will help you identify manipulators and which provide a few tools which will help you avoid or lessen the impact of manipulators, especially those forwarding the morality agenda.
This blog post is a good starting point.
As this article points out, manipulators often violate fundamental human rights in an attempt to make one believe they are morally in the wrong when in fact the manipulator is the one purposely causing harm for personal gain. This is an excellent example of hypocrisy at it’s best.
Link number two also contains some good advice. 10 Strategies for Eliminating Manipulative People From Your Life
The quote from Will Smith pretty much sums it all up :“Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions.”
For those of you that like the really deep technical articles, I will leave you with this link to a paper on moral hypocrisy. I found it a great read.
If you don’t have time to read the whole paper, just read the conclusion section. It does a good job of explaining why the use morality argument is so effective.