Thursday, September 18, 2003

Words are the atoms from which molecules of thought are formed. In certain combinations, they can prove quite potent. (Other combinations, of course, are totally inert.) Many particularly reactive assemblies have been discovered over the years; here's one:

"If the behavior to be controlled lies in the field of institutional morality, the objective must be to remove it to the field of unthinking habit, or to the doubtful field. As long as the person to be controlled knows that what he is doing is right, there is little chance that he will change."
--Joseph S. Roucek, in "Social Control" (1947)

From this rather explosive base formulation, many larger, more complex substances have been formed, some highly corrosive to the familiar substances we used to consider fundamental.

At present, dogmatic/moralistic adherence to heterosexuality as superior to homosexuality is undergoing this treatment in Western society. It is the latest in a series spanning many years. (Frankly, I shudder to think what will be next.) What other applications can you identify?

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