Define Indoctrination


You do it. They do it. He does it. She does it.

What is it exactly?

The dictionary definition is: “the process of teaching a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.”

Uncritically. Without criticism.

If you’re taught to criticise something without knowing first-hand what you’re criticizing, then, by definition, you’re indoctrinating.

This image of Ron Desantis behind a podium that reads “freedom from indoctrination” is by definition negating its message.

How does one go about learning critical thinking skills? Is it to demote/hide/shun/evade certain topics on the basis of, say, discomfort or comfort levels?

I was indoctrinated. My elementary to high school education was designed to only include religious teachings and to determine that any oppositional source of information should be considered off limits. We were limited in the books we were encouraged to read. Falling lock step with parents, teachers and Sunday school teachers was the way to a fulfilling life.

That, dear readers, is indoctrination.

When I got into the real world, I was educationally crippled. I was not equipped to have adult conversations, because I was taught that everything in the Bible is literally true and anyone or anything that says otherwise, should be avoided or cast away as demonic.

I was lucky. I got away from much of the indoctrination, because I let myself be free with what I read and watched. Once you read what was determined as evil, it’s like the fruit in the garden, once eaten, your eyes cannot be closed again.

The first “woke” people in the Christian history were awakened from ignorance, they became like God. But it’s perverse people who want to deny anyone of the riches of education.

By its very definition, the governor of Florida is imposing its citizens and its children to indoctrination by way of indoctrination.

Making books off limits to students is what my upbringing was like. It was a religious test. And now we have a world of antagonism toward learning in the state of Florida. Not just at a parochial school in North Carolina.

Everything that makes little weenie Ron DeSantis feel bad about his white privilege is now off limits to everyone who he deems more important than other people.

It’s a sad state. A sad sad state.

Kids should learn to read. Read trash. Read non trash. If it’s off limits, we should put those books in kids’ hands.

So they can avoid indoctrination.

Two quotes seen at swissmiss

I keep returning to these two posts seen at Swissmiss. One because I was literally the black sheep of my family. Adopted and Puerto Rican/French. I looked very little like my Dutch parents and siblings.

The other, because it’s the most important practice Tina and I give to each other and to our friends and family. It is, the sign of true and honest friendship. I wear my listening ear like a badge of courage.

“The so-called black sheep of the family are, in fact, hunters born of paths of liberation into the family tree. 

The members of a tree who do not conform to the norms or traditions of the family system, those who since childhood have constantly sought to revolutionise beliefs, going against the paths marked by family traditions, those criticised, judged and even rejected, these are usually called to free the tree of repetitive stories that frustrate entire generations.

The black sheep, those who do not adapt, those who cry rebelliously, play a basic role within each family system, they repair, pick up and create new and unfold branches in the family tree.”

– Bert Hellinger “Black Sheep of the Family”

Full text here.

“When people talk, listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to go into a room and when you come out, know everything that you saw there and not only that. If that room gave you any feeling you should know exactly what it was that gave you that feeling. Try that for practice.”
– Ernest Hemingway

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If you are like most people, there is a gap between the person you are and the person you wish to be. There are little things you think you should do and big things you ought to achieve. From working out regularly, eating healthy, learning a language, working on your novel, reading more or simply actually doing your hobby instead of browsing reddit. But it can seem that to achieve your goals, you have to become a different person. Someone who is consistent, puts in more effort, has discipline and willpower. Maybe you have tried your hardest to be like that. And it worked! For a while. Until you find yourself slipping back into your old ways. In the end, you always seem to fail. And with every failed attempt, you become more and more frustrated and annoyed with yourself. If you believe “success and hustle” internet, it is all your own fault: if you don’t succeed, you just didn’t want it enough and the failure is all you. But change is actually hard. But as with most things in life, understanding why makes things easier.

Seen at Kottke.