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Shah On Conditioning

January 5, 2013

Excerpted from The Commanding Self, by Idries Shah:

People who oppose ‘new’ or unfamiliar concepts can be made to accept them if the ‘new’ conception is sufficiently energetically projected.  That is to say, there would be no real difficulty in conditioning, by fear, hope, and repetition, these objectors to ‘believe’ that fear, hope, and repetition were undesirable in quantity or quality.  The trap is that you would now have plenty of conditioned people who objected to conditioning because they had been conditioned to object! They would be useless to further understanding, almost by definition, certainly by the crudity of their operational capacity.

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