The Persuaders Are After You: A
Call to Arms
I no longer take anything at face value. Like
Freud asking “What do women want?” I find myself
asking this question without regard to gender,
embellishing it further with yet other questions
like: “What does he or she really mean?” or “What
is he or she thinking?” or “What does he or she
want me to believe?”
Perhaps being steeped in
the irony of my profession as a novelist, I am
getting paranoid since I have discovered that I am
developing a kind of shell, an armor that is
trying to protect me from manipulation. My level
of distrust has expanded exponentially as I grow
older. I find I am resisting all manner of
attempts to persuade me about anything. As a
result, I have discovered that I am subliminally
blocking out all forms of commercial or political
attempts at manipulating me to act in the manner
that serves other people’s agendas.
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