All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach. How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think. Adolf Hitler
Meditation: If we wonder why our president is using such simple and vulgar language and such a limited range of vocabularies, it makes sense if we see it as intentional use of propaganda tactics. Even the simplest person can understand what the president tweets. Reducing the complexity of our world down to “good-bad” language serves his propaganda purposes. It also eliminates the masses from having to think for themselves. And that is the purpose of every propaganda machine. If the president and his people numb the masses with constant lies, with consumerism and promises the masses want to hear, they can in the meantime do whatever they want. They rejoice that the majority of people don’t think.
Prayer Spirit of the Living God, make us think. Make us see the complexity of this world. Let us not fall asleep or turn off the TV as we don’t want to hear the propaganda machinery. We are annoyed and appalled, and yet we need to know what the masses see and hear every day. Help us see our role in these times. Let us not abdicate our responsibility when facing this manipulative propaganda machine. Let us be alert! Let us think! Let us speak up! Amen
But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man. Luke 21:36