virus: Manipulation Lesson 16

David Rosdeitcher (
25 Feb 97 23:55:58 EST

Manipulation Lesson 16--Using An Exception to "Prove" a Rule
The following is a fragment from Tad's lesson #15:
> I was hurt before: suspended
>from the university for one year in 1968 and let go (after two days
>of work) from my first job as a TA in 1971 at the same university,
>because the party secretary found out about my "past".
What appears to be going on is that people who are "officials" are engaging
in fact-finding missions to discredit people. This type of fact-finding takes
place everywhere, as lazy dishonest people acting as officials are finding
reasons to show that honest hard working people are guilty because of some
mistake or imperfection, real or imagined. The fact is that you can take almost
anyone and find a reason to show they are not credible, as most people have made
real mistakes or have flaws in their personalities. What's really going on, is
that such "officials" are basically guilty of making their living by
intimidating the people they depend on--the working people. And, the working
people are basically innocent, even though they are being "found guilty".
Sometimes it's hard to determine who is guilty, who is innocent, when such
value judgements seem to be obscured by incidents as mentioned earlier of a
great artist like Michelangelo working for a corrupt institution. But,
understanding manipulation could be a key part of such a puzzle. That's why a
course like this can be a value, even if Tad or myself made mistakes and/or
pissed people off. Right now, like Tad, I'm exhausted and I don't want to give
any examples about anything. But I thought this would be funny, to see an
example of a "catch 22" situation in which you are damned if you do, damned if
you don't. Here's the "example".

> I would suggest you seek professional help, but I would just end up
>as an example in another lesson, correct?

Yes, correct. -David Rosdeitcher