Introduction: Amazing Grace

Have you ever analyzed and dissected a poem until it ceased to have any meaning to you?  Well it turns out this is exactly the best method for counteracting brainwashing techniques that have been exercised on your mind!  Take religious hymns, for example.  These songs are designed to be sung every week, being repeated three or more times within a single session.  I've attended sessions where the leaders just keep on repeating the song seemingly indefinitely.  While this might seem on the surface to be harmless, in reality I believe these leaders know exactly what they're doing.  They understand the power of music for its ability to bypass the rational mind and program messages directly into the subconscious.  Why else do you think they have a fit over Eminem and Marylin? Lets take a look at a perfect example of the Christian religion's brainwashing material. Probably most of you are familiar with this little tune called "Amazing Grace".  I've seen Christians wrapped up in ecstasy belting out this song over and over and over, sinking its message deep into their minds.  And literally every week this song sees millions and millions of repetitions performed.  But what exactly is the message this song is trying to convey?  Are we talking about God's love here? Well the first lines are typical self-congratulatory/promotional lines, "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound."  Remember that this song is sung from the first person perspective, meaning as the singer repeats this verse they are telling themselves that, "I find the sound of this song sweet." Line 2, "That saved the wretch like meeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!"  What is a wretch?  I know you're able to operate a search engine, but for completeness' sake I'll say here that a wretch is someone pathetic, despicable, or annoying.  Basically no one that you want to be.  In singing this song from the first person perspective, you are essentially writing the message into your subconscious that you are a terrible human being, broken and wretched.  This is the concept of "original sin", a vital part of the Christian process.  For those of you familiar with Christianity, this is the first step in hooking someone in; first you convince them that their nature is wrong or "sinful", and then... Line 3, "I once was lost, but now am found.  Was blind, but now I see." offer the religion as a way to get God to forgive them for how sinful they are.  This effectively traps the individual in the religion, since they are now subjected to songs like this week after week, and they become completely dependent on the religion for their sense of well-being.  After all, now they can see!  Now they're found!  Who would want to go back to being blind and lost and wretched?  But the truth is more like the opposite; since Christianity requires blindness from its adherents, and if you've ever gotten to know many people who really follow it literally, that's wretched defined. T'was Grace that taught... my heart to fear. And Grace, my fears relieved. How precious did that Grace appear... the hour I first believed Such a beautiful little microcosm of the function of Christianity here.  First, you make the person afraid (tell them they're going to hell, etc).  Then, you save them by introducing them to your religion, and how precious that religion must seem when you've allowed yourself to be convinced of the existence of a place like hell.  What a relief, now you don't have to burn for eternity!  Thanks Jesus! So think about that next time you're singing along in church. There are a few more verses, but you get the point by now; it's important to be careful what you let people put into your mind, especially when it comes to religion, and culture.  If you value your freedom of choice, that is.
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Jul 24, 2010