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The Dialogue guideline links below transfer to specific participant roles in
Towards a New Order of Meeting Participation
Note that the Oppose links below each transfer to the corresponding item in the Strategic Briefing for the Messiah
(which links back to here).
Advantages: Distracts from any implications of irresponsibility
on the part of "developers", researchers, or producers of large families
-- or from any attention to longer-term impacts or wider consequences. Facilitates
destabilization of healthy social and environmental processes that can,
if necessary, be stigmatized as "outdated". Increases the possibility of
undermining existing initiatives with a track record of long-term sustainability,
whilst building premature dependency on new and unproven processes. Confuses
the values of production and reproduction -- and obscures any understanding
of their problematic consequences. Facilitates the marginalization of vulnerable
initiatives in favour of the emergence of monolithic undertakings. [Oppose]
Advantages: Appealing for peace is good positioning strategy
for you. It ignores the vulnerability of those who feel a need to defend
themselves and may be prevented from doing so. It ensures lack of vigilance
of which others can take violent advantage, especially if the vulnerable
have been disarmed and have been offered only token protection. The track
record of widespread appeals for peace suggests that they tend to detract
from realistic efforts to prevent conflict. The strategy inhibits any efforts
to reframe the relationship in subtler ways that might offer the possibility
of more viable, creative relationships not dependent on simplistic reconciliation
and agreement. [Oppose]
Advantages: Indiscriminate use erodes the significance of the values with which they are associated. Reduces the legitimacy and credibility of the value originally associated with the word. Examples include: "dialogue", "peace", association of the Ode to Joy with soft drink advertising, etc [Oppose] [Dialogue guideline]
Advantages: "National security" can be most effectively
used to disguise initiatives, including widespread electronic surveillance,
that would otherwise be widely questioned and condemned. Any criticism can
be easily stigmatized as disloyalty, politically suspicious, or even dangerously
subversive. Equivalent use can be made of "corporate security", purportedly
in order to ensure healthy competitive advantage. [Oppose]
Advantages: Marginalizes and disempowers the maximum number
of people, organizations, cultures, or nations as "losers". For example:
the Olympic Games as a highly efficient producer of losers; the stress on
"market leadership" as a condition necessarily only available to the few.
Reinforces belief in the need for the "best" in the case of: a lawyer (to
achieve justice in the courts); a physician or therapist (to recover health);
a scientist (to ascertain the truth); a teacher or school (for a quality
education); a spiritual counsellor (for appropriate guidance); a musician
(for worthwhile entertainment); etc. -- thereby ensuring that the majority,
without hope of this privilege, experience a sense of extreme disadvantage.
This approach inhibits the efforts amongst the many ordinary people to evolve
new forms of organization not dependent on competition for leadership or
excellence, especially if those they then rely on can be marginalized as
Advantages: Distracts attention away from the complexities
of any systemic perspective, highlighting indicators that reinforce very
partial perspectives, and making it easy to question subtler links as "unproven".
This offers degrees of freedom to any exploitative initiative sufficiently
flexible to maneuver across specialized boundaries. [Oppose]
Advantages: Protects those who promote and benefit most
from injustice and who are most capable of sustaining a pattern of injustice.
Provides a highly efficient disguise for genuine intolerance and inequality.
Efforts to question the token nature of such initiatives can easily be
stigmatized as discriminatory and in need of corrective measures. [Oppose]
Advantages: Develops a fortress mentality opposed to the
contrary pole with which no creative relationship is then necessarily possible
-- thus increasing vulnerability to chaotic emergence of what it may represent.
Ensures marginalization of efforts to handle and transcend simplistic polarization.
Provides a perfect disguise for contrary initiatives of a more questionable
nature - especially since any critical assessment can then easily be stigmatized
as unproductively "negative" or "cynical". [Oppose]
Advantages : Focuses hopes and creative energy unproductively,
often over long preparatory periods. Diminishes expectations and builds
up a sense of disaffection, hollowness and ineffectuality. Usefully transforms
cultural symbols into meaningless tokens. [Oppose]
Advantages: Develops a firefighting sense of priorities insensitive
to subtleties. Effectively obscures the medium-term opportunities of subsequently
rolling-back, or diluting, any such remedial action once attention has shifted
elsewhere. Any focus on the immediate creates and protects degrees of freedom
for exploitative longer-term initiatives. Encourages antiquated military
strategies in response to complex challenges requiring the equivalent of
postmodern guerrilla strategies for success. [Oppose]
Advantages: Especially where reference to potential learnings from previous initiatives can be discouraged as irrelevant, the track record of such momentarily absorbing initiatives indicates that they are essentially forgettable. History is then condemned to repeat itself. Such initiatives distract from the lack of effective action on their purported focus of concern. They encourage apathy by creating an impression of effective action. Failure to support such simplistic initiatives can easily be stigmatized as opposing their success. [Oppose] [Dialogue guideline]
Advantages: Creates anxiety and uncertainty at all ages, but especially amongst those who acquire power with age. Encourages complacency and arrogance amongst those who benefit temporarily from such attributes and erodes their ability to develop creative relationships with those who do not. Develops tension and disrespect between the generations and the differently endowed. [Oppose] [Dialogue guideline]
The art for you is to do as little possible, dividing in order to rule those anxious to act to further their own selfish interests.
These strategies will create viable, and essentially undetectable, contexts from which you and your minions can act freely and with most effect. Each strategy benefits from weaknesses in particular types of people who will be your allies in denying your strategic intentions.
It is essential that you support every step to undermine any effort to recognize the double nature of these strategies - and especially how their complementarity provides you with a prime advantage. In their confusion about this vital distinction, people will do your work for you.
Consistent with your expressed requirement, these strategies will enable many people to experience the pain of your presence, although they will never be able to articulate their understanding with sufficient credibility to counteract them.
The challenge is always to position you so that, in despair at the ineffectiveness of their actions, people will perceive you to be their saviour
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