Have you or someone you love been indoctrinated? Three years ago that would have seemed like a silly question, but unfortunately a lot of people can probably answer, “yes,” now.
Indoctrination is the process of teaching people to accept a set of beliefs uncritically. This means they do not question the validity or accuracy of what they are being taught, and instead accept it blindly. The key word in this definition of indoctrination is “uncritically”. This word carries a negative connotation, as it implies a lack of critical thinking and consideration of whether something is right or wrong.
The Oxford Languages defines indoctrination as the teaching of persons or groups to accept a set of beliefs uncritically. The thesaurus gives brainwashing as a synonym for indoctrination, which Webster defines as “a forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas”.
Examples of Indoctrination
Indoctrination can be seen in many areas of our society, such as politics, media, the CDC, Big Pharma, and public schools. Much of what we read or hear from media outlets and sources contains large doses of indoctrination, and political parties often use it as a tool to create class warfare and political tension. In recent years, society has fallen prey to the propaganda of Big Pharma and government health organizations regarding Covid-19 mandates, causing worldwide panic and fear.
Public schools have taken the role of teaching values and morals away from parents, indoctrinating children on controversial moral issues, and discourage free thinking. The mental health of society has declined and drug overdoses, alcoholism, and domestic violence have skyrocketed.
The Impact of Indoctrination
Fear is often the driving force behind indoctrination, as seen with Covid-19 mandates. Many people were threatened with losing their livelihoods if they did not take the vaccine, and social media was and still is ripe with hate.
Society was indoctrinated with fear and followed the constantly changing “science”. This resulted in a division of society between those who followed the mandates and those who were unwilling to do so. The bottom line is, the results of indoctrination can be damaging to both individuals and society as a whole.
Defending Against Indoctrination
Advertisers often use partial information or misdirection to sell their products, and this same technique can be highly effective in indoctrination. Repetition is an integral component of indoctrination, making it difficult to ignore even when we have facts to counter the misinformation. However, there are steps we can take to defend against indoctrination, including:
- Testing the Indoctrination Fill in what has been left out and be informed on the issue before taking it on. This means finding the rest of the story and having a comprehensive understanding of what is being taught.
- Breaking Up the Repetition Ask relevant questions and demand sources to back up the propaganda. Ask about the money trail and how it benefits those who are spreading the information. Ask if it will have a positive or negative effect on society and who it will help and hurt.
- Offering Another Perspective The goal is not to convert someone to your point of view, but instead to plant doubt in their minds about their position. By offering a different perspective on the issue, you can help them see that there are always two or more sides to a story.
Indoctrination is a powerful tool that can be used to influence people’s beliefs and attitudes. However, by being informed and asking critical questions, we can defend ourselves and our families against it. By teaching our children to do the same, we can help ensure that they are able to make well-informed decisions and avoid the negative consequences of indoctrination.
As parents, it is important to understand the ways in which our children are being influenced and educated on political ideologies. It is crucial to equip ourselves with the tools and knowledge needed to guide our children in forming their own beliefs and values. The Tuttle Twins guide for parents titled, Subtle Ways Your Kids are Taught to Embrace Socialism is a comprehensive resource aimed at shedding light on the ways in which socialism is subtly incorporated into our children’s education.