Posted by: Dawud Israel | October 15, 2008

Brainwashing Emotions- Evil or Good?


Notice how Desis all mimic Bollywood actors in their arguments…those moments of high emotion are expressed only though the methods of the television teachers. They will raise their voices saying, “Chillaw maat!” (don’t raise your voice!). Is it that Desis WANT to imitate these Bollywood film idols?

We are almost “brainwashed” via films and Hollywood/Bollywood to react in certain ways in certain situations…

Loved ones argue in the same manner–just watch the drama of a Desi family arguing and you’ll realize how similar it is to their film industry. Or is it simply these films have exhausted every possible reaction and when Desis react emotionally it is because there are no other types of reactions aside from those mentioned in Bollywood (a sort of mirror on this society).

And those phrases we use, that have no political nuances to them, but are everyday phrases that lead us to a form of thinking that conforms. Think about those as well. Like when we say, “like”. So when a Obama comes a long speaking differently, using more tasteful words–we are amazed because he has not used the worn out language we use but rather more colorful, measured and tempered phrases that make us feel that we are in the midst of someone truly unique.

This is the behavior that is programmed using speech and acting. And we look up to those Hollywood actors who excel in mimicking others–what virtue is this to teach us then? Think about it. What do you see happen as a result: go to an Indian wedding and you will even see hijabis dancing with males and everyone.

But can this be used to our advantage?

We use certain words, like “blown” out of proportion etc in certain ways and we do use certain body language when we do this. How come it’s rare to INVENT new words? We of course have that right and ability…do we not?

If we create a word that is positive and make it graphic enough as the above example–it will may elicit the response of changing the terms we think in. Rather than “elicit illicit” thoughts we will have positive good words synonymous with action that is positive and good.

The idea is simple, create more positive words that are charged with meaning and then hopefully make those more real than the cuss words people use, but is it do able?

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, Ameen.

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