Re: NSPIC - The "Royalty" Illusion

Carol Low (
Mon, 22 Sep 1997 18:05:53 -0500

I have been reminded by both posts regarding "NSPIC" that the religion
phenomenon is of the same stuff as the statism phenomenon. The
manipulation of language by those who would have others believe in a
certain brand of holiness or magic appears to make such a belief
inevitable. As editor of NOMOS I was once in debate with a writer who
wanted me to publish his definitive proof of the existence of god--only
problem was that his opening axiom was that there are certain things
which must be taken on "faith" (one of those words of which we speak).

And, really, the entire phenomenon of looking at society through a
certain neuro-linguistic model is widespread--as I embarked upon
homeschooling my children, I remember being appalled at other young
mothers who were enchanted that the state had generously taken the
burden of registering their children into school from them, sending the
forms home fait accompli! Expectations, assumption, all built upon
laziness of mind, fear of responsibility. So the question is whether
the language is the key or the essential assumption that "I don't have
to make this decision or that choice as it has been predigested by those
who know".

Carol B. Low, Psy.D.