Playing Cards

Day 255/365: How easy it is to lie to people with them…

I think playing cards are the best example of how easily manipulative people are. There are nothing but pieces of cardboard with drawings on them, yet when handled in the right way, they can make you rich in a split of a second, or deceive you into thinking somebody has magical powers.

Regardless if you’re playing poker or witnessing a magic trick, playing cards themselves have no power over you. They’re just cardboard with hearts, clubs, spades or diamonds on them. It’s the way the magician or the gambler handle them that makes them so much more than simple paper.

This happens all the time with images, texts or videos we see on the web every day. They’re just words and pictures, yet when put in the right way, they transcend our ability to think and just determine us to do something we most of the time don’t need or want to do.

  • buy some fried chicken;
  • have a Coke for lunch;
  • go for a shopping spree;
  • vote the certain candidate;
  • take your kid to a certain school.

The list of manipulations goes on and on. The thing is, playing cards are still mostly harmless. Unless you’re not betting your entire house on a hand of poker, of course. You shouldn’t do that. With advertising, the situation is not the same. Advertising is deceiving, ruthless and diabolic.

So the next time you’re craving for some fried chicken you shouldn’t have, or want to vote for the dude you’re not sure about, think about playing cards and how deceivable they are. Take a deep breath and think again.

It’s easier to take the right decision if you eliminate the deceiving...

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