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The Influence of Confusion

Deception as a means of confusion.

Confusion as a cloak of protection.

A shifting, shapeless, vapor less, odorless, formless entity. Something that is everywhere and nowhere at all times. It’s ubiquitous and vexing, both unrecognizable and inscrutable. It takes on a life more than the sum of its parts. It is impossible to comprehend, leaving the brain searching hopelessly for a way to cognitively base a coherent narrative structure around it. So we get creative. When something cannot be understood relative to the terms within our understanding, it is bestowed as something whose properties define logic- its deemed “magical” or “supernatural.” It is classified as belonging to a higher ordered dimension of reality, that of the fantasy. It becomes mythologized. This transformation means that its basis and understanding are no longer constrained by the natural laws of the universe. Its impossible to understand, yet rendering it as a product of the supernatural provides the comfortable finality of an explanatory cause; if not of the internal workings of this non-understandable entity, then at least as to why the external origins of this non-decipherable phenomenon seem so undefinable. Society transforms it into an urban legend. Descendant generations transform and exaggerate this myth until its understanding bears little resemblance to the seeds of grand strategy from which its origin was given birth. Deception by way of confusion leaves those unaware of its intent blinded behind a cloak of ignorance from which the only plausible escape is rooted firmly within the notion that something that can not be understood is by definition not understandable.

Anything that is non-understandable is non-malleable. Anything that is non-malleable cannot be manipulated. Manipulation implies a degree of control and therefore that which is not understood is the same as that which cannot be controlled.

Lack of control implies a weakness; a resultant predetermined outcome irrespective of any actions undertaken to prevent something from happening.

That is how you morally break a society through manipulation. It is not enough simply to break a will or a spirit as the conditional breaking of these things implies the central weakness of the strategy itself, mainly that to imply breaking something is to imply control over it, and you cannot control that which remains misunderstood.

The best way to defeat an idea isn’t for you to convince others that it is wrong; it is to have others convince themselves that it is wrong. You cannot control that which is misunderstood…but you can control the ways in which people misunderstand. Shaping the environments and landscapes that in turn shape people: misunderstandings sow mistrust and mistrust sows disorder.

Confusion has shaped the ways in which people don’t understand, but it can never control the innumerable paths and forms that these misunderstandings may manifest into as desperate attempts to regain a long sought after desire for the semblance of stability that is offered through the socially contrived mechanisms of order and control. Understanding this dynamic, all that can really be assured is that confusion tears things apart in order to build things anew in some ill begotten hope that what will come to bear in the future will prove to be more stable or controllable than that which existed in the past. What this narrow view neglects however, is that these preexistent orders themselves have gone through this exact same iterative process and that once a system has been destabilized, there is no telling what comes into form in order to take its’ place and restore the human desire for order, no matter how fleeting.

Psychological warfare, confusion by design, attempts to install chaos in order to tear apart the fabric of society itself instead of utilizing more traditional forms of coercive force often associated with military endeavors. Disrupting stabilization in order to ensure that something is unable to be controlled is not an exercise in the dominance of ones power, and only ensures that whatever rises to power in the future will be in response to some as of yet undefined effect borne from the seeds of disruption that intended to establish control, or weaken the control of others. What happens as a result may be better or worse, but no one who pretends to have the answer truly knows what they are talking about.

Inception.

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