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Jean Vanier: “We can be manipulated into illusion”

2 June 2016

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“We can be seduced…by powerful political groups that promise more wealth and lower taxes. Those with power can use clever, psychological tricks and play upon our weaknesses and brokenness in order to attract us to their way of thinking. We can be manipulated into illusion.”
-Jean Vanier, Finding Peace

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  1. 2 June 2016 12:34 am

    True, and the illusions are created with lies, the language of Lucifer. Luciferianese is the universal moral “lingua franca,” and truth is heard much less every day.

  2. 2 June 2016 12:37 am

    Reblogged this on necltr and commented:
    Worlds of great wisdom from the greatest source, “Be wise as serpents … “

  3. Dave permalink
    2 June 2016 2:00 pm

    As Jean Vanier says so well we are “seduced” into illusion. However, the work of Robert Trivers, “The Folly of Fools: the logic and deceit and self-deception in human life” frames the issue as what we are all engaged in from the individual on out to the whole of humanity. Another author and decidedly from an Eastern Orthodox perspective Panayiotis Nellas heavily addresses this issue in, “The garments of skin” a chapter in his book, “Deification in Christ : Orthodox perspectives on the nature of the human person.” Paul C Vitz in his work, “The faith of the fatherless: the psychology of atheism” makes references to Jean Vanier’s well structured point, but again, addressing the idea of illusion as much deeper than the level of politics. Jacques Ellul in, “The Ethics of Freedom” repeatedly hits on a multitude of humanities dimensions as, in part, being tormented with the illusions humans’ foster. Finally, many issues of illusions are addressed across the four volumes of the Philokalia. I’ll leave you with a short piece by Maximos the Confessor, “He who embodies spiritual knowledge in his practice of the virtues and animates this practice with spiritual knowledge has found the perfect method of accomplishing the divine work. He in whom spiritual knowledge and ascetic practice are not united either makes the first an unsubstantial illusion or turns the second into a lifeless idol. For spiritual knowledge not put into practice does not differ in any way from illusion, lacking such practice to give it real substance; and practice uninformed by intelligence is like an idol, since it has no knowledge to animate it.”

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