Word Up

The words indoctrinate and inconvenient have been coming up quite a bit lately. Let’s take a look at these two…

v. to teach with a biased, one-sided, or uncritical ideology; to brainwash

“Indoctrination is the process of inculcating (To teach by repeated instruction; To induce understanding or a particular sentiment in a person or persons – M) a person with ideas, attitudes, cognitive strategies or professional methodologies. Humans are a social animal inescapably shaped by cultural context, and thus some degree of indoctrination is implicit in the parent–child relationship, and has an essential function in forming stable communities of shared values.”

“In the political context, indoctrination is often analyzed as a tool of class warfare (Fits neatly with a book I’m currently reading: A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – M)…The precise boundary between education and indoctrination often lies in the eye of the beholder… the word itself, which came about in its first form in the 1620s as endoctrinate, meaning to teach or to instruct, modeled from French or Latin. The word only gained the meaning of imbueing with an idea or opinion in 1832.”

“The term is closely linked to socialization; however, in common discourse, indoctrination is often associated with negative connotations…Matters of doctrine (and indoctrination) have been contentious and divisive in human society dating back to antiquity. The expression attributed to Titus Lucretius Carus in the first century BCE quod ali cibus est aliis fuat acre venenum (what is food to one, is to others bitter poison) remains pertinent.”

Wikipedia lists Indoctrination under the following Templates:  Conformity, Propaganda techniques, and Psychological manipulation
and under these Categories:  Propaganda techniques and Influence (social and political).

(So, if one is told they’ve been “indoctrinated” might’nt that assertion be construed as a form of indoctrination itself? – M)

adj. causing trouble, difficulties, or discomfort

“The first known use of inconvenient was in 1616.”

“History and Etymology for inconvenient
Middle English, incongruous, harmful, from Anglo-French, from Latin inconvenient-, inconveniens, from in- + convenient-, conveniens convenient.”

“Borrowed from Old French inconvenience (‘misfortune, calamity, impropriety’)…”

(Life is full of inconveniences, but some are more inconvenient than others! – M)

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