How Language is Used to Influence You and How Asking Questions Can Reveal Truth
Most statements that are presented as facts are merely opinions. They are, quite often, manipulations used to influence you.
As an exercise, question every statement that you hear or read today…
Beware of the following presumptive words that are used to influence you or rope you into an agenda:
we, your, our, they, them
When presented with a presumptive statement, simply ask, “What facts do you have to support those opinions and beliefs?” and then question those as well.
This Socratic Method is a great way to find truth, shatter illusions, and expose deception. Asking questions is incredibly liberating. When you start asking questions, you too just might discover that “the emperor has no clothes!”
Here is an advanced application of this skill…
Never Accept the Burden of Proof
Rather than attempting to defend a position. Simply ask the claimant to prove theirs. This is also a powerful, self-defense strategy…
‘The onus is on he who says it is so.”
With a few simple questions, you can quite readily expose the contradictions in any presentment that is made to you and you can easily strip away the credibility of any malicious actor.
By exposing contradictions the claimant will “fall on their own sword” and lose the argument to themself without you ever having to put forth a position. This is one of the most powerful self-defense tactics that one can use.
Here are some of my favorite questions:
Are you a peaceful person or a violent person?
Do you believe in self-ownership?
Do you believe in freedom of choice?
Do you want others to respect your life, liberty, and property?
Do you respect the life, liberty, and property of others?
Are your actions consistent with your answers to the preceding questions?
In order to find answers, you must first ask questions… question everything.
I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
– Rudyard Kipling