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|Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira|
Unperceived Ideol. Transship. and Dial.
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8. Usefulness of this Work: The Possibility of "Exorcising" the Talismanic Word and Neutralizing the Communist Stratagem
As we said in the beginning of this study, the non‑communist sectors of world public opinion find themselves in a contradictory psychological situation.
To the degree they look at communism straight on, these sectors reject it out of fidelity to a whole set of values they still hold, values derived from universal common sense or the Christian legacy.
But if they see communism obliquely, that is, only in its diluted and implicit manifestations, they gradually accept it more and more. The irenistic myth and the fear‑sympathy syndrome move them toward this.
Thus, if communism must keep hidden the real meaning of the myth in the talismanic word, by analogy the victim of this process fights back when it is made explicit.
For most people the myth, brought to mind and insinuated by "dialogue," and whose seduction is as though it were electrically charged, is only attractive when it is kept imprecise, diffused, wrapped up in the vapors of poetry. How wonderful it would be to dream vaguely about a definitive, total harmony among men in all the spheres of their relationships! But, to make this dream explicit, to strive to study it, would be the same as killing it (cf. Ch. III, 3). And why make it explicit at all? Why understand it? Myths like this are made much less to be understood than to be tasted. Someone smoking opium is not usually interested in its chemical composition. He does not want to understand opium, he wants to feel it.
In order to "exorcise" the talismanic word and incapacitate its magic effect, one must first of all discover the myth incubated in its many meanings.
Everything in existence tends to manifest itself. The irenic myth exists in the mind of its enthusiasts ‑ Since its advance is barred from the ways of explicitness, the irenic myth, incubated in the most radical nuances of the talismanic word "dialogue," manifests itself as clearly and intensely as it can.
So, even when it obstinately remains implicit, one who knows how can detect, characterize, and expose the myth.
The process of unmasking the myth consists in dealing with the talismanic word in its most applauded and radiant meanings and comparing them with the successively less magical ones, even the innocent and trivial ones. Once this table of comparison of the mythical and non‑mythical meanings has been formed, by contrast one can discover the content of this word hidden in its mythical and radical meanings. In the case of "dialogue," irenicism will always emerge from the comparison. It can be seen that the irenic content decreases as the word loses its talismanic force in the comparative range, and in the trivial uses this content disappears. Thus, the relativistic and Hegelian irenic myth is the magical force of the talismanic word "dialogue".
The method of this inquiry is like an optical experiment, where the human eye looks at a translucent cloth illuminated from behind: as the cloth approaches the light source it becomes more luminous, and vice versa, proving that the luminosity is not immanent in the cloth but proceeds from the movable source behind it.
Analogously, we can say that "dialogue" shines with a light that does not come from the word itself, but from a myth placed behind it. The closer the word comes to the myth, the more luminous it becomes; the farther it is removed, the more opaque.
Once an observer exposes the myth, he can "exorcise" the talismanic word by divulging his discovery. By making the myth explicit, he will provide the patients of unperceived ideological transshipment with sufficient means to open their eyes to the action worked on them, see where they are being led, and defend themselves against it.
Once the myth has been exposed, its influence becomes null and void. The natural repulsion people thus alerted have for communism will then begin to react, and the communist maneuver will be frustrated.
This book was written with the purpose of giving the victims of this process the means to efficiently defend themselves.
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We ask Our Lady of Fatima to receive this study as a filial homage of love, and that She deign to use it, however insignificant as an instrument, for the realization of the great promise made to the world at Cova da Iria:
"IN THE END, MY IMMACULATE HEART WILL TRIUMPH!"
MAN ALIENATED (ESTRANGED) BY THE UNNATURAL
AND ANTI‑NATURAL CONDITIONS PRODUCED BY
THE REVOLUTION (SOCIALISM, ETC.) EXPERIENCES
THE PAIN AND BITTERNESS OF THIS ESTRANGEMENT
COMMUNIST PROPAGANDA TELLS HIM CONTINUOUSLY
THAT THIS ESTRANGEMENT (ALIENATION) IS
CAUSED BY CAPITALISM, THE BOURGEOIS, AND THE
IN THIS WAY HE BECOMES CONDITIONED TO ACCEPT
THE PRIMARY MEANING OF ALIENATION
(DEPENDENCE ON ANOTHER)
AND TO BELIEVE THAT ELIMINATING INEQUALITY
AND PRIVATE PROPERTY WILL
DISALIENATE HIM, MAKE HIM ABSOLUTELY FREE
AND ABSOLUTELY EQUAL
ULTIMATE END: TO HAVE MAN COMPLETELY ALIEN
ATED TO AND BY THE STATE UNDER COMMUNISM,
AND THIS IS THE LIE HIDDEN UNDER IT ALL
How communism conditions mentalities against private property by using the word alienation in two different meanings