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Knowledge v. Corruption

There is a fallacy within corruptive knowledge, not that which is used as propaganda to set in memes of political strife, no, but in knowledge itself being that which corrupts. A book is just a book, filled with the thoughts of its transcriber, or parroted by another at the behest of its author. Nay, tis the wording, not the facts themselves, that can lead to corruption. When written in such a way that reveals traces of the writer's opinion, rather than academic fact, the author attempts to project their perspective of a topic onto the reader, however subtle or obvious it may be -- eg. the birds flee south for the winter, the use of "flee" implies fear or attempts at escape. This can be seen as either the opinion of the writer on what the birds feel, or to color one's perspective just enough to perceive birds as cowardly, or meek. A true academic would write "birds fly south for the winter". A neutral stance that is neither colored, nor evocative.

Knowledge itself is ne'er evil. Only in how it is taught can knowledge been shaped into something corrupt and evil. When the music between the notes is colored by emotional hues negative or positive, facts become tainted by opinion and truth becomes distorted by the politics of the author.
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GottaGoFeast Featured By Owner May 6, 2016
Spoken like a real Mystagogue. I approve.
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MrParaduo Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Awh, thank you! :D
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GottaGoFeast Featured By Owner May 6, 2016
You're quite welcome.

On an unrelated note, where did you find your user pic, or did you draw it yourself? It reminds me of the Onis with paper masks from Okami.
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MrParaduo Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I drew it after playing Okami! :lol:
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GottaGoFeast Featured By Owner May 6, 2016
Ah-ha! I knew it! And it's really cool too. It makes me think of a calm mastermind sort of character. It also reminds me of Zacharie from Mortis Ghost's OFF, but the pose is more Gendo Ikari.
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MrParaduo Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Exactly. ;)
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michaelmas Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
One cannot be completely objective in history. The most prudent course would be to teach authors with multiple viewpoints, and be open and frank about their preferences and biases.

Take the varying writings involving Socrates. Xenophon was a soldier, not a philosopher. Aristophanes made Socrates a stalking horse for all the faults of the Sophists. Plato idolized Socrates, and had him voice Plato's most dearly held opinions. Aristotle was Plato's most critical pupil, and did not put Socrates on a pedestal 
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MrParaduo Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Exactly. The truth must be fair but frank. When historians, writers, and philosophers try to manipulate the sentence structure of said-information towards influencing the reader's emotions, they attempt to influence the reader's understanding of reality--only to end up distorting it.

That being said, stories are okay. Sometimes you need to do that to get across a character's ambitions and intentions. But this should never be used on literature meant to detail true events or factoids, since you risk turning it into propaganda, a mental trap meant to narrow the mind and compel it towards a specific goal, rather than allow the reader to come to their own conclusions.

Wow, I'm starting to sound a bit stuffy. Am I coming off too strong? ^^;
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michaelmas Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
What you say is understandable. But bleaching nonfiction of opinion is detrimental to analysis. People make history, and have feelings about where it went and what it meant. What is undertaught in schools is critical reading, the perception of the authors' biases and the ability to see past them.

Jollyjack stated when he wanted news, he would watch the BBC, Al-Jazeera, and RT (main Russian station). If two out of three agreed, that was what he went by.
History should similarly be taught, parsing the views of participants and observers
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MrParaduo Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Perhaps. Mostly what I'm trying to say is that knowledge itself isn't evil, regardless of topic. You can only be corrupted by it if the writing is bent on opinionated explanation rather than empirical truth. That being said, knowledge can be a vehicle for good just as much as evil, but shouldn't that remain in the hands of the individual reader rather than the author?

Fair enough.
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michaelmas Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Communication is a two way street. The Black Panthers' manifesto was inspired by Bob Dylan's "Ballad of a Thin Man", and the psychotic Manson was inspired by the Beatles' "Helter Skelter"

Writers who are responsible enough to let the facts have their own voice are exemplary, but rare. We all have our biases and experiences, and it is always wise to take them into account

You are right, that authors should wield their responsibility carefully
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MrParaduo Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
As are you. :thanks:
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