To Isolate and Alienate

The Corpses of the De Witt Brothers by Jan de Baen

Isolation is a technique used to re-shape the mind, the thought and the deportment of a human being. It is general knowledge that the environment surrounding an individual affects his mindset, it moulds the way he thinks and it influences his conduct; therefore the best way to alter what was perceived as his original settings is to isolate him from his loved ones, friends and acquaintances; subject him to certain conditions (usually unpleasant ones); watch him change his behaviour bit by bit; monitor him as he slowly loses his mind (or appear to do so, at least) and then right before he yields to lunacy, the controller (or any appointed authority figure) will place him in a sieve where the flour of his being will be sifted and result into a refined product (separated from any coarse particles). 

  • This is true in prisons – when an inmate misbehaves he is retrieved from the general public and thrown into the solitary in order to change his demeanour.
  • This is also real in military recruitment – soldiers are placed in bases (outside their normal environment) and subjected to harsh conditions to be moulded at the image of the military.
  • Another example of isolation is the Secret Services Recruitment Process – once they target a subject, recruit him and invest time & resources on him, isolation is not only a method used to re-shape the element’s mind, thought process and behaviour, but also a stress test to see at what point the subject breaks (if he breaks at all). 
  • A more common example is rehab centres – addicts must be isolated from their natural environment in order to get clean and gain new habits (at least in theory). 

Alienation is said to follow isolation. The subject withdraws himself from himself, from his behavioural patterns and becomes indifferent.
This indifference means not apathy. It rather signifies a metamorphosis: the individual optimises his mental capabilities to the point of becoming water. 
What once seemed to be, no longer is. What once seemed to be important, no longer does. Being water was the ultimate goal, being water is the current element. 

Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless–like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash! Be water, my friend. - Bruce Lee

To Isolate & Alienate is a very interesting morphing method; however the challenge is to know exactly when to stop applying it on a given individual (specially when he defies the norm; becoming, thus a challenge to keep on pushing); to acknowledge that some individuals do not have a breaking-point and to fetch ways of how to use someone with such characteristics.

Isolation can be applied to several fields, but there is no certainty that the outcome will be translated into a positive metamorphosis (i.e. becoming water) in all of them. 

Comments

  1. All spiritual figures know this. For instance Jesus and Moahammed went into the mountains to meditate in isolation. When they came back among the people they had morphed into water. They or their followers were unable to translate their experiences into language like Bruce Lee who comes from a tradition of meditation even in martial arts. I submit that voluntary isolation achieves a direct first hand experience with the Real and it too changes the person into a completely different person.

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  2. Hey Rummy :D!

    "(...) Jesus and Moahammed went into the mountains to meditate in isolation. When they came back among the people they had morphed into water. They or their followers were unable to translate their experiences into language like Bruce Lee who comes from a tradition of meditation even in martial arts."

    Indeed...

    "I submit that voluntary isolation achieves a direct first hand experience with the Real and it too changes the person into a completely different person."

    Either for the good or for the bad...but the fact is: isolation does change a person.

    Rummy, I absolutely loved your comment, so...thank you ever so much for it :D.

    Cheers

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  3. We shouldn't play with people's minds... isolation can drive someone crazy, ask people in jail!

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  4. Hi Max,

    I am curious as to what brought on the subject, are you considering joining the Secret Service?

    "…will place him in a sieve where the flour of his being will be sifted and result into a refined product (separated from any coarse particles). "

    Beautifully composed. I love this analogy. ^5

    I know isolation and alienation are used to brainwash individuals in cults. Isolation in itself is torture for a social animal such as man. It's interesting how the first syllable is 'ice-solation.' Ice is cold, hard, cracks and melts. I guess that's the point to freeze man out of himself, break him down, reform and mechanicalize him to certain specifications. Like re-branding.

    I can think of some celebrities who should be isolated. :-o

    No man is an island, but following Bruce Lee's advice, man can be water.

    A Chilling post my friend.

    Warm Cheers!

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  5. Hi Zhu :D!

    "We shouldn't play with people's minds... isolation can drive someone crazy, ask people in jail!"

    So true. Many come out even more dangerous than before.

    Zhu, thank you so much for your input :D.

    Cheers

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  6. Hi Lady A :D!

    "I am curious as to what brought on the subject, are you considering joining the Secret Service?"

    LOL LOL LOL the Secret Services wouldn't want me LOL. No, not at all...
    I watched an episode of Law and Order that discussed the effect the Solitary confinement had on a man: dreadful *nodding*. One thought led to another and then "BAM!"...this post was generated.

    "Beautifully composed. I love this analogy. ^5"

    Thank you ^5!

    "I know isolation and alienation are used to brainwash individuals in cults. Isolation in itself is torture for a social animal such as man. It's interesting how the first syllable is 'ice-solation.' Ice is cold, hard, cracks and melts. I guess that's the point to freeze man out of himself, break him down, reform and mechanicalize him to certain specifications. Like re-branding."

    Excellent example. Fabulously explained, Lady A :D.

    "I can think of some celebrities who should be isolated. :-o"

    LOL LOL Sheen?

    "No man is an island, but following Bruce Lee's advice, man can be water."

    Man should definitely be water (it is a marvellous philosophy, isn't it? I love it and it works too).

    "A Chilling post my friend."

    *Bowing*...not too chilling, I hope ;).

    Intellectual Cheers

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  7. Hi Max,

    Isn't that great when a post is seemingly generated from thin air. It's like the idea was isolated in your head to come to light.

    "..Sheen?"

    He is one of many. Too many!

    "Man should definitely be water (it is a marvellous philosophy, isn't it? I love it and it works too)."

    Truly marvelous cogitations. I have included one of Bruce's quotes in my book. (Almost finished editing it).

    Happy Cheers!

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  8. Lady A,

    "Isn't that great when a post is seemingly generated from thin air. It's like the idea was isolated in your head to come to light."

    It is one marvellous process. Yes, that is exactly it.

    "«..Sheen?» He is one of many. Too many!"

    I hear you.

    "I have included one of Bruce's quotes in my book. (Almost finished editing it)."

    Really? Let me know when the pearl comes out :D.

    Happy Cheers

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  9. Hi Max.

    I think it would do most people a lot of good to turn off their TVs and ipods and all their other gizmos, and stop consuming entertainment as if it were soul food. It is NOT!

    It would do all of us a lot of good to turn inward, to hear the voice of the universe at our deepest core.

    We are hung up on political correctness, yet we cannot discuss anything without a vulgar competitiveness and rancor.

    For me, turning inward is not an option; it's a necessity. Sanity does not lie in formality, pretention, and playing the empty game. I would rather choose relative isolation to facilitate gaining of self knowledge and perspective, than always be playing the game!

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  10. Max, as I read this I was pondering how this relates to those of us whose self esteem is tied up in being alienated and isolated. The monkish sorts ... Looks like Rummuser was thinking along the same lines.

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  11. Hey Lynda :D!

    Gorgeous comment, my friend!

    I agree with you: we should turn inwards; but for some people that means confronting a lot of fears and some other issues that they are simply not ready to confront (although I always suggest that they do, despite their fear).

    Turning inward is vital!

    Thank you ever so much for this fascinating comment, darling :D!

    Cheers

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  12. Looney, hi! :D

    "The monkish sorts"

    LOL...
    I know what you mean and yes, Rummy's analysis was perfect and it met your thought.

    Thank you so much for your input, Looney :D.

    Cheers

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