Richard Bandler opened my eyes to the power of spoken words, word-play and sounds.
George Orwell opened my eyes to the power of the written word and its use in political control.
Since then I’ve studied a lot of other authors and speakers that work heavily with words.
It’s fascinating and useful.
One thing I have found to be enormously powerful is looking at the origins of words and their definitions.
So I thought I’d walk through some words related to propaganda and the definition of propaganda…
Origins of the word “Propaganda”
Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide means `Sacred Congregation for Propagating the Faith’ and is also known as the Congregation of the Propaganda. It was a committee of Cardinals created in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV to spread Catholicism and to manage Church affairs in foreign countries. In 1623 a seminary (school) was created by Pope Urban VIII as a continuation on the original papal decree. This College of Propaganda oversaw the training of the priests who managed foreign missions responsible for converting foreigners to the Roman Catholic faith.
pro-, propagare :: to multiply (plants) by means of layers or slips, to breed, to enlarge, extend, or prolong the stock or race of, cognate with pro-, propago, -aginem a layer (esp. of a vine), a shoot or slip from which a new plant is produced. – Oxford English Dictionary
Think of grafting to a vine.
A graft is a shoot or scion inserted in a groove or slit made in another stock, so as to allow the sap of the latter to circulate through the former.
1813 Sir. H. Davy Agric. Chem. (1814) 253 The graft is only nourished by the sap of the tree to which it is transferred.
I think its not so coincidental that “grift” is an obsolete form of “graft” and both later became slang words meaning:
“The obtaining of profit or advantage by dishonest or shady means; the means by which such gains are made,esp. bribery, blackmail, or the abuse of a position of power or influence; the profits so obtained.”
1896 Ade Artie i. 3 To the church show—the charity graft.
Belief proceeding from reliance on testimony or authority.
a 1628 Preston Breastpl. Faith (1630) 15 Faith is assenting to Truthes for the Authority of the Speaker.
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