brainwash self-test (fwd)

P. Myers (
Sun, 26 Apr 1998 10:51:42 -0700 (PDT)

Pat Myers...always question!

Subject: brainwash self-test
Resent-From: rich
Followup-To: alt.activism.d

A question (not a quiz) follows the parable.

     "There is an Eastern tale that speaks about a very rich magician
who had a great many sheep. But at the same time this magician was
very mean. He did not want to hire shepherds, nor did he want to erect
a fence about the pasture where the sheep were grazing. The sheep
consequently often wandered into the forest, fell into ravines and so
on, and above all, they ran away, for they knew that the magician
wanted their flesh and their skins, and this they did not like.

     "At last the magician found a remedy. He hypnotized his sheep and
suggested to them, first of all, that they were immortal and that no
harm was being done to them when they were skinned; that on the
contrary, it would be very good for them and even pleasant; secondly
he suggested that the magician was a good master who loved his flock
so much that he was ready to do anything in the world for them; and in
the third place, he suggested that if anything at all were going to
happen to them, it was not going to happen just then, at any rate not
that day, and therefore they had no need to think about it. Further,
the magician suggested to his sheep that they were not sheep at all;
to some of them he suggested that they were lions, to some that they
were eagles, to some that they were men, to others that they were

     "After this all his cares and worries about the sheep came to an
end. They never ran away again, but quietly awaited the time when the
magician would require their flesh and skins.

     "This tale is a very good illustration of man's position."

                               --Colin Wilson quoting George Gurdjieff
                                 THE OUTSIDER (Delta/Dell, 1956) p 268

Question: how can I tell if I'm hypnotized right now?