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26th-Feb-2016 04:16 pm
The God of this world has characteristic ways of acting and moving, and the motivations he uses have been long known: force, greed, selfishness, ambition and pleasure.

I think it's easier to note that there are characteristic ways of persuading, and look for those.

1. Encouragement to dream, to escape from the limits of the world as it is, and the consequences that might deter you.

2. Justify failures, so that "it's not my fault".

3. Allay fears, so that you don't expect consequences.

4. Confirm suspicions, so that it's someone else's fault.

5. He'll help you throw rocks at people you should be listening to.

That's the pattern of a lot of persuasion in the world, But then, you'd expect that the god of the world would set patterns, right?
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