It can be useful – criminals can be prevented, murderers can be prevented, thieves can be changed, rapists can be transformed – but it is dangerous also. Anybody who is in power can make the whole country just a crowd of slaves. And you cannot do anything, because you don’t know. Remember one thing, inside the skull, where the brain is, you don’t have any sensitivity. Even if a stone is put inside your skull, you will never know; you just don’t have sensitive nerves there which can inform you.
This came to be known in the second world war. A man was shot with a bullet, and somehow the doctors thought that the bullet was not inside him, but had missed, just touching his head. So they treated the wound, it healed and the bullet remained inside his head for ten years – and he was never aware of it. It was for some other reasons that he was being x-rayed, and they were surprised to find that there was a bullet inside him. Then the wound was opened and the bullet was found. That made it clear that anything can be planted in the brain.
Delgado’s mechanism is scientific, but society has been doing the same by planting ideas…. It is an old bullock cart method. It takes so long, twenty-five years, and it is not foolproof, because a few revolutionaries escape, a few rebels are still born. It is good that there are people who escape from the enslaving structure of the society, because these are the people who have advanced knowledge, who have given all scientific progress, who have changed all superstitions.
But the society wants you simply to be a carbon copy, never an original.
The strategy to create a mind in you is to go on repeating certain things continuously. And even if a lie is repeated continuously it starts becoming a truth; you forget that it was a lie in the beginning.
Adolf Hitler started lying to the German people that all the misery of their country is because of the Jews. Now this is such an absurd thing – like somebody saying that all the misery of the country is because of bicycles, so if we destroy all the bicycles all the misery will disappear.
In fact the Jews were the very backbone of Germany, they had created all the wealth of Germany. And they had no other nation, so any nation – wherever they were – was their nation. They had no other alternative in their minds; they could not betray, and they had been doing everything that any other German was doing for the welfare of the country.
But Adolf Hitler in his autobiography writes, “It doesn’t matter what you say, because there is no such thing as truth. Truth is a lie that has been repeated so often that you have forgotten that it is a lie.” So the only difference, according to him, between truth and a lie is that the lie is fresh and truth is old; otherwise there is no difference. And he seems to have some insight in it.
For example, Christianity, Hinduism, Mohammedanism – these three religions repeat to their children, “There is a God.” Jainism, Buddhism, Taoism, three other religions, say “There is no God.” The first group of three religions has a certain mind. Their whole life is filled with the idea of God, hell, heaven, prayer. The second group of three religions has no prayer because there is nobody to pray to, there is no God. And the very question does not arise.