Socrates was an OG.
They killed him, but not for reasons most believe.
In reality, his death was a political maneuver.
At least according to certain historians.
He existed during three critical phases of ancient Greece.
First, the democracy phase.
Then when they went to war against the Spartans.
Then they lost, for a little bit, and Sparta controlled the government.
This was called the time of Thirty Tyrants.
When it ended, democracy was back in style.
But it wasn’t quite the same as before.
Before, it was innocent.
But after war and all the shortcuts war tends to lead to, it was democracy, but not quite the same.
Don’t Mess With Us
This was when they killed Socrates.
He was a prominent proponent, at least according to some back then, of the tyrants.
Socrates was VERY anti-democratic.
He hated the idea that the common man would be allowed to choose the government.
So when the democracy was back in style, they needed to make an example.
An example of a very famous, very smart anti-democracy type person.
So they made up a bunch of charges and this led to the famous trial of Socrates.
His student was Plato.
Plato’s student was Aristotle.
Aristotle, among many other reasons, fled Athens so he wouldn’t be killed by the state, like his predecessor Socrates.
Logic Is Dangerous
You can sort of see a pattern here.
The state doesn’t tend to like free thinkers.
Particularly guys like Socrates, considered the founder of many philosophies, like Stoicism.
Socrates greatest skill was to disprove ANYTHING.
And not with rhetoric or argument, or by coming up with better ideas.
ONLY by asking questions.
You can see how politicians would hate a guy like this.
Politicians tend to have pretty squishy ideas about why they need to be in charge, and why we need to do what we’re told.
A guy like Socrates or Plato or Aristotle are VERY dangerous to power hungry dudes on shaky logical ground.
But what is an underlying idea that we can actually use?
Getting murdered by the state isn’t the best career goal.
Consider the underlying assumption of Socrates’ super powers.
Easy Frame Domination
Of proving that NOBODY knows anything, and that can be easily done by only asking a few questions.
It means that everybody is walking around today with a bunch of FALSE ideas.
You don’t need to disprove them.
That would be the most anti-party skill you could develop.
But you could come up with some BETTER ideas.
But here’s the thing.
You don’t really NEED better ideas.
You only need to believe in YOUR ideas more than they believe in THEIR ideas.
The strategy is pretty simple.
First toss out a couple of questions about THEIR ideas.
Knock them off balance.
Weaken their frame.
Then deliver YOUR ideas through your much stronger frame.
And get everybody on your team.
Mind Persuasion has plenty of books and courses to teach you how to speak hypnotically and persuasively.