We are greatly indebted to our rhetoric department for many of the souls we have captured. They are the ones who have made it possible to capture souls through mere manipulation of the humans’ language. Words are very powerful and one of the Enemy’s agents, designated James, even devotes a significant portion of his propaganda to the topic of language and the tongue. “How can words be so powerful?” you may ask. The answer, dear fool, is that words play a vital role in how humans perceive the world. Consider the following example:
We are going to kill a puppy.
We are going to save a puppy from a miserable existence.
As you can see, these two statements denote the same action. However, each emphasizes different aspects while minimizing others. The first states that we are going to kill a puppy whereas the second implies that we don’t want it to live in pain, making us angels of mercy. The same principle applies to any action. Consider this:
I am going to go out to get drunk with my friends.
I am going to go out drinking with my friends.
Do you see how these two differ? The first casts the act in a negative light because it highlights the debauchery involved whereas the second statement sounds like you are merely going out to have some fun with your friends.
If you are ever going to be a tempter of any competence or use, it is imperative that you master the manipulation of words. As you should be able to see at this point, the proper combination of words will allow you to bait the fleshling into doing things that are contrary to the Enemy’s will even if they know it to be such. You see, humans have an aversion to the feeling of guilt and would much rather rationalize an act than admit wrongdoing. This plays in our favor because so long as they don’t admit wrongdoing (or “sin” as it often called), there will be no real place in their lives for the Enemy’s forgiveness. It follows that if there is no forgiveness, then (as discussed earlier) there is no chance for them to be snatched away by the Enemy and, therefore, they become ours.
The rationalization card is best played while the patient is struggling with some kind of choice. Typically, a tempter will draw the patient into a moral dilemma by some means and, while the patient is weighing the merits of each course of action, the tempter will provide a way to rationalize the option contrary to the Enemy’s will. Fortunately, you will be aided by the element of themselves which the humans refer to as “the flesh”. This internal force will be pulling them in your direction as long as you are sure to promise pleasure as a reward. The pull of the flesh will pressure the floodgates and rationalization is the means by which you will open them. You see, the reason that rationalization is best used in the context of a moral dilemma is that its power increases exponentially when combined with the pressure of the flesh. When you have convinced the human that they want something that they know is bad for them, they will feel guilty about wanting it. As discussed above, guilt is an aversive state for the flesh creatures and they are all too eager to be rid of it. In a situation where their guilt stems from wanting something, rationalization is especially alluring because it allows for two things: first, it will remove their feelings of guilt; second, it will allow them to have the thing they want. This is most definitely a combination that will win you the day on many occasions.
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