Depreciation can be targeted at two things, either at the self or the Enemy. Depreciation of the self is a particularly delectable situation to observe in the flesh creature. The goal is to get it to despise itself and make itself miserable. Of course, it is up to you to set up the mechanism and get it started. A great angle to go about this is to go for the beast’s feelings. These make particularly good targets for a number of reasons: first, they are generally uncontrollable. The humans can learn to regulate the expression of their feelings, but they cannot help having them. Second, since the humans place so much emphasis on their so-called “rationality,” they will eagerly jump to the impossible task of shedding their emotions. Finally, humans are just as capable of learning from their feelings as they are of being deceived by them. If you alienate a human from its feelings, you are able to affix another filter preventing it from getting any information except that which you have approved.
So how does one separate a human from its feelings? Our social engineers have tilled the proverbial soil and made all the cultural preparations for us. From an early age, they are bombarded with mixed messages about expressing their feelings and told what they should or shouldn’t be feeling.
We have utilized this in a larger framework when targeting the males. We’ve led them to believe that real masculinity means being a hardcore stoic. At the same time, we’ve begun to press them with the concern that they aren’t “sensitive” enough. Thus, no matter what they do, they lose. If they remain hidden under the rock of masculine stoicism, their repressed emotions build up and tear them apart on the inside while they fail at being “sensitive”. If they try to be “progressive” and shed some tears, deep down they think that their tears are a betrayal of their masculinity. In recent years, we have begun to put out a women’s brand of this strategy by playing off of particular sects of the feminist movement.
Similarly, anger is only to be expressed at certain injustices, but never at close others “because that’s just not right”. Any emotion or expression of emotion can be taken advantage of. The bottom line is that you should get the little wretch to be more concerned about regulating its emotions than experiencing them.
The fallout from this conditioning is that the flesh creature essentially smothers itself trying to regulate its feelings and conform to social standards. With all this stifling and suffocation, the human becomes more stressed and uncomfortable. It becomes difficult for the wretch to relate to its fellows and it becomes isolated even when standing in a crowd. Singling the human out like this is can even pave the way for future temptations. What’s more, the points at which it stifles itself become sore points that are considered best avoided. Therefore, the little beast will dread engaging your installations, and even go so far as to defend them of its own volition. All while you monitor the situation from afar. On a related note, since some of the humans consider spiritual entities and mental constructs to be pure nonsense, they will refuse to acknowledge them. It is important to nurture this belief as it will make them even more unwilling to address any emotional distress they feel and make your work more secure.
The depreciation of self is a self-perpetuating phenomenon. All it requires from you is the proper care and tending. One thing that distinguishes the incompetent tempters from the great ones is how they handle the step following the implementation of self-depreciation. The incompetent tempters allow their appetites to get the better of them and haphazardly rush into alerting the flesh creature to its mental predicament. Doing so allows it to see its thought processes for what they really are and a scramble operation must be launched to try and crush any resistance or any attempt to appeal to the Enemy for help. Of course, these operations often meet with limited success and ultimately land the tempter in one of our fine incompetence rectification facilities.
The great tempters, however, know precisely when and how to show the human what is going on. The initial panic created by this revelation is augmented by the liberal application of words like “can’t”. With the proper handling, the human is soon sinking down to a despair from which they will rise only with what the humans call “a miracle”. The force of the despair pulling down, combined with their frail struggles to rise can be used to warp or even break the flesh-creature’s spirit. Doing so makes it more aerodynamic for our purposes and will also cause it to atrophy.
We now turn to the subject of depreciation of the Enemy. The heart and soul of this technique lies in the manipulation of the flesh-creature’s beliefs. We know that, unjust though He may be, the Enemy is by no means a foe to be underestimated. However, it is possible for humans, and, unfortunately, even demons, to make this very error. The difference is that when humans are doing the underestimating, we win, and when tempters underestimate, we experience a setback or worse. We know that a full frontal assault on the Enemy is a gigantic risk and we only consider such an act as a final recourse in times of the most extreme desperation. Given this, our plans are most imperiled when the Enemy becomes directly involved with the human’s dealings. Would it not be wonderful if we could avoid this situation altogether? We have not yet found a way to prevent the Enemy from interfering entirely, but we have figured out how to keep the flesh creatures from calling to Him for aid.
Since we, as pure spirits, possess empirical knowledge of spiritual things, the concept of “faith” is foreign to us and it is a testament to the ability of the research department that we now possess such vast and intimate knowledge of what it means to have, as the Enemy puts it, “evidence of things not seen”. Let us begin with a very simple question: what can you ask for and what can’t you ask for? Can you ask for something that you possess no knowledge of? Of course you can’t. The ability to communicate your desire is altogether lacking. Can you ask for something that you do not believe you will receive? Once again the answer is no, and herein lies the important point: the term “request” implies that you expect to receive that which you requested. If you do not expect to receive what you have requested, then you have not requested it. You have merely asked a rhetorical question.
Most humans know of the proposition of the Enemy’s existence and power, but what matters is whether or not they believe this proposition. If the human can be brought to disbelieve in the Enemy, then we are able to gain the upper hand. This disbelief can take many forms. There is the flat-out disbelief in the existence of the Enemy which results in a mundane, but safe soul capture. In some circumstances, disbelief can be used to produce a cultural Christian. Simply put, the flesh creature will go through all of the motions of following the Enemy, but never believe a dot or iota of it. If only we could make this the case for all of the Church! At present, this is only the dream of a wishful fiend, but we assure you that with hard work and an unshakeable resolve, we can indeed make this a reality.
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