The best way to shut down people thinking for themselves and taking away their sense of self, is thru manipulation and to program it into some form of dogma. You see it all the time and more so today then ever. You have to have two opposing dogma views. They both play off against each other. The most effective dogmas over thousands of years has been religion. One generation instills their narrow views of their life and themselves on the next generation and it continues on and on to the modern world. The religious and political dogmas have been inspired from the Fourth Dimension.
The two weapons that are the most cancerous,are used by religion is fear and guilt. Gee, that should be no surprise to anyone. It destroys the feeling of self worth. Funny thing is, most of the religions today, have similar ceremonies, myths and stories, because believe it or not they all came from one source. (TBC)