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“He does not break wills, but he softens them, bends them and directs them…”(continued below)
—Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America


The name of this card is called “manipulations” in French. It can be translated as “manipulations” in English. If you notice any translation errors in this article, please let us know for our entire community. You can leave your comment at the bottom of this page.

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Information, disinformation, truth, lies, abundance of versions, fragment of truth, inconsistency, divergent point of view, doubt, subtlety, propaganda, mass dissemination, control, power…Who benefits from the crime? This is the real question. Manipulation is everywhere. Man is cunning and manipulation is a powerful weapon. Changing the minds of fellow human beings and uniting them around a common cause is the prerogative of human societies. It’s hard not to be manipulated. Fortitude, discernment and doubt are our anti-manipulation tools. But that’s not enough not to fall into the trap. The chess player, according to his experience, has a multitude of moves ahead and knows the stratagems even before we react.

Finally, we always accept being manipulated, but we are happy to have our free will, paradox or will? Manipulation is everywhere… I am speechless, but the cards are also a vector manipulation because choices can be made. Only the benevolence of the reader is important. So what? The realization that we are all manipulable to some degree, it is up to us to choose up to what level and always keep in mind, who benefits from the crime?

Excerpt from the text of Alexis de Tocqueville
"Democracy in America"

After having thus taken in turn in his powerful hands each individual, and having kneaded him as he pleased, the sovereign extends his arms over the whole society; he covers its surface with a network of small, complicated, minute and uniform rules, through which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot emerge to surpass the crowd; it does not break wills, but it softens them, bends them and directs them; it rarely forces action, but it constantly opposes action; it does not destroy, it prevents birth; it does not tyrannize, it embarrasses, it compresses, it irritates, it extinguishes, it stupefies, and it finally reduces each nation to being no more than a herd of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.

Card 20 - Manipulations

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