Our mind tends to confuse the symbol with the thing symbolized. We believe that a word is, tangibly, that it means.
"You know that one word, only one word could change the situation of millions of people ...:" honesty "" - dramatically declaimed actor.
Under the spell acting magnetism could someone naively accept this truth professes theatrical parliament.
Indeed, it happens to all words can generarnos a sort of fascination which intoxicates, numbs our critical spirit makes us gullible.
For that reason, for some viewers was possible to dream that one word, so easily pronounced, resolves something we could not help since the world began: honesty.
Our minds are numb, lose lucidity, fall in love and can make decisions based on imagined, unverifiable, misleading.
It happens much deeper individually but happens to us when we integrate a group affected by the same stimulus: confuse the symbol with the thing symbolized.
The soldiers who go to war singing songs of glory, feel that they won, collective psychosis fueled by the raucous voices choir, fanatical passion inflamed, may lead them to be killed like flies ... although in some cases , to be fair, that sickly enthusiasm makes the enemy panic and flee in terror.
The statue of freedom that welcomes immigrants arriving in New York has been very persuasive and that has given people the feeling and fame that is a model of democracy, peace, harmony, progress, although we would to think that the story would have been different without that statue.
The self-help books exploit this mental defect: on the basis of mere words make us believe that, at the end of the reading, everything will be magically solved: Error!
Note: Original in Spanish (without translation by Google): Confusión entre palabras y objetos.
(Este es el Artículo Nº 2.002)