Putting aside the most common notion that the politics involves the government and the political leadership in an organization like a state or a community. Politics is actually broader and more complex than the popular belief. It does extend to every sphere of the human endeavor and the interaction. In its most general sense, it involves the pursuit of self-interest of individuals. In a particular system of relationships like in a society this pursuit of individuals of particular goals is translated into the competition to wield power. With power one may attain the pinnacle of their goals in relation to others. Once one’s interest supersedes that of another the former logically wields more power than the latter, you can read an interesting article about Political Theology in the United States by clicking here.
A less known but broader side of politics involves intrigue, schemes & plots, manipulations, deceptions, mind games and stratagem. These comprise most of the realm of politics. An advantage for individuals who are active in this field is in-depth knowledge and understanding of these various aspects of political life. More so if an individual aspires not only to be a participant but an active player. This is because in this domain of human interaction, there are only two kinds of individuals those who influence and those who are influenced. Being the latter means you are subject to the interests of the former. And the latter always aspires to be the former while the former aims to remain as he or she is as the power in the status quo.
A potent tool in conflict, particularly in the realm of politic is social engineering. This is the collection of psycho – social approaches implicitly compel individuals to perform acts, maintain thoughts and even provide information under the pretext that such is in his or her interest. In short, it is an insightful way of instigating manipulation for a particular goal. Meaning a person or persons can, through effective application of social engineering advantageously pursue political goals. The power of this methodology lies in its calculated incorporation of human nature in the techniques it offers. It provides approaches that appeal to the nuances and facets of human thought, behavior, prejudice, motivation and inclination. This implies that with this means holistic, virtually complete but subtle manipulation can be had. This is not new. In fact, for years politics has been closely related to these techniques. If politics can be taken as a form of advanced and complex chess game then this certainly will be the master’s guide to the same.
The capability to move another, to fill the thoughts of others with one’s ideas, to compel others that adhering to a particular view is valid and legitimate is what politics is about. With social engineering, a new level of micro – manipulation is possible. In the past threat of use of force, denial of material gain or promise of the same was the focal point of political relationships. Now politics can transpire in the human consciousness with a ripple effect towards a person’s perception, ideas, and conduct in the social sphere. This makes social engineering an elegant, modern and masterful tool in politics.