(Written August 24th)
“Theatricality and deception. Powerful agents for the uninitiated. But we are initiated. Aren’t we, Bruce?”
~Bane, The Dark Knight Rises
This quote was brought to my attention when Khaos referenced it in a discussion at the FA ( have, unfortunately, not yet seen the newest Batman movie). I saw it being used, and thought to myself, “Exactly.”. The initiated can see through the theatrics. Fresh out of the box they tend to realize that there were these elements to everything, and that from where they were at before it was muddying the waters, so theatrics at that stage might be something the individual feels inclined to sneer at. Initiated or not.
Over time though, the more experienced practitioners can come to appreciate the power of mindfully using deception, manipulation, misdirection, extravagence, and so on. Always keep in mind, not everyone is “initiated”, and giving people the benefit of the doubt or depriving them of the opportunity to learn how to see through and, eventually, use theatrics on their own, will often be a waste of your time. Pay attention to what you’re doing, be aware of the kind of people you’re dealing with. Don’t assume everybody is to stupid to see through dramatic language, but don’t expect everyone is perceptive enough to know what you’re really on about.