The Power of Persuasion

June 27, 2009

Never underestimate the power of persuasion.

The single persuasion of Anne Boleyn, a mere woman as one might say at the time, caused the separation of the Church of England from papal authority, the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and Henry VIII establishing himself as the Supreme Head of the Church of England, all so that he could divorce his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, and marry Anne. This would later cost so many lives, when Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon ruled England, and decided to restore England to Roman Catholicism, so starting the Marian Persecutions that burned more than 300 people who were considered heretics. All because of a single persuasion.

In a whole different world, another Anne is persuaded that the man she loved is not worthy of her. So Anne Elliot refused the hand of Frederick Wentworth, only to find years later that he is indeed worthy of her. This is the story from a book titled Persuasion.

A lot of things can happen and have happened, through persuasion. Most of them are not good. I daresay there are good things that come from persuasion, but we tend to hear more of the bad impacts it has made.

So what am I trying to say here?

If you are not sure that any good will come out of your persuasion, then stop persuading. Just shut your big mouth up.

Shut your big mouth up. I would like to say that to a certain guy my girlfriend recently told me about. I’ve never met him, but I already decided he is a pain in the arse. He kept on and on pushing his friend to my friend, making stupid jokes and heavy hints. This guy, his friend, and my girlfriend is still in the same college. My friend here, thinks of the guy’s friend as an ordinary friend, but thanks to the moron, everyone else thinks there’s something going on between the two. She said that although it’s been going on for quite a long time and honestly it’s really annoying, it’s actually not a big problem, but she’s worried that the guy will actually be persuaded that he likes her (when actually he doesn’t really). To make matters even more annoying than it already is, she heard stories circulating about things that she never said, small things that convinced people that she likes the guy (the one being persuaded, not the jackass). And who is telling all those made-up stories but the jackass himself?

“Obviously your life has too much drama,” I said to her.

“Tell me about it. I don’t really care, though. If anyone got hurt at all, it’s the guy, and if the guy got hurt in the end, it’s not my fault at all, it’s his jackass friend’s fault.

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