One of the most enlightening facts about society is that ideologies begin as a set of interelated ideas that are clearly stated and clearly stem from one another, but the way people typically convert to an ideology is not by a clear understanding of that school of thought, but a distorted understanding of the ideology within a narrative presented as a set of objective facts. Even values, judgements, and goals get presented as objectivity, even though their nature is entirely subjective. Ideologies get embedded into loaded language with baggage that often goes completely under the radar of its believers and skeptics alike. The premises, prejudices, biases, and judgements of an ideologies gets embedded into connotation, language, and context, and into a societal narrative that is shared through osmosis, throught in-narrative rhetoric, and through the emotions we attach onto the little ideas that make up the ideology. Often, it’s the mere context, a judgement attached to a factoid, the framework, the leading language, a specific lack of context, a specific learned method of leaving out certain details of information, and other such things which propagate ideological ideas. It’s actually quite a discipline requiring a lot of vigilance to prevent yourself from succumbing to the groupthink of an ideology. If you have never left an ideology, it’s likely you buy into more than one. But at the same time, many ideologies lead you into thinking that joining that ideology was actually your deconversion from a separate ideology and not the conversion to your current one.

To be a skeptic is to a school of thought is to examine a school of thought thoroughly without necessarily believing in it.

To be an ideologue is to believe in a school of thought without understanding it is a school of thought, without understanding.


Temple  of Athena Nike

Athens’ Acropolis, Greece

420 BCE

Stylobate: 8.27 m x 5.64 m; height: ca. 4 m.

The Temple of Athena Nike was named after the Greek goddess, Athena Nike. The temple is the earliest fully Ionic temple on the Acropolis. It was a prominent position on a steep bastion at the south west corner of the Acropolis to the right of the entrance, the Propylaea. In contrast to the Acropolis proper, a walled sanctuary entered through the Propylaea, the Victory Sanctuary was open, entered from the Propylaea’s southwest wing and from a narrow stair on the north. The sheer walls of its bastion were protected on the north, west, and south by the Nike Parapet, named for its frieze of Nikai celebrating victory and sacrificing to their patroness, Athena Nike.

Nike means victory in Greek, and Athena was worshipped in this form, as goddess of victory in war and wisdom. The citizens worshipped the goddess in hope of a successful outcome in the long Peloponnesian War fought on land and sea against the Spartans and their allies.