Mental environment

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"The forces who are visiting you not only have advanced technology, but also strong social cohesion and are able to influence thought in the Mental Environment. You see, in the Greater Community, technology is easily acquired, and so the great advantage between competing societies is the ability to influence thought. This has taken on very sophisticated demonstrations. It represents a set of skills that humanity is only beginning to discover. As a result, your visitors do not come armed with great weapons or with armies or with armadas of vessels. They come in relatively small groups, but they possess considerable skill in influencing people. This represents a more sophisticated and mature use of power in the Greater Community. It is this ability that humanity will have to cultivate in the future if it is to contend with other races successfully." (The Allies of Humanity Book One, First Briefing: The Extraterrestrial Presence in the World Today)

"Nations in your region of space ... have realized that they cannot overwhelm each other by force, and so they seek to influence each other through persuasion and thought. This represents a more mature use of power in the universe and a new threshold of learning for humanity." (The Requirements for Freedom in the Universe)

"Advancing societies must learn something about the mental environment if they are to effectively compete, relate and deal with other races."(Wisdom from the Greater Community Volume Two, Chapter 25: Environments)

"It is the power of persuasion in the mental environment, the power of making people
think what the Intervention wants them to think,
to feel what the Intervention wants them to feel and
to do what the Intervention wants them to do that represents its greatest strength and advantage here."(The Allies of Humanity Book Three, Third Briefing: The Tools of the Intervention)

"The only part of you that is free from deception and manipulation" is called Knowledge by the Allies of Humanity. It is "unaffected by the Mental Environment."(The Allies of Humanity Book Two, First Commentary: The Problem of Human Denial)

"Any human mind can be interfered with, and its understanding can be extracted by those intervening forces in the world now. Therefore, you must understand the importance of discretion. That is why it is one of the three requirements for establishing and maintaining freedom in the universe: unity, self-sufficiency and discretion. You are only at the beginning of learning about the power of the mental environment. You are only beginning to learn how other races can gain access to human wisdom and understanding. You are only beginning to realize how much your freedom will have to be guarded and protected if it is to be sustained in a universe where freedom is rare." (The Allies of Humanity Book Three, Seventh Briefing: Questions and Answers)