It is only immature people who believe, “I am separate; therefore, I can manipulate you, even exploit you, to ensure my own happiness.”
We see this play out with internet trolls, even so-called friends who like to send us things or post things to get a rise out of us. Do not let someone else’s misguided immaturity steal your peace. See them and their tactics for what they are; notice what arises in you when they attack and let it go.
This will take practice at first and take time to reverse a lifetime of habitual thinking, but you can do it and in much less time than you think.
Remember that no one has any power over how you feel. Your upset comes when you identify with what is said or seen; mission accomplished said the troll. No matter what enters your space or thoughts, remember you have the power and control, not them, and not your mind. No one can take that away from you, except the one who thinks it.
When what we hear is aligned with our conditioning, the truth is obscured from our knowing.
Manipulation of the masses is carried out by telling lies that align with our conditioning and because of this conditioning, we see the lies as truth. Anyone skillful at manipulation knows this and will use our conditioning to get what they want, and with very little resistance from us.
What the manipulator seeks is often disguised to be in our best interest, but in truth, this is the way they gain power, money or control over us and how we become their victims.
The manipulator will exert control over anyone who might interfere with their plans. Using out-and-out lies to discredit anyone who challenges them or who speaks the truth. Even using their lies to get their followers to do the dirty work for them.
Manipulation of the masses is accomplished in subtle, bold or covert ways and with brute force. In the end, the result is the same, one person or a group of people controlling the many for personal benefit.