One must face the limits of the indoctrination one has been given by parents, society, andreligious centers on what is true, right, wrong, taboo, unpatriotic, not responsible etc andsee that these are mostly limits on freedom of the individual so as to control behavior approved by power and the institutions of power in society..Foucault points out that modern mass culture differs from the preceding feudal system inEurope by an invasive technology which enables the centers of power to maintainconstant observation of individuals and to create legal, educational, policing and moralsystems with the aim of controlling the lives of individuals. "Discipline" systems are usedto train people in desired activities, attitudes, self concepts, and moral values."Punishment" systems are used to reinforce these values. And financial and power "reward" systems encourage approved behavior..These power centers all share the aim of producing "normal people" who meet therequirements of industry, the military, and the churches--essentially making the massessuitable for meeting the interests of the centers of power. Those who do not "fit in" aredefined as misfits, insane, criminals, rejects, unpatriotic, depraved, etc. When those whodo not "fit in" ACCEPT these labels, they are condemning themselves. They condemnthemselves because they have been programmed by the structure of knowledge approved by society to accept these judgments as logical and necessary. Those accused of beingcriminal thus are lead by their own logic into agreeing that they are criminals. Thoseaccused of being mentally ill are lead by their own logic into agreeing that they arementally ill..If they realize they have been programmed, individuals can experience "morality" in amarkedly different way than the way morality is espoused by economic, political, or religious authorities in society. Such individuals can point out the "shadow" side of popular moral judgments and power..He continues:.
...once one steps outside what’s been thought before, once one ventures outside what’s familiar and reassuring, once one tries to invent new concepts for unknown lands, thenmethods and moral systems breakdown and thinking becomes ...’a perilous act,’ aviolence whose first victim is ones self.
.Those who are able to break out of the thinking patterns approved by the power centerswithin society are then able to articulate a strategy by which others may do so, and this isultimately de-stabilizing to the balance of power in society. Therefore, those power centers will turn on that individual recognizing him as a threat and strive to destroy him before he can disturb their interests. This has happened to many intellectuals throughhistory whose thought lead them outside the prevailing economic, political, moral andcultural values of their time: Friedrich Nietzsche, Soren Kierkegard and MartinHeidegger are only three examples..On the other hand, the individual who breaks out of the prison of knowledge inherited