Hi everyone! I'm kind of new here, so forgive me for any eventual mistakes I might commit. Also, English isn't my main language, so... Anyways, I'm starting a story of mine that is heavily based on religion, and one of the major plot bases are for a "government" to have some certain ideas they need to infuse on the people's minds, like the belief in a certain god, that person X or group Y has evil/good intentions, or something like it. I'm a major sucker for dystopic tales, like Nineteen Eighty-Four, Brave New World and Psycho Pass, and we usually see these kinds of stuff on them. One example is to make the people believe wholeheartedly on the Party's ideals, like Goldstein or the Wars, or to believe that their way of living is actually the best way possible of living. My story isn't a dystopia, but I need some core ideas from it... I've come with some ideas as to the "set conditions" we need to have for an idea to stick, for example: - Having a great benefit for believing in it (e.g. believing in heaven allows you to enter it) - Having a great punishment for disbelieving (e.g. going to hell) - Infusing constant fear on someone - Having them being monitored 24/7, or making them believe they are (like Foucault's Discipline and Punish mentions) - Using the media and every means of political propaganda to disseminate those ideas - Having the majority of the population believing the ideas, so as to conquer the few disbelievers - Having relatives and friends believing it to convince their loved ones - Making it a "tradition", as something so rooted on a certain community it's almost sinful to do otherwise But I'm kind of stumped now. Also, I'm seeing those things as separate issues, and can't visualize them all fitting together without looking like a handbook guide, but being coherent with one another. Can anyone give their matter or opinion here, please? Thank you so much.