The issue of hypnotism is one I don't claim to fully understand nor to think about that often.  However, it came up at Ridley the other day and one of the girls there had thought much more about it than most of us.  He point of view (via her sister) is that hypnotism is not a bad thing, which was my default position.

That girls sister has posted an interesting post on the subject with some good resources to think more about this issue (see here).

You may not be facing it now, but no doubt in the future you will probably come across it.  I'm still not sure what I think, but I'm certainly more open to the idea than I was last week.