“Cognitive dissonance is the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time, performs an action that is contradictory to one or more beliefs, ideas or values, or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values.”
Cognitive Dissonance is something we all need to be aware of and try to figure out how to best overcome it. It is my opinion that Cognitive Dissonance is the #1 Enemy of Free Thought and the primary blockade preventing more people from becoming atheists.
I see it happen on Twitter all the time. You can see it in their responses. Everything is going smoothly, they are agreeing with things, and then you introduce the part where they need to confront their beliefs and suddenly they have excuses and cop-outs and special pleading and red herrings and deflection and dodges and often an itchy block finger.
It was interesting having a talk with a cousin of mine a while back and I could tell he wasn’t comfortable, but he brought up his own Cognitive Dissonance and admitted to how it was making him want to shut down. By being aware of this, he was able to keep discussing it and was able to keep an open mind to learn a couple things about a topic I clearly had more knowledge of. It was refreshing.
Watch for its evil tendrils snaking into your brain.
Be scared of its mind-numbing powers.
Kick its ass. Kill it. Destroy it. Never let it win.
Until next time, keep drinking the Kool-aid.
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