Watching the news there is a clearly a big gap between what people think and what they do; They are doing things despite knowing it to be immoral, wrong or stupid. Why? I ask.
My psychologist daughter tells me this is called ‘cognitive dissonance’. This is when a persons actions are inconsistent with their beliefs. I think of this when ever I see people interviewed on TV talking in defense of a certain US President against their normally religious or conservative beliefs.
Why do they find it so difficult to recognize their mistake? Why do they defend his actions when confronted, his shortcomings are apparent to all? Rather than admitting their mistake they embark on self justification. It would be dishonest myself to suggest this is just others. I know we all do this, maybe in differences of degree but we all do it. This acts as a protective mechanism that enables us to sleep at night. Unless you are very self aware, we see only what we want to see, and ignore everything that contradicts.
I can’t watch much more of the news. All of this cognitive dissonance is screwing my mood. This post is being written late at night in a small room adjacent to my bedroom. Just a few more lines before I turn in. Just need to find that quote by Lao Tzu. Ah there it is. Add it below, there and I am done…