EVER COME DOWN WITH A SEVERE CASE OF CD (COGNITIVE DISSONANCE)?
COGNITIVE DISSONANCE (CD) is NO JOKE! Many people think they’ve experienced it before, but THEY HAVE NO IDEA. What they actually experienced might be better described as a slight to moderate paradigm shift (which is more like a category 1 or 2 or 3 CD Episode, likened to the strength of hurricanes). COGNITIVE DISSONANCE (category 4 or 5 because of its destructive nature) is much more profound than merely learning to look at things from a new perspective and through fresh eyes, although all levels of CD includes this. If you ever do experience real CD (with the strength of Hurricane Andrew), then there is no doubt that you will return to the world with eyes anew (and I intentionally say “return to this world” because you WILL be broken from it, at least temporarily). If you’ve already gone through severe CD before, then you already know the truth of this statement.
Consider that from the moment we enter this world and take our first breaths of air, we begin immediately to construct OUR knowledge of what WE think we see and experience. The knowledge WE construct is personal and unique to us, and it’s what we’ll use to navigate this world and get along during our lifetime. Every experience gets organized into our mindframe in a way that makes the most sense to us and feels the most comfortable, even though “most” comfortable doesn’t necessarily mean comfortable. And it’s important to note that how we feel about what we think (how we organize our thoughts and what we accept) more and more colors the lens through which we see things.
Keeping with this line of thought, think of it like this... since birth, each experience is like a card from an infinite standard deck. The knowledge we are building metaphorically takes the form of a house of cards, with our earliest experiences forming the foundation of our house, which we come to recognize as home. Over time, we learn lots of things, like how to walk and talk, our ABCs, what it feels like to fall and get hurt, how to read, grammar, our favorite songs, how to get upset or excited, mathematics, what’s funny, how to tell fibs, guilt, etc. and each of these things we learn is like a card that gets situated into the structure of the house we call home. When we are older, we tend to build upwards, and the cards we accumulate get placed neatly and securely on top of other securely placed cards that were already firmly lodged and established. We do this to ensure, in our own minds at least, that our house of knowledge won’t fall (and we do this unconsciously, often without ever knowing it). This is why as we get older we tend to be very guarded and careful of the kind of new knowledge we take in, and we may even become protective of the old knowledge we’ve already acquired, because we don’t want to let anything near our house that might threaten its stability (because this threatens our comfort). We’ll do whatever we have to do in order to keep our house from collapsing.
What many people have claimed to be cognitive dissonance was but a remodeling in one of the rooms in their house, fixing a leak from a hole in the roof, or spending more time in a room you’ve previously not spent much time in while looking out at the world through its window. True CD is when something happens to cause one of your foundational cards to be snatched away in an instant causing your house to topple just as immediately as the card was snatched. If this should happen, the person will be faced with having to start all over and begin to rebuild their house (of knowledge) from damn near scratch. That’s a category 5 CD... when you learn that something you assumed to be fundamental and rudimentary, something that you’ve built years of (previously thought-to-be) “advanced” knowledge upon, is wholly wrong and upside down.
I lived through a category 5 CD when I was 45. I remember racking my brain for about 3 weeks before I was brave enough to bring it up to my wife. I felt a little embarrassed by this newfound knowledge and realization, and was concerned how my wife would see me afterwards, because the illusion I was under is an illusion that practically everyone we know is under, as is the vast majority of society. Thankfully she was supportive and not condescending in the least (I never should’ve questioned that); in fact, she ended up going through her own category 5 (well, it might’ve been a 4 for her). It was even a full month before I emerged confident enough and prepared to speak about this Truth to anyone else.
No wonder most people have no interest what-so-ever in seeking and pursuing Truth, even though it shall set them free. Can we blame them? Truth is not for the faint at heart, especially in this world where the Truth IS stranger than fiction. The path of Truth can be a lonely road, and loneliness is not a comfortable situation for most
Perhaps this is why today’s truth seekers who set out to awaken the masses with knowledge are mislabeled as terrorists…?
Quite honestly, not all so-called truth seekers are committed to Truth, as can be ascertained by their methods. TRUE Truth leads to tranquility, not turmoil. If truth seekers who intend to assist in the elevating of our world’s collective consciousness only inspire fear and not real and practical hope, then they are not on the light side of things
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