How odd it is, that the global reality should so closely mirror the personal reality. Something Plato noted some 2,400 years ago. A blink of the eye in terms of eternity.
And how little these things have changed.
But the question remains, will the Go(O)d wolf win. And what has this to do with Cognitive Dissonance and it’s associated behaviours.
“An old Cherokee told his grandson “There is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is go(o)d. It is joy, love, peace, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth.”
The boy thought about it, and asked “Grandfather, which wolf wins?” The old man quietly replied. “The one you feed.”
This Youtube Video is a discussion given by Jan Irvin at of all places Paranoia Con 2014. Whilst, I am unsure of the accuracy of his assertion about the CIA’s role in online debates, I have witnessed the behaviours he speaks of. These behaviours, in my opinion, relate to Cognitive Dissonance and by extension the Cherokee’s two wolves.
What is this thing called Trivium.
Here is an example of Cognitive Dissonance at work. In this case, it will occur when these folks get home to watch the video. Another question arises here. Were these beliefs manufactured.
But of greater importance. What is an effective remedy.
The most obvious answer is, self awareness and exact knowledge. Or at least a big read stamp that says caution: assumed position. Are these things the root of the battle for our hearts and minds. Are we truly our own worst enemies.
It is time to open the books again and take another look at histories and religions, methinks. What say you Gnostic Jesus?
2 Jesus said, “Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over all. [And after they have reigned they will rest.]”
3 Jesus said, “If your leaders say to you, ‘Look, the (Father’s) kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the <father’s>kingdom is within you and it is outside you.
When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty.”