Cognitive Dissonance: What Is It and Why Should I Care?
Cognitive dissonance is the feeling of unease and tension that occurs when new information conflicts with existing beliefs. When this feeling happens, people attempt to relieve it in different ways. They rationalize, get angry, explain things away, or simply reject any new information that conflicts with their existing beliefs. It’s natural to want to try and make sense of our world, especially when it makes no sense at all.
I am certainly no psychologist, but I can recognize cognitive dissonance when I feel it. It’s a gut-wrenching, life-changing realization that something we believe might not be true. A personal example of this happened to both my wife, Jan, and me when we watched a documentary by Richard Gage of the non-profit organization, Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Now, before you click out of this page, just know this is not about what I believe or don’t believe about the collapse of three Trade Center buildings on 9/11. No, this is about the cognitive dissonance I felt when the information presented by experts went totally against everything I believed about that day. It was so contrary to what we were being told by the government’s 9/11 Commission and the studies conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, I had to immediately rationalize that it was just a kook conspiracy theory. However, the information presented in the film was so convincing that I couldn’t wrap my head around it. Could it be true that our government would lie so drastically? Could it be that we weren’t being told the WHOLE truth? Gee, that’s never happened before.
Let’s bring this forward in time to the recent past. A lot of people who despised Donald Trump and hoped for his demise felt cognitive dissonance at the end of the Mueller investigation. For two years, every hour of every day, the media proclaimed they had another “anonymous” bombshell leak that spelled the end for the Orange Man. Then, to ultimately have Robert Mueller testify before Congress that there was “no evidence of collusion” had to cause a fair amount of cognitive dissonance in these same people. If you bought into everything the media told you, you were stunned and confused. How could this possibly be true?
Now, over the last two weeks, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s newly released emails cast doubt on everything we’ve been told about COVID-19; from mask wearing, to the lab-leak theory, to the possibility that Dr. Fauci knew about our government funding gain-of-function research on the virus, and then possibly lying before Congress when questioned by Senator Rand Paul. Dr. Fauci, who has been the face of “science”, the calming voice of reassurance for many, the celebrity doctor appearing on magazine covers, is now facing calls for his resignation and threats of criminal charges. So many people have been LED by the media to “trust the science.” However, the only science we are allowed to “trust” is the science dictated by bureaucrats, politicians, big tech, and the media. Research and observations conducted by other qualified medical experts that go against the accepted narrative, are dismissed out of hand and censored. The release of Dr. Fauci’s emails has shown that the very people we put our faith and trust in have misled us from the beginning. There’s that cognitive dissonance again.
Now, with the election audit being conducted in Arizona, and fourteen other states visiting the audit site to observe the process for use in their own states, we’re faced with what might turn out to be the greatest cognitive dissonance of all; the very distinct probability that our sacred election system, the very foundation of our Republic, may have been manipulated beyond our imagination.
I don’t know what will happen, but I passionately believe we’re in for more dissonance as more truth about a LOT of subjects begins to emerge. There is a tsunami coming that will wash over us all. As patriots and truth-seekers, our job will be to help contain the damage this will cause and assist in the rebuilding of our world.
We’re all in this together.
“The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.”
--President James A. Garfield