the cultivation of cognitive dissonance (distress) in the masses

A diagram of cognitive dissonance theory. Diss...

A diagram of cognitive dissonance theory. Dissonance reduction can be accomplished in various ways, broadly including the addition of more, consonant elements, or else changing the existing elements. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CC wrote: (With JR’s reply below….)

In one of my many marijuana-related conversations, I was asked what can we do in order to wake people up to the benefits of marijuana. This was my response;

” We can’t. They are inherently idiots and need to be controlled. Look at it this way; you can tell a person that cigarette smoke kills more than 500,000 people a year here in the United States and a few million all across the world and marijuana has never had any deaths related to it ever… and they will still see cigarettes as an okay recreational smoking activity as opposed to marijuana. If they can’t put 2+2 together and see that they’ve been lied to, you won’t convince them.”

I can’t act like I care if I offended anyone because I don’t. If you don’t get it, I don’t think you’re capable of rational thought or are too lazy to think about it. And to up the ante, here’s what I’ll do. 

For $100, name a pharmaceutical drug safer AND more effective than marijuana. I’ll wait. 

And for another $100, name the negative factors associated with legalization nationally that outweigh the positive ones. Again, I’ll wait.

JR replies:
Are the masses inherently idiots or has their idiocy been carefully cultivated? Through churches, schools, and the media, there has been immense programming to conform to certain patterns of behavior, including through the Santa Claus myth to deceive and manipulate small children.

Delusions are carefully programmed. A small child is encouraged to believe in Santa and speak as if Santa is real. Once there has been so much encouragement (for some kids) of referencing Santa as factual, then the “cognitive dissonance” of rational thought would be stressful. It can be embarrassing to admit that one’s prior enthusiasm was based on having been totally fooled.

Leon Festinger, seminal theorist in the area o...

Leon Festinger, seminal theorist in the area of cognitive dissonance. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eventually, through enough cognitive dissonance (distress/paranoia) regarding enough issues, many people inhibit their own rational thought, at least as it relates to certain subjects with special social pressures. They shut down. Perceptiveness not only is socially-punished (in some cases at least), but perceptiveness can also be personally distracting from “important things” like your elementary school’s “social studies” curriculum. Due to the stress, many people turn to “mind-altering” substances to relax, such as cigarettes, alcohol, and/or marijuana.

Adults do not reward intelligence in general. To earn rewards, there must first be conformity in general, then displays of competence in specific areas of interest to the adults, such as math. Engineers are well-paid to advance the military industrial complex, not to comprehend it. Chemists are paid, again, not to compete with the status quo, but to preserve and promote it.

Reference to the POSSIBLE error or imprecision of any particular presumption may be reacted to with panic, terror, rage, retreat, ridicule, or any number of clear indications of the absence of confidence. Confident people may be violent, but if they argue antagonistically, it would only be as a distraction tactic to destabilize a target (as in psychological warfare).

English: McDonalds' sign in Harlem.

English: McDonalds’ sign in Harlem. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As it relates to biochemistry and ingestion of chemicals, clearly certain patterns are heavily promoted by certain groups, such as the FDA (and, by extension, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, etc). Note that if something is true, inexpensive, and easy to demonstrate, then it will not need heavy publicity to become popular very quickly. The FDA may be for the publicizing of things that would not normally be of any interest to the masses, like for promoting the use of things that distract from scientific principles that threaten certain commercial interests.

If the ruling influences want the masses to be biochemically addicted to grain products and to avoid saturated fat, then there may be a demonization of saturated fat and a promotion of seed oils and seed (all of which contain seed oils, by the way). Certain dietary practices will produce neurological inflammation to keep cognitive functionality within a certain range- not comatose but yet not very alert or perceptive. Obviously, substances that directly interfere with neurological functionality can also be prescribed for “mental health.” Saturated fat, which is essential for proper brain function, can be attacked not just on contrived scientific grounds but on moral grounds, like hysteria about “cruelty to animals” when deriving saturated fat from unvegan sources such as dairy cows.

Of course, of all of the subjects of ridiculous propaganda, the legal system itself is perhaps the most holy (taboo) topic of all: “The government would not lie to us about anything, including Santa Claus. The government only implements programs that are specifically designed for the absolute maximum best interest of all who participate in the program, such as the state lottery. The conspiracy theory that some people lose money by playing the state lottery with horrible odds is… totally false… which is because the government would never do anything that would be to the detriment of even a single member of the public. State lotteries are not gambling. Gambling is bad. State lotteries are good, not bad. Therefore, state lotteries are not gambling. Also, borrowing $300,000 to invest in real estate speculation is not gambling because everyone knows that real estate always rises.”

If one listens to the deductive process of a fool, one could identify the root presumptions. Of course, one might wonder what would be so interesting about the root presumptions of a fool.

English: Diagram about motivation and cognitiv...

English: Diagram about motivation and cognitive dissonance. Based on Reeve, J. (2009). Understanding motivation and emotion (5th Ed). USA: John Wiley & Sons. Pages 275-277. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



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  1. projectbrainsaver Says:

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