Whew! Busy day! I know I didn’t complete everything on my list but hey! That’s sometimes the way it goes.
Very domestic day. And then a lovely walk with the pups on the Awesome Trail – and home to get my gardening done just before the thunderstorm hit.
And that’s it really. Philosophically? Just feeling a ton of love for my sweetie. Looking forward to making an interesting dinner with eggplants, polenta, fresh spinach, basil and oregano and cheese and other stuff.
Simon’s sister posted an interesting article on cognitive dissonance. I’ve read a fair bit about it. We all suffer from it. We want to be right about our beliefs. At least, that was the essence of the article. I thought about my own cognitive dissonance. Here’s what I’m acutely aware of. When something I think I’m right about is challenged, my first instinct (or emotion, if you will) is resistance. It’s automatic. I’ve trained myself, immediately I feel that, to stop and think and examine what is going on internally. I admit that I do it reluctantly.
It’s a wonderful thing to hear soemone say “you’re right” or to agree with your views – there’s nothing like a mutual love-fest of shared opinions.
But I do want to be open to new ideas. I want to learn. I want to grow. At the same time, I am utterly intolerant of intolerance. I won’t even give a passing thought to changing my mind about racism, fascism, right wing intolerance and so on. I won’t do it.
Is that cognitive dissonance? If so, where do you draw the line? The liberal (not neo liberal) way has always been to try to find compromise or common ground. What it has inevitably come to mean is acquiescence.
I’m done with that.
I will not try to find common ground with racists and bible thumping hypocrites. And if that’s cognitive dissonance (I don’t believe it is) then I’m happy to wear that badge.