“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
“People with a normalcy bias have difficulty reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation”. Sound familiar?
COGNITIVE DISSONANCE (Belief disconfirmation paradigm)
“Dissonance is aroused when people are confronted with information that is inconsistent with their beliefs. If the dissonance is not reduced by changing one’s belief, the dissonance can result in restoring consonance through misconception, rejection or refutation of the information, seeking support from others who share the beliefs, and attempting to persuade others”. Again, sound familiar? This explains perfectly why I experience such resistance and thoughtless rejection to some very important concepts I elucidate.
DECISION: IGNORANCE OR KNOWLEDGE?
Whether a combination of apathy, laziness, normalcy bias, cognitive dissonance, ignorance, one thing is certain. If you choose the head in the sand model, basically representing the blue pill, then you choose ignorance. IGNORANCE IS FUTILE. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. Perhaps it all comes down to mental fortitude?