“Mission Accomplished: the ‘terrorists’ have won!”
Whether it be the cowardly and disturbing acts of a small group of kamikaze madmen back in the summer of 2001, or an elite group of paid-for politicians, the face of modern day terrorism is not exactly what it appears to be.
Today your average run of the mill catalyst for terror wears his predatory robe like a badge of honor. What happened to the America that was to be? Is it that we have become so diluted with disinformation and misrepresentation that we that it has been made impossible to tolerate one another?
Perhaps the story behind the story is not as cut and dry as it seems. Is it the power of suggestibility? Or is it something greater than what meets the naked eye? There are always underlying causes to a cancerous growth – which in the case of a fast-growing divided nation, can be seen through a number of rose-colored prisms…or not so rose-colored prisms.
Dr. Tom Sant wrote an insightful sales article that reminded me of a term that fell absolutely into alignment with how some messages can quickly become misconstrued by self-imposed ignorance. The term and theory, coined by social psychologist, Leon Festinger, is cognitive dissonance. What is it? Take a look at the chart below. Say the COLOR, not the word.
Essentially, your right brain is trying to say the color, but your left brain is reading the word.
In reality, human beings are creatures of habit. We want certain consistencies that are within our own comfort zones. These are our belief systems to which we are accustomed and in many cases, to which we become bound. What we perceive to be the “norm” or what we can generally predict to be in alignment with our values is perfectly fine until our mental, emotional or psychological ecosystems or ways of life become suspect or are brought into question. For kicks and giggles, here’s a perfect analogy of cognitive dissonance:
The older couple in this video demonstrate their unique math calculations to match their own ways of thinking. While the true answers are right before their eyes – much like the color chart above – individuals can and will adapt and hold true to their own ideologies, no matter how false or how far away from the truth they are.
So how do devious politicians swoon the masses and pull the wool over their eyes? It’s like stealing candy from a baby. Give a baby a pacifier and he’s a happy camper. Make a baby believe he is being comforted and no matter the lie, no matter the crime, no matter the harmful intentions, no matter the outcome – he will cling to the deceptive party just like his pacifier…or as in adults, just like their ideologies. The truth of the matter is that some individuals are prone to falling prey to deceit simply because they have become accustomed to cavalierly deceiving themselves.
Terror is not a four-letter word. It literally never has been. But for the cunning provocateurs of fear and deceit, it has become the flying pig that only fools choose to see and believe.
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