Cognitive Dissonance and Trauma?

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I thought this was a very good video discussing, Why Do People Believe the Covid and Vaccine Narrative? They talk about trauma, psychology, and cognitive dissonance.

First let me say that it was trauma that brought me close to Lord, that helped me to discover I was wonderfully and fearfully made. I am such a survivor, not by my own will and determination, but by design. Our brains, everything from cognitive dissonance to post traumatic stress disorder are part of an incredible and intricate defense mechanism. Not so fun if you are trying to cope with these afflictions, but as a detached observation, they are just remarkable and awe inspiring in ways we don’t even yet fully understand.

Something I find interesting, these are coping skills, survival skills, and yet they don’t really contribute to our physical health, our well being and survival, in fact they are a huge hindrance, they make us more vulnerable and less safe. So what part of our being is being protected? We have a soul that is more important, more valuable to us than our own physical existence!

All in good humor here, but so many things about human beings are either trauma induced “anti survival” skills or else just downright self destructive. So depression, suicide, addiction, risky behavior, etc, are all really common. The Bible speaks of this mystery too, in Romans 7, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”

I’ve often said if “survival of the fittest” was rooted in any truth, humans would have gone extinct thousands of years ago. I’m guessing cats and cockroaches would be dominating the world right now. Perhaps they already are, I am just saying, everything I have seen and observed speaks to the fact that there is a lot more going on within people then random evolution.

I think in part my own history has given me eyes to see the psy/ops, the psychological abuse being imposed on people over the past couple of years. I’m just more sensitive to it. It’s been triggering, it’s been traumatic to bear witness to. This is extreme psychological abuse, this is gaslighting, this is propaganda, this is abuse and trauma. This is fear based power and control.

For goodness sakes, a big beefy man drove by me on a motorcycle wearing a mask and no helmet! That ain’t a healthy, functioning, human being, that is a symptom of massive trauma and propaganda.

When covid first hit I made it about 8 days. Eight days of rationalizations and excuses, also known as rational-lies. Out of an abundance of caution “two weeks to flatten the curve,” sounds reasonable. The thing is, abuse and exploitation always “sounds reasonable.” It is always for your own good, always in your best interests, and surely not as bad as you think it is.

This entire thing was built on a throne of lies since day one. That does not mean people are not getting sick. The most effective lies are often grounded in partial truths, but on top of all those half truths are a massive throne of lies. Stop kneeling before a throne of lies!

I spent 8 days trying desperately to cling to the official narrative because the truth was way more scary for me. Terrifying! I don’t fear a catastrophic epidemic of the plague nearly as much as a I fear a totalitarian government. A bug I can handle, fascists forcing me into a mandatory abusive relationship, not so much.

Let’s add in the fear of knowing this truth and no one believing me, the fear of being completely abandoned by those I had always counted on to protect me, and the fear of betrayal. Those are all huge emotional childhood traumas. Thankfully, a lot of my issues are just residual, shadows, there is a strong foundation built over the top of all that wreckage, so it’s more like, Oh uhg, I felt that.

Nobody wants to admit to being a victim, nobody wants to be conned. I know, there is a cultural thing going on where people compete for victimhood status, but that’s because we can blame abstract enemies like “patriarchy, racism, or capitalism.” Admitting you are a victim of perhaps your own self, your own cooperation, or simply your own vulnerability? Not so easy. We have an especially hard time confronting reality when it involves the people in charge of protecting us. So, abuse from everyone from parents to government can cause massive amounts of cognitive dissonance.

I’ve been busy working through my own stuff and doing my best to treat others who disagree with me as co-trauma victims. That probably sounds kind of arrogant, kind of certain, and it is, because I am certain. I am absolutely certain we have been subjected to a psy/op tsunami, a massive campaign of somewhat sophisticated psychological abuse.

Something that is really frustrating for me, you can’t really hit people with facts. Abuse victims for example, can drive you nuts because the evidence is right there, right in front of them. How come they can’t see it?! You’re the one sitting there with two black eyes, what additional evidence can I possibly offer?! So if you’re going to truly honor people’s autonomy, you simply have to wait for their own cognitive dissonance to crumble. The brain has to literally break or the hard drive has to crash. It’s not so easy. They have to wake up on their own.

Here’s the other maddening part, abuse always accelerates, it always progresses. It is a cycle. It does not stop if you just comply enough. We are not going to “go back to normal,” until massive numbers of people wake up and say “no more!”

There are some who are vaguely uncomfortable, who sense something is awry and they just want to put this all behind them, make it go away. I can’t do that, that’s not going to be happening. That’s like putting a band-aid on an infected wound. This is a huge, massive trauma and we are going to be dealing with it for years. It’s kind of like those who don’t want to talk about politics. Yes, well if you think “talking” about politics is uncomfortable, I assure you that living it out is a whole lot worse.

So, it’s simply going to require giant amounts of compassion, patience, heaps of grace, and lots of forgiveness. We need to set aside some of our divisions, some of our ideology, and approach one another as co-trauma victims, as unwitting participants in something we don’t fully understand. I’m not talking about those in power, I mean each other, community members, citizens, family.