AND THAT KEY IS YOU! Recently a site that we highly recommend, ZERO HEDGE (We receive nothing for mentioning the site and they really do not need us to). At first glance it is, and it's primary focus is, a financial site. However it is more than that. It is a personal "FREEDOM" site.
Make no mistake about it, we have beat this drum before, economy/finances equal freedom. I know there are those that may argue that freedom is so much more than money. But try exercising any freedoms without it! What you eat, live in, drive to church, work or the unemployment line in is all dictated by what you can afford. Anyone who can not grasp this simple concept only need to spend some time living in the streets to understand it.
Of course there are other components of Freedom. Many listed in the constitution of this country. But NO FREEDOM can be obtained unless you can first set "YOURSELF FREE"! By that we mean examination of and what you are, how you came to be that way and is it, i.e. you, valid?
A saying we heard way back has stuck in our mind: What you learn you practice. What you practice you become. What you become has consequences!
We have posted in the past about the various ways we learn and how often times what we think is true is not even close. That when confronted with reality we will often deny it because it violates that which we have been trained to think since birth. An example might be that, most in this country would discount most religions, other than Christianity. This despite the fact that "most" in this country have very little knowledge regarding "other" religions. For many Christianity has been imprinted on their psyche since an early age. Often times religious beliefs and reason are in contradiction. And more often than not "reason" will be discounted in order to maintain the reality of our "religious" convictions, right or wrong. This post however is not about religion. It is about everything we believe.
Which brings us to a recent post by Zero Hedge titled:
Though we recommend reading the entire post we recognize that not many will do so as it is long and involves much thought. So we will take the liberty of quoting parts of it here. Although this post is on a financial site much of it applies to life in general and we have ignored some parts in an attempt to highlight how it impacts general belief systems.
Not reading the original posting in it's entirety of course means you only see what we find relevant and may miss what could be relevant to you. Please note that this is not a recommendation that you flock to the Zero Hedge site and beleive everything you read. We might suggest however, consideration of almost everything your hear, see or read and most especially think! And then reconsidering it. You have been warned.
The author of the post is, Cognitive Dissonance. From Dictionary.com:
–noun Psychology .
anxiety that results from simultaneously holding contradictory or otherwise incompatible attitudes, beliefs, or the like, as when one likes a person but disapproves strongly of one of his or her habits.
psychol an uncomfortable mental state resulting from conflicting cognitions; usually resolved by changing some of the cognitions
: psychological conflict resulting from simultaneously held incongruous beliefs and attitudes (as a fondness for smoking and a belief that it is harmful)
Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary, © 2007 Merriam-Webster, Inc.
Considering the times we can relate.