Saturday, September 29, 2012

How is it that so many right-wing conservatives can fight so adamantly against abortion and euthanasia and yet actively support the death penalty? How can these two viewpoints be held simultaneously without generating insurmountable levels of cognitive dissonance?


  1. I often wonder why so many people believe the way the do or do the crazy things they do. I guess some things aren't meant to be understood like, mothers who kill their children, or why people are so willing to kill and die over beliefs or why people as a hole are so apathetic.

    1. I would have to disagree with you there. The fact that something does not make sense does not mean that they should not be understood. I think that most of the reason why people develop such seemingly strange views about the world is that they are never really taught to think for themselves, in one way or another. I know that I talk a lot on this site about religion often being a major hindrance to critical thinking, but social or parental conditioning (or any number of other sorts of conditioning) can be just as powerful an inhibitor of self-actuated worldview development.

      While I completely agree with you that things like killing your own children or the willingness to die in the name of a non-demonstrable idea don't make much sense, I would encourage you not resign them to the "not to be understood" pile. When given the opportunity (it is obviously not always appropriate - and that's fine), don't hesitate to call people out on their nonsensical or self-contradictory beliefs. Many people will not like it at first, but I've come to find that as long as you can keep the tone of the conversation constructive and without judgment, those who are willing to critique themselves often grow to respect and enjoy your company even more if you are not afraid to challenge them when a disagreement arises.

      I have learned too much from people to ever consider someone a lost cause.