Cognitive Dissonance: Kicking a dead horse...

Cognitive Dissonance

Cognitive Dissonance: a discomfort caused by holding conflicting ideas simultaneously The theory of cognitive dissonance proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance. They do this by changing their attitudes, beliefs and actions. Dissonance is also reduced by justifying, blaming and denying.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Kicking a dead horse...

A week or so has passed since Harold Camping a pastor/broadcaster from Family Life Christian Radio predicted the beginning of the end of the world.  The vast majority of thinking people paid this absolutely no mind, however a small percentage actually bought into the idea that May 21st was in fact the end of the world.  That day my Facebook news feed was full of commentary, jokes and discussion about the 6pm deadline (Pacific Standard Time, apparently Jesus prefers the West Coast of the United States for some reason) for the second coming or the beginning of Armageddon, depending on whether you believe in a "pre-trib" or "post trib" rapture.  The funniest thing to me was all the Christians who were making jokes about this.  They seem to forget they're just as crazy as Harold Camping, the only difference is they don't claim to know the day it's going to happen.  The fact that Christians say things like "we don't need to worry about the environment, Jesus is coming back before it will become a problem for us or our children" is absolutely asinine!  I want to know how I can confront these people with the facts about the ridiculous things they believe in a manner that will jar them into a realization of the fact that they are as bad, or worse than Mr. Camping.  He's 89 years old, he has an excuse for why he's gone looney, his brain is full of plaque and cholesterol.


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