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Dissonance

Dear Editor:

Talk about cognitive dissonance — 76 percent of Republicans believe in the second coming. So, if Jesus is coming, why do 44 percent of these same people believe that America needs a violent revolution?

And if it’s the people doing the killing, not guns, what role does God play in this scenario? Or, better yet, why take steps to curb pollution when Jesus is around the corner?

Cognitive dissonance is the conflict you feel when simultaneously holding two or more conflicting ideas, beliefs, values or emotional reactions. So, how does a Republican handle this conflict? Simple: just deny one set of ideas or, better yet, unpleasant facts. I’m guessing these folks haven’t figured out it’s hard to pick your nose when you’re sitting on both your hands.

I’m semi-shocked as in all the media coverage on the Boston bombing no one mentioned that God moves in mysterious ways. What is it about mankind that we need religion to explain man’s self inflicted horror? Maybe the answer lies in Stephen Hawkings recent remarks: “… that we human beings, who are ourselves mere collections of fundamental particles of nature, have been able to come this close to an understanding of the laws governing us and our universe is a great triumph.” And then he touched on the above religious obscurity: “What was God doing before the divine creation? Was he preparing hell for people who asked such questions?”

Religion must be like gold: both are implements of fear and desire. We imagine them to be eternal and valuable when both are but representations of ego, desire and control.

Dave Blake

This story was posted on May 9, 2013.
  • Buck

    Dave, very well articulated. Thank you for your courage to write what many in this country feel.