It is a rare thing for a human to simply accept that they may be wrong. Most humans when faced with the idea that their beliefs are founded on misguided or incorrect principles will react violently. This does not mean they act violently, simply that most will become defensive and within the realm of digital or verbal interaction will go on the attack.
This is called cognitive dissonance, it is normal for most humans. The reason this occurs is that people who hold one belief very strongly and see another occurring that is inconsistent with their held beliefs experience a state of turmoil or extreme tension. We tend to spend our entire lives telling ourselves we have a purpose, we then invest much energy in beliefs that can sometimes be proven incorrect. This psychological impairment may occur regardless our approach. It has happened to myself more times then I can count or care to remember, though I have learned that even though I tend to initially reject something when it comes into conflict with strongly held beliefs I can overcome this by simply accepting that I am not capable of knowing everything.
Cognitive dissonance affects those who glorify the state and believe strongly in the need for government, it also affects those who reject this ideal. Spanking is bad, this is a known fact. Showing a child they are wrong by beating them is an idea engendered in the belief that might makes right. Consequences must be shown as the result of actions, this is the line most often used by those who continue to use corporal punishment with children. And yet the opposite side of this coin is that any type of restriction on our children is negative. This is also a flawed approach and has appeared and been perpetrated by those who verbally reject the state with the strongest of terms. Children are no different then any other animal young. They require some guidance and some liberty to thrive. Without guidance they can no more mature then if they are kept from experiencing anything.
Balance is required in all things, and once balance is approached and even achieved humans quickly discover that they are capable of exponential positive growth. Personally when I was apart of the system voluntarily I preached every false meme that exists to this day. I believed that we must fix the system, work within the system and more. I discovered I was wrong and overcame much inner turmoil to eventually reject it entirely. The result was that I embraced the opposite and became the evangelist of the anti-movement. This I discovered quite quickly was just as mistaken an approach as the earlier one. I had to discover that we are each of us individuals.
As humans and animals we band together for protection, companionship and because it is our base nature to do so. However, just like animals, I quickly found that the group regardless our approach to government tends to become more important to many then the individual. I discovered that while a village or tribe is a positive thing, it can quickly become a negative when those involved promote it over the needs of the individual. So began my journey (and continues still) to understand and embrace myself, my family and those around me solely as individuals. All of us different in our approach, all unique and most importantly all individuals.
Now I understand that many will refuse to see that they may have cognitive dissonance, after all that is the core fundamental truth of this malady of the mind. However, if you have a nagging feeling that the belief you now embrace may not be complete or may in fact be wrong or if you find yourself rejecting all alternatives out of hand you are more then likely suffering from cognitive dissonance. After all, no path is the only path and no single path exists for all humans alike. I personally can be defined as an atheist, anarchist and individual. This does not mean I am right, simply that it is my path as I have chosen it.
It is my sincere belief that until we as humans experience inner turmoil and pain we cannot truly enjoy that which we obtain. Every human experiences external pain and inner turmoil regularly. Be it a result of relationships gone bad, physical pain or other forms of pain we all face trauma of some sort in our lives. It is this trauma regardless level inflicted that causes us to grow or fail intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. It is in our response that we choose growth or failure.
What has helped me to understand that the individual is most important is my close relationship with my children that has most helped me understand that there is no single path for any of us. My children are the products of their genetic code, surroundings and upbringing. Both are entirely different in almost every way, and yet both are quite similar in many ways. My suggestion for those in who believe that humans should be free is to learn the definition of freedom. Then embrace that definition for themselves, and anything that runs counter to that be it a group think approach or personal philosophy discard it.
Are you able to do this?
What is stopping you?
Ask yourself why, why, why, why and why again. Do this until you have stripped away all personal objections to the idea that you are currently in opposition with. Expose your raw emotions to the world, embrace them and help them heal without the additional scar tissue of flawed belief weighing you down. Most importantly, remember, what I say may be fundamentally true or it may be flawed. Above all be an individual and question everything even your own personal beliefs.
Free the mind and the body will follow
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