I Need You

Cognitive Bias;

Lies are exhausting to fight, pernicious in their effects and, perhaps worst of all, almost impossible to correct if their content resonates strongly enough with people’s sense of themselves;

Illusory truth;

Sheer repetition of the same lie can eventually mark it as true in our heads;

Repetition of any kind—even to refute the statement in question—only serves to solidify it;

People will go along with the emotion, support the cause and retrench into their own core group identities. The actual substance stops being of any relevance;

The only people who actually change their incorrect beliefs as a result are those whose political ideology is aligned with the correct information already; 

Thinking about distress, we often don't own it.  We tell ourselves it's because of something out of our control.  I wonder how many people reflect upon the emotional arisings we experience?  Our gut might be telling us the truth, but we may be too afraid to face emotions head-on, opting to pin the discomfort on something else, or someone else.  This practice degrades our growth as an individual, as a family, as a country, as humankind.  If we aren't able to face our internal truths, how are we ever able to combat the external world?

The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.
— Pema Chodron

When we allow stomach churning situations to paralyze us, we have lost the ability to see the truth.  This is a mechanism triggered to protect the ego.  Each time the ego is given power over what is, we lost the opportunity for connection.  Instead of connecting to one another we create barriers.

My gut tells me we need more space to be vulnerable with ourselves, with others.  Realizing the shared truth behind all of us will bring us together.  Stop the division.


Part 1 was pulled from: Tump's Lies vs. Your Brain