Don’t you ‘love’ the church going Christians who step over bodies on the way to church? Makes one wonder how do they live with cognitive dissonance? Then it occurred to me while toying with a few on Facebook: They ignore the content and apply labels to the person.
Do you know why black people have been called angry for stating the truth or a fact? It’s because the truth is in conflict with the stories these church going Christians tell themselves as to not live with the pain of cognitive dissonance (or rather the guilt).
What is cognitive dissonance? It occurs when one’s beliefs/values and actions are discordant, in conflict. As when a church going Christian who believes in God and Jesus murders innocent people. With cognitive dissonance, the body and mind feel psychological pain that can be very intense and lead to a host of other medical, physical and social issues. We as humans cannot lead normal lives when there is cognitive dissonance.
In order to prevent cognitive dissonance, these god fearing individuals need to make their actions seem godly or rather justified. That is when they apply labels:
It’s acceptable to walk over the body of a “terrorist” or a “thug.” And it’s okay to ignore or even kill an “angry black person. “
It’s ‘saving a life’ when you kill a doctor who performs abortions.
Next time church-going Christians attempt to justify an ungodly act or their lack of compassion, then label you for pointing out the hypocrisy, remember they need to do so for their peace of mind.
In addition, labelling is a learned behavior /strategy to detract from the facts.
What are your thoughts?