Civil Dissonance

by Lisa Longo, 1/1/15

I’ve been thinking a lot about the world we’ve created. And I’ve come to the conclusion that it makes absolutely no sense. None. Not even a little. We have created a society based on a system of dichotomies and fallacies. And that is truly absurd. And there really wasn’t a name for what I was thinking. I needed a new phrase. And then it came to me, “civil dissonance”.

What is civil dissonance? It is the concept that we have allowed a system of government that is not beneficial to most humans, their welfare or life itself, and this dichotomous system has replaced the system we started with, you know, the one that allowed for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.

Similar to cognitive dissonance, which, according to Merriam-Webster is the “…psychological conflict resulting from simultaneously held incongruous beliefs and attitudes (as a fondness for smoking and a belief that it is harmful)”; civil dissonance is the societal conflict resulting from simultaneously held incongruous beliefs and attitudes, such as a belief in improving the standard of living for all but refusing to increase the minimum wage and lift millions out of poverty, or the inability to provide health care for all because that is too expensive while providing billions in tax welfare to the already rich and corporations.

Civil dissonance is the recognition that we are no longer acting in our own best interest. It is acknowledging we’ve allowed a system of entitlement for those who don’t need it, while those who do need it are demonized or ignored….

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