Cognitive dissonance is an uncomfortable feeling caused by holding two contradictory ideas simultaneously. The "ideas" or "cognitions" in question may include attitudes and beliefs, the awareness of one's behaviour, and facts. The theory of cognitive dissonance proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance by changing their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours, or by justifying or rationalising their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours.
So my two contradictory ideas that I hold simultaneously in my head, that is causing me an uncomfortable feeling is;
A. That we are on the cusp of a global shit storm; hence the Titanic story, andIs it just me with this battle going on in my brain? Some days I feel like it is going to explode, because everything I believe to be true about climate change, peak oil, resource depletion, environmental destruction, etc, I can see around me in small everyday things, but no one else around me seems to notice anything, except a minority of concerned citizens and politicians, few concerned bloggers and about 500 protesters that stormed the Hazelwood power station.
B. Everywhere I look around me, everyone is going on with their business as if there is nothing wrong and everything is smelling like roses. Even the global recession is over, so many commentators are saying (which I don't believe for a second.)
Do others share my pain? Please let me know, and put me out of my misery! Either way, I don't mind, just share, please.