The main reason I wrote my last post about comparing the Titanic disaster to our looming global problems was because of cognitive dissonance. I felt a burning desire to explain these events in terms that most people could understand, whether they chose to believe my comparison or not. For those unfamiliar with the term, Wikipedia describes it as;
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, and
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.)
Is 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.
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.