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Maintaining a Paradox
By denying scientific principles one may maintain any paradox. Denying information in the modern age takes a lot of work. There are many types of paradoxes. A paradox involves contradictory-yet-interrelated elements. A paradoxical conclusion will arise from inconsistent or contradictory premises and arguments. Today, many people deal with paradoxes in their everyday lives. This results from the paradigm conflict between the worldviews of science and religious mythology.
“By denying scientific principles one may maintain any paradox.” — Galileo Galilei
Maintaining a paradox requires unbelief. You must learn to deny facts and ideas which threaten your worldview. Does this sound familiar? Are you denying scientific, historical and logical facts in order to maintain your “belief” in religion?
Does your belief system teach you to deny any scientific or logical reasoning that threatens your sacred ground? Doing this is stressful. A paradox creates doubt. Doubt is uncomfortable even scary. When we encounter something that threatens our worldview we have an internal conflict. Which position is correct? So, in order to reduce discomfort, religion teaches us to deny any threat. Maintaining a paradox is hard but possible. Denial is powerful tool.
By denying scientific principles one may maintain any paradox
Galileo was very perceptive. He identified the cause and effect of cognitive dissonance long before the creation of modern psychology.
Cognitive dissonance is a psychological term describing the distressing mental state one experiences when confronting ideas, beliefs, or values that conflict with your current worldview. When someone experiences cognitive dissonance, it can be very scary. It shakes the foundation of your reality. When something simply doesn’t fit into the existing worldview or paradigm and this causes mental and physical pain. So, we must make some choices. One must either reject the new conflicting information or change their existing paradigm to align with the new information.
When an open-minded person encounters this situation they use facts, and logical reasoning to sift through the new information. And so through the use of critical thinking to either reject the new information or and change their paradigm if the new information is valid. This means an open-minded person will change their opinions about reality when they encounter new valid data. Being able to do this critical to your overall health and wellness.
For those entrenched in belief systems based on mythology cognitive dissonance is not just painful it is scary. This is because their identity ties to the belief system. They confine friendships to those who share the same narrow cultural narrative. But, it is hard to break free when you live in a culture where the dominant cultural narrative is controlling and unhealthy. Outward expressions of descent may not be possible. In some cultures, leaving the recognized religion is punishable by death.
Where Cognitive Dissonance Strategies Start
Cognitive dissonance often begins in childhood. Parents pass down lifestyle, religious, political, and personal opinions. Children trust their parents. Beliefs and prejudices become ingrained. Religious institutions further this brainwashing with groupthink manipulation. They reward the repetition of dogma when followers parrot religious prejudice. They punish independent thinking, thus maintaining a paradox between belief and reality. It’s all about protecting their customer base.
As you might imagine continued brainwashing accomplishes this task. To maintain a paradox one must immerse themselves in the propaganda, and groupthink manipulation tactics. Otherwise, the conflict between fact and fiction causes mental and physical discomfort. It can become a catalyst for deeper psychological harm leading youth to the onset of schizophrenia. It leads to doubt and depression which can also spiral downward. As a result, it is imperative to keep up the groupthink manipulation which can deny the facts that conflict with their beliefs. Deny at all costs any fact or idea that contradicts the mythology of the religion.
This is what Galileo was talking about. This is why many people deny the facts that conflict with their beliefs. Don’t let this be you.
How the Paradox Conflict Manifests
When an open-minded person encounters a paradox they reason out the conflict. They will alter their beliefs to incorporate this new evidence. However, a religious person will reject anything that threatens the mythology or doctrine of their paradigm. This conditioning prompts them to engage in the prescribed propaganda to strengthen their belief system. It doesn’t matter if the thoughts and behaviors are irrational or illogical. They become agitated and angry because their beliefs are their very identity.
For instance, when someone believes that everyone outside of their belief system is evil they view outsiders as enemies. However, if they encounter an outsider who is honest, and kind this can make them uncomfortable. They don’t why they feel this way. They run into a paradox. This causes physical or mental distress.
Because of cognitive dissonance, they can’t reconcile the outsider being anything but evil. The outsider isn’t acting the way they expected. So, they are face a personal paradox, how can evil be nice? They must either accept the flaws in their belief system and change them. Or, reinforce their belief system in some manner that will make that belief more extreme, such as avoiding the outsider.
Sadly, what often happens is they go to their trusted spiritual leader. They explain how they met a nice person outside the flock. The pastor will tell them this is an attempted deception of the Devel. And, so they must reject the outsider. Protecting the partitions and boundaries of the belief system are the most important goal. They must isolate you from anyone that might expose you to view facts. This would undermine their control. This is the tactic of brainwashing and a major component of groupthink manipulation.
The Way Out of Maintaining a Paradox
The paradox from the conflict between science and the mythology of religion causes cognitive dissonance. Maintaining your sanity requires one of two options. Immerse further in groupthink manipulation to block out the facts from the fiction. This is how one maintains paradox by submission to propaganda. Or, move beyond the confines of organized religion. Not all religions are harmful. Only those that create boundaries and restrictions dictating values and thought.
Some religions have more boundaries than others. For example, Taoism and many forms of Paganism have fewest constraints over freethinking. These systems encourage the exploration and development of your own path. This contrasts with the boundaries of Western organized religion. The Abrahamic religions (The Western Organized Religions of Semitic origin including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) are also the result of an eclectic combination of earlier traditions. Their doctrine, dogma, and beliefs are the rebranding of earlier Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian and Assyrian mystery religions.
You don’t have to join a religion to engage in spiritual exploration. All you need to do is learn and practice the processes. There’s a huge difference between religion and spiritual exploration.
By denying scientific principles one may maintain any paradox. When belief is more important than the truth anyone can maintain a paradox. All it takes is constant exposure to groupthink manipulation.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Galileo Galilei, Wikipedia
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