Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “opposites.” Use the word “opposites” or write about things that are opposites. Have fun!
Cognitive dissonance is a psychological term that refers to the state of holding inconsistent thoughts or beliefs. Or, in layman’s terms, it is when a person holds competing beliefs, opposites if you will, and holds them both to be true and valid. Or, in even simpler layman’s terms: Nuts. Or in my current, basically misanthropic mind set based on observations, data acquisition and experience: Cognitive dissonance is the preferred logic held by 95% (I might be making that number up) of the world’s population.
At a recent Internet chat (think Zoom only with avatars instead of really unflattering cam shots of humans), one participant was seriously harshing everyone’s mellow on a frivolous subject by forcing upon the topic her “scientific” methods, training and views. She had to say every two minutes that she had math and science and logic training, like we didn’t hear her the first time. Now, I can nerd out with the best of them. I have been known to get “endearingly” pedantic. This woman was giving nerds a bad name…
And then the subject switched to COVID vaccines. Science Woman is British. She is obviously liberal, and she hates Boris Johnson with a passion. No arguments here, the man is seriously stupid, and his handling of COVID has been less than stellar. But truth be told, is there one government out there that has handled COVID perfectly? I’d say, “No.” However, Johnson isn’t great. British Scientist and Logic Woman proponent then went on to equate Boris Johnson to Hitler and the extermination of the Jews.
I think Donald Trump, my country’s idiot, is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths, if not more. Yes, responsible, and I mean directly. His policies, his idiotic anti-science stances—let’s not forget bleach injections—were horrendous. They fueled every idiot who is still out there, especially in the hard hit “red” states, to not get vaccinated. Boris Johnson is of that ilk.
But Science and Logic British Woman decided to abandon the science and logic she had just hit everyone else in the head with, in order to bang her own political drum that “Johnson is bad” and “bad” therefore equates to “Hitler and the extermination of the Jews.”
Of course Godwin’s Law of the Internet has been around since last century (1990) and posits that as any online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Adolf Hitler approaches 1. Once again, in layman’s terms, the longer an online group conversation goes on, the more likely someone is going to stupidly equate the topic, or a side topic, or some topic, to “Hitler and the Nazis” and this usually crashes the conversation quickly or just makes the whole thing implode.
Godwin’s Law is alive in the real world, outside of the Internet, too. Science and Logic British Woman’s cognitive dissonance exemplified this beautifully, bless her little heart.
There have been many deaths, worldwide, due to COVID and its various strains. It was a health issue that became a political issue everywhere. Some politicians, some governments, handled it better than others (and some worse). Regardless of how many people died unnecessarily due to bad policies, there is no equating the extermination policies against the Jews (and other groups) other than People Died—any other connection is severe overreach.
I’m rather tired of seeing the Holocaust trotted out as an example of some current problem. “ZOMG, those Nazis got my latte order wrong!” “So-and-so is an idiot politician who doesn’t wear a COVID mask! He’s Hitler!”
No. Cut it out. I’m a liberal. If you’re a liberal (the ones most likely to Godwin) just… cut it out. If you’re not a liberal, I don’t care, you still need to cut it out.