6 Ways to Show the World is in Cognitive Dissonance

March 13th, 2024

By Paul A. Philips

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Followers of the alternative media’s more truthful and unbiased reporting will know that we’re getting a better idea of what’s happening in the world, unlike the vast majority who only see the mainstream media’s viewpoint. Consequently, many are in cognitive dissonance.

Given that the mainstream media acts as a vehicle for so much propaganda, lies and deception and the vast majority blindly accept what it says, paying scant attention to the contradictory evidence, this leads many into a state of cognitive dissonance when challenged with the truth while defending the mainstream media’s official version.

With the masses not getting the big ‘hey wait a minute’ moment of realization accepting things that are in truth majorly not right, here are my 6 ways of showing that the world is, therefore, in a state of cognitive dissonance or even denial.

1. Going into agreement with the general consensus of the masses – Cognitive dissonance?

People blindly agree with the general consensus of the masses because they find it hard to accept that so many can be wrong about the same thing… Can they all be wrong? Yes, of course, they can. But then there’s the related peer pressure to agree, fall in line, and be part of the crowd…

But remember, the general consensus of the masses has given us things like football hooligans and other rabble-rousers…!

2. Blindly believing authorities

The whole fabric of our reality has been shaped by our acceptance of authority figures from the beginning, starting with our parents and teachers…

Because this deep programming carries on in adulthood, so many people readily accept authority figures (such as those so-called expert academics and senior politicians… etc.) regardless of what they say, even when glaringly obvious contradictions stare them in the face.

1 and 2 (above) are the underlying tenets of cognitive dissonance. When challenged, they would also be the underlying reasons for denial.

3. Accepting “coincidences” commonly occurs with those in cognitive dissonance or denial

The Moon and the total eclipse ‘coincidence’
An example of dismissing something without question is the moon and the total eclipse. The moon is exactly 1/400th the size of the sun and is 400-moon diameters away from the sun.

That’s why we see a total eclipse from our view on planet Earth, with the moon in front of the sun. Because this relationship is considered mere coincidence, flatly dismissing suggestions outside of this leads to outright denial…

The bloodlines of the US Presidents ‘coincidence’
How can anybody dismiss the conspiracies related to the fact that so many of the US Presidents are related using mere coincidence as an explanation beggars belief…

4. Blindly accepting statements made by the masses and authorities

More reasons for going into a state of cognitive dissonance and denial. Here are some examples.

“Hard work has never harmed anyone”

Of course, it has. History tells us how many workers, such as the exploited ones, have suffered serious health problems or even died as a consequence of their hard work… but many agree with this statement without questioning the circumstances.

“Conventional medicine is the only real approach to cancer treatment

Many people place their faith in the establishment’s conventional medicine to the extent that when suffering from a life-threatening illness such as cancer, they ignore the facts regarding the low success rates. Further, they may ignore or even ridicule alternative therapies even though these therapies have been shown to be successful.

In light of this, how do you think the masses are going react when given evidence to the contrary if they ever take the trouble to question the contradictory findings? What would their opinions be regarding the new paradigm approaches in science?

5. Inability to think of the unthinkable

With the education system and the mass media brainwashing going on night and day, it’s a wonder anybody can think at all. Real thinking, as Albert Einstein remarked, means to think the unthinkable.

For many, to go outside of the implanted psyche, go beyond the realms of the programming and brainwashing and think the unthinkable, is just too much for them.

With all the lies and deception in a world where nothing is as it seems, it requires thinking the unthinkable to discern the truth from lies.

6. Unbelievable


In line with 5, many people don’t get how deceptions work and all the related lies when explained to them because they’re in a state of ‘unbelievable.’

They find it too hard to comprehend that they have been so dastardly deceived for so long. You see? That their life-long beliefs (be-LIE-vs.) are untrue, and those who they looked upon as heroes are actually villains having involvement in screwing the people enslaved by the system…

In conclusion

What other examples related to the above 6 ways to show that the world is in cognitive dissonance or denial can you think of?

Those in a state of cognitive dissonance or denial are victims. If they’re willing they need all the assistance they can get in order to help themselves out of their victimhood conscious and victim circumstances and become victor.

I hope that this piece has served to encourage those in the know to help these individuals by standing up for what is truthful, fair honest and just.

A compassionate and courageous stand is what the world needs most…

I also hope that this piece encourages living life as an enquiry. Remember, it’s a lot easier to take just a few hours or days… to gather the facts from research and feel liberated rather than spend the rest of your life believing lies.

About the Author:

My blogs with the related alternative news website www.iNewParadigm.com are about my stand for the possibility of creating a world that makes a difference for everyone.

I had graduated in biomedical sciences and worked for a number of years in healthcare. I am now a retiree. My website is slanted on health matters.

However, over the years I have come to the firm conclusion that practically every subject under the sun needs redefining using more truthful, honest and integral approaches in theory and practice, hence the website’s name ‘New Paradigm’

From these new approaches, from the ‘imagination of ourselves,’ from our visions… a ‘new era’ in humanity can result!

This article, 6 Ways to Show the World is in Cognitive Dissonance, was originally published on inewparadigm.com and reproduced with permission.

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