Willful Ignorance, Cognitive Dissonance, & The Kubler-Ross Model
In the diagram above, the decision block labeled “COULD I BE WRONG?” is the kingpin of advancing forward in consciousness and knowledge.
The $64,000 question is “Will somebody ask that question of themselves?“
WILLFULLY IGNORANT: A large consortium of people are, as Biblically mentioned, Willfully Ignorant. They actively exert force and pressure to remain in a condition of being uninformed or unaware, willfully. What is stupefying is that they exert more energy and waste more time to remain in this state than it takes to become informed and aware of what’s going on in the first place.
COGNITIVE DISSONANCE: Cognitive dissonance is a psychological state that describes the uncomfortable feeling when a person begins to understand that something the person believes to be true is, in fact, not true. Cognitive dissonance is often associated with the tendency for people to resist information that they don’t want to think about, because if they did it would create uncomfort, and perhaps require them to act in ways that depart from their comfortable habits. They usually have at least partial awareness of the information, without having moved to full acceptance of it, and are thus in a state of denial about it. This “irrational inability to incorporate rational information” is perhaps the most common perception of cognitive dissonance.
THE KUBLER-ROSS MODEL: This model was introduced by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book “On Death and Dying”. The stages have become well-known as the “Five Stages of Grief”. Kübler-Ross originally applied these stages to any form of catastrophic personal loss (job, income, freedom). They can also be applied to the process of “coming to grip with reality” in accepting devastating truth. Kübler-Ross also claimed these steps do not necessarily come in the order noted below, nor are all steps experienced by all people, though she stated a person will always experience at least two.
The stages are:
1. Denial: “It can’t be happening.”
2. Anger: “Why me? It’s not fair.”
3. Bargaining: “Just let me live to see my children graduate.”
4. Depression: “I’m so sad, why bother with anything?”
5. Acceptance: “It’s going to be OK.”
Are You Mentally Ready To Learn The Truth?
If you can’t make a conscious effort to overcome your mental programming, you cannot leave the little circle of “those who are fooled all the time.”