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We’ve Been Busy As Bees

I apologize for being missing in action for nearly two weeks. July and August are very busy for Mrs. Cog and I and some tasks always suffer from neglect during harvest/repair/cutting/earning-a-living season. Unfortunately my writing has been one of those neglected items on the list.

Actually I have been writing. It's the finishing that's been the problem. Writing for me involves many starts and stops as the article formulates and materializes on the computer screen. This entails lots of meandering, reversing and deleting. You would be surprised how many times I encounter a logic gap and realize that dog don't hunt. I will not post illogical or nonsensical pieces.

The bottom line is I am not a prolific writer. I strive for quality rather than quantity.

Unlike many who sit down knowing exactly what they are going to say, I start with an idea, jot down an opening sentence or two and then watch as it slowly morphs into something concrete. Often I have no idea how it will end because I haven't thought it all out yet. I work through an issue or point of interest as I write, even if I have given it some thought in advance.

A predetermined conclusion never drives my discovery process, the result being an occasional surprise as I arrive at a destination in complete shock how I got there or even where 'there' is.

I make an honest attempt to wash ideology and belief from my thought process and my writing, though to be frank this is nearly impossible. One simply does not ignore decades of conditioning just because they wish it to be so. At best I try to practice mindfulness, being aware I am often unaware of my bias and prejudice.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

I hope to have a more substantial piece up within the next few days. Thanks for being patient.

 

Cognitive Dissonance

This and That Vol. 1 – Lines in the Sand

This and That - Vol. 1

Lines in the Sand

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Cognitive Dissonance

 

When I was younger I would get into intense political and ideological discussions with various individuals from both sides of the aisle. And in America there are usually two sides to every aisle, always perfectly demonstrating the polarization that keeps “We the People” endlessly chasing our tails in tight little circles while our masters loot and pillage to no end.

I tend to be the devil’s advocate and will often take the other side of any discussion, if only to test how factually based and intellectually consistent the other person’s thinking is. No surprise here but they rarely are; unless (of course) they’re using their own unique set of facts to base their deeply flawed argument upon.

Often the ‘discussion’ would quickly devolve into minutiae when the other person is confronted with their own hypocrisy or inconsistency. I am always amazed how fiercely they will cling to some irrefutable ‘fact’ in their argument as if that little gem perfectly supported their entire cognitive fallacy. Continue reading This and That Vol. 1 – Lines in the Sand

We Are All Going To Die!

We Are All Going To Die!

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Cognitive Dissonance

 

This one is short and sweet folks. The subject alone could fill several books, so I decided to keep it contained to just a few……OK, five pages. With that in mind, I present the basic outline and ask you to let your imagination be your guide. One word of advice; if you find yourself triggered and defending not discussing or thinking about this subject (or screaming at me that you do) you just might be suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.

 

I have a motto, a proverb if you will, that neatly encapsulates the root and process of our insanity. It goes something like this…

“We are only as sick as our deepest darkest secrets.”

Those things we do not talk about, especially to ourselves (or if we do, in only the most superficial manner) point directly and inevitably to the root of our insanity. Continue reading We Are All Going To Die!

Have You a Positive Practice? (Part Two)

Have You a Positive Personal Practice? (Part Two)

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Cognitive Dissonance

 

My apologies for how tardy Part Two of this article is. It is now mid summer and the garden has begun to produce prolifically. Which means we have begun to can almost as prolifically. Plus I have taken on several outside jobs for friends of several week's duration each to put some fiat in the wallet and this has taken some precedence over my writing.

This theme (Positive Personal Practice) has expanded into at least three parts and maybe more. I don't plan out my writing, but rather let it flow where it wants to go. Sometimes it goes further than I expect and this is one of those cases.

In addition, this iteration appears a bit more lumpy than usual. I blame it on Mrs. Cog, who introduced me to lumps in my mashed potatoes. After great protestation on my part (mashed potatoes are by definition mashed) to my surprise I found I like them. My writing seems to like them too.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.  ;-)

Cognitive Dissonance

 

The first step to returning to health is to acknowledge you are sick. The second step to getting better is to treat the cause and not the symptoms. Only the insane or someone who doesn’t actually recognize their illness or symptoms as a problem might argue with the above supposition.

In other words, if something is perceived as normal and natural, there ain’t nothing to fix. And mama always told me not to fix what ain’t broken. Perfectly reasonable, wouldn’t you say? Continue reading Have You a Positive Practice? (Part Two)

Have You a Positive Personal Practice?

Have You a Positive Personal Practice?

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Cognitive Dissonance

 

Those who dive deeply into unmasking the Deep State Matrix (also known by many other names) and its various methods, operatives, sycophants and agents think they are enlightening themselves. And in some ways they are, if enlightening their lives is strictly interpreted as exposing the multiple layers of Imperial lies and deceit.

Rather than constructing a truth, arguably a somewhat more positive experience, what we are in fact doing is deconstructing a lie. Therefore by extension we are deconstructing our self, since our self is seamlessly intertwined and interchangeable with our worldview. We are taught, conditioned really, to identify ourselves in relation to how we perceive the world and our place within it. Continue reading Have You a Positive Personal Practice?