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Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

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Cognitive Dissonance

 

 

The other night, Mrs. Cog and I streamed a movie about an obviously intelligent man (some might say brilliant) who constantly got himself into, and out of, tight spots and life threatening situations. The show was well written and entirely plausible, believable even. In fact, it reminded me of some people I know…and maybe even a little bit of me.

At one point near the end, Mrs. Cog turned to me and quipped, “For such a smart person, he’s really quite stupid”. I quickly rose to the characters defense, claiming it wasn’t stupidity that compelled him to do stupid things, but his huge outsized ego that drove him into and out of trouble at every turn.

But my answer didn’t sit well with me, similar to a late night meal that sits in the belly rather than digesting. You just know there’s going to be trouble if you don’t promptly address it.

Of course Mrs. Cog was correct; this smart man was consistently doing stupid things. And as Forrest Gump famously said in the movie by the same name…”stupid is as stupid does”. Ultimately we are measured by our actions and not our intent, desire or intelligence. Regardless of our reason, if we’re doing stupid things we can rightfully be classified as stupid. Continue reading Stupid Is As Stupid Does

A Double Rainbow Graces Cogville

A Double Rainbow Graces Cogville

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Cognitive Dissonance

 

It has been a somewhat dry spring so far. Not dust bowl dry, but rather a lack of vibrant green dry. During a more 'normal' spring up here on the mountain, there’s usually that point during the early tree bloom when it appears there are a thousand shades of green everywhere you look.

Not so much this year. There is still plenty of green, but much less contrast.

What we do have is a massive weed bloom where the normally dark green grass would be. Weeds cope well in dry conditions and tend to hog all the available water, effectively crowding out the grass. When moisture is abundant, the opposite tends to occur.

Though to be honest, we don't have 'grass' so much as we have closely mowed hay fields. I'm not sure the previous owners ever actually planted grass everywhere they cleared. And if they did, it is slowly being overwhelmed by Mother Nature’s own version of a green carpet.

Regardless, it has been dry. Therefore we have been closely watching the weather reports for signs of rain. To help matters along I did an Internet search the other day for the proper technique used to conduct an old school rain dance. I decided to skip the idea when there was mention of naked dancing. Poor Mrs. Cog can only tolerate so much. Continue reading A Double Rainbow Graces Cogville

We Prefer Our Sociopaths Well Dressed and Spoken

We Prefer Our Sociopaths Well Dressed and Spoken

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Cognitive Dissonance

 

What would you do if I told you not to think about elephants? Yeah, I thought so. Me too!

Effective denial of a subject or thought is actually quite difficult to achieve on a consistent basis, particularly if it carries with it great emotional weight and impact. While the elephant mentioned above might have instantly popped into your mind the moment you read the words, by now it’s beginning to fade from memory…except for the fact I just mentioned it again.

Sorry!

But witnessing an elephant stampede, possibly being endangered by one, or someone being cruel to the animal, beating it mercilessly to compel a certain behavior, might actually leave a lasting impression that is extremely difficult to extinguish. Memory is an interesting phenomenon, one which encompasses sight, sound, smell, taste and touch into a billion different combinations carefully customized to each individual psychology. Continue reading We Prefer Our Sociopaths Well Dressed and Spoken

A Duty to Know

A Duty to Know

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Cognitive Dissonance

 

Conversations Mrs. Cog and I have often revolve around awareness and knowing verses ignorance and belief. These discussions usually boil down to whether or not there is a personal responsibility to know. Or, at a minimum, a responsibility to question what we believe/disbelieve or are told to believe/disbelieve.

The dialogue often stalls when we confront a fundamental question; should we be held responsible to know what we do not know. If it never occurs to us to ask, if someone never informs us of what we don’t know, why would we even question what is commonly accepted as known?

Why indeed. Continue reading A Duty to Know

The Pendulum – Part Three – Seeking Balance

The Pendulum – Part Three

Seeking Balance

By High Desert

 

Missing in the mix of hundreds of bug-out stories is a forthright and candid self appraisal of lessons learned containing practical experience along with deep humility and honest self examination. High Desert expressed a willingness to share his and his wife’s adventure with TwoIceFloes and we eagerly embraced the opportunity to post his story as a three part series. Below is presented Part Three. – Cognitive Dissonance

Click here for Part One and Part Two

 

We are the only person living within our world. We may share the same moment and space with billions of others, but our reality is uniquely ours and it is carefully constructed to fit our own worldview and belief system. Ultimately we are alone, even when surrounded by family and friends. While others may share the benefits and blow-back from our decisions, we alone bear the full burden of our beliefs.

I could no more understand the belief system, thought processes and daily lives of a movie star, neurosurgeon, or nuclear physicist than I could a drug kingpin, human trafficker or serial killer. No two people share the same exact world, not even identical twins.

I point this out solely to emphasize this article is not a recommendation or endorsement of any particular course of action. Nor is it a warning a similar course of action will produce the same results for you. My only goal when writing this article was to share our experiences, how we were affected and what we did to cope. Continue reading The Pendulum – Part Three – Seeking Balance