Digging Heels

Cognitive

 

Dissonance

 

The space in between

 

thoughts and beliefs

 

where the mind is consistent and not

 

brain digs heels deeply

 

reluctant, unwilling to admit mistakes

 

unwilling to change thoughts

 

justifying

 

dissolving truth and reason

 

dismissing facts

 

believing the choice is right

 

because it must be

 

the longer it is believed

 

the more certain it becomes

 

blinded to the negativity

 

taking sides

 

heels dig deeper

 

must prove intelligence

 

loyalty

 

stay the course

 

be comforted

 

and consequences be damned

 

because I’m right

19 responses to Digging Heels

  1. Dan Antion says:

    The attitude that leads to ruin. It’s so sad to see it play out. The truth of this poem is frightening. Very well done, Mary.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Dan. When we keep attitudes and ideas open to change, it makes us better able to deal with the fears and myths that cross our path. We’re less likely to say Monday is Tuesday and believe it.

      • Dan Antion says:

        I read an article in May that said when they studied brain activity, the area of the brain that was involved changed as they challenged core beliefs. They said that instead of the area that indicates reasoning being involved, core beliefs trigger our fight-or-flight mechanisms. They said that might be why we hold so tight to those beliefs, even when logic would tell us otherwise. That’s a scary thought.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        Very scary, Dan. I think you and I read the same article, because it has stuck with me ever since. I only wish people would stop fighting and start listening.

  2. Oh Mary. Painfully, accurately, beautifully done. I monitor what’s going on closely but with the awareness that it’s not my country and fellow citizens that are paying the price. Doesn’t stop me from being shocked and angered day after day. Holding you in my prayers. xx

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Heather. I realized long ago that when someone wants to be right, they find a way. It’s simply more apparent now that too many people suffer with CD and that puts others at risk, both emotionally and physically.

      • Under normal circumstances they may have got away with it but in a life and death situation like this pandemic, emotional and intellectial intelligence is key to survival. Not having that in the decision-making echelons is a disaster.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        I have a book about emotional intelligence, which was very enlightening for self. EI is something that should be in the playbook of all top leaders as it keeps them level-headed, willing to seek out new ideas and information, and be concerned with the welfare of others.

  3. blindzanygirl says:

    Painfully true Mary. Your style so suits the poem. Artfully done

  4. murisopsis says:

    CD is such a sad affliction. I believe that there are more men that suffer. Women have always been allowed “wiggle room” with the adage that “changing one’s mind is a woman’s prerogative”!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m not sure of the number of men vs. women, but you are correct. I can change my mind any time I want as long as I make sure it’s a sound, educated change.

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