Cognitive Dissonance In The Martial Arts

We have to remember that often are point of view is limited by our social constructs that we have put in place to live in society as we know it. This is a set up in our mind of we reflect reality, but is not reality in itself. This important to understand and prepare for not only a situation involving combat but involving life as well. I’ll write more on this myself later.

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I posted today on Facebook about Firemen who rescued some piglets from a fire and how the grateful farmer then slaughtered them and rewarded the firemen with sausages made from their carcasses. As a meditation I suggested that if that made the readers uncomfortable it might be because they were experiencing ‘cognitive dissonance’ because they might hold two opposing views about the piglets, one because they are cute and cuddly and the other because they like them as food.

This then made me think that it might be a good idea to draw some of my teachings together under this label to explain the difference between blind assumptions that create the condition and using it as a tool in our martial arts and in stressful times.

Let me explain.

In the book ‘The Prehistory Of The Mind’ Steven Mithen explains the development of the human mind as like ‘a Swiss…

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