Tonight a friend and I breifly discussed cognative dissonance in its relation to core values.
The friend usedto post at ILP but he's now busy with work and stuff.
We chat though, rarely but i like the chats.
When the mind becomes dependant upon something, or believes we need something
in order to live, or something that our friends need in order to live, that belief then
aligns itself with defense mechanisms, which causes the mind to ignore, reject,
rationalize, or in a sophism, get rid of the ideas that are contrary to the survival
In short, Life before Truth.
Truth is treated as a utility, and it is changed when we assimilate it, usually.
If a person believes they will go to hell if they disobey the religion,
and that they will go to heaven if faithful,
they will form defense mechanisms associated with their religion.