Zombies versus Jesus: Cognitive Dissonance

By Billy bob Bramscher

In an article published on October 29, 2007 www.cracked.com reported that there are “5 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Apocalypse Could Actually Happen”.  On May 18, 2011 www.foxnews.com reported that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention warned the American public to prepare for “Zombie Apocalypse”.

Today, June 27, 2012, the science-fiction of the “undead” is buried and “Zombies” are America’s newest terrorist – Scientifically Alive!  Cracked.com reported the following “scientific” causes of becoming a Zombie:  Brain Parasites, Neurotoxins, The Real Rage Virus, Neurogenesis, and Nanobots (note: “bath-salts” not included).

Jake Mann of The Motley Fool Blog network reports, “Gun manufacturers Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ: SWHC) and Sturm, Ruger & Co (NYSE: RGR) have seen their stocks return an average of 112.5 percent over the past year, driven by booming demand for pistols, shotguns, and semiautomatic. Since 2008, gun sales in the U.S. are up by more than 60 percent, eclipsing $31 billion last year.”

As we approach December 21, 2012 and the prophesy of the Hopi and Mayan cultures and the apocalyptic fears that our world is coming to an end; the question is, has the American Culture given up on dogma and spirituality and become the prey of fear and loathing?  Of Science Fiction?

In 1956, author Leon Festinger coined the phrase “Cognitive Dissonance” in his book When Prophecy Fails which chronicled the followers of a UFO cult as reality clashed with their fervent belief in an impending apocalypse.  The psychological theory of Cognitive Dissonance “proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance by altering existing cognitions, adding new ones to create a consistent belief system, or alternatively by reducing the importance of any one of the dissonant elements.” (source:  www.wikipedia.com)

Do Zombies really exists?  Does Jesus really exist?  American born psychologist Thomas Szasz, author of Psychiatry: The Science of Lies, has proclaimed, “Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.”

If we now believe that even our dead are “unhappy” how can we find “Happiness” in this life?  Every individual attempts to avoid fear and anxiety and just like Brett Michaels and Poison sang, we all just need “Something To Believe In”.  If everyone in our world believed in themselves we would not have to fear each other, the Wrath of God, Zombies, or Calendars.  The message is Peace and Love…  Consonance NOT Dissonance!  Gun barrels make better flower pots!!!

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