Predicting Peace, Part 3 of 7
I’ve been blogging about sixteenth century seer, Nostradamus. He wrote: “From the depths of the West of Europe A young child will be born of poor people, He who by his tongue will seduce a great troop; His fame will increase towards the realm of the East. ”
This has been connected to Hitler and the rise of socialism. Maybe that makes sense, maybe not, but it certainly attests to our meaning-making ability. It’s something humans are great at. We interpret according to our personal beliefs, to concoct what we then believe is “reality.” These beliefs then congregate into what are called “assimilation biases,” which relates to our resistance to new viewpoints that would require change. The assimilation bias, with it’s resistance, serves to protect us from what’s known as “cognitive dissonance.” This refers to what happens when we hold two conflicting beliefs at the same time. Not fun. We avoid it. Yet, as I recall from first year English studies, F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
I call this blog Predicting Peace. Try this: “Israelites and Palestinians have been fighting for years AND peace is available in this moment.” Two opposed ideas… can you entertain them and continue to function? Can you believe in the possibility of peace in the face of such long-standing conflicts and war?
Some can, and do. Throughout history they have risen as peacemakers. We are the ones we have been waiting for.
Will Wilkinson is a local author, filmmaker and director of a Happiness campaign. www.wakeupandbehappy.com
and website at: http://imagifi.blogspot.com