“Cognitive dissonance” is a psychological expression that describes the stress we feel when we hold conflicting beliefs or values. The current consternation about gun deaths is an example of societal dissonance. On one hand, many are justifiably outraged about gun deaths, but on the other, the leading cause of death is ignored.
In 2011, 828,000 lives were terminated at Planned Parenthood and like “clinics.” The next leading cause of death was heart disease, at 596,000. And, gun deaths numbered 32,000.
With the continuing daily multi-murders in our big cities, and the seemingly frequent public massacres, many believe our society has become the “Culture of Death.” Why and how could this have happened? We know why. We know the litany: drugs, video games, movies, TV, loss of values, parental malfeasance, etc.
The most fundamental reason is known, but purposely overlooked. As noted above, our progressive culture has rationalized killing our own young — 55 million little ones (mostly minorities) over the last 40 years. This kind of behavior does not go unnoticed. It is absorbed by the impressionable, and in time emulated. People have learned that taking a life is acceptable in our culture. Our society screams it every day — life is cheap!
As long as a delusional society continues to fool itself into believing treating symptoms will cure the disease, our “Culture of Death” will eventually invade and darken all aspects of our society. An amoral people by definition cannot control themselves, so big government must step in to save us from ourselves.
A healthy society cannot say it values life then purposely destroy it. There will be more deadly violence in our dissonant country until we finally determine to look beyond the symptoms, and focus on the cause.
I drive by a shed several times a year in Missouri on which a farmer has written: No God, No Peace ... Know God, Know Peace. Could this be where we need to focus our attention?