*Motivated reasoning is a fancy name for prejudice, bias, subjectivity and many other words of this ilk. It limits us! The example used in the article I read is, College football Team A is playing Team B. A fight breaks out on the field, clearing the benches. All those rooting for Team A said Team B started it. All those rooting for Team B said Team A started it. Each side had indisputable “facts” to substantiate their opinion, discounting or ignoring the “facts” presented by the other side. (Sounds a lot like politics, doesn’t it?)
Thom Hartman (Free Speech TV) is a Democrat. He says primal, indigenous societies were Democratic because they took care of the environment and were good. He projects democracy onto every group that has something “good to offer” in his opinion. He has a Dominant World View, not understanding an Indigenous World View. Indigenous peoples were interconnected or interdependent. I consider this an aspect of quantum entanglement enabling their evolution and survival. The Dominant World View involves separate classes of “I’s” with “leaders” at the top of the hierarchy, preventing our evolution.
Well, we are all human. Our minds are as malleable as Pavlov’s dogs, by outside influences. We are torn in separate directions. I have Motivated Reasoning too, just like everybody else. My motivated reasoning says love is the answer. Love will unite us, if we want to be united. I do. I gotta love everybody, including me, whether I like them or not. I want their highest good which I think is their full authenticity. Lots of the people in the world don’t know who they really are. They believe they are who they are told they are. A few have broken out of this trap. More are working their way out of it every day. I have hope and faith this will occur exponentially over time. The nice thing is I recognize we each have our own path up the mountain. All I ask is please don’t stop.
There is but one mountain
Many paths to the top.
At the first mist curtain
Is where most of us stop.
Righteous shame here does reign
Each path crying itself true.
A few struggle onward
Yes, a very, very few.
Paths through the mist converge
And some come to an end.
Here some think, “Home at last,”
Others down, a message send.
The journey is not o’er
Our truth calls from above.
Here we find a rocky path
A path whose sign says, “Love.”
*The mountain shown is Mount Arunachala in India, said to be the home of Shiva.