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  •  There's old research about the 'Just World Myth": (2+ / 0-)

    it is associated with a defense mechanism that requires one to ignore or avoid facts when they threaten a worldview requiring a "just world." In particular, the research showed that participants that declined requests for donations to help, say, starving children elsewhere in the world, would then pay five dollars for a candle worth a quarter knowing that the proceeds would go to the same cause! This allowed them to simply focus on the purchase, avoiding then acknowledgement that they were alleviating an injustice in the world.

    But the "Just World Myth" generally avoids having to address the problem of suffering and evil in a pragmatic way.

    All three examples in this diary involve difficult and serious adult situations that threaten a worldview in which the good are rewarded and the evil punished even before judgment day.  So there must be other avoidance phenomena that maintain the integrity of the Just World Myth in a high-information environment.

    What is evil is that, in the case of some of these politicians (Romney), or, at least, some of the oligarchs that run our political parties, it is likely that they have the intelligence to know that they can manipulate large numbers of people by fraudulently repeating naive and nearly insane viewpoints that are rationalizations protecting people's Just World Myth"  so, by extension, also preserving the way they conceive of  the divine in their quotidian life--literally, a world view they are willing to die for.

    I have not followed up on this line of thought in the research since the 70's--so please correct me if my understanding is no longer scientifically sound. It does seem to have explanatory power, though, and something like it is at work, in addition to what you and the diarist have said.
    I will look up this Aikido-based dialogue you mention!

    The only other component I can add to reaching over the ideological barriers to reasonable communication is some research that showed IMAGES seem to jump over the well-constructed barriers of ideologies: it seems to re-egage the  relevant moral centers in our minds. Hence my support for the Daily Kos image bank.

    The labor of a human being is not a commodity or article of commerce. Clayton Act, Section 6.

    by Ignacio Magaloni on Fri Oct 19, 2012 at 11:33:13 PM PDT

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