Blog 5: Part 1, Symptom of Dissonance

The Kernel: Our minds have in-built strategies to maintain self-states. When faced with a threat to the consistency of these self-states, we marginalize this threat through Retreat, Ritualism, and Rebellion. This way, we minimize –or in some cases eliminate– the dissonance which ironically is a result of giving legitimacy to both our self-states and the new evidence that simultaneously threatens them. As such, we delegitimize Climate Crisis through selective perceptions, distortions, self-rationalizations, and two-track thinking. This de-legitimacy allows us to delay the cost of social trauma, as well as collateral damage to self-states, by adopting Climate Inaction that is more diffused, and that has a delayed effect. The effects of this inaction is less disruptive than responding to Climate Action, a response that is disruptive because it is an acute, direct, and immediate impact. As a result, we stay in the herd and enjoy all the engendered status quo benefits while casting aside as far as possible the thought of the impending cliff of Climate Crisis.

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Blog 4: Doom. Or rather doom that points to an abandoned place within.

The Kernel: Doom is the hangover from having experienced the loss of vulnerability. As such, Doom is often an euphemism that points to an empty psychological reservoir of this loss. Consequentially, when we abandon ourselves from the abandonment of what we need (core needs), we also vacate the planet from what it needs. Only then can we see Climate Crisis is an allegory for we cannot give to the world when (and what) we haven’t given to ourselves.

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Blog 3: Close, Real, and Immediate

The Kernel: Climate Crisis suffers from several psychological discounting because the nature of its data is not Close, Real, and Immediate. This discounting is compounded further as we filter the same crisis more also with psychological distancing to maintain self-consistency and consistency with the outer world. We shield ourselves from its impact through distortions, selective perceptions, and the here-and-now time alignment phasing. One of the paramount challenges in mobilizing Climate Crisis action is the ability to deliver a nebulous threat such as Climate Crisis in a non-nebulous way. This barrier calls for a completely different delivery system that not only addresses the fuzzy data but, more importantly, also the core need that is behind this shielding. The latter has not been sufficiently discussed exculpatorily even as it remains a persistent source of frustration in the 30 plus years of climate activism. 

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