The inconsistency in our approaches to hot-topic social issues may be attributable to fluctuating, self-serving rationales that are driven by biases we may not even be aware we possess. Here are some prime (recent) examples of this narcissistic dissonance in action…
- PERSON A
“You can’t judge all cops based on the actions of a few. Most cops are good.”
“I’m so sick and tired of hearing about how Islam is a religion of peace. They’re all blood-thirsty savages and we need to carpet-bomb their nations and convert them all to Christianity.”
“These people need to stop talking about ‘all lives matter.’ We ain’t on that right now. We talkin’ about BLACK lives! Would you interrupt a breast cancer awareness rally to talk about prostate cancer?!”
“Everybody weepin’ for Paris, but what about Kenya, Beirut?! Y’all weren’t crying for them! Y’all weren’t praying for them!”
Typically, when A and B are made aware of their ‘dichotomy of principle’ they blame each other: “Well, he/she does it too!” or “Well he/she did it first!” All this does is further expose the deep-seated narcissism driving their perspectives. And to be real, most of the time they don’t give two fucks about the ‘issues’ (even the ones their hearts supposedly bleed for), they’re actually more interested in one another (shit’s kinda romantic); they are magnetically drawn to each other, they can’t get enough of each other. The ‘issues’ are just fodder for their schoolyard, tit-for-tat, nana-nana-boo-boo bullshit. What’s funny is how much they TRULY believe they are diametrically opposed to one another. Yes, they may have different opinions, but the machinations behind those opinions are exactly the same…just like the A and B in this picture.