The argument for chapter 7 looks something like this: we are trapped in the tension of cognitive dissonance, because what we see and what we believe do not match one another. We are trapped in this less than idyllic world, and our position of beliefs and experiences leave us with these factors: There is an unnavigable gap between what we believe and what others believe, because of this gap I am isolated to an opinion all my own, and I often become enslaved to the issues I engage – whether I appreciate and agree with those issues, or despise and reject them.
Where do you fall in the categories highlighted by Naked Pastor David Hayward’s cartoon? Are you excited by your political or religious position? Traumatized by it? Confused? Or, have you traveled through all of these feelings in your lifetime?
Have you seen this struggle happening around you? How do you respond to the person who says to you, “I just have to say something here!”