I’m a realist. I accept humanity finds self insight, self honesty hard, and cognitive distortions easy. It requires a lot less thought, a lot less honesty.
People justify their issues, views, no matter how irrational…. anyway they can.
It’s easier to hold on to irrational views…. than have the courage to face it and consider the irrationality. Harder to face the truth. In fact, most people don’t even think about whether their thinking is rational, or unhealthy. They automatically assume it is healthy.
I learned young how people can have very unhealthy thinking. I challenged my own. Courage, discernment, depth of thinking capacity are required for this.
‘Karma’ is one clear example of irrational thinking. I studied Buddhism in my later 20’s, and I knew then it was irrational to believe in karma, reincarnation etc. There is no rational thinking about karma. It is magical thinking. A cognitive distortion. I have the psychology understanding to put to what I worked out myself over 15 years ago. But, so many people believe it to be true.
Just because you want to believe something, does not make it true.
But, that is the reality for so many people. And sadly, a lot of people want karma to exist and cling onto it, because they want bad to happen back to people (revenge issues) and good to happen if good is done. Rather than just doing good, because it’s the right thing to do. They want something in return for the good they do, which is narcissism. And because ‘karma’ makes them not have to fight for social justice. It lets them off the hook. If they can pretend to themselves that karma will deal with it for them….. they can choose to do nothing.
Rational thinking, empathy, self honesty…….. seem to be the hardest issues for humanity to comprehend.
Which is sad, because there is no growth, no maturity without it.