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Ordering My Thinking

by baldilocksbaldilocks

Ear­lier today, I opined that chaotic think­ing is one of the wiles of the Enemy, mean­ing the Devil.

Chaotic think­ing is mostly jum­bled think­ing, and I suf­fer from it. There are so many thoughts whirling around in this head that it’s dif­fi­cult to put them in some sem­blance of order, as I’ve whined about many times. But I think also that chaotic think­ing can dis­guise itself as ordered: the inabil­ity to think the unthink­able. We all do this, too. We wall “crazy” ideas and approach­ing bad stuff out of our con­scious­ness, and, because of that men­tal block, we refuse to pre­pare our­selves for the bad stuff. Many who do this habit­u­ally, lose their san­ity when the bad stuff can no longer be ignored. Some com­mit sui­cide, as we saw in the wake of the 2008 Finan­cial Cri­sis.

This type of think­ing has a name: nor­malcy bias. It is

…a men­tal state peo­ple enter when fac­ing a dis­as­ter. It causes peo­ple to under­es­ti­mate both the pos­si­bil­ity of a dis­as­ter and its pos­si­ble effects. This may result in sit­u­a­tions where peo­ple fail to ade­quately pre­pare and, on a larger scale, the fail­ure of gov­ern­ments to include the pop­u­lace in its dis­as­ter prepa­ra­tions.

The assump­tion that is made in the case of the nor­malcy bias is that since a dis­as­ter never has occurred, it never will occur. It can result in the inabil­ity of peo­ple to cope with a dis­as­ter once it occurs. Peo­ple with a nor­malcy bias have dif­fi­cul­ties react­ing to some­thing they have not expe­ri­enced before. Peo­ple also tend to inter­pret warn­ings in the most opti­mistic way pos­si­ble, seiz­ing on any ambi­gu­i­ties to infer a less seri­ous situation.

As I watch what’s going on far out­side of my door, hor­ri­ble things are becom­ing more and more thinkable.

From a friend whose nor­malcy bias is also falling away:

You start to see the evi­dence, but ignore it…sort of. You think of argu­ments for the ‘defense’ of why it’s not nec­es­sar­ily true. But..something nags at you…

No! That can­not be true!” That spot is not can­cer; that money has to be there; the preacher did not lie; that man is not cheat­ing; that child is not addicted.… A time comes when the evi­dence can­not be ignored. That’s a hard truth. It makes you hurt in your soul.

I think that is where we are in the US right now. The whole world actually.

Our Enemy — the author of world chaos – wants us biased by nor­malcy and, there­fore, dis­armed against him, his ser­vants, and his unwit­ting dupes. He wants us un-​shielded – spir­i­tu­ally, emo­tion­ally, and, yes, phys­i­cally. So, armed with that knowl­edge, what are you going to do about it?

Above all, tak­ing the shield of faith, where­with ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.shields-firstcontact

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel, ten­ta­tively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB: HER TRIP TO KENYA! Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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by baldilocksbaldilocks

Earlier today, I opined that chaotic thinking is one of the wiles of the Enemy, meaning the Devil.

Chaotic thinking is mostly jumbled thinking, and I suffer from it. There are so many thoughts whirling around in this head that it’s difficult to put them in some semblance of order, as I’ve whined about many times. But I think also that chaotic thinking can disguise itself as ordered: the inability to think the unthinkable. We all do this, too. We wall “crazy” ideas and approaching bad stuff out of our consciousness, and, because of that mental block, we refuse to prepare ourselves for the bad stuff. Many who do this habitually, lose their sanity when the bad stuff can no longer be ignored. Some commit suicide, as we saw in the wake of the 2008 Financial Crisis.

This type of thinking has a name: normalcy bias. It is

 …a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster and its possible effects. This may result in situations where people fail to adequately prepare and, on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations.

The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred, it never will occur. It can result in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.

As I watch what’s going on far outside of my door, horrible things are becoming more and more thinkable.

From a friend whose normalcy bias is also falling away:

You start to see the evidence, but ignore it…sort of. You think of arguments for the ‘defense’ of why it’s not necessarily true. But..something nags at you…

“No! That cannot be true!” That spot is not cancer; that money has to be there; the preacher did not lie; that man is not cheating; that child is not addicted…. A time comes when the evidence cannot be ignored. That’s a hard truth. It makes you hurt in your soul.

I think that is where we are in the US right now. The whole world actually.

Our Enemy—the author of world chaos–wants us biased by normalcy and, therefore, disarmed against him, his servants, and his unwitting dupes. He wants us un-shielded–spiritually, emotionally, and, yes, physically. So, armed with that knowledge, what are you going to do about it?

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.shields-firstcontact

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB: HER TRIP TO KENYA! Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>