To make it very, very, clear:
That is to say that just because you know something about how our brains operate – whether about fallacies, or cognitive dissonance, or ontology, or psychology, or sociology, or ANY of those – just because you KNOW that they exist, and that we can fall prey to them, does NOT mean that you are IMMUNE from them.
And I want to make this hyper clear, because I have seen far too many posts recently from people who I think would “know better”, who are not only falling prey to these very things but are also accusing others of it. Using their knowledge as a cudgel* while simultaneously through its use exhibiting the very blindness they claim against the other. They are using their knowledge to ensure they don’t see their own foibles and failures of the very same thing.
The knowledge makes no difference on its own. Quite the opposite. It’s just a tool, one that can be used well and properly, or, not well and in the most destructive fashion.
Being present is the key, using the tools on our own self, our own views, and our own actions.
That’s when the truth can begin, and the delusion(s) can end.
Along with the lies, and hurt, and ruin.
* In a completely ignorant, stingy, vindictive, harmful, division-inducing, and worldsuck-creating kind of way. The kind of way that doesn’t create a world that works for everyone, the kind of way that instead seeks to perpetuate harm and, moreover, inflict pain and suffering on others.