I find that it is not only possible but necessary to hold several conflicting realities in my consciousness at any one time. Many would believe that this would be a path to cognitive dissonance. I don’t believe so. Dissonance tends to come in when you believe that two conflicting things “HAVE” to be true and that somehow there has to be resolution between them. I don’t live in an either-or reality preferring multiple choice. Somethings may indeed be black or white with no in-between but I find relatively few of those. Does that mean I live in a state of dissonance? Perhaps but if I do it seems to be a functional one.
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