This concept isn't particularly new to me as I graduated in psychology, but I think this phenomenon that we're seeing whereby people close to us refuse to accept what we're saying as not only potentially true, but as not even potentially feasible. It's called cognitive dissonance and is extremely relevant when discussing things like PG and other uncomfortable truths with the unaware public --> http://skepdic.com/cognitivedissonance.html. Scott Adams speaks about CD in regards to the current political climate here --> http://blog.dilbert.com/post/153559105081/a-lesson-in-cognitive-dissonance. We hold a set of belief systems from which our view of the world is created and sustained. It becomes a survival mechanism to shut down potential threats to those views, because allowing these views to be challenged represents a direct threat to our existence and what we believe are objective truths about the world.
I know it sounds ridiculous, but in the past few weeks I've had to cull certain people from my life. Some friends who I've had for many many years.
I never talk about PG around people who aren't already aware of it, I'm not some lunatic raving psychotic conspiracist either. This is the first proper "conspiracy theory" (i fucking hate that term) I've been so involved with. 2 weeks ago I gently tried to red-pill my closest group of friends, I tried to suggest and give reasons why they shouldn't really trust mainstream media, that everything in the world is ultimately bought and paid for and that there are certain people who run the world, because they have the money and means. Their response to this was "no that's bullshit, big corporations run the world yes, but not people." I wish I was joking.
I then segwayed into PG and presented them with intro evidence and a shit tonne of info, basically just asking "hey, don't you guys find this pretty damn weird? Look at this instagram account, look at the art on this politician's walls" etc. then tied it all in. Anyone with a brain or any interest in the world, i would've thought, would be compelled by what I'd said or at least interested, in the same way I was when I found PG.
My friends completely wrote me off and abused me, gaslighted me and called me a "fucking uneducated tin-foil idiot" while ignoring every point I painstakingly thought out. They argued every single point with "no that's not right, look here, look what the Washington Post said, it's debunked you idiot, grow up and go outside" while ignoring blatant links and evidence I showed them. These guys are all educated, smart people with good jobs and girlfriends etc.
I've had to cull this group of friends because our world views are irreconcilable and they've blatantly demonstrated they have zero respect for me or desire to look past themselves. It shows I fundamentally have nothing in common with these people.
Does anyone else know what I mean? Are you guys experiencing the same stuff? Have you managed to red-pill people? If so, how? I feel like I'm living in the twilight zone and slowly going insane, like I'm on the fucking Truman Show or something.