Cannabis and the Cognitive Dissonance of the Moral Minority
Cognitive Dissonance is a defense mechanism that most people have when core beliefs are challenged. People automatically close themselves down to ideas that can revolutionize their perception of life. For instance if you speak to someone who firmly believes that the world is flat and try to convince him or her that the opposite is true…you would encounter Cognitive Dissonance.
Who is the “Moral Minority”?
Before we used to call them the “Moral Majority” and they were the decision makers of old. To be quite frank, the “moral majority” were people who initially voted for slavery and the “moral majority” can also be thanked for the prolonging of the drug war.
But as time continues we are noticing a trend occur. The moral majority is quickly fading into the moral minority as logic and reason start becoming the deciding factor in public policy. Before, and still largely today, morality has become the tools of manipulation by political heads. They use core beliefs and religious association to influence this demographic of “moralists” to use their voting power to promote political agenda.
As the world embraced technology and information became more available “morality” started being questioned. Morality in essence is merely a personal perspective on an external situation. Some people think it immoral for women to wear skirts while others find it immoral for use strong language. Some people even believe that watching certain types of movies or listening to certain type of music is immoral. If they would have their way book burnings, lynching and the works would be back for business.
Why should Morality govern law?
What is moral for you might not be moral for me. How can morality then even be considered an element within the law making process? Morality is subjective and changes with time meaning that what was immoral today can be moral tomorrow.
Something so unstable, so malleable should never be a reason to make a law. Morality in terms of gay marriage, marijuana consumption and drug consumption for that matter, birth control, abortion and so forth should not be a reason to criminalize people.
The change in paradigm
Luckily people are waking up to the fact that morals should have nothing to do with law and more and more people are starting to vote with logic and reason. When we void ourselves of moral decisions and allow for clear cut unhindered scientific approaches we begin to realize that morality expresses itself in the respect of the freedom of others.
If you find marijuana consumption immoral…then don’t do it. It is immoral to dictate morals to other people. Just think about that for a bit.