The Psychology of Acceptance
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The Psychology of Acceptance
by Dan Langerock
Think back in your life about all the things that were considered wrong, that now are considered right. There are likely quite a few. How does something make that transition from being wrong to being right?
An idea is marketed.
Let's take the case of Hitler for this example. Hitler blamed the Jews for many ills that were affecting Germany at the time. This is called being a scapegoat, a substitution for the real truth. So he began his campaign of hate and the idea caught on. The Holocaust was the result.
Nowadays, there are those who want us to believe that the Holocaust never really happened. This is another idea that is being marketed. Textbooks may one day show this to be a fact, when those who went through it and watched it happen, know it is untrue.
The problem is, our minds like to play with ideas. Instead of continuing to say something is wrong, we may eventually fudge and say, "It's just a little wrong, now". We let society mold our thinking instead of standing up for what we really believe is true. If it was wrong back then, then why is it right now?
Have you ever observed what people laugh at? The more you laugh at something, the more you will accept it. Instead of turning off a program that is wrong in its content, the enemy gets us to laugh at the inuendos, the prejudice, the living together of different sexes, or whatever is in vogue at the time. We perhaps begin by being offended by something, but we continue to watch it until our resolve to oppose it is nil. If it offended us in the first place, why are we still watching it?
There is a new show being aired about polygamy. It will likely be a comedy. The same thing will happen with this perhaps. People will begin to be offended by it, but will keep watching it until the idea of polygamy is not so bad after all to them. Someday, those people will be going to the polls to vote on a measure to make polygamy legal. That is one way ideas become law, when people continue to watch something and do nothing about it. It is then called indifference.
What do you watch on TV? Are some of the shows in the category we have been discussing? I have stopped the cable to my home, and I hear of others who are doing the same. We can also write letters or whatever to oppose what is wrong, if we will. There are many avenues to use in this way. The way to stop these ideas is to believe they are wrong continuously, not letting society change our minds.
The Bible doesn't change. What was wrong then is still wrong now. It is as relevant now as it was when it was written, because mankind has not changed. What is your standard? Where do you find your answers? Where you find them will determine the quality of your life and what you believe.
Chaplain Dan welcomes questions from our readers about any subjects that concern them. He will answer them as to appropriateness etc. Thanks for your participation. Send questions to: Chaplain Dan Langerock, 1400 E. Menlo, #22, Hemet, Ca. 92544
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