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Cognitive Dissonance

Cognitive Dissonance

The New York Times reported today that, post-pandemic:

Violent crime has subsided, according to FBI data.

Inflation is around the 2% the Federal Reserve targeted.

Adjusted for inflation, most workers’ wages have increased.

Unemployment is at a 50-year low.

This certainly isn’t the 5+ years of misery many catastrophists predicted. This is not to claim that we have no problems, that social justice issues aren’t real and deserve continuing correction, or that poverty and homelessness have disappeared. But we need to maintain some perspective. The media continue to try to scare the hell out of us. And those polls? Apparently, people responding DO feel that crime is a problem for the country—but not locally, where they reside!

An overview would tell us that we act as if we’re in a period of prosperity, although we seem to believe we’re not so well off. The statistics contradict the polls. But we all know that polls and surveys are notoriously inaccurate and favor the highly discontented in terms of respondents.

Here’s a statistic and an opinion: We need to reduce our indebtedness and stop printing money. The country’s credit rating is now negative. Any financial advisor would tell a client that the client is heading toward a cliff.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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