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Why We Love to Look the Other Way

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It's human nature. We want to feel safe and comfortable and in familiar surroundings. We love to look the other way and avoid that which makes us uncomfortable. It's self-interest.

A lot of the time, self-interest isn't really in our best interest. However, looking at what's going on in the country with our president and with the world, there are so many people who are not looking the other way.

I'm talking about the politicians who do know better, who do understand but are looking the other way because they're afraid to confront reality. So we're talking about a basic human emotion that these highly compensated, high status, high profile politicians can't seem to manage. They are afraid and they're looking out for themselves. Will they lose votes? Will they fail to get reelected? Will they suffer consequences from the administration?

Bottom line is they're scared and they're too immature to do the right thing. Fear. Fear is something that can rule your nervous system physiologically. Anatomically, we are wired for fear and our fears are a testimony to self-interest.

The limbic systemis the ultimate self-centered device and when it runs you, you end up looking out for number one. You're afraid to do anything that might thwart your self-preservation tactics. The problem is there are other parts of the brain that people should be using like our executive functioning.

If there were only a way to elect politicians who relied more on their executive functioningand sense of duty, morality and broad thinking, then they rely on their limbic system. Immature, undeveloped, emotionally, greedy, reactive - we put these people into office and now live with the consequences.

Bow do you tell if that's the case with someone? I don't know, because any politician can put on a nice front and appear confident, appear magnanimous, say all the right things using vague hypnotic language patterns that those of us in neuro-linguistic programming understand all too well. It's hard to detect. I don't know a solution to a problem with other people's nervous system. Other people who not only don't know they have a problem but are wholeheartedly convinced they don't.

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