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Patricia Booth
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All things art & photography, nature, hiking, piano, psychology, & philosophy are a few of my obsessions.
All things art & photography, nature, hiking, piano, psychology, & philosophy are a few of my obsessions.

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"The problem is how to assuage fears based on lies in closed-off fundamentalist belief systems that don’t have the necessary tools for properly evaluating the fears."

This is a long read and may be considered highly offensive to some; but from my point-of-view, this is precisely what I've witnessed happening around me for many, many years, now. The worst part is that this level of cognitive dissonance that so many fundamentalists share (not all, but many -- nothing is ever so black and white) prevents them from challenging their own belief systems in order to grow individually or as a community AND it creates an "us versus them" mentality that further divides people from finding common ground to work together.

Critical thinking and reasoning skills as well as the ability to recognize common psychological cognitive distortions need to be made a priority in our public school systems if we are ever going to make any progress in truly educating the American public, particularly in these types of rural communities.

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