The fundamental (sic…) problem is that our brains are tiny and we crave simplistic black/white up/down good/bad when reality is complex. Our behavior is largely controlled by emotions for very good evolutionary reasons — there was rarely enough time back in our evolutionary environment to pause to think things out. Better to run from that rustling in the bushes than to attempt a philosophical introspection about one’s beliefs versus objective reality. Today we see the same craving for simple-minded “solutions” to complex problems, and we see them most clearly in those who are ardent religionists. This is because mythology claims to provide “the answers” and people who are deeply uncomfortable with ambiguity and of limited intellectual capacity find such “answers” enable them to avoid cognitive dissonance. Unfortunately myths are no basis for coherent action in the real world, but by ignoring facts it’s always possible to adjust one’s view of reality to fit one’s beliefs. And that is what we find everywhere, and never more so than in the arguments of those who believe that it is essential to protect the unborn life, yet it’s perfectly OK to ignore it after it’s been delivered into the world.

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