Cognitive dissonance is the conflict that occurs when
you try and hold two conflicting thoughts in your head.
Today we are supposed to be happy because the last of the Red Zone fences came down
and the Army finally left the city, 859 days after they arrived.
It's great, the fences are down, we get our city back,
that's one thought.
But then there is no city as we knew it,
the familiar has gone, there are buildings still standing
and there are still buildings to go. That's the second thought.
These two thoughts fight together in your head,
what you know to be true and what you want to be true.
And then that thing that if this is the city now,
what the hell do we do about it????
This thought is so big and so difficult that it's hard to comprehend.
Don't even bother trying to tell me how lovely it is going to be when we have a new city,
THAT IS NOT THE POINT,
we had a city, it was lovely and amazing
and now it is gone.
Hurray the fence is finally gone, we can go into the city!
Damn the city has gone too, what the hell are we going to do now?
This is Cognitive Dissonance.
All the photos by Donna Robertson,
not a relative (I wish she was, such a cool lady)
used with permission, thank you.