This blogger makes his point very well. It’s worth your consideration.
In 1965, the United States Congress passed legislation requiring all cigarette packaging to contain the following warning – “Surgeon General’s Warning: Smoking Causes Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, Emphysema and May Complicate Pregnancy.” While part of a larger effort to reduce smoking, there is compelling evidence that these warnings contributed to the 59% decrease in smoking that has occurred since 1965. Millions of lives were lengthened and billions of dollars in health costs avoided because we used political force and legal regulation to destroy the pretense of ignorance. People could continue to smoke, but they could no longer pretend they didn’t know it caused cancer.
Publicly proclaiming a truth matters. Humans have a strong inclination to avoid negative information, especially when that information reminds us of an ugly truth. Being repeatedly reminded of something we would rather ignore makes it difficult for us to sustain a delusion. Indeed, studies have shown…
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