Maybe my master's degree and years of teaching will finally be worth it? Rather than just being an admirer of cognitive dissonance, perhaps I can put it to use to save my family. Or, at the very least, to help me feel like I'm doing something to save my family rather than feeling like things are being done to me to create the opposite result.
I remember as a child hearing the phrase, "You can't bullshit a bullshitter." I will agree with that adage to a certain degree. However, as any decent bullshitter will admit, there are varying degrees of proficiency on the BS meter. And, it is very possible for an expert BSer to BS a novice.
That's what I'm counting on now.