A person protesting against COVID-19 health measures, right, argues with a counter-protestor during a demonstration in the downtown core of Ottawa, Ont. during Canada Day celebrations on Friday, July 1, 2022. Spencer Colby/The Canadian Press.

The contrarian temptation

There seems to be a temptation inherent in contrarianism that, if indulged, can produce a mental inversion that leaves you at odds not just with your society but with reality itself. Anyone whose job involves attracting attention can fall prey to this weakness.