Ostriches, humans and cognitive disonance

This artwork is just down the street from our house. It’s a tile mounted on the wall separating two terrace houses. The design on the tile looks like it has been made using a photo of a flock of ostriches. It’s been there at least as long as I’ve known the neighbourhood (a bit over eight years) and I’ve often wondered whether there’s a reason why it’s been put there. Why ostiches?

I don’t really have any way of knowing what the artist’s intention was, but it has me wondering about the association of ostriches with cogntiive dissonance. Folklore has said that ostriches bury their heads in the sand, but we now know that isn’t actually what they’re doing. Still, ostriches have become associated with the practise of ignoring a problem and hoping it will go away – something human beings are very good at! So today I’m reflecting on problems that I’ve been trying to ignore.

What problem are you currently trying to ignore?

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