What is your most persistent delusion?
For me, it is better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, no matter how satisfying or reassuring. ~ Carl Sagan
Ahh, this is one of those really annoying questions I ask once in a while, like what is the price for being you? But it is near the end of the year, a time that people seem to be a little more introspective and look back on the previous year. So I thought I’d venture out a bit tonight and ask you, and me, what is your most persistent delusion? I have very often said that human beings have two super powers, rationalization and denial. And what is denial but accepting of a self built delusion.
This is not an easy question to answer, first of all by its very definition, a delusion is something we don’t see. So it takes some effort and some thought and honestly, that’s the reason it’s such an important question to answer. So I’ve spent most of the day, I started writing this piece this morning, thinking about my most persistent delusion. To be fair, we all have multiple delusions, but what’s the one you hang onto the most.
So, what I settled on today was that my most persistent delusion is that I don’t need any help. Without a doubt I’m a loner, without a doubt I’m about as independent as a human gets, without a doubt living this way I have built a happy and successful life. But we all need people, even if it is small ways, even if it’s not often, we all need other people and I need to be more open to going to others for assistance.
In our society people seem to carry a lot of delusions, we believe that quitting is the worst thing you can do. So people stay in relationships and other commitments that are absolutely terrible for them because they don’t want to quit. We suffer from delusions that we are not good parents, not good friends, even when we have done the best we can.
So take some time my friends, think about what you might be telling yourself that just isn’t true and find ways to make things better and more honest. Knowing yourself better is a great step to having happier days my friends. ~ Rev Kane
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