When We Lie To Ourselves

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.

André Gide

We think of ourselves highly. And who wouldn’t, if not to give ourselves motivation to plow through life with our head held high? But we are inconsistent. We hold beliefs that we do not respect. At least in regards to our own actions. Okay, so we made a boo-boo, now what? We rationalize. We argue. There has to be another reason why things fucked up, and it wasn’t us. At least, not all of it. Our ego defense mechanisms rescue us so we don’t have to deal with the uncomfortable thought that we possibly may have not been as good as we thought. Cognitive dissonance. We still come out smelling like roses after our little debate in our head about what went wrong. And yet we expect reality to bend to how our little empty heads think it should be. We cannot fathom it: it made sense when we thought about it, so it had to be true.

We begin to believe our own bullshit.

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