Persisting in Delusion

“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”

- Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World

What delusions do you persist within?

Can’t come up with any? Are you just avoiding having to face an unsatisfying reality?

Here are some undeniable truths that may help you identify your own delusions:

  • You treat everyone you know differently.
  • You reach different conclusions based on what mood you are in.
  • You look for things that confirm your own preconceived notions.
  • You think that you can read people’s minds.

Try to think of concrete examples of how the above statements apply to how you think in everyday life.

As I have said before, you can become obsessed with questioning your reality.

You can let this way of thinking immobilize you.

Or you can let this way of thinking enlighten you. Everyone persists in delusion. You will never reach a fundamentally true understanding of reality.

But you know that these delusions exist. You know that you can identify them. You know that you can respond to them. And remove them.

You have rational thought. Apply it.

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