What else about myself don’t I know?
I was watching an episode in the series “Drugs, Inc.” in which an addict was asked whether or not they wanted to stop their addiction. The person replied, “Do I want to quit? No… but I want to manage the habit.” This statement struck me as an exercise in self-delusion since a drug addiction cannot be “managed” by the user; rather, the habit manages the user!
It is not only drug addicts, however, who indulge in self-delusion; many of us “good” people also pull the wool over our own eyes when we assess ourselves. We can be tempted to think that just because we have not murdered anyone that we are therefore “good”; this is not necessarily so since our supposed “goodness” may have simply been a lack of opportunity to indulge in real badness. In the same way, our being less selfish than some others is not the same…
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