Self-delusion – the best way to spend your time!
Why face the reality or admit ones faults when you can delude yourself to think otherwise. And when you think things otherwise, they become otherwise?
Reality can be whatever you choose it to be, and what faults?? You’re an excellent singer, an avid thinker, rich, beautiful and famous.
A little self-delusion probably never killed anyone. If you think you’re a good dancer, it won’t hurt anyone unless you actually step on their toes while jamming.
Or if you feel that you are the best person for the job that you’re totally unqualified for, that’s okay too – especially if you don’t get the job instead of someone who actually deserves it.
Self-delusion can sometimes protect you from the harsh reality when that’s just what you need.
But with self-delusion it’s the same thing as with any other not-the-best-thing-for-you substances: good only in moderation.
When self-delusion becomes serious you’re in deep trouble.
Like if you don’t agree that you have a drinking problem – who could possibly think drinking 1 liter of vodka/day is bad for you?? It’s made of potatoes/grains, so it’s actually from one of the major food groups!
Or if you delude yourself into thinking that you can conjure up money by simply thinking it – that’ll take care of the rent and the nosy landlord!
Usually people around us take care of the worst of our self-delusions. They can deviously point out that your “mansion” is actually a rented room with no bathroom, that you apparently do not understand when spoken to in Swahili, or you’re actually not a runway model height (those bastards carry a measuring tape with them!).
The real tragedy happens if and when you don’t hear or see or grasp the reality for what it is. Or refuse to.
That means you’re not funny ha-ha delusional but in reality strait-jacket-delusional. And in reality those kind of delusions come with consequences. For your physical and mental health, your living situation or job description.
Abraham Lincoln said it: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Unfortunately, if you’re very good, you can fool yourself all the time. The problem with that is that the one paying the price for that is usually just you.
It’s understandable to run and hide in self-delusions sometimes. But staying there is not an option for adults. (Kids can stay there until they reach the mature age of 33 and move out from their parents’ home).
Reality sucks – sure. But Delusionland as a permanent address? You can’t afford it.