“We create the world that we perceive, not because there is no reality outside our heads, but because we select and edit the reality we see to conform to our beliefs about what sort of world we live in.” — Gregory Bateson, Steps to an Ecology of Mind
“It must be, I thought, one of the race’s most persistent and comforting hallucinations to trust that ‘it can’t happen here’ — that one’s own time and place is beyond cataclysms.” — John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids
“Maybe it is in the nature of those who are denied sex or do not have enough of it to be so preoccupied with the subject that they view everything else through its distorted lens.” — Nuruddin Farah, Knots
The first introduction to Alfie is through a married woman. The second time he introduces himself with my favourite movie quote. A quote I have cited multiple times, a recurring theme.
I look up the Alfie quote. I twist it: These days even I don’t believe the lies I tell myself.
I play with the idea. I come up with an aphorism: Your choices determine the lies you tell yourself.
The repetition of the theme reveals more than the words.
The deduced conclusion is embarrassing: The lies I tell myself are the lies I tell others about myself.
Pleased to meet you.
“All of this did not take long, because when I argue with myself I always have the uncomfortable knowledge that I’m going to lose; therefore I do it fast to get it over with.” — T. A. Waters, The Probability Pad