Bix wrote::rotflmao: Between today's Inspiration thread and the answers to this question, y'all are cracking me up today! Wacky Wednesday, I guess!
I agree that we do deceive ourselves on many levels. I think you are onto something with the self-preservation idea, Theresa. And for sure, the whole flourishing of the Spiritualist movement in the late 1800's and early 1900's - and even on up to today - bears witness to our powers of self-deception.
Excuse me a minute. . . I think I hear the phone. . .
And isn't one of the ways we deceive ourselves over the opposite sex? Believing what we choose to about about him... But then, I have also listened in open-mouthed incredulity to what a man believes about me, so it cuts both ways. And I would agree that some of that is down to self-preservation. What we don't know can't hurt us sort of thing. And I would say that I am a very honest person, who doesn't fool anyone, except when I am fooling myself, which is quite often, as I realise some time later. As for Spiritualism, I think it very much comes down to what we want to believe, one way or the other.
"Luck... inspiration... both only really happen to you when you empty your heart of ambition, purpose, and plan; when you give yourself, completely, to the golden, fate-filled moment."