In almost any human endeavor, confidence is essential; it is the plank across the river we otherwise can’t cross. And confidence works—not in some vague, intangible way, but in real, measurable ways that actually improve our performance. The important thing to understand, though, is that it doesn’t matter whether our confidence is boosted by information that is true or by information that we merely believe to be true—it works just the same.
==Kidding Ourselves: The Hidden Power of Self-Deception (Joseph T. Hallinan)
Humans, of course, have a remarkable capacity for self-delusion. To those in power, the control of information is regarded as utterly essential to achieving success, regardless of subject or policy, of administration or even country.
==935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity (Charles Lewis)
And who can be more delusional than the ‘coincidence theorists’ who say that it’s all a coincidence that the same Orwellian police state in all its multiple manifestations is being rolled out in virtually every country at the same time using the same excuses? Now that is denial and self-deceit of breathtaking proportions. The world is mad because it is made to be that way. There is method in the madness.
==The Perception Deception – Part One (David Icke)
Oedipus, at the end of Sophocles’ play, cuts out his eyes and with his daughter Antigone as a guide wanders the countryside. Once king, he becomes a stranger in a strange country. He dies, in Antigone’s words, “in a foreign land, but one he yearned for.”
William Shakespeare in “King Lear” plays on the same theme of sight and sightlessness. Those with eyes in “King Lear” are unable to see. Gloucester, whose eyes are gouged out, finds in his blindness a revealed truth. “I have no way, and therefore want no eyes,” Gloucester says after he is blinded. “I stumbled when I saw.” When Lear banishes his only loyal daughter, Cordelia, whom he accuses of not loving him enough, he shouts: “Out of my sight!” To which Kent replies:
See better, Lear, and let me still remain
The true blank of thine eye.
The story of Lear, like the story of Oedipus, is about the attainment of this inner vision. It is about morality and intellect that are blinded by empiricism and sight. It is about understanding that the human imagination is, as William Blake saw, our manifestation of Eternity. “Love without imagination is eternal death.”
And here is the dilemma we face as a civilization. We march collectively toward self-annihilation. Corporate capitalism, if left unchecked, will kill us. Yet we refuse, because we cannot think and no longer listen to those who do think, to see what is about to happen to us. We have created entertaining mechanisms to obscure and silence the harsh truths, the collapse of globalization to our enslavement to corporate power, that will mean our self-destruction. If we can do nothing else we must, even as individuals, nurture the private dialogue and the solitude that make thought possible. It is better to be an outcast, a stranger in one’s own country, than an outcast from one’s self. It is better to see what is about to befall us and to resist than to retreat into the fantasies embraced by a nation of the blind.
==Turning a Blind Eye to Catastrophic Truths ( Chris Hedges)
It would be comical, if it were not so sad.
It would be simply sad, if it were not so tragic.
It is, one might simply say, tragically sad.
Stupidity is not willful ignorance and these people, with the clear exception of Al Sharpton, are not truly stupid in the intelligence quotient sort of way, but they are so blinded by their ideological commitments that they can be considered among the class of the ignorant that is far worse, the class of the dangerously stupid.