“Things and actions are what they are, and their consequences will be what they will be: why then should we seek to be deceived?” — Bishop Butler
The Romantic personality type can handle anything — save for the facts. I deplore this tendency in our lowly species; even more so its rampantness, and its promotion in our narcissistic culture.
To take rational action, an action that you can be proud of later — not simply for its motivations, but for the results brought on by that action — requires first that you are honest. Idealization is the enemy of ethics precisely because it obscures the truth — truth that would have changed your mind, changed your actions, and resulted in something better.
You can never solve a problem that you refuse to believe exists.
Liberals and conservatives constantly accuse one another of self-deception and foolishness. This is foolishness, and profoundly self-deceptive, for this trait has nothing to do with political affiliations, but with the legacy of our being an animal — and a particularly stupid, xenophobic, and violent one, at that.
The first step, the most important step, toward an external change in the world is to look inward and change yourself.
Now go lift something heavy,