Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Truth is Messy

"If you scrutinize your own life, you'll find you do plenty of things
that violate the dichotomies in your mind. I certainly do. We're considerate,
selfless, and clever (except for the times we aren't). Or we're luckless losers
(not counting the infinite things that go right for us every day). This is the
problem with either-or thinking: It keeps us removed from reality, and it
requires that we spend a lot of time and energy convincing ourselves that life
is one particular way (and burying evidence that doesn't jibe with that view).
More important, it will never feel truthful or satisfying—because it leads to an
answer that's only half-right."
-Martha Beck