We decide which is right and which is an illusion.

Archive for August 5, 2012

Laughing and Questioning Beliefs

‘Laughing at someone else is an excellent way of learning how to laugh at oneself and questioning what seem to be the absurd beliefs of another group is a good way of recognizing the potential absurdity of many of one’s own cherished beliefs.’

Gore Vidal
American Writer

Inward Bound

‘Our inner dialogue is frequently composed of old tape loops that we run again and again. The normal personality marshals sufficient defense mechanisms to exclude dangerous and unknown stimuli and just enough windows to let in an occasional wandering minstrel. Neurotic identity crises come when our defense mechanisms have been too successful and we’re encapsulated in the fortress we have constructed with nothing to refresh us in our solitary confinement. So we play the old movies with their stale fears and their unrealistic hopes until we become bored enough to risk disarmament and engagement.’

Sam Keen
Inward Bound: Exploring the Geography of Your Emotions