Thursday, July 19, 2018

In reality

If someone says to you something regarding a current situation and a plan for the future, and you know that every element of this statement is untrue, it seems to me that there are three possibilities:

1. They are lying. They are deliberately making a statement to you that they know is false.

2. They are delusional. They believe that the statement they are making is true, even though you know it is not, and you know that they should be aware that it is not.

(Which opens up possibility 2a: They are mistaken. Their false statement is based on sincerely held beliefs - even if they should be aware that these beliefs are incorrect.)

3. They are telling the truth. It is you who have been lying to yourself, or deluded, or simply mistaken in your assumptions about reality.

I'm not sure which of these is the scariest option.

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