DON'T you have to admire George Galloway's unswerving belief that the 30-year age gap with his new bride won't make a blind bit of difference?
Where would we be in life if we weren't a little self-deluded?
Since Adam first took a bite at the apple, mankind has managed to avoid chewing on bitter reality. And look how we're the better for it. Without a faulty introspection gene would Shakespeare have been able to "borrow" so many plot lines? Would 53 year-old Madonna still be cutting about in hot pants, claiming it is about empowerment? Would Rangers owner Craig Whyte sleep like a baby in his bed at night?
Not a chance. Self-delusion, you see, allows for unbridled optimism. That's why boxer Scott Harrison can convince himself he can become a world beater, or at least pick up a few bob.
And as sexual beings we need to create illusions. Otherwise how would Arthur Miller have married Marilyn in the belief it would last or Bernie Eccleston believe supermodels loved him for his looks?
So why not live life in a Pirandello play, hold on to the notion that truth is what you determine it to be. In Aesop's The Fox and the Grapes, when the fox fails to reach the grapes he decides he does not want them after all. And so his rationalization reduces anxiety about conflicting cognitions. Brilliant! That's why Jehovah's Witnesses can believe the end of the world is always nigh.
Now, I know what you're thinking; self-delusion can cause councillors to believe tram lines can be laid on time or politicians to tell people to store petrol in milk cartons. But this isn't self-delusion. It's madness.
Do journalists suffer from self-delusion? Sure. We can go so far as to believe we can tackle the subject of self-delusion satisfactorily in 310 words.
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