Fool me, please
The truth about the truth
If you had the chance, would you like to know the truth? If asked, most humans would say yes, while deep down thinking no.
Why is this? Well, when you know the truth, you might have to act. Actually, humans usually already know the truth and are fooling themselves because exposing reality makes it difficult to live in denial.
Think about it: If your partner had a quick affair years ago, would you want to know? The answer depends on the person. The real answer, I mean. You see, if you ask humans if they want to know about their partner’s affair, some (maybe many) will say yes, but what they’re thinking inside could be the opposite.
Now, imagine a book that exposes your problems for you:
- Are you always angry with a bothersome boss? Do you end up with one terrible boss after another? Or, are you a boss who frequently gets angry with employees, even when they make little mistakes? Hummmm … I could go on about this over many pages. However, simply put, there is a good chance that the causes for your angst are a mix of low self-esteem and incompetence — even if you are a successful entrepreneur. Weird, isn’t it? How would you handle such a revelation if it were based on facts?
- Do you always choose a terrible partner, one that is either crazy, abusive or too talkative, etc.? Maybe one of these flaws is exactly what you want … Perhaps, you’re to blame, not your partner. Would you like to know that?
- Are you extremely greedy and power hungry? Do you know that a lust for power is usually a symptom of weakness and that needing power is a way to compensate? I hate to be the bearer of bad news (alright, maybe not), but, anyway, extra power won’t help you. You’re looking in the wrong place, buddy!
The problem with the truth is that it is often inconvenient and, in the short term, will bring you more discomfort than benefits. Think about it: If you discover an affair or any of the other issues described above, you will have another problem to cope with. By living in blissful denial, you don’t have to face the consequences.
Like Homer Simpson once said:
“That’s a problem for future Homer. Man, I don’t envy that guy.”
Sure, the consequences will most likely arrive anyway:
- “Oh, wait. How come I have all this power and money, but I am still miserable?
- “I’ve got involved with another ‘bat-shit’ crazy partner? I’m so unlucky. Life is cruel.
But, they would materialise in the future, and then you can call yourself unlucky as if knowing the cause of your problems was impossible to know in advance.
So, if given a chance, would you open the pandora box that is the truth?
What if there were a book that exposed your problems, showing that, most likely, the majority of the blame rests on your shoulders? Would you read it?
Don’t answer it too quickly. Take into account that it is impossible (or at least very difficult) to unknow/unlearn something. And, what you discover will most likely not be pleasant or easy to solve at first, and it will demand that you take action because now you can’t ignore the truth.
I designed my book, The Art of Hunting Humans: A radical and confronting explanation of the human mind, to challenge, rather than comfort. In it, I expose common truths in a simple and sceptical way from the perspective of an outsider. I allow readers to re-evaluate and draw their own conclusions about their lives. Before you rush out to buy a copy of my book, ask yourself: Are you willing to open the Pandora’s box of truth? If not, walk away because there’s a good chance that your answer would be “Fool me, please.”