Or most of us, apparently.
The truth doesn’t set you free. I makes you accountable. Responsible. Aware. The truth exposes you and your hidden weaknesses, your troubled spots, your imbalances. It sheds a light on what needs to be taken care of and on what’s been neglected.
Alas, most people behave like ostriches and prefer to ignore any and all of the aforementioned. And, as a very specific human trait, I’ve witnessed this in all aspects of life, being guilty of it myself at times.
Despite constantly seeking variety, humans are also creatures of comfort and habit. It’s an interesting dichotomy because on the surface, we always look for the latest newest thing, be it a gadget, or a fad of sorts. Deep down, and especially under duress, we revert to what we know, and what we know are the patterns we established over the years.
I’ve experienced several times this year alone a profound resistance to change among people. In my line of work, that would be people who are in denial of what they need to do to get to where they want to be. Changing eating habits, improving movement patterns to correct posture, strengthening weak muscles, increasing range of motion through mobility and flexibility work.
In other areas, I’ve noticed the same thing. For instance, my wife, who is a real estate agent, ran into people who bought a house years ago with serious plumbing, drainage, mold and termite problems, but never did a thing about it and they now seem surprised that it comes up during inspections. Gee, you REALLY didn’t see that coming? Ignore a problem, it only gets worse!
Also, not only do people reject the truth, but they also reject the unknown. It’s much easier to criticize something you don’t know if you’re not educated on the subject. I just introduced a person to kettlebell training who had prior misgivings about it, who happily realized what is it they provide, only to have my efforts thwarted by some schmuck doctor who said “kettlebells are the worst thing for you, stick to machines”!!! Don’t knock it till you try it!
I recently received a funny email, one of those joke lists, and one of the points was “Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.”
Pride is, I guess, the worst of all sins.