Keeping our heads off the ground by having them up our ass

We’d never get through the world if we knew it as it is: enormous and chaotic. We’d need a brain so large that we couldn’t keep our heads off the ground. The brain’s simplification of reality means that anything that gets into the mind is immediately overemphasized, whether it is an emotional slight, a change in the weather, or a matter of statecraft. So we give the most recent news that greatest weight in decision making. This  leads to frequent  and dramatic fluctuations in our thoughts and moods, and our fragile minds almost leave us little choice but to delude ourselves most of the time.


We all react to a simplified, filtered model of the world, a personal story we tell ourselves with respect to the world and our place in it.

From Healthy Pleasures by Robert Ornstein and David Sobel.



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2 Responses to “Keeping our heads off the ground by having them up our ass”

  1. JVHCP Says:

    What the heck?


  2. Reena Says:

    This post doesn’t smell great.


    Your Wife


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