I read this quote today from The Brothers Karamazov and it made me stop:
“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
This is the most accurate diagnosis of the 21st century I’ve ever read. We delude ourselves about everything including ourselves, what a family is, and yes even the question of life itself. We have no respect for anything other than our own wishes. In this day and age life and liberty have been ignored in favor of the pursuit of happiness it’s ironic that we seem to be more miserable than ever before.