Rationalizing

lance-armstrong-livestrong-shirt-1Often in my messages, I’ll talk about my “rationalizing machine” as a means of illustrating how easy it is to con ourselves into thinking our bad is really good. While working on a project, I compiled a list of some of my classic rationalizations. Some were quite harmless; others were not. Several were mean. Nearly all were sins.

As fallen human beings we have the unique ability of conning ourselves into actually believing that our bad is OK. Humans are the only creatures on earth that do that.  Since we seem to behave that way with such regularity, perhaps we are trying to make up for the critters that don’t have this ability.  Not sure about that, but I do know that when we flip the switch on our rationalizing machines to full blast, we are capable of off the chart conduct which often comes back to bite us in the butt.

When we let our own miscalculations, projections, hate, envy,  or insecurities float our boat, the boat invariably goes aground and the damage is always pretty extensive to ourselves. How many lives have been irreparably changed by things that made so much sense at the time?

The moral of this story is that rationalizing machines always lie; so beware when you turn yours on because bad is never good and things done in darkness are most always bad. Just like the sun, sooner or later the light will be turned on so that all can see.

Something to think about

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