Tolstoy on Self delusion and avoidance of responsibility

97i/43/huty/9230/09“So it would be, were it not for the law of inertia, as immutable a force in men and nations as in inanimate bodies. In men it takes the form of the psychological principle, so truly expressed in the words of the Gospel, ” They have loved darkness better than light, because their deeds were evil.” This principle shows itself in men not trying to recognize the truth, but to persuade themselves that the life they are leading, which is what they like and are used to, is a life perfectly consistent with truth.”

Leo Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God Is Within You

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