If you want to destroy something, one of the surest ways of doing so is to continually subject it to the stress of being examined for damage. If it’s not broken, you’ll break it…
The defense for breaking things in this way is always the same: if it were strong enough, it would not be broken. Most of the things in life that we have—or enjoy the illusion of having—are not made for dissecting, for tampering, for picking at or for throwing against the sharp edges of the world until they shatter.
And then what? What do you do with the mistrust that you’ve made your only friend? What do you do when your hard-earned “truth” brings you nothing but misery and the assurance that everyone is essentially evil and that nothing good ever happens?
Unfortunately, it seems that those people go on breaking things and thinking of themselves as iconoclasts, when the reality is that they are little more than narcissistic agents of destruction… So they go on to question everything, because they’ve made an idol of the answers that reinforce the things they’ve already decided are true…
I have witnessed these tendencies in myself. The reactionary thing to do would be to try to excise them… It is better, I think, to mark them and be mindful of them. Recognize them when they arrive and be cautious and careful when acting out of these passions… Thoughts do not have to become actions.
People will be what they will be… For the most part, it would be best if we did not interfere by attempting to diagnose problems which we are not equipped to diagnose and which we ourselves may be suffering from.
Something for me to keep in mind.