I love this quote.
To me it seems to put a highlight on the inner struggle we seem to have with trying to make life so ‘mysterious’ (or some invisible hand) and a lack of desire to control, or assume responsibility for, our own life.
Yup. At it’s harshest it is simply ‘shirking responsibility.’
So. Some people call it destiny. Sometimes they suggest is “god’s will.’ Some call it fate.
All of which imply there is some secret to life that unless we are Sherlock Holmes we will never know or understand.
The fact is that life is just truths ‘that lie beneath the surface.’
And if you are willing to hold your breath a little while and dip down under the surface you can see truth.
But truth is a scary thing <particularly when it comes to Life from a personal perspective>.
It means recognizing strengths and weaknesses <real ones … not societal ones>.
It means recognizing past failures and lies.
It means recognizing what is real hope and what is false hope <being truly realistic>.
It means recognizing that we have some limits to what will be <and limits vary at what point in Life you assess the boundaries>.
I imagine we all hide from some of the harsh truths and inevitably retreat into some layer of ‘self lie.’
And while it may not be out & out lying … the fact is we adapt socially to maintain some façade of what we “wish we could be.”
Freud suggests that we have a “hidden self” lying in our subconscious that is often too much of a struggle for our conscious minds to handle. Because of that we do some cognitive gymnastics creating defense mechanisms twisting reality just enough to create justification to ourselves for our behavior.
Freud <no matter what I may think about some of the wacky things he said> is correct.
We all have either a hidden self or aspects of our self we would rather ‘hide from’ just because we would rather not face them.
Part of our defense mechanism is this mysterious “secrets of life.’
Sorry, my friends, there is no real secret to Life.
Just truths hidden below the surface if you are willing to look … and face them.