I'm pretty good at achieving things I should want. If only I could be as good at achieving things I do want.
(Insert tongue into cheek: And whose fault is it that I lack such abilities? I could blame my mother for faulty genes; my family for an imperfect nurturing environment; my community for not providing the needed "village"; my state for not providing more leadership programs; my government for not pumping more money into the nanny-state education system; my world for not uniting to save every child; evolution for "doing it wrong"; reality for not bending to my every whim; or God for creating imperfection in the first place. I could blame any/all of these people/things/deities. Right? Nothing could possibly be my own fault? No, surely not, no.)
"Know the truth and the truth shall set you free."
"Thinking is man’s only basic virtue, from which all the others proceed. And his basic vice, the source of all his evils, is that nameless act which all of you practice, but struggle never to admit: the act of blanking out, the willful suspension of one’s consciousness, the refusal to think—not blindness, but the refusal to see; not ignorance, but the refusal to know. It is the act of unfocusing your mind and inducing an inner fog to escape the responsibility of judgment—on the unstated premise that a thing will not exist if only you refuse to identify it, that A will not be A so long as you do not pronounce the verdict 'It is.' Non-thinking is an act of annihilation, a wish to negate existence, an attempt to wipe out reality."
"Hypocrisy is the lens through which I view my life."