Yet we all do it. Why? Why should it be so difficult to resist deceiving ourselves? I suppose it has something to do with hope. We need a certain instinct for imaginative creation just to get by, to hypothesize and perceive long-term rewards. This is part of what helped us as a species get to where we are today, the ability to imagine ourselves happier if:
- We kill a mastodon instead of a grass rat;
- We take a little longer to find a sharper rock to skin it with; and
- We avoid killing Ghlugg every time he does that stupid interpretive dance thing.
And relatively speaking (or writing), as long as your hope-o-meter (or fiction-o-gramme, for you Europeans) is in fairly regular interaction with the outside world, you get helpful feedback. Helpful in the sense of:
- Hey! You are a little more awesome than that. Don't dress so poorly.
- Hey! That may look an awful lot like a good thing to eat, but those in the know know it will eventually kill you.
- Hey! You can not fly, no matter how much you want to. Step away from the ledge. Step away . . .
Don't worry guys: I'm only bringing this up because of the title of the play I'm working on now. Yep. And yes, sometimes there is a strange, coincidental reflection between the show one is working on and one's own life. But that's just superstition. And yeah, fate does make fools of us all, and the Oracle can not be broken, and all that, but I'm sure my life is going to be just peachy no matter what portents come my way. And--though this may seem something of a non-sequitor--someday I'll be Batman. Yep. Uh-huh . . .