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A Litany of Delusions

September 10, 2014

This city makes you
come face to face
with your shortcomings.

It knows all the delusions
that comfort us throughout our lives;
the delusions that get us out of bed
in the morning
and inspire us to do things with our lives;
the delusions that keep us warm
and secure at night;
the delusions that sustain us
through our daily struggles;
the delusions we use to solve our existential crises
and that provide us with reasons for living;
the delusions that help us
through our darkest times;
the delusions we stubbornly
hang on to, nurture and cherish
and that we would defend
to our very deaths.

Every delusion gets hunted down
and taken care of in this town:

The delusion
that you are special and unique

The delusion
that you have singular and extraordinary talents

The delusion
that you are in possession of insights into life
that the rest of the world lacks

The delusion
that you perceive fundamental truths
that the rest of the world is blind to

The delusion
that you are blind to fundamental truths
that the rest of the world possesses

The delusion
that you are destined for greatness

The delusion
that you are a genius
whom the world doesn’t appreciate

The delusion
that you will find a soul mate
meant just for you
and whose love will save you

The delusion
that you are above the laws of humanity
and deserve to be treated differently

The delusion
that a lucky break
will come to you in the end

The delusion
that somewhere
some person, angel or god
is looking after you,
working on your behalf
and trying to help you
with your journey through life

The delusion
that you are protected
by fate and special good fortune
from bad things happening to you

The delusion
that there will come a day
when you will begin
to live happily ever after

The delusion
that you will find meaning
in your tribulations
and that your life
will be retrospectively justified

The delusion
that it all will turn out
well in the end

The delusion
that all is well if it ends well

The delusion
that your life is just a bad, absurd dream
and that you will eventually
wake up to find yourself
living a happy life that makes sense

The delusion
that you alone,
out of the multitude in the present world
and throughout the course of history,
will be spared from death

The delusion
that you are dead

The delusion
that you are alive

The delusion
that you do not have any delusions

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4 Comments
  1. Well done ! Harsh and unflinching. Denial and selective amnesia and optimism are, I suspect, an evolutionary advantage and hard-wired into the human brain. What indeed would we do without them? Thanks for playing SunWinks!

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