When I was in my teens and early twenties I despised people who I felt lived in a fantasy world, who didn't face up to the truth. I was contemptuous of people who I perceived as kidding themselves.
I realise now that sometimes you have to make a conscious decision not to think about certain things. Some things can't be changed. They can't be 'dealt with.' Some realities are too stark to stare in the face with equanimity every day, so people develop coping strategies. They choose not to think about it, or to think about things at a certain angle that gives them some reassurance, and if they're lucky they might eventually convince themselves that the lie is the truth.
Maybe it's wrong to judge people for that. Maybe its wrong to assume they're lacking in character or intelligence - even when their particular outlook annoys the hell out of us.
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