“Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
- Fyodor Dostoevsky in The Brothers Karamazov
Telling the truth is a good virtue, but can be difficult. Telling the truth is essential for the good of humanity.
Living by truth has transformed the lives of Dostoevsky and Peterson. Truth is a crucial way to live one's life. Your own sense of reality is at stake.
The world is in a much bigger frame than your own life, if you cannot keep your own house in order it may mean you’re lacking in the skills to perceive and address problems appropriately.
Things fall apart because we have not paid sufficient attention. Sometimes there are unpredictable and uncontrollable events but failure to prepare, when the necessity for preparation is well known—that’s sin.
And we ignore the profound impact these seemingly inconsequential decisions have on our brain and our life.