We know that the sun is about 150 million kilometers away from us. Yet, on a hot summer’s day, we imagine the sun to be a lot closer than that.
We know that it is good for us to exercise regularly and eat healthy. But it feels a lot better in the moment to curl up on the couch with a packet of chips.
People often act in ways that don’t favour us without any intention of harming us. Yet, the first narrative that pops up in our heads is one where we are delibarately wronged.
Our feelings and our imagination have a stronger grip on our behaviour than does reality. As a poet once wrote, ‘The better path, I gaze and approve. The worse, I follow.’