Originally said by characters in a play by George Bernard Shaw
, it is an extremely true statement.
The idea that, on some level, you and only you are right is common to many people. Even by telling someone else that they are not right only reenforces the belief that you are right.
It's not just one nation, as obliquely referenced in the universal culture writeup; the only difference is how many you irritate by insisting you are right.... and I'm no better than the rest. I'm writing this node, aren't I?
This is the sort of thought that requires doublethink to live with; most people continue insisting they are right, but with the caveat that really, underneath it all, they know they're as full of shit as anyone else. Perhaps an enlightened few actually believe it.
Can you tell I can't get to sleep?