Varnish

I found a great little quote for you this morning. I hope you like it as much as I do:

If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed. – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

I suppose the trouble with always thinking you are right is that it eventually creates a varnish over your heart and mind that is impermeable to truth. That varnish gives the illusion of righteousness and a false sense of protection, when in fact all it does is preserve opinion.

One thought on “Varnish

  • The sting of realizing our varnish either from within ourself or from hearing it from another may be discomforting and eventually freeing. Repenting from false righteousness need not be also something we cast ourselves down about or those around us. A true change in ways may come from an initial sting along with the happiness to change as Marcus Aurelius stated.

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