we are most blind

John Mauldin begins his 2010 forecast letter with these quotations:

“Lying here, during all this time after my own small fall, it has become my conviction that things mean pretty much what we want them to mean. We’ll pluck significance from the least consequential happenstance if it suits us and happily ignore the most flagrantly obvious symmetry between separate aspects of our lives if it threatens some cherished prejudice or cosily comforting belief; we are blindest to precisely whatever might be most illuminating.”

— from Transition, by Iain M. Banks

Still a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest

The Boxer, by Paul Simon

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