To See or Not to See?

The Dilbert blog today reminded me of a maxim I thought of a few years ago—that we are all better off not knowing how others perceive our appearance. I imagine that most of us perceive ourselves as slightly more attractive than average. This is probably best for our self-esteem. Those who discover the truth about how others perceive them are in trouble. They either become explosive-mailing terrorists or annoyingly arrogant actors or models. Either way it spells trouble. It's really best if we just go through life with the pleasant delusion that we're okay. Most of us can find someone who is attracted to us, but we're not so sure about ourselves that we are constantly thinking that we can do better. This is right and good.

So let it be written.


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