It seems to me that we spend our lives in a constant state of participating in either our destiny or a delusion. So, how can we tell whether this is part of our destiny or our delusion? When we actively set out to prove our delusion, maybe.
Ask anyone that has been divorced, for example, and my bet is that they will tell us that they were living a lie or in a delusional state for some time before the split.
The same applies to running a startup business that fails, most of us are “…believing too long when the whole situation was wrong” Billy Joel – A Matter of Trust.
So what is going on here?
Well, I think we are here to continually test what state we are in. That is, are we in a delusional state of mind or simply following our destined path. It takes a lot of courage to expose our thinking to be delusional and most of us seem to pussy-foot-around the subject rather than take the risk of exposing our deluded state of mind.
“Seizing the moment”, to me means, taking the opportunity to expose our delusional state when the moment arises or as near to “now” as possible.
I don’t think that it is ever possible to actually disprove our delusion or prove our destiny but quite easy as an objective observer to prove a delusion. Not so easy to do so when we are the subject, however.
But here is where friends and family come in and the person/s of our deluded fantasy.
As the saying goes, we are our own worst enemy. Seeking outside advice and feedback, although not perfect, can help to expose our delusions. Conversation, with the right people, is the simplest way to expose our delusional state of mind, in my view.
Ultimately, when our delusions have gone too far we call this a mental illness.
Delusions of grandeur occur in patients suffering from a wide range of psychiatric diseases, including two-thirds of patients in manic state of bipolar disorder, half of those with schizophrenia, patients with the grandiose subtype of delusional disorder, and a substantial portion of those with substance abuse disorders – Wikipedia.
“Time with tell” can be somewhat a misnomer. As, I think, it is more “Time & testing will tell”. Ensuring that we open and transparent with our testing is also imperative for exposing our delusions. As without transparency, we risk involving someone else in a delusion.
I somehow doubt that we can ever strip away all of our delusions, but this could be another delusion….ha.