Social Distortion

     “Take a look at the world and see the unhappiness around you and in you.  Do you know what causes this unhappiness?  You will probably say loneliness or oppression or war or hatred or atheism.  And you will be wrong.  There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so wide-spread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them.  Because of these false beliefs you see the world in a distorted way.  Your programming is so strong and the pressure of society so intense that you are literally trapped into perceiving the world in this distorted kind of way.  There is no way out, because you do not even have a suspicion that your perception is distorted, your thinking is wrong, and your beliefs are false.”

―Anthony de Mello: The Way to Love: The Last Meditations of Anthony de Mello (Image Books, Doubleday, 1995).