"Misleading are the extension lines that one draws in one’s mind to complete the images of those
whom one believes to know — lines that go farther and farther, that conquer further and further realms
off the endlessness of the unknown; lines that make the images of those people closer to monolithic,
easier to comprehend, more digestible for one’s human sense; lines by which one’s human mind — like
an artful spider — spins an intricate web of behavioural acts, of statements, of random and less random
events, to wrap and firmly hold in it the unfortunate targets of one’s self-proclaimed knowledge; lines
that boost the intensity of the sense of knowledge at the expense of its being justified, by means of
attributing characteristics — through self-projection and typologisation — inevitably obtained from
one’s own subjective realities as the only ones objectively existing. But namely because of that, if one
goes unreasonably far in drawing these lines, or draws them in a wrong direction from the very
beginning, one would lead oneself through the widely gaping gates of self-deception, to go as deeply
‘in’ as those go ‘on.’"
From "The Unsettling Love-Hate Story of Bewildered Anatoly"
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