Familiarity with truth


Familiarity breeds contempt. How accurate that is. The reason we hold truth in such respect is because we have so little opportunity to get familiar with it.

Mark Twain

I have been thinking of how much I get attached to things after a while, and how my perception of things change over time from not being comfortable with the thing to getting attached to it. I even came up with the term of the built-in washing machine we all have by nature. It is the power of familiarity that makes us contempt of what we have.

Maybe that is why we don’t understand the behaviour of other people. They get familiar to things that are not familiar to us. Even suffering becomes familiar to some where it provides them with contempt where they get stuck in it fearing to go out of their circle of familiarity to feel comfort which isn’t familiar to them.

Mark Twain in this quote seems to relate the power of familiarity to lying. It gives us a better understanment of why this world is full of lies. We are more familiar with deception than with truth. Maybe it is our nature, a way we invented to survive.

It also explains why some people lie more than others. They are just unfamiliar with the truth. Maybe a good solution would be to inject more truth in their life to get familiar to it.

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