It is not easy being human. Despite the enraging nature of trying to survive as a member of a species that seems to specialize in self-destruction, we must on some level realize that it is baffling and frustrating to exist in this modern world.
Most people act out. They either do explicitly, by attacking what they perceive as the enemy, or covertly with the million acts of sabotage that are semi-normal now. Littering, vandalism, theft, graft, or just making a mess for others to clean up.
The human mind shuttles between order and disorder. When we have mental calm — no panic, lust, terror, rage, or depression — we can see the world as a sensible place, which makes us see most human decisions as insane, and sends us back to the other side frequently.
Much of our mental states resemble a spasm, a moment when the emotions overcome the need for stability, and we lash out to destroy. This animal rage shows all of the unpleasantness that we perceive in ourselves.
When we are in a state of mental order, we think logically; when we are not, we have reactions and then justify, excuse, validate, and rationalize them as being logical because they are happening to us from within our minds.
If you look out on the internet, you can find plenty of lists of “logical fallacies” which apply to argument, philosophy, and politics. However, relatively few have looked into ways that our minds deceive themselves.
Perhaps this short list will help:
All of these consist of clever ways to avoid acting. The human brain confuses doing nothing with being stable, and so it opposes any action to interrupt inertia. This makes it hostile not to change but to action, which allows others to shoehorn in “change” of a negative nature.
Humanity has just begun to scratch the surface of self-discovery. As we go further, we see more how our minds act against us in order to defend the current state of our minds against any disruptions.
However, to some degree we need disruptions, so that we can shuttle between chaos and order, because only in achieving order do we know ourselves, and what we should do, even if it is inconvenient and filled with doubt.