I’m a big fan of Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. The #KeepIt100 segment, where panelists are asked a question and told to Keep it 100 (tell the truth), can be quite enlightening.
We humans say we value truth, but that’s not really the case, is it?
Who gets the promotion? The hard worker who is always there to ensure the job gets done, or the slick-talker who has his nose shoved up the boss’s ass? Come on, tell the truth!
Little lies are what keep us going.
Don’t you feel better when someone says your hair looks nice, even if you don’t think it does? Of course you do. You move to the nearest mirror and start admiring yourself.
Unless you’re depressed.
We tend to think of depressed people as feeling so bad that they cannot see the truth about themselves.
However, research is proving that people with clinical depression are the ones that are most likely to see how they really are. Professor Julian Keenan tells us that it’s the ability to self-enhance, or see ourselves better than we truly are, that separates us from persons with depression.
In other words, depression is the inability to lie to oneself.
Maybe that explains how someone lacking talent, education, knowledge, or experience, can be a talking head on television, get his or her own reality TV show, or be elected to Congress. We like it when people lie to us and make us feel good.
So the next time you’re finding yourself feeling a little down, look in the mirror and tell yourself how good you look. It may not be true, but you’ll probably feel better.
Brownie points if you can tell me what movie the title is a quote from.