“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance
when the need for illusion is great.”


Kurt Vonnegut and novelist Joseph Heller are enjoying a party hosted by a billionaire hedge fund manager. Vonnegut points out that their wealthy host made more money in one day than Heller ever made from his novel Catch-22.

Heller responds: “Yes, but I have something he will never have: enough.”                                                                                                

From Dr. Marty’s quotes

What creates the illusion that one never has enough is how the psyche and body wired based on early conclusions by an immature brain. The reason “enough is never enough” for some is that they are trying to actualized the “idealized self” in place of the “real self.” This cannot and will not ever work. If we succeed in destroying the pathway to the real self (to manage anxiety) we eventually become the shell of the person we could have been. In that case, we must be continually fed from the outside and are no longer the owners of our faces:

“After a certain number of years, our faces become our biographies.”

Cynthia Ozick

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