I know this tribe

“He had been at fault but he usually managed to immediately brush aside such uncomfortable revelations,  and his well trained self-esteem banished them forever.”


Based on a paragraph in a Robin McKinley story

I know this person and his tribe. I bet you do, too. This is what well written fiction does for us. It is an indispensable boon.  When somebody asks me why so much fiction, what about the real world, it is sentences like these that come to mind, and whole characters from fiction that offer piercing insights into the human condition.

This comfortable, well-trained self-esteem, and the corresponding revisionist memory…. I so envy these people. I wish my own memories and conscience ate out of my hand in such well-tamed comfort.


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