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How is it that a lame man does not annoy us while a lame excuse does? Because a lame man is saying that we are walking straight, while a lame excuse is saying that we are limping. Towards the former, we are gracious; towards the latter, we feel sorry and, sometimes, angry.

The evidence that the man is lame is obvious to all and so everyone easily agrees that he is lame. But that an excuse is lame might be evident to me but not to the crippled mind; and so we are confronted by two opposite opinions. Things become more difficult when thousands of other lame minds join each other. Yet this clash of views is absent over the lame man.

When a lame  man is told that he is not lame, he will not believe; but when a man with a lame excuse is told that his excuse is not lame, he will believe it, because when he is alone, he constantly carries on a dialogue with himself convincing himself that he is not lame-minded. So, as much as possible, do not talk to yourself unless you talk of God whom we know will fill us with truth. 







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