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.
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.
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.