Justification or the Truth?


I went out to lunch with a sometime friend/mostly acquaintance (it’s a complicated relationship) the other day and she spent the better part of the meal checking her cell phone, texting, and LOL’ing to Facebook posts. At one point she looked up and said, “Aren’t you going to check your messages?” (I think she was feeling bad that I wasn’t obsessed with my phone, too, and, that I actually wanted to have a conversation with a live person, instead. Perhaps she realized she was being rude and wanted me to join in her rude behavior so she wouldn’t seem quite so obnoxious.)

“No,” I said. “Besides, I only have a ‘dumb’ phone. I


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4 Responses to Justification or the Truth?

  1. david says:

    The problem is that when you are justifying things, you are often not in a position to realize that you are justifying them rather than looking at the truth.

  2. Bobbi says:

    dump the “friend” life is too short.

  3. gina says:

    But isn’t almost every purchase a justification? In reality, there is very little that any of us truly needs and even those needs (food, shelter, clothing) we justify by purchasing better than we really need. In this case, couldn’t you say that any purchase is a justification of sime time?

  4. Caroline says:

    Wow, this really resonated with me. I have had similar conversations and I feel the same way. I thought I was one of the only ones! Thank you for sharing this.
    What’s more, this kind of thinking can be applied to so many things – not just monitarily. We justify all sorts of behaviors but in the end those short-change ourselves and our relationships. Thanks for the reminder. Very profound!

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