If only we could see ourselves the way others see us. Would we be able to tolerate it? The gap between self image and public perception can be quite a divide that becomes insurmountable when the ego feels threatened by anything less than flattering may come to the light. We may do everything in our power to deny what others see, including gaslight, discredit, and ad hominem attacks.
Nevertheless, self image is destined to reach an end; nothing lasts forever, including our most desperate dreams. It is here, in the passage of time, that a new vision emerges composed all those who have been paying attention all along. In the case of individuals, this usually has limited scope: most people fly under the radar and traces of their life vanish in death. But for nations, this is an entirely different affair. Despite best efforts to the contrary, dirty laundry continues to be aired.
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