Wise Words: The Illusion

The light at the end of the tunnel is not an illusion. The tunnel is.

“The light at the end of the tunnel is not an illusion. The tunnel is.” ~ Uncredited

There is something about this quote that’s both inspiring and . . . calls for thought. 

It’s inspiring in the way that motivational quotes inspire. They keep you motivated. They give you hope. And I cannot help but admire that. If you focus on the light, the tunnel disappears.

Yet . . . it calls for thought, at least for me, because not all tunnels end in light. And perhaps that’s a negative way to see it, but I think I make a good point–at the very least causes the need for closer examination.

So if you consider the tunnel as the illusion, what is the motivational cue if there is no light at the end? Is the point of the quote to have hope? I mean, hope is a very powerful thing. I understand the strength behind hope. But what about that end? Perhaps you should focus on the tunnel. Maybe there’s another way out if you take a closer examination of the tunnel. You can’t do that if you’re thinking the tunnel is an illusion.

And maybe I’m making a bigger deal out of this than is necessary, but I can’t stop my mind from the hesitation it has towards that light.


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