The Power of Pretense

“If we want people to behave in a certain manner, we must set the stage and give them a cue.  This is true also when it is ourselves we want to induce.  There is no telling how deeply a mind may be affected by the deliberate staging of gestures, acts and symbols.

Pretense is often an indispensable step in the attainment of genuineness.  It is a form into which genuine inclinations flow and solidify.”

~ Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind

Here are three quick lessons we can take from Hoffer’s quote: