Mike’s belief, and I subscribe to it myself, is that at the exact moment any decision seems to be being made, it’s usually long after the real decision was actually
made—like light we see emitted from stars. Which means we usually make up our minds about important things far too soon and usually with poor information.
But we then convince ourselves we haven’t done that because (a) we know it’s boneheaded, and no one wants to be accused of boneheaded-ness; (b) we’ve
ignored our vital needs and don’t like to think about them; (c) deciding but believing we haven’t decided gives us a secret from ourselves that’s too delicious not to
keep. In other words, it makes us happy to bullshit ourselves.
—Richard Ford, The Lay of the Land
Mike’s belief, …