Why is it so hard to do the right thing? You are probably not surprised to learn that I have a theory.
Dr. Google says that in psychology, the psyche is the totality of the human mind, conscious and unconscious. An embellishment I’d like to add is that I think of the psyche as composed of everything that we are aware of, plus everything we are not aware of.
What I’m saying is that it seems to me each of us is conscious of a relatively few things, but what we are unconscious of could be described as pretty much infinitely vast. I think what we don’t know is a LOT more than what we do know. And what we do know we probably do not know fully. Rather I think we capture as best we can mental images of what we are becoming aware of, and I propose that the way our minds organize those images has a lot to do with why it is hard to do the right thing.
As I understand it, images in our minds that are similar naturally arrange themselves into clusters. And any particular cluster of images that gets very big also gets complex. So complex, in fact, that it begins to develop a personality.