image from Grand Illusions


Even when you understand and accept that the image above is static and your brain is causing the movement, it still moves.

No matter what factual and rational explanation I supply, as you stare at the image, it appears to move.

Positive illusions are unrealistically favorable attitudes that people have toward themselves.

The belief that empirical evidence to the contrary is shown to you, you will not believe it. Positive illusions that you hold are like the image above. Even when you accept that you may be wrong about how great a leader you are, about what ana fantastic member you are. The illusion of your awesomeness continues to move within your mind. You are spinning through false necessity to hold this positive illusion.

Of course, you create positive illusions; YOU define the criteria of what you are judged against.

It is Plato’s Euthyphro;

  • Socrates. And what is piety, and what is impiety?
    Euthyphro. Piety is doing as I am doing

In modern terms;

  • Boss. and what is great work, and what is horrible work?
  • Staff. Great work is doing as I am doing.

To work through the ambiguity of positive illusion with staff, creating Clear & Distinct expectations, action plans, and how all of this will be followed up and evaluated MUST be completed and co-created with staff.

For yourself, finding what I like to call your Philosophical Friend helps immensely. A friend who questions your foundational logic of choices. Someone you trust and find intelligent enough to rip apart your actions and ideas critically. A friend who questions and challenges you to justify and validate your reasons beyond the point of agreeing with you.


You accept different criteria for illusions only once you are shaken out of your dogmatic slumber.


With credit given to Immanuel Kant’s Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics