I think people think they want the truth. But when it doesn’t sit well in their stomach, or it leaves a bitter taste in their mouth, they can’t possibly reconcile the contradiction or justify it when it doesn’t process through their filters.
I’ve always maintained that believing something new, antithetical to our current position, is quite possibly the hardest thing one can achieve. We love our positions. We love finding justifications for the beliefs we already have. We don’t want the hassle of a new belief.
We’d also rather hire a gardner to tell us how it is than to get our own hands dirty. Gardeners come in the form of many things… Spiritual leaders, news broadcasters, political figures… these replace the hard knocks of experience, grunt work, discernment, praying, reading, and divine communication.
It is also with people… our perceptions or judgments of them. We either hold them on a pedestal they can’t even reach, or we dismember their every moral fiber; both for the sake of convenience in chalking up the whole of them based on a perceived portion of them.
We don’t want to actually get inside someone’s head. It’s simply too much work.