On Truth: the Tyranny of Illusion (by Stefan Molyneux)

I cannot encourage you to read On Truth: the Tyranny of Illusion by Stefan Molyneux enough. It’s a free online “book” that takes an hour or so to get through. (Consider reading it with Readable.)


The topics of this philosophical “book” range include love, abuse, parents, authority, religion, maturity, and honesty.

If nothing else, it is a thought-provoking read.


Fantasy and irony:

I said: “Mom, I feel that you don’t listen to me.”

My mother replied: “Don’t be silly — of course I listen to you!”


The essence of wisdom is learning the value of “staying in the conversation,” even when it makes you uncomfortable.

Especially when it makes you uncomfortable.

Morality and authority:

When I was six, I was sent to an English boarding school. One of the rules there was that I was had to wear garters around my socks to keep them up, especially in church. I was told in no uncertain terms that if I entered the church without my garters on, I was being “disrespectful to God.” This didn’t make much sense to me; I argued that God made my legs, and men made garters, and I was sure that God would appreciate looking at his own creation rather than something that men made.

Naturally, my objections were also framed as immoral talkback – I was being “disrespectful” to the headmaster.

Consider adding other good quotes in the comments below.

Truth and the Tyranny of Illusion

One thought on “On Truth: the Tyranny of Illusion (by Stefan Molyneux)

  1. Gypsy Jack

    I was like that as a kid.. I went to catholic schools, i often had disputes.. at home as well.. the one thing i learned as a child was while these adults were calling me stupid.. I could not help but hear how dumb they were.. Just because “it’s just done that way, or it was always done that way” does not mean it’s the right way. I have been thinking for myself since I was 8 years old.. Gypsy

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