Beheld: (v) past tense of behold: to see, look upon or gaze at
You will always find plenty of what you’re really looking for.
Once you set your mind to believe that the world is filled with a certain substance or the absence of a precious virtue, you will convince yourself that your notions and convictions are accurate.
You will behold exactly what you want to see and then you will go off and proclaim what you beheld.
- The racist always finds examples of stupidity among those he deems inferior.
- The pessimist never lacks evidence that his or her philosophy is well-grounded.
- The misogynist is never lacking a dumb blond joke.
- And the angry feminist can tell you story after story about the abusive results of testosterone-driven maniacs.
There’s an old saying: to the pure all things are pure and to those who are defiled, everything is defiled.
It’s not an issue of optimism. Life is more or less like the zoo–even though the park offers snakes, lions, tigers, elephants and bears, if your favorite is the monkeys, you don’t ever have to encounter the other creatures.
Some people would call this ignorance.
I would disagree.
I would call it bliss.