"The most costly of all follies is
to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief
occupation of mankind. The truth, indeed, is something that mankind, for
some mysterious reason, instinctively dislikes. Every man who tries to
tell it is unpopular, and even when, by the sheer strength of his case,
he prevails, he is put down as a scoundrel."
- H.L. Mencken
I know, I know, "Oh, that could never happen here..."