Without reflection we go blindly on our way,
creating more unintended consequences,
and failing to achieve anything useful.
- Margaret J. Wheatley
I know someone that chooses not to reflect on anything before her. She chooses to avoid anything that might shatter her world view, even if in the end the resulting truth and understanding would be so much better for her and those around her.
The unintended consequences of this have been horrific, and yet she can't realize that it's her action, and inaction, that have caused the consequences that have touched many lives around her. Bury your head and it will go away, instead of look around and face the truth.
Her failure to truly focus on the truth that lies before her (pun intended), and to accept that the fault, the lies and the untold damage that has been caused are in great part her fault. This is because of her choice to blindly follow a path that was set before her by others.
What is so odd about this is that this person is one of the smartest people I know. I find it hard to believe she is incapable of critical thinking.