The healing power of self-delusion
Simon & Garfunkel were right. A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.
Remember the old saying that people get the government they deserve? The truth of that is borne out by this story by Jimmy Breslin. Except, like most conventional wisdom, the old saying is oversimplified, and probably should say something less catchy but more accurate, like, "Everybody gets the government that some people deserve." If I'm not making my point clear, and there's every chance of that, go read the story. And hey, don't kid yourself; enough people are doing that already.