Lyrical Legends: The Doobie Brothers – What A Fool Believes

What A Fool Believes

The Doobie Brothers

By Terrance Moore


The sentimental fool don’t see..trying hard to recreate what had yet to be created…

The protagonist in the song is the poster child for delusion. In his mind, he created a historical account of something that never happened; with a woman who never gave him a second thought. He refuses to believe otherwise because his belief in the existence of what they once shared shields him from the feelings of indifference she has towards him. It’s much easier, and less painful, to convince yourself someone shares the same feelings you have for them. Even if your feelings for each other fall into separate categories, believing they feel anything for you is better than no feelings at all.

She had a place in his life…he never made her think twice…

Have you ever misinterpreted your level of importance in someone’s life? In your mind, the deep emotional attachment you had towards this person was mutual. But in reality, you were merely an undesirable option. I would venture to guess (not that I would know from experience or anything *clears throat*) that it was not only painful, but embarrassing as well. It’s the emotional equivalent to walking around with a dirty nose and refusing to look in the mirror to confirm it. You can tell something isn’t quite right, and everyone around you can see it. But you refuse to face reality as you pass through life with a cliffhanger in your nose screaming hello to the world!

What seems to be is always better than nothing…

At least you were able to finally see things for what they were, and not what you made them out to be. Imagine not ever realizing the situation for what it really is and making a fool of yourself every time you see that person. Sometimes we have a tendency to project our emotions when dealing with relationships. Your feelings for the other person are so strong that in your mind, they have to feel the same way. How could they not?! Unfortunately, projection and delusion are closely related when dealing with matters of the heart. They both have the power to create the existence of something that really isn’t there.

But what a fool believes..he sees. No wise man has the power to reason away…

Honesty is extremely underrated. Most people only want to hear the truth when it consists of what they want to hear. The truth can knock the wind out of the strongest person, so we tend to wrap it in bubble wrap and cover it with pillows in order to protect the ego of the person supposedly seeking the truth. Ignorance may be bliss to some, and delusion may be soothing to others, but it’s healthier to accept the truth than to live a lie.

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