A man who lies to himself, for instance, can take offense whenever he wishes, for there are times when it is rather pleasant to feel wronged - don't you agree? So a man may know very wellthat no one has offended him, and may invent an offense, lie just for the beauty of it, or exaggerate what someone said to create a siyuation, making a mountain out of a molehill. And although he is well aware of it himself, he nevertheless does feel offended because he enjoys doing so, derives great pleasure from it, and so he comes to feel real hostility toward the imaginary offender . . . But, please, get up off your knees and sit down. You know very well that your kneeling is also an insincere gesture, a lie . . .