The Guilty Dog Barks the Loudest

Brian McCullough on the Techmeme Ride Home for 2 July 2020:

Sometimes, you fear the most the thing you suspect in others that you know you’re guilty of yourself.

This concept was known to our parents and grandparents generations as, “The guilty dog barks the loudest.”

It’s why spouses who cheat, come to believe that their spouse is also cheating. It’s why people who lie and cheat, like our President, come to believe that everyone else also lies and cheats.

Of course, we all remember about a year ago the myriad stories about how President Trump cheats at golf and has for years, for example, this from golf.com: How and why President Trump cheats at golf — even when he’s playing against Tiger Woods

Trump doesn’t just cheat at golf. He cheats like a three-card Monte dealer. He throws it, boots it, and moves it. He lies about his lies. He fudges and foozles and fluffs. At Winged Foot, where Trump is a member, the caddies got so used to seeing him kick his ball back onto the fairway they came up with a nickname for him: “Pele.”

“I played with him once,” says Bryan Marsal, longtime Winged Foot member and chair of the coming 2020 Men’s U.S. Open. “It was a Saturday morning game. We go to the first tee and he couldn’t have been nicer. But then he said, ‘You see those two guys? They cheat. See me? I cheat. And I expect you to cheat because we’re going to beat those two guys today.’… So, yes, it’s true, he’s going to cheat you. But I think Donald, in his heart of hearts, believes that you’re gonna cheat him, too. So if it’s the same, if everybody’s cheating, he doesn’t see it as really cheating.”

Precisely. The cheater comes to see everyone as a cheater, and then, lacking good character in the first place, they justify their bad behaviour.

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