“I begin to see my whole life
As a masterpiece of duplicity —
The confused, helpless
Hungry, and hideously sensitive
Little embryo at the root of me
Having learned, step by step
To comply, placate, bully
Wheedle, flatter, bluff
And cheat my way into being taken
For a person of competence and
For when it really comes down to it
What do any of us know?”

From The Joyous Cosmology By Alan W. Watts