Human nature is peculiar is so many ways. One of the things that both amuses and confuses me is our unwillingness to do what we know to be the right thing, even when we acknowledge that it would be better for all concerned.
A good example would be the frequent consumption of sweets when we know that other foods are much healthier. The same is true of sitting in front of the television when we know that we would benefit from more exercise. While avoidance of making the right choice may seem more fun at the time, in the long-run we will pay for those choices... and we know that.
In the same light, we avoid both routine and complicated tasks, thinking that by putting them off they will magically disappear, yet they hardly ever do. Procrastination always comes back to haunt us at some point.
This problem also seems to occur frequently in decision making. Again, we acknowledge there is a problem that needs to be dealt with, but we keep putting it on the back burner, causing ourselves far more stress and anxiety.
Another place we see avoidance taking place is in relationship and communication issues. Rather than addressing issues as they arise, we tend to avoid uncomfortable situations. Rather than being open and honest we remain quiet, or offer up cover stories or feeble excuses. Yet we know that unaddressed relationship problems will grow and fester, and cause immeasurable harm.
So why do we do it? Why do we avoid doing things that need to be done? Do we have some deep-seated need to sabotage our lives, our health and our happiness? Sometimes I wonder.