Every time I read, I find out that more and more 'truths', 'traditions', 'common knowledge', etc. were fabricated by some PR person in the not too distant past. People are okay with this though, and actually defend what it means to be ______ (fill in the blank - i.e. What is means to be an American, husband, wife, Republican, etc). Some easy examples are you must buy diamonds for marriage, bacon and eggs hearty breakfast, smoking is cool (now vaping). I understand how we can comply and go along with it because we are not a needs-based society, we just want stuff out of boredom many times.
My question lies with the people that defend and live by certain exposed truths. (1) What is with the defense of false things? I love learning about truths and being true, why do people not pursue truths, be it external or internal? I believe it makes you happier in a sense, or more grateful. Why are people obsessed with denial? (Perfect marriage, perfect house, perfect life, makeup, feelings, etc.) Denial doesn't make a person happy, but they deny this fact too. Coming clean with yourself and being true to yourself allows you to be happy. (2) Why do people waste their life in denials?
I understand this is like a rabbit hole because this can be rooted back to the beginning of human history. The most recent exposed truths are easy to talk about without getting into any crazy religious, philosophical debates.