“Is it okay to smoke a cigarette while praying to God?” a young man asked his father, a religious man.
“Of course it’s bad. It’s a great sin and very disrespectful act,” the father replied. He was disturbed with his son’s atrocious question.
“But last time you told me that to get rid of my addiction I should start praying while smoking. Didn’t you say that?” It seemed to him that his father was contradicting himself.
“No my son! Don’t confuse smoking-while-praying with praying-while-smoking,” the father explained.
“But what’s the difference?” the son was perplexed.
“There is a difference. A huge difference. I don’t know what but my brain tells me that there is.”
Now before we get started on a debate about the validity of father’s argument, let me clarify that the reason I brought up this anecdote was to highlight an important mental bias which plays out in our affairs very subtly.