First off, Rick, thanks for taking the time to respond thoughtfully to the below.
The ability to view the human, by the self, starts with the realization that both exist mutually exclusive of each other. Once this bedrock of understanding is fully integrated into the core character of a man, he then has the ability to view the world, and himself, in a more objective manner. (Being able to make key distinctions is primary in separating fact from fiction). We are only deluded to the extent that we want to be, to the degree that we support the avoidance of facing up squarely to the fact of it. I do not claim to have answers for anyone else, knowing full well that each individual is on their own path, and that they must learn to trust themselves to know what to do at all times, by first going within for all guidance and answers — by connecting directly with the self, until the way becomes clear again; thereby completing the circle of trust by intelligent action. A man who is filled with fear, is a man who does not trust himself, who has no understanding or awareness of where the source of his fear lies.
You cannot be hoodwinked, manipulated, or used against your will, if you operate consistently in connection with ‘The Self ‘. The very instant that a man moves into Self Doubt, he will from that moment forward, start having trouble with the world, because what he is putting out, will magnetize trouble back to him.