The justification for every choice lies curled up asleep inside of it's related action. Rationalization is not a catalyst for, but the offspring of action. After-the-fact illusions of premeditation can be seen repeated throughout repercussions, like revisionist ripples. Time travelers sent backward to birth themselves. At every scale, reasons wear the skin of their parent-events and act like they're in charge. Rationalization and action are echoes repeatedly nested within each other ad infinitum like a fractal.
This is the self-perpetuating loop that creates consciousness, and we are wired to misunderstand it.
We are not aware to make decisions, we are aware to make excuses.
(tic tac toe as fractal via stonybrook.edu