posted on Jan, 29 2012 @ 12:05 PM
I expect most of us are familiar with the phrase, "Say what you mean, don't mean what you say." In fact, this originates from Alice in Wonderland.
Incidentally, it resulted in a rather interesting conversation discussing the efficiency of conversation and vocalized concepts, where we often take
for granted the ability to discern the true meaning, rather than the literal intention of whatever has been said.
And yet it seems that we have fallen in the rut of "metaphor"...that is to say, we don't take what we hear literally, so much as metaphorically,
even leading to exaggeration and hyperbolic statements. I could give several examples, but there is one that I am continually drawn back to, one that,
to me, has not only immediately effective repercussions regarding perspective, bu long- lasting ramifications as well.
What, you ask, could be so damaging as regards overly literal phrases? My answer: "I know ___." I can see your blank expressions. Allow me to
explain. See, this happens so often that we now take it for granted, as with so many potentially disastrous mannerisms that I will not go into. Women
, have yo ever heard one of your female friends say, "Oh, I know he's cheating on me. I just know it."
Then it turns out he's just been working long nights, whether it be because he's afraid he might lose the job, or he's working on a promotion,
which ends up with you celebrating with a night on the town and - *GASP* getting engaged! Now...what was that you said? Oh, yes...you know, but you
DIDN'T know. How does that work out? Guess again... Additionally, you say, "Oh, I KNOW she's talking s**t about me behind my back!" Then it turns
out that it was someone else doing the talking, and this person who so definitely has betrayed you was trying to quell the rumors. Now how does that
make you feel? How many times have you had to apologize for being wrong after you KNEW you were right?
And men, you too are guilty of this. You say, "Oh, hell, you better be ready to pay me 'cause the Giants are winning tonight." In the end: you lose
$40 because you KNEW you were right. And how about this one? "Nah, the truck will be fine." Then you're late to work because along the way, the
engine stalled and you had to call a tow truck.
There are countless other examples where we knew something, then were proved wrong. The only defenses are some backwards logic and feeble excuses. No,
we're usually convinced we can do no wrong. Then we turn out wrong.
In fact, not only are we often proven wrong when we believe ourselves right, the only KNOWELDGE is perspective. That's right: I say it's blue, you
say it's green. A computer may identify it as teal, but we boh believe we are right and the other person is wrong. Why is this?
Because we humans consistently believe, until we have led ourselves astray one too many times, that our eyes and ears are the only ones that can truly
be depended upon. And yet...we don't know everything, do we? And this leads me to my ultimate point.
We don't know everything. In fact, we know nothing. We only know what our brains are being told....and those, in fact, can be fooled. Schizophrenics
and dementia patients can attest to that. So next time, when you are so convinced you are right...remember:
You have one set of ears. One set of eyes. And one brain. And none are fool-proof. Arrogance is the spice of failure.