A mad scientist friend offers you a chip that would allow you to know what the people you’re talking to are thinking. The catch : you can’t turn it off . Do you accept the chip?
I think I won’t accept the chip, simply because whatever they’re thinking if it’s about me I’d rather not know. Their thoughts maybe negative or positive, I won’t know until I accept the chip.
I remember our school librarian tried to sell me the Newfie dictionary, the price was more than I wanted to pay, he said, “you’re missing something very important, you’d never know what the people are talking about, Newfie’s have their own language, they call it Newfanese, Isn’t it a great idea to know this language in case you hear it and don’t know what is, it’s all in this dictionary.”
His sales pitch didn’t work for me, I told him,”What I don’t understand cannot hurt me”.
Similarly the chip sounds tricky, the people might be thinking about me, good or bad, I’d like to take the safest route by not accepting this device of the mad scientist.
“Gossip- at every sip a Reputation Dies”- stereoscope card (Photo credit: Rescued by Rover)
The word I dislike is “Gossip”. I wish it was never entered in the dictionary. Whenever someone is about to go this path,I think there should be a huge ‘Red Flag ‘ waved instantly,or they have a cough attack.
Many innocent people are the target of this word.I don’t think it’s fair. It is always used in politics,let’s face it if one is not good enough to compete with his/her opponents why drag down the family or relatives.
I always watch the senate race Ads,one party trying to drag down the other to get votes from the public. They can try to show their positive side and let the public decide who is better. Will it ever happen,I doubt very much.We are humans after all , being fair is not one of our trait!
I checked the dictionary,to find out what is their definition of “Normal”, well surprise,surprise,it says physically or mentally sound. What it means to me,I do not think I’m quite sure.A good thing or a bad thing,depends on who the judge is.
Let me think about physically sound first. It is not easy to know about physical fitness. I maybe fit today,tomorrow I’d find out just the opposite. I heard about a young man,sound bodily, suddenly collapses and lands in the ‘ICU’. So one cannot decide by looking at a person,he/she is sound physically. There have been cases when patients have been sent home with a clean bill of health. Moments later the person is back on the stretcher wheeled hastily to ‘OR’,this is about physical health.
Next is mental health,it is much more complex than the one I just wrote about. We hear about serial killers,outwardly the neighbors see nothing wrong,he is as normal as anyone else. Delve further you find ,he/she is responsible for countless murders.How can it be, he was photographed with the Reagans. There is something wrong with this news.No there isn’t, we overlooked it.
My conclusion is, the word,’Normal’ is not easy to write about. So I leave it to the readers to decide,if they can distinguish between normal and abnormal.I certainly cannot.