We saw no lands on the horizon No distant shores along the fray

24 February 2006

There is this student at work who comes up and chats to me every now and then. He studying psychology, and philosophy and all that sort of rubbish, and usually that is the sort of thing he talks about. I’m not quite sure how it happened, but basically we talk about what is consciousness, or god. You know, those big questions that you are never going to get an answer for.

And somehow I have ended up being the sceptic. I think it is my habit of disagreeing with people simply for the sake of it.
That isn’t quite true. I don’t disagree with everyone, but if some one says to me X is wrong when it is clearly an issue that cannot be proven then I am more than likely going to say no way, X is right. Because I don’t like when people think their opinions are right, and that everyone else just has to be persuaded.

And that probably ties in to my dislike of labels. I don’t think people fit into labels, and I don’t think there is any one answer to why things are the way they are.

Course, how this then fits into me taking the exact opposite stance I’m not quite sure. Because that means I’m doing the exact same thing, only in reverse.

Anyways, el studento is entertaining enough, and it passes the time. But I think he thinks that the answers I give him are what I actually believe. Which is amusing.

I am a sceptic of course. But I’m sceptical of anyone who says that This is TRUTH. I don’t believe there is one truth for everyone, and even if there is, that isn’t all that important.

If you cannot prove something is the TRUTH then it isn’t. That doesn’t make it wrong, or untrue. It just doesn’t make it the one and only way things could be.

Also, I have a tinfoil cut on my finger. You know the way you get a paper cut? Exact same, only from tinfoil. Honestly. Whats the story there?

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28 Responses

  1. Kelly says:

    Maybe you just believe you have a tinfoil cut on your finger. (By the way, ouch, bummer.)

    I get really mad when people tell me that something is one way and one way only. Don't they use their brains? Most of the time, people like that are just living out the beliefs they were indoctrinated with (like the good work I'm doing with my children. =o) It's hard to break away from them, especially if you never see the need to. Maybe you should have punched his nose and used your #1 "Seven Things I Say" quote.

  2. Fence says:

    Kelly I'll think about that next time, but he is a stranger, and so I'll be polite to him in a way I wouldn't to people I know.

    NM, you know I was actually going to leave a remark to tell you not to ask that question.
    Honestly, you have a one track mind. One track!
    and no.

  3. NineMoons says:

    Hee hee. You know me so well.

    But note that you actually did rate his cuteness yourself, so subconsciously your mind also runs along my little track. I'll have to wave at you.

    And it's not wrong if I want to know if the fella chatting up/to my lovely Fence is cute. Why shouldn't you spend your time ag flirtáil leis na mac léinn? Yes, I know it's technically against the rules for you to date a student, but hey, Logan said it "secrets can be hot".

    If he looked like Logan you'da squeeeed in response to my question.

  4. Fence says:

    Yeah, but he could be as cute as he liked physically only with his "knowing the truth" attitude he is wouldn't be.
    Not that he is unpleasant or anything.

    And Logan is not cute because of the way he looks.

  5. anne says:

    Or maybe he's just studying your contradictory (contrary?) psyche?

  6. NineMoons says:

    OK. So next time you mention a member of the opposite sex, I'll immediately ask "did you find him attractive" instead. That will cover the issues of the pretty-but-gobdaw and ordinary-but-fascinating fellas. Excellent.

    I can't remember what it's like to look at Logan and not think, aw CUTE. I've moved so far beyond the "kinda funny-lookin but interesting and BAD" initial reaction that I can't go back and look at him feature by feature. His pictures are cute. He's cute. I'd probably have to see him playing another character to snap myself out of it.

    Oh GOD when will it be on again? Scuttlebutt says it's delayed further. I will go mad…

  7. NineMoons says:

    And what "Truth" did not-cute liberry boy "know"?

  8. You know I'm only jealous because we're still waiting for the latest season of Battlestar, and it's driving me insane. Besides, I haven't even seen VM yet.

    Don't hurt me. Please.

  9. Fence says:

    Anne, you may be right. He is doing that psycho-molology aka, messing with your head stuff that only Granny Weatherwax(Terry Pratchett) should be allowed to do.

    All of them NM. ALL of them :)
    You know, God. What the soul is. Out of body experiences. All that sorta stuff.

  10. Fence says:

    FM, we shall have to consider your plea bargain to take into account the powerful influence of jealousy and neglect.

    We shall refrain from the "clip on the butt of the lug" for the moment.

  11. NineMoons says:

    I don't forgive so easily.
    I do not forget.
    I wait.

  12. NineMoons says:

    Ooh, liberry boy knew the truth about God? What's (s)he like? Is there life after death? Did Jesus get married? You have to share…

  13. Fence says:

    You may wait, NM, but you'll gorw bored and forget :)

    God? well, He is a He. And He is. For sure. Jesus, we aren't too positive on. No marraige, no kids.

    Life after death? Yes. And even reincarnation. But not like being reborn a snail or anything. :)

  14. Carl V. says:

    Awesome! I can add 'tinfoil' to my list of creative things to kill someone with…awesome!

  15. NineMoons says:

    Yeah, I got bored waiting so I went back to my child abuse. Reading about. Not doing.
    Good to know God's a man. I mean, otherwise, I've been pissing Him off for YEARS. Life after death is good but I don't see the point in reincarnation, less'n you remember all the things not to do and all the things you wanted to do. And the thought of going through puberty again… ick.

  16. Carl V. says:

    Don't know why I said 'awesome' twice…must be 80's day! Think I'll go tinfoil myself for pennance.

  17. Fence says:

    That makes three times now Carl :) I'm impressed.

    Thanks for that clarification NM otherwise we may have been worried :evil:

  18. NineMoons says:

    Say 'rad' instead Carl. Rad.

  19. auds says:

    2 questions –
    Fence – if you're a librarian why can't you date a student? (Unless you work in a primary school for really gifted children or something)

    2. NineMoons – why are you reading about child abuse? Exams? Work?

    (and another question – why are the names of the commenters so small in the new funky green window? I'm just going from blog to blog today thrashing everyone else's layout – I think it's a projection thing. Still very fond of the fox though)

  20. NineMoons says:

    Hey Auds. Yup, work. Paralegal. Spend my days summarising accounts of physical, sexual and emotional abuse in various institutions. No face-to-face contact so far and they aren't kids any more but it's still nasty. And not what you want to be doing on a Friday evening. But hey, you're (nearly!) a doctor. You know all about nastiness like this. :-)

  21. Fence says:

    Part of my employment contract says "It ist verboten, to with the studenten fraternize" not sure why.

    And as for the commenters names, that font is very small isn't it? I keep meaning to change but then I don't. Ill go do so now.

  22. Carl V. says:

    oooo…Rad! Forgot about that one. You may or may not remember…and definitely will not care…that Rad was a teen BMX racing movie in the 80's staring a very cute but mostly unknown Lori Laughlin of Full House fame. Loved that movie when I was a teen…only because of her of course. Rad!!!

  23. Carl V. says:

    The correct spelling is actually Lori Loughlin…man she's still awesome, rad, totally tubular today!

  24. Fence says:

    Never heard of that film Carl, and if I'm honest, you are right I don't care about a teen BMX film :)
    I do remember when the world was BMX mad though.

  25. Max Lee says:

    I'm with everyone who says that to each his own Truth and there's no way pre-packaged beliefs could save you!

  26. LiVEwiRe says:

    I have to laugh because I am one to argue a point for the sake of argument. Like you, I don't like others to assume they are automatically right. They might be, I just want to hear their theory as to why. You know, to see if they can apply their thoughts as opposed to just repeating something they've heard along the way. Sometimes I end my point by saying, 'yeah, I pretty much agree with you', which really pisses them off! =) And what's up with the tin foil? Do I have to get you safety gloves?

  27. Fence says:

    LiVEwiRe, obviously I'm not quite as mature as you. Even if I totally agree with someone I'll keep right on arguing. I very bold, but it amuses me. :)

    Max, truth is beauty, and beauty truth. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder right? Which seems to mean that your truth depends on what you see :)