Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A very Serious and Confusing Post

"The dwarves and Snow White sit down for a bite. How fast can you guess what she serves her guests next?"

"Seven seconds" is the solution. "The dwarves and Snow White." If there are seven dwarves dining... and she serves seconds, that means "seven seconds." Doctor Lessing is a physician, a very serious person.

This was taken from the movie Life is Beautiful. I think it's in italian, hence the translation of the riddle wasn't too good, but what I want to say is sometimes when one is too serious, it's kinda hard to get the meaning because the person who set the riddle didn't meant it to be looked at that way. To get the answer for the riddle, one has to attuned oneself to the frequency of the setter. It isn't easy, nothing is easy, and we term this term, "understanding".

Words are ambiguous, for it means different things to different people. Therefore, one should never take the meaning of words solely. One has to combine one's understanding of the speaker with the meaning of words to get a better understanding of what the speaker is saying. A fatal error is when we intepret the words said with our own understanding of the words and hence we didn't get the message transmitted by the speaker. Of course, it's a very instinctive act, and that is where most misunderstandings occur. I understand all of the above might prove to be a little confusing, a better writer would have phrased it much more simply, but sometimes, we deliberately set riddles or say things indirectly to see if the listener gets you. It's sort of a test to see who's on the same wavelength as you are. And when you find that someone, talking becomes much more simpler because not so much effort has to be put into making the meaning clear.

"Do onto others what you want others to do onto you." That is not totally correct. Let me illustrate with a simple example. It's Steph's birthday, you go shopping for her present. You like dark chocolates, so applying the theory of "doing onto others what you want others to do onto you", you buy her a box of dark chocolates because that's what you want others to buy you. But the problem is, she doesn't like dark chocolates, she likes white chocolates.

Perhaps the link isn't clear, but it's meant to illustrate that we shouldn't think others are like us. Yes, we shouldn't, but being humans, it's such an instinctive action to do so, so I don't think it's any fault of us to do so, that is why I love one of the quote so much. "We are not put on this earth to see through one another, but to see one another through." If we are less judging, and try to understand and listen more, perhaps that one day might come where we could really see through one another.

And Darn, this talk is getting too serious and dreary for my liking...

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