A bubble would be nice, don’t you think?
With the current flu epidemic, it would be really nice. I could wrap myself up, knowing I’d be safe from airborne microbes just waiting to invade my throat and lungs, and venture out into the world without a care.
Of course, the bubble would have to be flexible, so that I could maneuver comfortably, and sheathe my fingers while still allowing them to pick the best fruits and vegetables from the bins. And the best bubbles would be heated, and have smart phone technology built in….
Or, maybe that’s asking too much.
In the past couple of days, I’ve been hearing this repeatedly: “We can’t know what’s in his heart.”
It’s not difficult to know what’s in someone’s heart.
If you receive a letter of introduction from a large company saying they have acquired the company where you work, and want to assure a smooth transition, but also want you to reapply for your job, can you know what’s in your new employers’ hearts regarding your job security?
If your teachers say they do not accept late papers, can you know what’s in their hearts when they scowl and refuse to take the late papers you offer?
And if an acquaintance says she doesn’t want to talk to you anymore, then hangs up on you if you call, can you know how she feels about you?
It doesn’t take much to know what’s in people’s hearts when they demonstrate it through word and deed.
Think of it as an equation: LANGUAGE + ACTION/EVIDENCE = POSITION
—new bosses wanting smooth transition + required job reapplication = they’re not keeping everyone;
—no late paper policy + glowering while refusing a late paper = disdain for students who think they’re above the rules;
—saying “Don’t call me” + hanging up = “I don’t want you in my life. Go away.”
It feels so straightforward —
LANGUAGE + ACTION/EVIDENCE = POSITION
— that one would have to be living in some kind of grotesque bubble to continue rationalizing away what is so patently clear, asserting what is contrary to the facts when doing so offers no convenience, no protection, no security.
…unless the alternate world within that bubble is preferable to facing the truth outside it, or the inhabitant feels more at home inside all that ugliness.
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