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Facts, Fiction and Theory

This morning I was sitting at the computer, probably playing Spider Solitaire. My mind was wandering through various subjects and I suddenly noticed that I was running a scenario in my head. I’ve been told and I have also read that creating scenarios is a bad thing. While I definitely agree that running them in order to try to rigidly script some upcoming event (or scaring the bejeebers out of myself) is not healthy, I’ve always run them.

Being the kind of person I am, I decided a couple of years ago to find a way to use them in a healthy manner, rather than trying to delete them from my thinking, at least for now. I may yet change my mind somewhere down the road and decide that either they aren’t healthy in any way, or that I don’t need them anymore for whatever reason, but at the moment I have a use for them still.

This morning’s scenario was actually a daydream as much as anything, I wasn’t really paying attention to it, so the following isn’t as specific as it might be — at least not until something happened in it. The scenario had me sitting in the vice-principal’s office of a (fictional TV show) high school, talking with the VP about some problem he had with a student for whom I was responsible, perhaps as a guardian. He wanted to know what had happened and I proceeded to tell him.

His next comment within the daydream is what really got me thinking. I don’t remember the exact phrasing; it was a variation of, “That’s not possible. It couldn’t have happened that way because it’s contrary to how the world works.” In the scenario, I blinked in astonishment and started sputtering. Then I shut my mouth because I have learned that when someone is bound to “that’s not possible,” they often refuse to look outside of it. They are so caught up in their view of how the world works, that they cannot or will not look at any evidence or facts that do not support their ideas. Continue reading “Facts, Fiction and Theory” »