Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Perceptions -- an SM minute-to-be
Perceptions -- an SM minute-to-be
Tue, 7 Dec 1999 09:35:47 -0500
You know, perception is a wondrous thing. Often, the only thing
separating a positive response from a negative one is the reader's
I offer this one, which arrived on an advertising flyer last week:
DRINKING IN MODERATION IS A CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY.
Think about it -- does that mean that Mormons, Moslems and Teetotallers
aren't drinking enough? Or did the copywriter REALLY mean:
Some of us "think" the millennium begins next year this time, some that
it begins this year, some hold out for assorted other years. The fact
of when the millennium *factually* began/begins is impossible to
determine, but in the spirit of cogito, ergo sum -- that each of us can
argue our position(s) validates the THOUGHT itself and can offer insight
into another PERCEPTION.
I am reminded of a story I read once where a man was arrested, and on
trial, for high treason because he had been filmed, repeatedly, entering
a room whose door was bright red with a large black sign saying DO NOT
ENTER, RESTRICTED ACCESS! It was his misfortune that he did not SEE red
at all -- his eyes and brain perceived it as black, so all he saw was a
black door. And he used it as a convenient shortcut to something else.