I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don’t.
W. Somerset Maugham
So I tend to have conversations with myself concerning just about everything. Politics, people in general, a person, an emotion, a random thought that passes through my head, or anything else. But basically it boils down to trying to answer The Question.
That’s it. There isn’t a follow up to it like ‘why this and not that’. It is just Why. Sometimes I can come up with a concrete answer, or what I think is concrete, only to have that pesky question pop up again. I can think something is fact and then promptly after asking The Question I can talk myself right out of it again.
I’m the same way in debates. I will constantly change sides to keep the dialogue going. My best example of this would be when I was on jury duty a few years back. It was a simple DUI case being that the cop said yes the guy said no, and no one was injured during the whole event. Well at the time I was working a job that did not have vacation or sick leave so when I missed work my check was really really small. And with a check that is very very small you can’t really afford to buy groceries. That being the case I wanted the court to buy me lunch (maybe it was dinner I can’t really remember :D) to make up a little of what I had lost.
In any event out of the 12 people there 3 thought he was not guilty and the other 8 that he was. I was an undecided. 🙂 So I took the side of not guilty. Pretty soon we were 8 not guilty and 4 guilty. Enter Evil Me. I switch sides and begin to pull people back toward the guilty side. For a simple case we managed to stay in debate for about 4 hours. In fact the court was even thinking of sending us home for the night and coming back the next day. 😛 So we took one last vote and found the guy not guilty…which he was.
It may have been mean of me to prolong the verdict just to get something out of it, but I love debates. Talking to people and hearing their point of view on something.
Because if I didn’t I’d never learn something new.
Because you have to expose your mind to new things otherwise you stay the same. Staying the same means that nothing changes. If nothing changes then life would be very boring.
Because you didn’t do/see/learn/feel something new. Maybe the world is boring, but I haven’t gotten to see and do everything yet so I’ll keep trying it to.