It’s Erroneous!


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What is it that makes people think their perception is greater than the reality of a situation?

People that present themselves up for an audition with the staunch belief they have the voice, and stand tall and proud in the moment, convinced, and not aware that they are filled with delusions of grandeur, only to be told that they just don’t have it.  Deflated much?

What about those few people that possess an item they believe has grand value and try to pawn it with unrealistic expectations, only to be reminded that it’s worth nothing?  Deflated much?

There are a lot of people filled with delusions of grandeur; an erroneous belief that is held in the face of evidence to the contrary.

Now this is a good word.

Erroneous.

It has an interesting twirl around the rr sound.  Don’t you think?  There are no right or erroneous answers.  Sounds wordy.  Doesn’t it?

I’m wondering though.  If we were to consider for a moment the number of erroneous times we’ve had, if any, depending on your perception of things, what was the outcome?  Did it fare well for you?  Was it embarrassing? Was it a lesson learned?  Was it enlightening? Did you snap out of it and laugh at yourself?

Would you believe I’ve forgotten where this entry was leading? Oh oh… there goes another balloon!

I like the following joke from Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar:

[1] “An old cowboy goes into a bar and orders a drink. As he sits there sipping his whiskey, a young lady sits down next to him. … She says, ‘I’m a lesbian. I spend my whole day thinking about women. …’ A little while later, a couple sits down next to the old cowboy and asks him, ‘Are you a real cowboy?’ He replies, ‘I always thought I was, but I just found out I’m a lesbian.'”

The mistake the cowboy makes is that he assumes that the definition of a lesbian is somebody who spends the “whole day thinking about women.” The reason the joke works is because in a certain way that definition could apply to lesbians, but it fails to address the point that a lesbian is a homosexual female. The cowboy is neither homosexual nor female; therefore he is not a lesbian.

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