Miscellaneous

Paul’s Daily Three for September 18, 2018

What was something very important to you that you eventually realized you were wrong about?

What was something very important to you that you had an “Ah hah!” moment when you realized you were even more right about it than you had suspected?

Who is the most intellectually honest person you personally know?

6 thoughts on “Paul’s Daily Three for September 18, 2018”

  1. I’m on vacation, so I have time to answer all of your thought-provoking questions, Paul!

    1) Until I was in my early 30s, I coasted along thinking that everyone reasoned the same way I did. For instance, I took it to be true that “If (such and such) happened to me, I would behave or react in (such and such) a way, SO… if that thing happened to someone else, that is they way they would act/feel too.” Of course I knew that there were a few crazy folks out there somewhere who would react in whacky ways where I and everyone else would react in sane ways, but they were too small to matter. Then it came to pass that I tried to reason with an individual who had, I guess you could say, an entirely different emotional logic than me. I was really stumped, and as a consequence re-evaluated some things that I had held as true.

    2) Once upon a time, my hubby and I were discussing how to handle a difficult situation (I don’t quite remember what it was, something to do with family or work or something), and I said in an offhand, humorous way, “Well, if it’s ‘damned if you do and damned if you don’t’ the thing to do is just choose the EASIER ‘damned.'” Since then we’ve referred to that little saying on quite a few occasions, and last evening I realized how profound it was when my hubby claimed that HE came up with it, when really it was MINE. I was so flattered that I didn’t even argue with him (which happened to be the ‘easier damned’ in that situation anyway haha).

    3) My father. He is extremely intellectual, extremely thoughtful, and faultlessly honest. Time and again I have seen his instinctual honesty reflected in my brothers and sisters, and I feel it as a driving force within myself as well.

    That’s all! Thank you once again for your daily questions, Paul!

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  2. Boy, you come up with some curly ones, Paul!

    What was something very important to you that you eventually realized you were wrong about?
    I can’t remember the details now, but it was something to do with the kids. And I ended up apologising. I think it was good for them to know adults can and do make mistakes.

    What was something very important to you that you had an “Ah hah!” moment when you realized you were even more right about it than you had suspected?
    There is a saying in our family when it comes to husbands : have you read the instructions? The answer usually is no, don’t need to, II’m doing know what . Until one day two of them had to resort to reading them and eating humble pie. I did a happy dance and have dined out on it ever since!

    Who is the most intellectually honest person you personally know?
    A close friend of mine. She cuts to the chase always – sometimes uncomfortably so

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