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Quick Question

I point to the leaves on a tree. They're blatantly obviously green.
I say: Those are pink.

What are you going to say to me?

I want as many responses as possible, they can be the same.


meez :)~

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From: nolf Date: November 28th, 2001 05:48 am (UTC) (Link)
what makes you think so?

what do you think is making them look pink?
From: nolf Date: November 28th, 2001 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)
on second thought....
why do you think i am seeing green while you are seeing pink? what's doing it? what does it mean?
sysadmin From: sysadmin Date: November 28th, 2001 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Dood, give me what you are smoking.... that sounds like fun!
burntflowers From: burntflowers Date: November 28th, 2001 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)

how zen

You: Those are pink!
Me: *looks closer* They're yellow too.

Reminds me of a zen saying.

The grass is green.
The grass is not green.

Both statements are true. :)
moowazz From: moowazz Date: December 1st, 2001 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: how zen

Question: Why are they both true?

arkos From: arkos Date: November 28th, 2001 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd just look at you and smile. Then again I know about the Moose.
musus From: musus Date: November 29th, 2001 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

First, sorry about the delay in the post. I wasn't able to load Live Journal all of late yesterday (kept getting a DNS error...oh well). It actually turned out to be not such a bad thing, because it allowed me to think about exactly how I would want someone to respond if I were the one saying the leaves on the tree were pink.

Second, my response would depend on how the statement was phrased. For example, some people I know are just straight-up 'drama queens.' So, when one of those people says something along those lines (depending on the context of the situation, the tone of their voice, their current mood, etc), I am inclined respond with less reservation than I would otherwise. I, however, believe I know you well enough that if you said, those are pink, it would merit a more careful, thought provoking response. Such statements that are seemingly absurd merit a more careful, thought provoking response because they are likely to be out of our normal scope of typical situations experienced from day to day. Therefore, it is important to be sure that one accurately assesses why someone says a given "thing." Make sense?

Now for my response, Hummm, that's interesting. Can you describe what pink looks like to you?

If you were to then respond by saying something like, Why? Doesn't it look pink to you?

I would respond by saying, Well, when I see those leaves, I see green, but that is a matter of perception.

After a couple seconds I would probably reiterate my original question of, So, do you think you can describe what pink looks like to you?

The point of your original question, if my empathy skills (and my ability to pick up on key signals after you've gotten to know someone kinda well) are any good, I would be inclined to say you were possibly looking for a sampling of how other people would respond/react to a seemingly "silly" statement. Eh? Am I good, or what? <-real question

Knowing you, and also knowing our brains think in the same wacky way, I think it's important to be as certain as you can be that your response (my response, in this case) isn't going to make someone feel bad for much of anything --can't think of a situation off the top of his head that would merit making someone feel bad...but isn't completely sure--

Anyway, that's my two cents. I hope it all makes sense. Let me know if clarification is needed on any points.
musus From: musus Date: November 29th, 2001 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)


Forgot something (silly me)... My reiterating my original response to your question would have been because I would truly want to understand, not just to ensure you didn't feel bad for making your statement. I'm fairly certain that's how you're likely to (have) interpret(ed) it, but I wanted to be "completely" (LOL...sigh...it's an endless struggle) clear.

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