I had a situation come up with one of my friends. She was in a circumstance where it seemed someone she knew and liked was up to no good. The evidence was extremely incriminating. 9 out of 10 people would vote to convict, I’d say which makes it very hard to be the one standing alone to defend. Might you be a fool?
Being as I am her friend I argued for about a half hour, the 90% side of this, against her faith. This may sound cruel but it was requested because if she were in denial about this thing it would come down on her pretty hard when the veil lifted so I probed and prodded every nook I could find while she continued to stand up for the guy. Finally, I became convinced.
“Okay, I am voting with you now. You must be right because if something was wrong here you’d have caved. But I just outlined every possible bad scenarios and one after another you told me they did not jibe with your feelings.”
“Okay, well it sounds like you know this guy and you know what you know. And you ought to just go with it because it seems to me you could hear something about someone and just know for a fact that it is outside their character… it’s just not something they would do.”
“Yeah, I think that.”
“Me too. There are some things you can’t be wrong about ant it sounds like this one of them. I mean what if someone came to you and said I did something and there were all kinds of evidence but you just knew it was something I’d never do. Could that happen?”
“That could happen.”
“Yeah, I think that could happen too. So maybe you’d say no. She didn’t do that. That doesn’t sound like Elsa, it is outside the bounds of what I know to be her character. I think this is like this with this guy.”
“I think so too.”
“Okay then. I agree with you against all the evidence though I would not feel that way had I not grilled you so much. We had to do that but we did and you stood up to it completely. If there was something to come out I think it would of. I say blah, blah, blah and you start to see things that corroborate it. Oh yeah this and that, you’d say and the picture would emerge. But that never happened and I think this is definitive. I think you are right about this guy regardless of how unlikely it looks on paper and I don’t think you have to think about this anymore.”
She sighed her relief. “Oh, good. I feel so much better.”
“I bet. Nothing like having your faith win.”
Later that evening her faith was confirmed but it left me to wonder. What about those people who go off in some way and all the neighbors say they just can’t believe it. They never expected so and so shoot up McDonald’s or whatever. How does that happen?
I don’t think it would happen to me but this is because I think everyone on this planet is capable of going off given the right set of circumstances. But stealing a loaf of bread? There are some people who are just simply not going to do that under any circumstances.
Do you trust the things you know? How strong is your faith and where is Jupiter in your chart?