The Tension Inside

To watch humans is to see doublethink.

Earlier today, I passed a woman in the company of two children. She strode on with the elder child at her side, while the younger – I estimate some five years of age – followed on behind at a reasonable walk.

As they approached, she looked over her shoulder and said “Faster, {NAME}. You know we’re in a hurry.”

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{NAME} dutifully sped up to her pace, which was for him a jog.

Mere moments later, she looked over her shoulder again and said, “{NAME}! What have I told you about running!”

While I cannot disregard (and would applaud) the use of contradiction to teach mental flexibility and such, I suspect she was unaware of the conflict she promoted.

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