Shocked by Reality?

It seems that many are. This is because they have a whole list of  “supposed to be” things, which predicate their expectations of how the world ought to be. In the last post I suggested that stalking and spying on someone you know, is like perving at someone as they undress from behind a lace curtain or venetian blinds. The mind can come up with some pretty strange justifications. “He obviously wanted me to watch him take his shirt off.” Of late there has been a massive backlash about dodgy male behaviour. “Isn’t it shocking that a bunch of rich bankers {rhyming slang} groped some young pretty hostesses? Tut, tut…” But women can be pervs too! I have noted, in science tutorials, at a top university, women less than half my age perving at my biceps. I have had my arse pinched, a long time ago, in a night club. Serves me right for walking through a hen party. I was obviously wearing too tight trousers, what a slag. And I have been handcuffed and paraded around a pub, by some girls, again a long way back. People get shocked at all sorts of things. Maybe they need to get out more and see a bit of life.

I have a hypothesis that says people in general are way more weird than they let on to others.

What goes on in the minds of sane people can be damn strange.

What do you reckon, is this hypothesis any good?

The problem is that when supposition and actuality do not overlap “it” doesn’t make sense. This is shocking. The natural order, according to the suppositions, is broken. Oh my! What to do? One can try to retro-fit, or one can be shocked, stunned, gobsmacked. In some cases, the reality isn’t faced at all. We can pretend that “it” never happened. We can go deep into denial. And if someone has views which differ markedly to our own, they are obviously stark raving mad. We must therefore go “la-la-la-la not listening”, like any sane person should.

Having cued this up

Do I ever find myself shocked at what happens in life?

Am I shocked by the opinions and views of others?

Who is the loony, me or them?