People see things differently. It all depends on your point of view.
The Spelling Bee
I was among the last three kids left standing in the spelling bee at Oakwood Elementary School. It was my turn and the word was “ought”. I started out “A-U-“ and the bell suddenly rang at the judge’s desk. What? How could I be wrong? It turns out I wasn’t wrong and shouldn’t have been disqualified. If you look it up, you will find “aught” in the dictionary. It means, among other things, “zero”.
Yesterday, I got a haircut. The woman who cuts my hair is from Iran and she just returned from a visit there. So was the woman in the chair next to me. I asked them how the people of Iran felt about current events. They told me the people of Iran are suffering from the international sanctions while the regime is wealthy and corrupt. They do not believe Iran is developing nuclear capabilities. They think there must be some other motive for the sanctions and differences with Israel but they do not know what it is.
My wife and I were watching Jim Cramer on Mad Money last night. He was talking about Coach’s bad quarterly report. I said the recession was finally impacting the buyers of luxury goods like Coach, Louis Vuitton, and Tiffany’s. My wife promptly informed me that Coach was not a luxury handbag and did not belong in the same category as the other two. I did not grow up in a wealthy family and Coach was a luxury item to us. But I can see my wife’s point of view.
It is only human nature to want to be right. And to think that everyone who doesn’t agree with us is wrong. But sometimes, depending on perspective, both sides can be right. I’m still sore about that spelling bee though.