Tuesday, August 17, 2010

When No can mean Yes!

'Are we having an affair?’

‘What do you think?’

‘Umm, going by the time we spend on chat, people would say so’

‘Do you agree with them?’

‘Hmm, Agree with what? With their opinion or the premises based on which they have come to the conclusion?’

‘Well, you can say, you agree with both or you agree with neither or you agree with either one of them, isn’t it?’

‘Yes, I guess so’

‘So?’

‘If I say, I agree with neither, would you be disappointed?

‘If I say no, would you be disappointed?’

‘Well, I started the questioning, so I should be the one who should get the answer.’

‘Okay, sometimes a no could actually mean a definite yes.’

‘Are you speaking for yourself?’

‘Huh?’

‘I mean, are you saying that you might say No while expecting the other person to take it as yes?’

‘Well, it was a general statement based on an old saying. But it applies to me and also to you.’

‘How would you know whether a no means a no or an yes?’

‘Huh, that depends on the situation and a clear understanding of the other person.’

‘So it is circumstantial?’

‘Hmm, you may so!’

‘In that case, you will have to keep margins for error.’

‘Thats right. But I read people quite well. I have confidence in my accuracy.’

‘Is that so? You mean to say whatever my answer may be, you would know the truth.’

‘I suppose, yes.’

‘But in that case you should know the truth in the absence of any kind of explicit response from me, isn’t it?’

‘In principle, yes’

‘But in reality?’

‘So far, no’

'Why?'

'Because it requires effort to understand and acknowledge'

‘Awareness and understanding comes naturally, isn’t it?’

‘Yes, thats right’

‘So aren’t you contradicting yourself?’

‘Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.’

‘Thats Ayn Rand’

'Yes, thats right. How come you recognised it immediately, when you don’t even like her?'

'May be thats the reason I recognised. Is it a contradiction?'

'Well, May be its not!'

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