Here's a little quiz for you. It is very easy, as it only consists of one problem. I will present you with a scenario, and then, based on that scenario, you get to answer a single question. Anybody who misses this needs to go back to remedial "Beneath My Placid Exterior" and re-read old "My Seething Cauldron" posts!!
So, I've got the twins, a.k.a. the Greater Evil and the Lesser Evil. Based on my summary of a recent conversation, see if you can guess which one (i.e., GE or LE) I was, um, "speaking" with:
The other day, we were arguing over something stupid. I remembered something happening one way, and she remembered it happening another way. We went back and forth and back and forth.
Me: "It was when we were standing right there, and you said blah, blah, blah..."
Her: "I would never say that! I never said that!"
Me: "Why would I remember you saying that, if you didn't say it?"
Her: "I don't know! I just know I never said what you said I said!"
Etc., etc., etc.
After about 20 minutes of this, I finally conceded that neither of us was willing to give in and admit that the other person was right. In an effort to model problem-solving skills and conciliatory behavior, I therefore decided to offer a truce, of sorts. I wanted to put an end to the yelling (on both our parts, but mainly because I was getting hoarse!) and the eye-rolling (on her part, as I was half-way afraid if she rolled her eyes any harder, they would pop out of her head and roll down the stairs, collecting carpet fuzzies as they bounced down each step....).
"Well," I said, "People often remember the same situation a little bit differently from one another, according to their own perspectives. So, I can see how your memory of blah-blah-blah would be different than my memory, and I am willing to admit that your version of events is at least as valid is mine is. Can you, then, also be willing to admit that my version of events also has some validity, too?"
"NOOOOooooOOOOOooooo!" she wailed.
Totally surprised and taken aback (for I thought I had made a pretty fair offer!), I barked, "Why not?!?!"
She fairly spat her response: "Because! Your version is just based on your opinion!! My version is based on fact!!"
So yeah - guess which one said that?
Answer tomorrow, as if you were really in any doubt....
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