Tuesday, May 02, 2006

A Shared Delusion

Today I have been spending time with my sweet niece and my mother, and I've had a moment to ponder a thought presented to me recently by a friend. You see, Shayce does not want to take her afternoon nap. She is certain that it is not necessary for her well-being, and absolutely detrimental to her current state of happiness. She would like to convince me of the same. And that, my friends, leads me to the thought offered me by one of my dear friends. Just because I talk, argue, and convince you to believe something that I think is true does not make it so. Group opinion does not make truth, just a shared delusion.

So, despite all of Shayce's tactics at persuading the rest of us that naps are unnecessary, she must still go to sleep. She has her delusion, but the rest of us don't have to share it.