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Thursday, February 17, 2021

From my current book read, “North Dallas Forty” by Peter Gent:

Maxwell was anxious to get on with the story. It was as if the experience hadn’t really happened and he couldn’t really feel it until he recounted it to someone and watched and listened to their reaction. Until he talked about it, it wasn’t real.

This is true of a lot of people. In fact, I’d venture to guess that the vast majority of people operate this way. It’s not enough to actually participate in the action; you have to imbue it with a final legitimacy by relating it to another person. It can be in the form of simple conversation, or confession, or even bragging, as long as the story is told. Often, even a person who was present during the event is eligible, even if it’s only to compare notes.

It’s human nature — as a species, we’re compulsive blabbermouths. Consequently, it’s also why so few people are capable of truly keeping a secret.

Once again, I tend to zig where others zag. I usually don’t feel a need to tell anyone anything, regardless of what I’ve done. And I can keep a secret. Alas, probably not the ideal traits for a blogger…

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 02/17/2005 11:00:53 PM
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  1. I’m great at keeping secrets . . . as long as they’re someome else’s.

    Comment by liz — 02/18/2005 @ 07:45:23 AM

  2. It’s funny how, even though I know the other person just saw the movie with me, we have to discuss the thing from beginning to end…

    Comment by tommy — 02/18/2005 @ 12:09:16 PM

  3. What a beautiful and elegant design.

    Comment by Warchild — 02/18/2005 @ 05:24:07 PM

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