Do you try to make your thinking fit reality OR do you try to make reality fit your thinking?
This is a question I first heard posed by Richard Paul. I have found it to be an interesting question, especially during the past eight years, where I found myself wondering about the thinking being done by our country. Did we try to make reality fit our thinking when we said that our economy can be based on credit? Did we try to make reality fit our thinking when we said that the war in Iraq was justified? Did we try to make reality fit our thinking when we said “mission accomplished?” The pronoun “we” is not necessarily the most appropriate word to use but I did not want to blame all of this “flawed” thinking on a “he”, “she” or “they.”
Now for a specific example of a “he.” President Bush gave a news conference on the morning of Jan. 12, 2009. As he was asked various questions about the past eight years, I found myself constantly asking the question, “Did he try to make his thinking fit reality or did he try to make reality fit his thinking?” I think the latter. I have felt this way many times during his presidency.
I’m wondering if President Bush was asked about boiling water in the white house would he possibly answer with something like “it boils at the temperature of 50 degrees celsius.” Of course, the white house is not in Tibet (in the northern part of Tibet elevations average over 15,000 ft.) where water does boil at a lower temperature due to the altitude. The reality is that the white house in not in Tibet and water does not boil at 50 degrees celsius.
What do you think about this question of “Do you try to make reality fit your thinking or do you try to make your thinking fit reality?”