Friday, August 12, 2011

Gullible Is Not In The Dictionary

Here's how it works:

Someone who knows the trick or isn't gullible will either treat the challenge with utter sarcasm or utter conviction that it's not true, or utter scorn that you think they'd fall for something like that. There will be no doubt in their mind.

Anyone who asks or doubts the declaration, though they don't want to believe it, there's a nagging feeling in the back of their mind that wants to believe the statement, to not expect it to be there if they tried to look it up. That is the seed of gullibility When they open up a dictionary, it's not to prove me wrong, it's to prove that doubt wrong: to prove me right.

Normally, you'd expect the person who refuses to check for themselves as the gullible one--and indeed they may be, but it depends on their response. If they respond as described in the first paragraph above, they're not gullible (or at least, not in this instance); if they respond as described in the second paragraph above, they're somewhat gullible; but if they accept my statement without and doubt, disagreement, question, or sarcasm, then they are very gullible, and you can move from harmless statements like the title of this entry to something far more redeemable.