That’s basic communication theory and common sense, I do believe.
Lawyers know this. Teachers know this. Police detectives know this.
Bloggers come to know this, usually the hard way.
Ask a question you assume you know the answer to: “Don’t you agree that Muskrat Love is the worst song ever?” You may think that everyone will say: “Yes!” But I’ll guarantee you that someone in the comments will say “No” and then explain why it’s their favorite song of all time.
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Anyhoo, getting to the point of this post, I found myself laughing at myself because I asked a question to which I was not prepared to hear the answer.
OH. NO. I. WASN’T.
You see, I was at the pharmacy picking up my prescription. It was the first time this year that I had it refilled.
The worried look on the pharmacy tech’s face probably should have warned me, but when she said: “oh, your prescription has gone up in price” I instantly said: “how much?”
Trust me when I say I was not prepared to hear the answer to my question. An answer that was: “oh, 200%– or a little more.”
I didn’t throw a hissy fit, nor did I get upset with this pharmacy tech, she’s just the messenger of bad news. I went ahead and bought this medicine that technically I could live without; I need the script to see straight in a comfortable way, not in a life or death way.
But I will say that I was shocked by the answer to my question, and kind of startled into remembering that no matter where you go, or what you do, the answer to your question may not make you happy.
COMMON SENSE, RE-LEARNED.