Contradictory Living

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There are those who get to middle school who cry in their sleeves about how badly they miss recess. Sure they do. So why is it when they get to gym class they won’t do anything? They just sit in the bleachers and whine.

Contradictory living.

There’s plenty of that going around.

Some will tell you they will never surrender and the next thing they do is follow a tradition they disagree with to the depths of their heart. For instance, the tradition of lying about your age or your weight. People at the age of 70 or older saying they’re 25, for instance. It’s cute, sure. But is it not contradictory when the same person will be all put out when someone lies to them about something, anything? “You LIED to me?!” So then, is it wrong to lie, or not? Never surrender? Except for that one “little” thing? You’ve got to make up your mind, old man.

How about that guy on the road? You know him. You’ve seen him. He’s passing everyone and shifting lanes. He’s spitting curses at everyone he considers to be in his way, which is the majority. He’s revving up to this one and that one so he can yell at them for the “cut off”. 

“You cut me off!”

Then the next car.

“You cut me off!”

He isn’t only contradictory, he’s dead wrong. Nobody’s cutting him off. They’re all minding their own business while he’s driving up close to their rear end. Weird habit.

Finally, there are those of us who want a way out, but we do nothing to get there. We think we’re in prison or something. If so, it’s a prison of our own making, a prison of our own mind. None of us are digging tunnels to escape though, are we? We just keep on living how we’re living. Contradictory living.

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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