... if you're not prepared to hear the answer.
Ever notice that about peeps? They do it all the time, you know. They ask questions but never really want to hear an answer.
Sometimes, the questions are mindless. You know... like... "How are you?" Most of the time, they don't actually care how you are. Quite honestly, I don't know why they even stick around for an answer to be given. They might as well just walk away right then and there. That way, they wouldn't look so stupid when the person answers that they're not well or something and they reply, "Oh, that's nice." I guess they just stick around for appearances' sake but I'm telling you, when they answer without having listened, they appear pretty stupid.
And speaking of appearances... have you ever watched Keeping up Appearances? I sometimes watch it with my peeps. It's all re-runs now but it's still pretty funny. The main character, Hyacinth, never really listens when people speak. Sorry... she listens when she speaks but never when the talking is being done by someone else.
Anywho... you're probably all thinking this post is about my peep's recent run-in with the cat who came back's teeth. You're probably thinking people were asking 'bout her hand and not listening to her answer. It's a pretty logical assumption, I think but... well... it would be a false one. Actually, I'm talking something else peeps tend to do. I'm talking about when peeps pick and choose answers, waiting for the one they want to hear and ignore all the rest. Have you ever encountered this phenomenon? I have and so has my peep.
I have come to the conclusion that peeps want to hear what they want to hear. They have an uncanny ability to ignore all else. They'll ask a question and want to hear answer F but they get answer A so they ignore it. Then they ask the same question of someone else and get answer B. They ignore that, too. Then they find some other poor sucker to ask and get answer C. You guessed it. That's ignored, as well. This continues until they find some like-minded peep who gives them answer F and since that was what they were waiting for all along... that's the answer they believe. All those other answers? Gone with the wind, my friends... gone with the wind.
It's kind of like listening to weather forecasts. If you listen to all the forecasts on all the different television stations, the radio and the newspaper, you'll probably hear a whole whack of different forecasts. Now, all you peeps out there, the reasonable thing to do would be to listen to the most reliable source and go with that. But what do peeps do? They listen to the forecast they like and ignore all else. When I, Nerissa the cat, wash behind my ears... it's gonna rain. You can count on it. I'm the most reliable weather forecaster around my house. And what happens if you don't listen to me when I forecast the rain? Well, your laundry out on the line is probably gonna get soaked. Just ask my peep!
Now, I'm not suggesting that peeps should always believe everything they hear. There are a lot of stupid answers out there for some very good questions, I think. Peeps should always question the answers, asking themselves if it makes sense or not. Just like Judge Judy says in her courtroom... "If it doesn't make sense... it's not true." There's a lot of truth to that, I think. I'm thinking that Judge Judy is a pretty smart lady although if she were really super-duper smart, she'd live with cats and although I may be wrong about this, I think she's more of a doggy person. Anywho... you get my drift, right?
So yes, all you peeps out there... you can and should question the answers but it's not a very smart thing to pick and choose which answers you will believe simply because those are the ones you want to believe. After all, if you already knew the answer... why the mouses did you ask the question in the first place? Yes, answer me that!