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February 3, 2012

The Item and the Thing

Filed under: General — Peter de Blanc @ 2:56 am

We show Sam the item.
“What is this?” we ask.
“I don’t know,” says Sam.
We say, “It is the item.”
Again, we ask Sam, “what is this?”
“The item,” Sam repeats.
Sam has received his first lesson.

We show Sam the item.
“What is this?” we ask.
“I’m not sure,” says Sam, “but I think it is the item.”
“Of course it is the item! Why are you not sure?”
Sam has no reply.

The thing is very similar to the item.
We show Sam the thing.
“What is this?” we ask.
“It is the item!” Sam shouts confidently.
“It is not the item! It is the thing!”
Was Sam’s earlier hesitation justified?

We show Lisa the item.
“What is this?” we ask.
“I don’t know,” says Lisa.
We say, “It is the item.”
Again, we ask Lisa, “what is this?”
“The item,” Lisa repeats.
We show Lisa the thing.
“What is this?” we ask.
“I don’t know,” says Lisa.
We say, “It is the thing.”
Again, we ask Lisa, “what is this?”
“The thing,” Lisa repeats.
Lisa has received two lessons.

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