Fandango’s Provocative Question #202


Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

Mark Twain, American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer (born Samuel Clemens) famously wrote, “It’s not what you don’t know that kills you, it’s what you know for sure that ain’t true.”

I was thinking about this quote and I know it’s happened to me where I was absolutely sure of something only to ultimately find out that what I thought was true turned out not to be. So my provocative question this week is simply this…

Have you ever been sure that you knew something to be true only to find out that what you thought you knew to be true was, in fact, not true? If so, what was it and how did you find out that it wasn’t true?

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21 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #202

  1. softparadox February 15, 2023 / 3:40 am

    I am not a very good writer neither have I written alot. I’ve downloaded this app or site in hopes I may explore writing and reading at the same time. Not to bore anyone with why I am here, so I will get into it.

    Nothing of greater importance has come to mind so I’ll write a personal belief and run with it. I thought the person I married was the person I knew. I would swear up and down, knowing down anything that hinted at otherwise because I knew. I lived with it. I slept with it. I adored it. I would put my head on a chopping board with all the things I knew that he could or couldn’t do. How hard I fell, after finding out what I thought to be true was far from it. I guess I was the only one who saw it or rather the only one who was blinded. In the end, I realized how dead wrong I was.

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    • Fandango February 15, 2023 / 7:42 am

      I’m so sorry that happened to you, but these days I don’t think finding out that your true love wasn’t so true is not that unusual.


      • softparadox February 15, 2023 / 9:47 am

        In these times, it could be said to be the norm. How sad for those who think they were any different. I was once them. To have hope that you know someone, gives more life to things. It’s when you have no hope and not believing anything, that’s worst than believing a lie tbh

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  2. Mister Bump UK February 15, 2023 / 4:19 am

    It sounds like you goit that one from Donald Rumsfeld.


  3. Carol anne February 15, 2023 / 5:17 am

    I can’t think of something off the top of my head, but there must have been some things, I am sure there was at some point!

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  4. Geoff Stamper February 15, 2023 / 3:38 pm

    When I was the Corporate Discipline Coordinator for a large company, I played a huge part in convincing upper management that implementing drug testing for applicants would be a disaster. I had many good reasons. Years later when I was in a different position, the woman who replaced me successfully implemented the program. None of the problems I forecast amounted to anything. It was a great lesson for me and I was much more flexible in my thinking after that.

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    • Fandango February 15, 2023 / 9:00 pm

      Thanks for sharing this. I’m glad you learned from this experience.

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  5. Marilyn Armstrong February 15, 2023 / 7:30 pm

    Great question! I’m usually very accurate about data and information, but have an abominable tendency to believe people are a lot more honest than they are. What a pity you can’t just look THEM up on Google before they take you to the cleaners.

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    • Fandango February 15, 2023 / 9:06 pm

      I have become much more skeptical (and cynical) in my old age than I was years ago. These days I don’t trust or believe anyone or anything.


      • Marilyn Armstrong February 16, 2023 / 4:29 pm

        I don’t believe anyone who’s selling something, but I tend to think people who are supposed to be friends actually ARE friends. Oh foolish me!

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  6. Marleen February 16, 2023 / 2:05 pm

    My answer is yes, and my what and how got way too long while still not being finished. So… another chapter.

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    • Marleen February 17, 2023 / 2:57 pm

      I’ve come up with a different “yes” that can be stated as to “how” in a shorter manner. And then I have an illustration of how it’s getting even worse. The video illustration bolsters what I’ve been seeing as the daughter of an elderly woman and a niece of the woman’s twin, who is in an elder group home.

      I had absorbed what I now know to be mis-messaging in my adolescence — which habits of indoctrination are still current in political circles — that capitalism describes a system where people work for pay as upstanding citizens (providing too, yet, for children and full-time moms who supply valuable unpaid work of course). Over time, as an involved individual paying attention to the issues and their meanings, I looked at the world on a level of a whole, too, not only subcategorized for tickets on platforms of functionaries. I began to see — because I observe and think rather than hold to the talking points of a “side” in order that I thereby would continue allowing myself to be co-opted for the aims of others — otherwise; that the right-wing activist crabbing was to supercharge the immorality cloaked as supreme morality opposing “socialism” or communism or commensurate wages. Their talk about work wasn’t matched up with actual concern for workers, citizens, true people. Starting to see they meant money or really wealth (bigger wealth) rather than work is to be the overarching value, I began unraveling why there had been slavery and how the most ruthless capitalists (or industrialists as the Koch’s euphemistically referred to themselves when the daddy was at the helm) still perceived themselves as needing or entitled to or gunning for a workforce and population they could cheat (a general welfare they could plunder). They gained momentum in their brainwashing of the public until what was called the left turned into a Democrat party machine also serving right-wing interests. We are now late in the game and could be past the point of no return.

      Wall Street is Now Gouging … Grandma Through Insane Rent Increases

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    • Fandango February 17, 2023 / 4:43 pm

      That’s the point of a provocative question. 😉

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