Recently inheriting a book not of my usual personal reading taste to save it for donation rather than chuck it out as was the intent of the person I rescued it from, I find myself picking it up and opening it randomly.
There on page 161 of Harlan Coben’s bestselling “The Innocent,” I read this passage:
“… it was just a question of black and white. Those in his very small white zone – his wife, his kids, (friend, friend’s family) … he’d protect with his dying breath. The rest of the world was black and inanimate, a distant backdrop.”
Could “huMANthink” really be so simple? Have I been complicating my own life by expecting other human beings to simply “walk their talk”?
Everything in the world is just a distant backdrop, save what is up close and personal right now, apparently. No wonder all the indulgences, lies and duplicitous behaviours that are not in line with internal self images and self-identification if this is so. Everything in the world as merely a stage for their immediate presence and persona.
Okay, okay, I am not Sunday morning man bashing and I do know the psychology all goes far deeper than this. Still, based on my own real life experiences, I find there is a lot of “stage talk” with not so much solid second, third or closing act.
Has a bestselling fictional work of mystery by Harlan Coben finally answered my own mental mutterings and stutterings over the perpetually perplexing statements some men (and/or women) make in direct opposition of their contradictory actions?
Lord, why did I buy and read all those self-help books all these years. No wonder it has taken me so long to understand people. Wait. I don’t understand people at all. I am still just learning… as fast as I possibly can.
Thus, I am hooked by Harlan Coben’s character psychology and I’ll continue reading before I go off to the donation drop box that others may, too, finally grasp the simplicity of huMANthink.
Black and white, I must not forget, black and white, black and white, I am a backdrop prop only… black and white… backdrop…