2014, July, 11

Must all roads lead to somewhere?

Did you know that the process of coming up with a scenario that tests people’s basic assumptions and reality frontiers is in itself therapeutic? It helps to keep your mind sharp in recognizing artificial mental boundaries around you, the ones ripe for overstepping.

Here is a sample scenario:

Take a stretch of an imposing five-lane highway and make it innocuously merge into four lanes. Repeat the lane reduction at short intervals, until only a single lane remains. Then gradually shift the road surface from asphalt to dirt, and finally phase out the road incrementally altogether, leaving drivers in the middle of nowhere. Such an experiment would test the rigidity of people’s adherence to the assumption that all roads must lead to somewhere.

Now it’s your turn.  What assumption-bending scenario can you think of?  Send me what you come up with.

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