She’s absolutely positively WRONG about the edibility of bananas.
If they are the least bit ripe (indicated by those wonderful brown indicator-spots) she gets the dry heaves. But for me, an unripe banana’s smell is wholly unappealing and repugnant. Anybody knows that.
Why can’t she just accept that a banana is only edible if it gives off that fruity-sweet fragrance so popular among the local Drosophila. You just can’t fool a fruit fly.
The only good banana is a fully ripe banana. Why is it so impossible for her to admit that!
Of course, I’m intentionally exaggerating this tiny tempest of disagreement in our household, and maybe yours.
But it brings to mind how important it is, in our personal interactions, to make the distinction between those things we hold onto with a white-knuckled grip that at bottom are matters of taste, bias, habit or opinion and those statements that are, as close as we can make them, matters of fact corresponding to realities in the publicly-observable world.
The latter are statements whose validity is generally supported by a consensus of judgment in the greater society, and they are ultimately falsifiable.
He says the moon is a rocky orb more than 200 thousand miles away and the other guy says, no, it’s made of vanilla yogurt and only a few feet higher than the top of the ridge.
If conclusion to this debate, Captain Yogurt dismissively says “You have your opinion, I have mine” then there is no more progress towards a resolution of the truth. His data collection comes only from the experiences and judgements in his mind, and that is enough for him to make it so.
As a number of folks have cautioned: “you are entitled to your own opinion. You are NOT entitled to your own TRUTH.” We don’t own facts.
In the end, you just can’t ignore the fruit flies. And black bananas: my brother likes them that way. Can you believe that? Wrong Wrong Wrong!ï»¿
- Tropical Fungus Threatens Banana Extinction (eatdrinkbetter.com)
- This News is Ba-Na-Nas: Why the Fruit’s Future Is in Danger (newsfeed.time.com)