Expect the unexpected.
How often have you heard those words, and what image do they bring to mind? For me, it’s just another way of expressing the old Boy Scouts’ motto of ‘Be prepared’, yet that motto does, at least, make sense. Be prepared. Prepared for what? Well… anything. It brings with it the underlying principle of what used to be called ‘defensive driving’; maybe it still is called that; the essential expectation that every other driver on the road is a total nonce and thus is always likely to behave irrationally and illogically. Half a century of driving (almost) in twenty different countries confirms that this is not an unreasonable expectation.
However; and here’s the rub; ‘expect the unexpected’ is nonsense. As an oxymoron, it’s up there with the best of them: ‘civil engineer’, ‘military intelligence’ and ‘Microsoft Works’. How so? Consider this. What is ‘the unexpected’? What does it actually mean? Surely, nothing more or less than a thing or event, or group of things or events that you do not expect. It follows, therefore, that if you expect it, it’s no longer unexpected. Being no longer unexpected, you are not required to expect it, which makes it… erm… unexpected. So you have to expect it, which makes it… and so on ad infinitum (or, at least, ad nauseam).
Oxymoronic? You decide.
This is my offering to Stream of Consciousness Saturday. The prompt word is “expect/unexpected”.
Here are the rules:
- Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.
- Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.
- There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”
- Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.
- Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.
- Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!
- Have fun!