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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Flights of Fancy

One thing about certain people that I cannot simply comprehend are those who pretend to be who they are not. For example, let's say we have someone who is currently studying economics. Nothing wrong with that subject mind you, that just popped up to mind. Not good enough? Alright, let's use chemical engineering then.

So let's say that we have a student reading chemical engineering. Just one of the thousands around the world. But wait! That student likes to write as if he is a real chemical engineer! He or she goes around telling everyone 'I'm a chemical engineer specializing in petroleum drilling (for example), and I think....'

Is there something wrong? Well duhhhh. He's a bloody student after all, and he's trying to act smart and pretending to be a professional and all that? And what more if the student lives in a dream where everything and everyone has been engineered beyond recognition. Flights of fancy indeed.

Then on to another case. I know someone who has been telling other people that she was doing a degree in chemical engineering (degree changed to maintain some semblance of privacy) and all that in lets say, Wales. Fair enough. So I ask her for a phone number so that we could meet up in London or something. Excuse after excuse was given.

Next thing I knew, she was back in KL, apparently transferring her degree 'due to a problem'. When she knew that I would be back at my church (which she has joined) soon for the summer, she was forced to confess to me: 'I have not even gone to university yet.'

She obviously had no choice. It was either four things:
1) She would have to quit my church temporarily;
2) or I would embarass her in front of everyone else when I met up with her along with other friends (apparently other people know the truth);
3) or she could continue with the masquerade (which would be unsuccessful because I would talk about all things UK and she wouldn't have a bloody clue).
4) or she could come clean (which is what happened).

What the hell! You are all no longer kiddies, where if you told any grown up 'I'm a doctor!' you'd be given a smile and a pat on the head. Grrr...


  • everybody needs something to cling to?

    even when it's a lie u know.

    i mean i hate fake people, but playing the devil's advocate, that's what i think: that we all need something to feel good about. even if it's a lie or a truth we inflate just to make ourselves feel more superior.

    i feel that it's no difference from you telling your friends about the cool stuff you did in UK (knowing for sure it might spark some envy) or how i talk about the great experiences here in California, even if i have to fake that the beaches in Malibu are nicer than they really are. or how some bloggers masquerade around the popularity of their blogs to others. or others who parade their sophistication and intelligence to others (damn i hate those people... hmm see how i "disassociate" myself from them, what bullshit on my part!)... but i think it's all the same. we all need something to cling to. something to make us feel important, to ourselves, to others, to someone else. it's just a matter of degree of how much we lie to ourselves, to others, to someone else.

    asalkan bahagia ya. ;)

    anyways, or i can be talking rots... i do that often!! damn! 

    Posted by elaine

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wednesday, June 15, 2005 6:47:00 pm  

  • elaine: well I would prefer it if someone were to be humble and down-to-earth. Nothing wrong with talking about stuff they've gone through and all, imo, just don't blow your trumpet when you don't have any. 

    Posted by pat

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sunday, June 19, 2005 1:47:00 am  

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