First, a story to help clarify things for those who think that truth and fact are one and the same thing:
One day a King decided that he would force all his subjects to tell the truth. A gallows was erected in front of the city gates.
A herald announced, “Whoever would enter the city must first answer the truth to a question which will be put to him.”
Nasrudin was first in line.
The captain of the guard asked him, “Where are you going? Tell the truth…the alternative is death by hanging.”
“I am going,” said Nasrudin, “to be hanged on that gallows.”
“I don’t believe you.”
“Very well, if I have told a lie, then hang me!”
“But that would make it the truth!”
“Exactly,” said Nasrudin, “your truth.”
Next, an illustration of how people cannot understand anything beyond their own experience:
The duck hunter trained his retriever to walk on water. Eager to show off this amazing accomplishment, he asked a friend to go along on his next hunting trip. Saying nothing, he fired his first shot and, as the duck fell, the dog walked on the surface of the water, retrieved the duck and returned it to his master. “Notice anything?” the owner asked eagerly.
“Yes,” said his friend, “I see that fool dog of yours can’t swim.”
Finally, here’s an actual example of what it looks like when people refuse to relinquish faulty and unproductive ideas:
Ronald McClanahan, 41, was arrested in September when he tried to rob a Columbia, Missouri, gun shop with a knife. He tried to open the electronic cash register by randomly pushing buttons, but then became frustrated and tried to carry it away until the cord got caught, yanking him to the floor. When an employee approached with a shotgun, McClanahan first lay perfectly still, then bolted up, yelling, “Go ahead and shoot me,” then tried to lug the cash register out again. Then he dropped it so he could flee, but the drawer broke open, and he stopped to grab some money. As he ran for the exit, gun-wielding employees blocked him. When police arrived, they had to use force to loosen his grip on the money.