Riddles of Marriage: “Selective Perception”

selective perceptionWhile handing today’s paper to my wife I said; ‘there were four bomb blasts today, 80 people were killed and 30 were injured. A plane crashed in the mountains and all 150 passengers onboard have died. Three children drowned in the river, tremors of earthquake were felt in our city, and our government is about to enter yet another period of martial law.’ What is the first thing she says while glancing at the paper? ‘Oh Look!, Mothercare has a sale today!’ Welcome to another episode of selective perception.

It is no secret that we see what we choose to see. How many times has it happened that an item keeps lying around uselessly in front of your eyes for eons but as soon as you need it, it magically disappears? And how many times has it happened that you drive your wife all the way across the city to her favorite shop that just happens to be closed today for no obvious reason. (Hint: It happens, and its your fault because, why the heck are they closed today?) And how many times did you proclaim your love for your wife but if you unconsciously sneezed towards the direction of a girl, who happens to be passing on the other side of the street (in complete Abaya), that you are questioned regarding your loyalty & love?

I was a victim of selective perception (& generalized criticism) in the pre-marriage days as well. Back then; it was my father who always happened to enter my room when I was playing video games after hours and hours of studies. He always used to say the same thing; ‘Playing huh!? How will you handle the real life when it hits you in the head?’ Well father, I guess those scolding sessions provided me with the juice to run this marathon of post-marital-selective-perception-syndrome-crisis.

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