A man with an impossibly long name once said…
Prince Klemens Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar von Metternich
Keeping with that subject, a man with a fairly succinct name phrased it like this…
“To spell out the obvious is often to call it in question.”
On the surface, both of these statements seem strange. After all, isn’t the obvious… well… obvious??? The answer is both yes and no. It all depends on the person.
There are people who see the obvious and it makes perfect sense to them while there are others who see the obvious but don’t interpret it as such. They tend to think there’s a hidden meaning of some sort and/or they question the validity of what they’re seeing. It’s amazing how many people think that the obvious is too obvious. That there has to be a catch of some sort. They want things spelled out for them but, when they are, they never quite believe it. They question it. They dismiss it. They outright reject it.
I think about this with Christianity. The Bible says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 (NLT)
Confess and believe. It doesn’t get more straightforward than that. But, many people think it can’t be that easy. They question it. They add to it. They discard it entirely. Some churches and religious groups are even guilty of doing that. Not all… but many.
Sometimes I think people are more apt to believe something complicated over something obvious.
This translates to virtually every aspect of life. Spell something out or state the obvious, and there will always be those who refuse to believe it. It’s too obvious. I think nearly every person on the face of the earth has done this at one time or another, myself included. We say we want the obvious but when we get it, we don’t like what we see. So, we rationalize why we should circumvent it. Or ignore it. Or why it doesn’t apply to us.
And therein, I think lies the key to how we interpret the obvious. To accept it as the obvious, we have to be comfortable with it and it has to conform to our reality. But, that doesn’t make the obvious any less obvious. Or any less true. Our perceptions are not always reality.
So, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that what’s obvious is obviously not obvious.
Disclaimer: This analysis of the obvious is open to interpretation as it may not be obvious to everyone.