The Subconscious Desire to be Accepted and Part of the Group!

2 Jul

On another Blog Entry, one of the EarthZebra readers, “Judy”, asked the question relating to the Casey Anthony Trial. “If the smell of human decomposition is so strong and stays forever, why when the box containing the car trunk liner was opened in the courtroom, …..why did it not smell up the courtroom”? And I have a little story and life lesson which explains this.

Once when I was in 5’th grade we took a field trip to an old Spanish Missionary. Next to the old Mission was a stream. Some of the kids decided to start wading in the stream. One of the kids said, get out of the stream I just saw some trout swimming and your ruining their habitat. The teacher came over and asked me if I saw the trout too. I said, yes I did! But in fact I really did not. Then another kid said he saw the fish too, and then another. I later, on the bus ride back to school asked the first kid if he really saw some fish, and he said no and laughed.

Well, for many years this experience has stuck with me. Why did I say I saw fish? Why did the other kids say they saw fish?

Sometimes people just want to “belong”. Be accepted. Be part of the group. And so they align their opinions, even if false, to be the same.

There was garbage in the trunk. Not a forever lasting smell.


6 Responses to “The Subconscious Desire to be Accepted and Part of the Group!”

  1. Leslie July 2, 2011 at 1:49 PM #

    Nice story! And so true in many ways. However, certainly does not pertain to this particular case.

    Time for a realty check……………………………………

  2. EarthZebra July 2, 2011 at 2:59 PM #

    LOL…ha ha….so says one of the Mean Girls (see last photo on blog). lol

    Thank you for your comment. 🙂

  3. katydid July 2, 2011 at 8:49 PM #

    I smelt my sister’s body. You do not forget that smell…it stays with you for months after you smell it. I don’t know if it gets in your sinuses or what, but you actually smell it for weeks. A friend of mine once worked in a morgue when he was going to college..he told me that after working there for a month, others could smell it on him..his breath etc.

  4. katydid July 3, 2011 at 2:22 PM #

    She was shot in the head by an unknown intruder. I was going to visit her that weekend and I found her body.

    • EarthZebra July 3, 2011 at 6:32 PM #

      I’m very sorry for what happened to your sister and what, no doubt, you had to go through and I’m sure it is something that is always with you and part of you. There is so much in life that I wish I had a time machine and could go back and fix. Thank you for sharing.

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