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Writer's Block: Tricky Questions

What is your first reaction when someone says "I need to talk to you"?

Really depends on the context. I do not have a scripted answer to phrases like that. The more I thought about this question the more different answers I remembered giving depending on who it was, when, how I felt, what else was going on and whether it was someone I knew or not.

It's a bit frightening to think of people who could answer it and would always be consistent. People who respond to their cues are easily manipulated by anyone who knows the script. The words alone are not the message.

It's a fair statement but it's not rude to say "Not now" or "No," either. That they need to talk to me does not obligate me to set aside what I'm doing to talk to them. A good example is the particular context where the person saying this has a Bible under one arm and a handful of tracts and is saying it with this intense caring passionate belief that I'd be better off believing everything he/she said and joining that flavor of organized religion.

Wouldn't it be a hilarious character who always said Yes to every one of those and changed religion accordingly? Maybe it's a good thing to slip into a Turing test.
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