When you squeeze and orange, what do you expect to get?
“Why, orange juice, of course,” you say. That is absolutely correct. If you got hummus from squeezing an orange, you would be taken by surprise. Since you know what oranges are, it is easy to predict what will come out of a squeeze. Oranges don’t get the option to change their appearance, such as painting themselves yellow like a lemon.
People, on the other hand, are different. People can, sometimes too easily, change their appearance. They can change what they project to the world. It is difficult to know what is truly inside people. Is there good, bad, honor, integrity, greed, cowardice, courage, etc. Under normal circumstances, people can ooze whatever they wish to present to you. It is fairly easy to ooze friendship, honor — even love. Oozing is slow so it can be controlled.
Only when someone is squeezed does the real inside stuff come out. Under the pressure of a squeeze, the stuff must come out without having the benefit of being controlled and modified. The pressure could come from a significant emotional event such as a truly unexpected, threatening event. You want to know what’s inside? Watch what happens when the pressure is on. Stand back. Often what comes out will be smelly, slippery and brown.
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