There are two dialogues or sayings if you might want to call them, in the series that I really really like and which can be associated a LOT with life and what we do. Particularly for what I do.
While that sentence may be unbelievably true for the only consulting detective in the world, it's unbelievably true in what we all do.
There is so much we miss, day after day, we tend to ignore things around us even if they're staring at us in the face. When we talk to someone who we're close to, we notice certain things and try to figure out how they might be feeling. What we don't do is observe. How many of you have tried staring at someone till they swallow and you can see their Adam's apple move? Or just that slight gesture when we know that someone has swallowed. We notice that, but we don't know what to make of it. That is fear. Unless of course someone is eating something. That motion or gesture or movement or whatever we might want to call it, is fear.
How many of us have seen people tap their foot while sitting in a train or in a class or anywhere, and tapping their foot non stop. We see that, but what we don't realize is that the tapping of the foot signifies impatience, or awkwardness in a social setting. Similarly the rubbing of two fingers of the same hand together or scratching one hand constantly is,s nervousness. Covering your "gonads" while talking is a classic example of hiding stuff. Bringing your hand close to your face, either to rub your nose, ear or eye is a classic example of lying. ALL of this we notice, but we do not observe, we do not know what to make of it.
If any parents of kids who know me are reading, you might not like the rest of the blog for it may have, as you say, "A bad effect on your kids." You have been warned.
That dialogue made me realize how unbelievably true some of it is, not just for Sherlcok, but for all of us too. We cram our brains with weird maths problems, chemical formulae which we'll never ever use unless we end up making bombs with the Al Qaeda and we also have our plate full with weird historical dates only for our exams.
If you work in an office, you need to remember your deadlines, if you paint, you need to remember certain strokes that work better for you than others, if you cook, you need to remember which salts or recipes work for you. Don't fill your head with stuff you'll never use.
And after reading that last sentence, I leave you to thinking if you'll ever need to remember the stuff written in this post, but I also know that you might not be able to forget it.
So those were the two amazing things about Sherlock. But as always, there is "One more thing..."
Which is quite simply, do yourself a favor, AND WATCH THE SERIES. Cheerio.