If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Somebody found particleshock.com while searching for a perspective on the old adage that says “if something seems too good to be true, then it probably is.” and I can’t help but wonder what that person was considering.

I’m not going to go into personal details about the situation, but I have learned that to be true. If you’re having any doubts on the subject, let me clarify it for you:

If something seems too good to be true …

if you choose to indulge your delusions you will only find heartache and disappointment. There is a reason it seems too good to be true and that reason probably has something to do with your intuition, honed by countless lessons in cruelty and rejection.

Seriously. Hasn’t life shat on you enough by now, for you to know how dangerous hope can be? Are you familiar with that line from Dante’s inferno “Abandon hope all ye who enter here”? Contextually, it’s not because hopelessness and despair contribute to the misery of being in hell. Rather, it’s a warning that holding on to hope is its own hell.

Hope is a lost child who looks for her parents every time the sound of  an opening door reaches her ears, only to become inconsolable when another grim faced stranger walks by instead.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

"I'm not a scientist … but I play one on the Internet." Formerly a graphic designer whose "pen & ink sensibilities" have become obsolete in a pixel based profession. A child of early 1970's science fiction — a life long fan of all the rockets, robots, and rayguns who inspire our dreams of life in an uncertain future.