Cross-examine: (legal) to examine a witness called by the opposing side
I often hear authors explain how they stumble into what they call “writer’s block.”
It’s a condition in which they progress the story, but for some reason or another, they don’t know where to take the tale from this point going forward.
Many of these writers express great exasperation, nervousness and frustration over this uneasy stall.
But the truth is, every one of us suffers from writer’s block. Except it’s actually our real lives.
What halts us is the introduction of deception.
Once we’ve convinced ourselves that it’s impossible to proceed on with what we want to accomplish and still be truthful and above-board in doing it, we might just make a selection that is dishonest, and then find ourselves, like the authors, completely at a standstill.
Because if we go forward, somebody might come along, notice our deception and cross-examine us in an attempt to get to the truth.
Of course, we certainly don’t want to go backward and look like a loser.
I dare to say, there are people who have lived in the middle of what we shall call “a living block” for years, because they have such a fear of being exposed that they practically have to stay absolutely still to keep from drawing attention to themselves.
Cross-examination is a part of life.
I will agree with you—people who pursue it are annoying and worthy of being avoided.
But there’s always going to be someone who wants to know how we got to where we are. What is the extent of our involvement or guilt in some matter?
Of course, trying to hide only amplifies the interest of the interrogator.
Talking too much and making too many excuses also certainly rings the bell foretelling of great deceit.
So you see, once again, we find out that telling the truth is the only way to escape ‘living block’—allowing us to go forward without being nervous concerning the cross-examination that comes from those who believe it is their job to be the prosecuting attorney, the jury and our judge.