Have you ever found yourself pretending you have something you don't? This happens often with a lot of things, especially those on the intangible side: bravery, intelligence, clout, happiness, and so on. Each of us, when this happens, live out our own little fantasy. Hardly a high crime.
But it's important to remember that at the end of the day, it's still a lie.
"Pretense of Spring" is, as can be inferred from the title, about falsehoods. But it's the nature of those falsehoods and the ways that we let ourselves be fooled by them that stand at the core of the episode; those are what I want to talk about here.
|For instance, I live of the lie of thinking that if I watched enough Bob Ross videos I, too, could apply Titanium White so artfully.|