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A-Z April Challenge; T is For Think About It

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Set Fire To The Cloud Blanket; Day Ends PHALL PHOTO 2013

Is the sky falling? Or is it just another awesome sunset?
PHALL PHOTO 2013

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

― AristotleMetaphysics

I left this comment on Facebook today, “I’m proud to see my cousin’s daughter, Racheline E. Davison, thinking about our government and the sources behind the numbers and info that others offer up. That is how I learned to think in college; who is supplying the info and why? It would be so easy to just LIKE and SHARE (and repeat) what others say, but she is asking important questions and making thoughtful comments. This is not meant to slam anyone, but to give kudos and encouragement to someone (of any age) not willing to take any information, numbers or broad statements as fact until she digs deeper. xo P”

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” [Is this ironic that I’m using this quote? I believe so.]
― Oscar Wilde

An argument or discussion usually begins with WHAT happened, HOW it happened and concludes with WHY it happened. So often these day, people are presenting the WHAT all by itself, or in addition to a WHO. The sky is falling and it is all Chicken Little’s fault, for example. Soon, everyone is creating *memes about it and passing it on as fact. They haven’t even looked up to see if they sky is indeed falling, or asked who the hell Chicken Little is, and why is she/he making the sky fall.

The moral of the Chicken Little/Henny Penny story is the also point of this blog post: don’t believe everything you are told. The band wagon is loaded down with people running away from the falling sky.  I suggest that we not jump on the band wagon, until we know where it is going and why it is going there. Oh, and I’d like to see the printed schedule please.

*Meme: You see them all the time on Facebook and blogs; a quote or saying on a photo. (Etymology : meme : derived from the Greek mimëma, ‘something imitated’, by Richard Dawkins in 1976) : an idea, belief or belief system, or pattern of behavior that spreads throughout a culture either vertically by cultural inheritance (as by parents to children) or horizontally by cultural acquisition (as by peers, information media, and entertainment media) from http://www.urbandictionary.com

Thanks for thinking about it,

Patti

 

Hey, I hope you find time to check out some of the other A-Z April Challenge blogs here:

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/a-to-z-challenge-sign-uplist-2014.html

Author: Patti Hall

Writer, daughter, sister, mom, niece, grani, and friend. Works-in-progress; 3 children's books, some poetry and a memoir series, "Souvenirs from My Heart." Pursuits of happiness include gardening, walking the beach, reading, writing, photography, traveling and genealogy. I am a widow (2009), lost my sis in 2012, my aunt and a precious grandson in 2013.

16 thoughts on “A-Z April Challenge; T is For Think About It

  1. Great post. We all need to do more listening and thinking, with less imitating.

  2. This is great. I agree completely. It seems that most people cannot think for themselves anymore. But then again, we are bombarded with so much information- how do we think for ourselves – come to our own conclusions????

    • Yes, and I would rather come to no conclusion, rather than pass on something with no thought. There is so much information out there and who has time to research everything?
      Thanks for joining in again, Kimberly.
      P

  3. Great post. I shared a link on facebook about a particular name brand beer promoting dog fighting. I admonished the beer company for supporting such a thing. Turns out, they didn’t. Their signs were left up at an entertainment establishment from another event. My cousin pointed that out to me. In retrospect…I could have /should have been upset with the event establishment, as well as the people who held the dog fights. My focus was on being upset about the dog fighting that went on there…but I followed the meme lead. I have learned to check sources first.

    • It happens all the time. I try my best not to pass things on unless I’ve checked them out.If it is a natural disaster, I check a few weather sites, if it is news or politics, I check “reliable” news services. Mostly, I don’t make time for that and just don’t pass it on.
      Thank you, Susan, for honestly giving us a perfect example.
      P

  4. Hey Patti, I love the quotes by Aristotle and Wilde, and I couldn’t agree more with this post. Dig people, dig deep, engage, be curious and interested – there’s a whole world out there and it’s more fascinating and complex than you’d dare believe, starting with yourself! From one flawed complex curious being to another – blessings on your day my friend:-) Love, H xxx

  5. Now see… this is beautiful! There’s the ‘human condition’ to all of these things… and it turns out, we needn’t admonish ourselves (at least so severely) for such traits… they have, or at least had at one time a very practical place in our anatomic and perhaps emotional survival… and it’s the “…mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” that has given me refrain from my former diatribe against these very things… Our mind “trickses” us, so too does the minds of others…

    Things are seldom as they appear…

    Not only are we bombarded with so much information, but too… all that much disinformation, and misinformation… and we have to try to sort all of that…on the go!

    It’s a wonder that we do as well as we seem to… Ah, perspectives, and perceptions… For a far-sighted ‘traveler’ going at a high rate of speed… only the distant horizon (object/goal oriented) will have any sort of clarity, and yet is limited by the distance.

    All the things nearby, and more readily had or avoided… are little more than a blur. All the more important, it would seem… a very reactive defense mechanism…

    “Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see” ― Benjamin Franklin

    To borrow from ― Brené Brown “…Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are” … I’d say, let go of what you believe you’ll be seeing and see what is now! …and, give tomorrow the opportunity to show the very same thing in an extraordinarily different way…

    Perhaps it’s a matter of not taking things too seriously, much less ourselves…

    Apparently a vampire duck’s quack does echo… 0_o
    {http://www.snopes.com/critters/wild/duckecho.asp} *if you’re short on time or not as easily amused; please read the very last paragraph*

    So many things tend to be so contextually based for fact… that they may well be fact… that is extraordinarily out of context…and subsequently useless, if not harmful.

    Just be mindful… a shift from one paradigm to another may be the same problem in sheep’s clothing…

    I feel a bit clever just now… 😉

    -malikoma

  6. Ah, today this was the challenge I presented to my grade 8’s…
    Shortened version: they were discussing certain celebrities and also conspiracies… I introduced the word “gullible” to them and encouraged them not to believe everything that they see on tv and in newspapers/magazines…

    Popping in from the A to Z challenge… we’re almost there… only 5 more posts… 🙂
    Writer In Transit

  7. Omagosh, the things I read! lol
    Love this post!

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