By SJ White
When I was a little boy in the 1950’s the only things I knew of in outer space were the Sun, Moon, Stars, and Superman. Today, outer space, once barren of manmade objects, is filling up with them; one space station and one satellite at a time. I’m not knocking the information highway. I think it’s great we communicate with people all over the world, watch the news as it happens, get numerous channels on our televisions and radios, and GPS ourselves to wherever it is we want to go. Whether or not we choose to take any of this information in or not is beside the point; it’s coming in whether we want it or not, and you can bet your bottom dollar a lot of it will end up in our subconscious minds. Anyone who’s ever found themselves humming a TV commercial they didn’t even like knows what that means. Bombard the human brain with enough crap, some of it will stick.
People have an opinion about everything. Some can run the Country better than the President, win a Super Bowl, World Series, Stanley Cup, as well as obtain World Peace and fix all your problems. “They say,” “I heard,” and “I believe,” are three of their favorite weapons. They fire those boys off when they’re desperate to make you believe what they want you to believe. We’re not just talking about family, friends, and coworkers, we’re talking about all that information those satellites throw at us every day through social media, television, radio, and whatever other apparatus they can use. All of a sudden you have an urge to buy something you don’t need, and you’re wondering why? Suggestions are a powerful weapon!!!
It’s become more important than ever to ask, how do you know?Not only to others but to ourselves as well. If you don’t ask it directly, ask it in your mind. If you can’t trust your judgment to come up with the right answer, turn to someone who has experience in the field. If the subject is that important, do a little behind the scenes investigating of your own. Don’t accept anything as fact just because someone told you it was a fact, or you read it somewhere. If we let other people do our thinking for us, we’ll end up paying for their mistakes. We have enough mistakes of our own to pay for. Whether its the evening news or your best friend’s mother, keep an eye out for misinformation.
Things we see and hear on the information highway as well as through personal interactions with others have a huge effect on the opinions we form for ourselves. Opinions that can affect our future. Separating fact from fiction is not always easy, but well worth the effort.
Before you drift off to sleep at night, analyze the information you took in that day. Give it a few minutes to sink in. Make sure you base the opinions you form from that information on sound reasoning. Keep in mind, opinions can be bios and or prejudice, that’s why it’s important for us to analyze what we take in for accuracy before we form our own. Never be afraid to ask, “How do you know,” not only to others but to yourself as well. Check out the bullet points below:
- Examine what you hear for accuracy. Is it logical, illogical – based on fact or opinion?
- Beware of half-truths, they’re more dangerous than out and out lies.
- When seeking answers to questions don’t give any indication as to what you expect to hear.
- Never make a decision based solely on another person’s suggestion. Do your homework.
- When in doubt, ask, “How do you know?” Not only to others but to yourself as well.
Our Creator didn’t give us a brain merely to operate our bodily functions. These friendly reminders will help you use that brain to make the opinions and ideas you form, your own.