Information Highway Signs

Information Highway


SJ White


Six years old crouched on the ledge outside the kitchen window, chest out, chin firm, arms spread, a towel for a cape tied around my neck, I am determined to fly. Bent knees propel the initial launch. I don’t recall the flight, I’ll never forget the landing. That’s the day I decided to leave the flying to Superman and finish out my single-digit years as, Batman. When I was a little boy in the 1950’s the only things I knew of in outer space was the Sun, Moon, Stars, and my hero, Superman. Who I thought I was until I darn near broke my face jumping out that kitchen window. Today, outer space, once barren of manmade objects is filling up with them one space station, one astronaut, and one satellite at a time. What in the world, or should I say, out of this world, is everybody up to. Outer space has become the information highway and since most of us are not privy to drive that route we’re not quite sure what they’re up to. If you want to know someone who does, ask your subconscious mind. That’s who they’ve been talking to.    

Information Highway:

I’m not knocking the information highway. I think it’s great we can communicate with people in real-time, all over the world. Watch the news as it happens, see who stole our package off the front porch, get numerous channels on our televisions and radios, and GPS ourselves to wherever it is we want to go. I may not be smart but my phone sure is. 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 to or not, and you can bet a lot of it will end up in our subconscious mind whether we want it to or not. Anyone who’s ever found themselves whistling a TV commercial knows what the information highway can do to the brain. A song on the radio that catches our ear ends up humming through our mouth and we don’t give a second thought as to how that happens. It just does. When it comes to the power of suggestion the old throw enough crap on the wall and something will stick theory is right on the money when it comes to information.

The Opinionator:

Some people have an opinion on just about everything under the sun, and beyond. You know the old saying, “opinions are like butt-holes, everybody has one.” Well, our big-time opinionators are so full of it they could never get by with just one butt-hole. I’m talking about the ones who can run the country better than the President, win a Super Bowl, World Series, Stanley Cup, obtain World Peace, cure COVID-19, and still have time to solve your problems. If you don’t believe me, just ask them, they’ll tell you. There is usually one nearby running for political office or jockeying for a raise at work. They say I believe, I heard, it’s on the internet, and you better believe it, are five of their favorite weapons. They fire those boys off when they want to make you believe what they want you to believe. And, these are just the people we are familiar with. Then we have the information highway family: cell phones, internet, television, radio, social media, and whatever else they can come up with to fry our brains with. Between the opinionators and satellite feeds, it’s hard to tell if the opinions we have are ours, or somebody else’s. Suggestions are powerful!!! No matter how they come at you.

Think for yourself:

With all the crap thrown at us, it’s become more and more important than ever to ask, how do we know what we know? I mean, wouldn’t you think it’s important to know whether or not you’re talking out your butt-hole? A good thing to know something like that ahead of time. Finding out later can be painful. Here’s an idea, don’t accept anything as fact just because someone told you it was fact, you read it somewhere, seen it on TV, the internet or anywhere else for that matter. Not without first cross-checking your information. If you don’t do that the opinion you form will be nothing more than gossip. In other words, you’ll be talking out your butt-hole. 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 it’s the evening news or your best friend’s mother, if it’s important, and anything that affects your business, your family or you directly, is important, cross-check the info. I’m not talking about cross-checking Aunt Sue’s recipe for boiling water. Think, but don’t overdo it. 

Fact from fiction:

Things we see and hear on the information highway as well as through personal interactions with others can easily cause information overload to the point we end up talking out our you know what, and don’t even know it. That’s one of the main reasons I wrote this friendly reminder, that’s embarrassing. Separating fact from fiction is not something we’re on guard for, and we do want to be careful not to overdo it. The idea is to attract accurate information without ringing people’s heads off with endless questions. Even so, we can’t take everybody’s word as the gospel truth so we don’t want to be too careful. It’s not hard to find the correct information if we want to. All it takes is a little personal initiative and a desire to think for yourself.

The Information Highway:

Analyze before you advise:  

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. Opinions can be bios and or prejudice. That’s why we should never be afraid to ask, “How do you know,” not only to others but to ourselves as well. Make a habit of thinking for yourself so you don’t end up talking out your you know what. Our Creator didn’t give us a brain merely to operate our bodily functions. That brain is for among other things, making the opinions and ideas we form our own. It’s up to us to make sure that happens. Obey the information highway signs so you don’t get lost along the way. If you happen to make a wrong turn reset your GPS and get back out there. Whatever you do, don’t use a towel for a cape and jump out your kitchen window. It hurts. 

Information Highway Signs:

  • 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 your 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.
  • Information is everywhere, choose wisely.  

SJ White

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