There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.
That’s me long time ago, the youngest one in the photo with my 2 older cousins, my Great Grandmother next to me and my mother behind all of us. I am the last (almost) of the peop…
We hear lot today about trust or lack of it. On social media conspriracy lies, fake news or what I think should really be called is just lying.
I hear many people say they don’t trust mainstream media. They don’t trust government. Very little trust today in anything! I won’t go into all reasons for the lack of trust but why I don’t accept the notion of not trusting everything.
The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.
I will use news for example. News is how we learn about the world around us. About how a war is going, health epidemics, politics, business, and much more. How can you be educated or informed to make a decision if you don’t read, listen to others. I will often ask a person when they say they don’t trust the mainstream media I ask where do you get your information or news. They will tell me often from Facebook. Really!
I trust mainstream media news. There are several well respected responsible news that I rely on based on years of following. Do they sometimes get a story wrong sure but they always do a retraction.
I use my brain and make a decision based on my experience. My judgment. That is wisdom. Do I sometimes question. Sure!
But to move away from responsible news to a person or website you know nothing about except they tell you what you want to hear is wrong and will lead to making bad or stupid decisions on ignorance of the facts.
USA just elected a compulsive liar for president He can’t tell the truth. Why do I say that because he will lie when there are real tapes, interviews he has done that proves he is a liar. His acceptance speech for his party that lasted just an hour he lied over 70 times according to fact checkers. He has said he viewed a video about a topic. When asked to verify the video or where it could be verified he has said he was mistaken. Lies
But who is at fault here for electing him! The people that voted for him. The responsible news media pointed out the lies. Crazy fake news (liars) had stories about the other candidate that could not be proven. I saw many Facebook post that people believed the lies and passed them along.
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
My youngest sister called me on her way to pick up her daughter from college for the Thanksgiving holiday. She was happy and sad. Happy to to see her daughter and have her home for the holiday. Sad because many younger relatives don’t really make an effort to stay in touch.
I don’t know if my family is typical of the younger generation not keeping in touch with the older generation. My grandparents and parents did a good job even though then required more effort. I certainly grew up with lot of family just not at the holidays but on weekends and vacations. Birthdays, illness and just talking.
As we get older we notice it more because the grandparents, parents, uncles, and aunts have gone on. We are the ones left.
What I find is with the Internet, social media, the almost free phone calls even international. Video calls. Many different platforms, Facebook, Instagram, messenger, link, Skype. Etc. Some of us use Facebook more than say Instagram for sharing photos. Maybe we just not all on the same page!
So if you are the younger generation, don’t forget us older folks and tell us what you use so we can stay in touch. It is part of the human experience!