Friday, February 26, 2010

...A Mind is Terrible Thing to Waste...

What do you see in this video?



I see incredible imagery and astounding photography. Almost every frame could be a beautiful picture in an upscale home. Unfortunately, some people, fueled by a series of boring and inaccurate documentary style mini-videos, see something completely different. Aside from the demonic symbols, there is apparently a coded message about a massive plan for world domination.

If they got all that from a 5 minute video clip, imagine what they might get from two hours of reading?

If there is any proof of a New World Order, or other plan by the government to establish one political body that governs the entire world, it’s highly unlikely that this proof is in a hip hop video, and even less likely that Jay-Z is involved in it.

As much I enjoy chewing over a good conspiracy theory, it’s important to have as much information as you can before you arrive at any conclusions.

Today we can check sites like snopes.com or truthorfiction.com when we have questions about internet stories, rumors, hoaxes, and theories. But should you find yourself without access to the internet, you can always rely on your handy-dandy brain. Always with you, always working, and (almost) always a reliable and trustworthy source.

You can’t go wrong if you check your stories and information against this one very simple rule that works every single time:
Who’s saying what and why are they saying it?

  • What is the message?
  • Aside from any flowery language or even poor grammar, what is the overall content being communicated?
  • What are you supposed to leave the conversation with?
  • Who is delivering the message? Is it a friend, foe, or stranger?
  • Are they sharing this for your benefit or for their own benefit?
  • Why are they delivering the message? Is it just a nugget of knowledge just for your information? A directive or instruction for you to follow? Background information for a request, a plea, or other question? To test your knowledge? To sound important?

Not everyone is trying to harm you, or trip you up, or make you look bad or even feel worse, but sometimes in sharing ideas, we inadvertently share misinformation. We like to catch our knowledge rather than gather it, and then we spread it on like cooties on the playground.

Once you answer the “who’s saying what and why” question, make your own determination of what to do next. I’m saying this under the assumption that you would never harm you or steer yourself wrong. Even if you’ve done it in the past, I’m guessing it wasn’t intentional. And I’m trusting that you learned your lesson and are a better person for it.

Bottom line today and every day, here and everywhere, now, then, and always: Think for yourself.

There’s never been a time when thinking killed a person. At least not a time that was documented, although I’m sure there’s a conspiracy theory about that out there somewhere, too!



Egads!! Is Gil Scott-Heron in on it, too?!

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