This election cycle is really showing me how impressionable people really are. Consistently, I hear individuals talking about the political campaign and drawing conclusions without having a clue what they are talking about. They hear a talking point or a television ad and instantly believe what they hear. How foolish this is.
We are being taught a valuable lesson. Do your own research. Approach everything you hear with a degree of skepticism. If it is on television, bet the ranch that it is skewed. Everyone has an agenda. Find out what that is will reveal how trustworthy that source is.
Rush Limbaugh, America's favorite loudmouth, calls this situation with the media "drive-bys". I think that sums it up. A person draws a conclusion about a situation or a person based upon a few minutes of exposure. How do you know what you are receiving is the truth? You cannot.
Remember, there are always two sides to every situation. When people set out to distort the facts for their own agenda, they invariably present a slanted view. It might not even be on purpose. Nevertheless, this is what they do.
The way to avoid this is to get information from different sources. Researchers do this all the time. They uncover facts and then research in an effort to prove or disprove them. Hanging out with people who think exactly like you will not reveal new ideas. Businesses encounter this stagnation often when the same decision makers are allowed to exercise their power. Basically, nothing changes. New blood is necessary.
Put some new blood into your situations. Take everything you uncover at face value until you research it thoroughly. It is important to remember that everyone has a particular agenda. This single point will change you viewpoint of what they say.
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