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PERCEPTION VS. REALITY

What you see or hear as opposed to what is real or true. 

The following example illustrates how a person's viewpoint may be altered by mistakes made in the posting of a hastily created meme. It serves to stress the importance that PROOFREADING IS CRITICAL to your message as well as to your audience.

While I understand the gist of this meme, the quote attributed to Ms. Hayek was incorrectly transcribed and worse, the placement of an unnecessary comma gives the quote a totally different meaning. 

Her actual quote: 
"I am a dyslexic Mexican and English is my second language, however even I do not confuse 7/11 with 9/11."

Her quote as stated in the meme:
"I am a dyslexic , Mexican and English is my second language. However, even I do not confuse 7/11 with 9/11.

With that one comma it gives the reader impressions of the author that, I believe, were not intended. It makes her appear ignorant and/or as illiterate as the person she is referring to. 

Instead of her being a dyslexic Mexican, now she is dyslexic and also thinks Mexican is a language. Furthermore, one has to wonder if Mexican and English are her secondary languages, what exactly is her primary?

Oh, and by the way, when quoting a person, it would further enhance your credibility if you take the time to spell their name correctly. 

Her name is Salma, not Selma.
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ESPN anchor's daughters post moving video tribute to their father
By Matt Young Updated 6:51 am, Monday, January 4, 2016

On the one-year anniversary of the death of iconic ESPN SportsCenter host Stuart Scott, his daughters Taelor and Sydni Scott, posted an emotional video tribute to their father on the Dear World web site.

Scott lost his battle to cancer on Jan. 4 of last year at the age of 49. Scott had fought the disease since 2007. He was given the Jimmy V award in 2014 and he spoke glowingly of his daughters during his speech at the ESPYs.
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In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to tell people to teach history. But we don’t live in that world.

In America, we still have not owned up to the genocide against the Native Americans.
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Just another catch provided by your friendly neighborhood...Spider-Juan!
Warning. This post may contain sensitive content. View this post. Tweet. Share. Share. Email · Embed · https://vine.co/v/eDZZYdLwnpF. Get. MLB · 15h ago · San Francisco Giants have Spider Juan in center. 529076. Loops. Share.
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So I get this out of a fortune cookie.
It came with my wife's order at a Chinese restaurant.

I realize there's not very many Asian venues out here in Rocklin, but dang, I wouldn't have ever thought I'd get a fortune written in Spanish.

Maybe they were expecting a large contingent of Latino customers?

Translated:
You are generous to a fault and always think of others first.
Lucky #: 4 14 29 30 39 43
Want more? Visit: www.myfreefortune.com

And yes...the website isn't active...you can however choose to purchase the domain if you wish...
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Beam me up...Scotty!
There's a building in China that looks almost exactly like the USS Enterprise from 'Star Trek.'
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Waste not, want not - they are so fond of saying...
BUT, you got to know their limitations... 
Did you know none of those dates on food products – sell by, use by, best before – indicate the safety of food, and are not federally regulated? Did you know that it is usually safe to eat your expired food? Did you know food …
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I read a post today from one of my progressive friends. He posted an article referencing the first GOP debate. He usually writes a lengthy intro...a blog of sorts to convey his personal views; the majority of which end up as rational rants. His commentaries are for the most part informative,  very intellectual, entertaining and oftentimes more enjoyable to read than the article itself. In fact, I usually look forward to a good read.

But not today.

What I read today completely floored me. I was disturbed and disappointed with his choice of words.

He was in the middle of disparaging the inclusion of a few of these Republican candidates; then, out of nowhere he writes "...and Ben Carson who's just there as the GOP's 2016 Token prop...a Chinaman has a better chance than Dr. Ben." 

Whoa...say what!? I could not believe my eyes. He used an obvious racial pejorative in describing the odds that the GOP would nominate Ben Carson, a black man!?

Now, I don't presume to know what my friend was thinking as he typed down those words, but I would like to know in what context he felt that applying the "Chinaman" phrase was perfectly fine usage in bringing his point across to a reading audience. Especially when some of that audience could be and are of Chinese descent. 

Do you think I'm being overly sensitive?
Put your feet in my shoes before you answer that question.

Better yet, go out to any bustling Chinatown street corner, yell out Chinaman and see what kind of reception you'd receive.
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No, that's not Beyonce you're hearing, but 23 year old singer and songwriter, Gloria Tang Tsz-kei, better known as G.E.M. (which stands for: Get Everybody Moving) doing her live version of "If I Were A Boy".
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Introduction

The Situation

In this narcissistic, follow-the-leader mediocracy, people often define others through broad strokes, stereotypical forms and behaviors. These masses have a tendency to dissect their every thought into simplistic views of either/or, right/wrong and black/white; accepting the world at face value; never contemplating how their actions affect those around them. They refrain from reading the book and instead, critique the cover.

This propensity for the cursory is often taken advantage of through the media, politics and religion. It is easy to foist a limited view upon a susceptible population when the path of resistance is at a minimum or non-existent. It is a rewarding strategy for those interested in power, profiteering and propaganda. 

The Quandary

To appreciate another person's views, must you walk a mile in their shoes? Is it necessary to share in their travels or sense the tonality, the emotions in their words?  Given a situation, will two people endeavor to reach the same conclusion? Will they compromise or will they argue interminably? Will a person of lesser intelligence have the necessary skills to comprehend and proceed with what is laid out in front of them? 

The Path

Complex questions need not demand complicated answers. There is much more to being human than mere intelligence. Compassion, compromise and humility would greatly aid a society so enamored in technology; that is devoid of critical thinking and reciprocal communication. Education is the path to knowledge and experience gained from learning is the true power. 

The Principle

Indisputable facts and rational intelligence will always conquer blind faith and unhinged animosity.
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Boastfulness is not a redeeming quality; that I have managed to make a difference in at least one person's life; is.