Imaginary problems. When you don’t look through a lens of reality, it’s hard to see what’s really going on. It’s easy to end up chasing after pink Pookas instead of tackling the real problems. And that means the fixes you create don’t solve real problems either. Trying to trap a Pooka won’t net you anything real, but you can create real problems for yourself in the process. That’s what this is all about.
I found something I wrote a little over a year ago, before I started this blog. President Trump’s first “Muslim Ban” executive order sparked some thoughts that I think remain valid. So, I decided to dust off this relic from the memory box, touch it up a bit, and present it to you all.
Here we go.
Notice I did not say “Love the Media.”
In the face of distrust of and attacks on the “media” and the “press”, I wanted to make a few observations. It took me a while, so I broke it into two parts. First, I set out to demonstrate that the media has always been flawed. People have always complained about it. Today’s faults don’t differ that much from those of the past. Second, I set out to demonstrate that, flawed as the media is and has always been, it still has value in our society. Question it? Sure. Demand it do better? Sure. But don’t throw it away simply because you suddenly realized it’s an imperfect beast.
Also, something is not “fake” or “false” simply because you don’t agree with it.
I leave to you to decide whether I succeeded in my goals.
Trump’s “Pocahontas” bit while honoring Navajo code talkers wasn’t the end of the world. But it still signals a big problem. Let me tell you why.
Sometimes I feel like I spend a lot of time yelling, “Look behind the curtain.” But a republic needs informed citizens, fully aware of what levers the wizard is frantically pulling while hoping we distractedly keep our eyes on the big floating head of Oz.
Actually, it’s really as simply as that. Just one word. “How?”
What do you respect?
Something happens, and it upsets you. Why? We often believe we know the reason. But we often don’t know the whole story. Because we operate on assumptions without first asking the right questions. Even when dealing with ourselves.
Over the past few years, I have been encouraged by friends to start blogging.
I don’t profess to be the wisest or smartest person. I do not claim to be the only one with the answers. I do not have perfect spelling, punctuation or grammar. (I try but sometimes fall short.) My use of the Oxford comma comes and goes. (I was originally taught not to use it; now it’s popular. Go figure.)
But I would like to share some of my insights into what is happening around us and how to sift through the overwhelming amount of information we get these days. My aim is to talk about not only what is going on, but what has gone on before and offer ways to think about it all a bit more critically. Continue reading