Let's face it, we're part of an interesting historical period. Or several. There almost seems to be an ideological Civil War taking place within the United States, one that might determine what is right, what is acceptable, and what is illegal. No matter what your stance is on an issue, you probably realize it's important to stand up for what you believe. However, let me suggest that you spend a little more thinking than acting.
One thing we understatement - in this case and so many others - is the Internet. For most of us, the Internet isn't much more than illegal entertainment, social media, and email. Yet the reason our social movements are so strong today is, by large, due to our ability to share ideas to millions of similarly-minded individuals. Our thoughts can become as popular as Gene Wilder memes.
While it's important to use such tools as Facebook to send out a message, it's also important to consider the information as it spreads ever so vastly and to take time to truly analyze it before we jump to a decision.
In the story "Sleep" from No-Injury Policy, I aim to depict what can happen when someone stands up for their beliefs, and how millions of people can take that example and run to extreme depths with it without truly taking enough time to think.
Now, wanting to join to the fight against oppressing entities is important and admirable. But you should consider all the facts available before making a decision. How effective would a protest be if no one knew what was at stake? For every progressive movement, there can be unfortunate consequences. A law that favors your interests could be followed by one you would've never supported.
In the case of "Sleep", a couple trying to find like-minded individuals leads to many Long Brooke citizens rushing into protests and causing more harm than good. To be clear, protests aren't inherently bad or good. However, a lack of thoughtful consideration can lead to poor or nonexistent results.
Coming up next month, we have an election that will greatly determine how the next four years play out. I urge everyone to vote, for sure. In fact, the election is great example. For instance, many people claim they don't want to vote for either candidate because they feel both of them are lackluster. This is the wrong thinking, an ideology passed on through word of mouth - only this time we're not conversing person-to-person but through social media tools which can transcend our idea to much larger audiences. Trust me, if you hold this opinion, it's because you haven't heard something that motivated you to vote. But would any political candidate provide more than a pitch? This is why reading is important.
It could be argued both candidates possess a vast difference in worldview from the voters, but the fact remains one of the men will assume a great power. Rather than jumping the gun and voting based on hyperbole or not voting because of the aforementioned, there are going to be voters taking action that are angry, misinformed, or well-informed. You can easily Google their policies and find legitimate sources. You might just discover one of the candidates shares similar beliefs as you. Nevertheless, if you don't vote, someone else will. And this can harm you. If you do vote, but out of haste, you could be making a poor choice.
Now this isn't all about voting and social movements. It can be about everyday choices. It's important to "man up", but it's more crucial to take enough time to evaluate an entire decision before making a decision. Then again, I could be wrong here.
HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU THINK ABOUT SOMETHING BEFORE YOU MAKE A DECISION? DO YOU SPEND TOO MUCH TIME DEBATING AND NOT ENOUGH TIME ACTING, OR VICE VERSA?
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