Half-blind judgement

We all sometimes tend to judge things without knowing enough or having accurate enough information. We accept the information that is most presented to us and take this in as the truth, disregarding the possibility of inaccuracy or the fact that what is presented to us is usually only one side of the story. Mass media undoubtedly plays a huge part in this and the reality is that many news channels are skilled in manipulating information in a way that suits their agenda and will easily indoctrinate the minds of the masses. These are usually big news channels that everyone is used to, so top tip- use small news sources that are not as popular. There you’re more likely to find accurate information from frontline sources that no one wants heard.

But there’s a sad truth within our societies: there are people that see only what they want to see and hear only what they want to hear and will therefore use sources only from the perspective that they have settled into. These people accept solely information that is comfortable to their eyes and ears and existing mentalities; information which rarely dissents from expectations and the majority’s views. This way biased conclusions are made and people never see the full story because of their lack of research and openness to other sources of information.

This is kind of the same as when people judge others without having enough information. You may judge someone on one encounter or one aspect of their personality and take this as the full picture – for example, I’m a quiet person and most people simply see me as such, but the people that are close to me know that there is a lot more to my personality because they have a broader range of information. This greater information is what we all need to strive for in our everyday lives; it is too often that people simply accept what they see in front of them with no desire to learn more.

Anyway, the reason I’m writing about this is because I’ve had a lot of experience being in the minority position in terms of things like views on world affairs and I see how unheard we are. I see how little influence we have because of stronger forces in the majority making sure their self-serving agenda is fulfilled. So this is why we all need to research and question all the time. Be open to all sources and consider all sides and all possibilities. Make a greater effort to gain more information. Don’t simply accept, ask questions. Immunise yourself from the brainwashing forces of the media and be one more informed mind on earth.

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Let me wrap this up with a fact-filled quote from a fact-filled man;

Propaganda is most effective when our consent is engineered by those with a fine education – Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Columbia — and with careers on the BBC, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post. These organisations are known as the liberal media. They present themselves as enlightened, progressive tribunes of the moral zeitgeist. They are anti-racist, pro-feminist and pro-LGBT. And they love war. While they speak up for feminism, they support rapacious wars that deny the rights of countless women, including the right to life.” ~ John Pilger

^ those right there are what you may call facts.

You are not another person’s perception of you

I used to sometimes forget this and I know that others do, too. Looking at yourself in a way that you think others may see you or basing your self-worth on another’s judgment of you takes so much from what you are. It takes away that sacred power that we all have within us and puts it in the hands of someone else.

If no one told you you’re intelligent or good-looking, or whatever else, would you still think you’re intelligent or good-looking? Or would you not think of yourself as someone with those qualities, because no one said it to you? Sadly enough, for many people, the answer here, whether they realise it or not, is no. Why do you give the power to other people to tell you what to believe about yourself? Don’t get me wrong, people complimenting you is great and I for one, am somebody that appreciates it very much. Sure, it does boost your confidence. But placing too much importance on other people’s opinion of you is not healthy at all. This applies whether what they think of you is positive or negative. First and foremost, the basis of your confidence lies within YOU and what YOU think of yourself. This way, people’s approval and compliments towards you is simply a bonus.

There’s a quote that I like that kind of pertains to what I’m saying:

“They [people] know a few facts about you, and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don’t know yourself very well, you might even believe that they are right. But the truth is, that isn’t you. That isn’t you at all.” – Leila Sales

Don’t allow others to mould you into their perception of you. You are the only one that truly knows yourself and all your qualities and capabilities. You are your own exclusive sculptor. Withhold that power.IMG-20170714-WA0002