…put some mileage on it! My dad, a lifelong martial artist recently promoted to Grandmaster, always tells the students at our martial arts school this. I can proudly say we are a martial arts family. My dad has always instilled old school values in us and does the same with the students.
His mindset is that in an age where information is readily available, it is so easy and habitual to just “borrow someone else’s ideas”.
And this is not only seen in children, adults are guilty of it as well. I have been giving this a lot of thought recently when I started up social media again after a long time away. I see quite a few people blindly following word for word what someone else says. Quoting it and emulating it the best they can, but when you question them on it, they have no idea how to answer. I have been homeschooling my children for over 6 years now and one thing I learned, at least with my kids, is that rote memorization is only beneficial in certain circumstances. For the most part it is useless, regurgitation of material that has no meaning.
I was recently watching a show called Jimmy Kimmel Live and they were interviewing random people out on the street. The one episode I watched was about asking what GMO’s are. Wow…..most of the people questioned had no idea what G M O stood for! (Genetically Modified Organisms). And the worst part, was they said….”I know they are bad.” Regurgitation of useless information, use your own brain and do your research!
This is not too far from what I see on social media these days. It doesn’t matter if you are pro or anti GMO’s, vaccinations, organics, herbs, medical treatments, science, politics or religion and so on. If you are going to take a stand on something, get educated. Educate yourself! Reading one blog or Facebook post is not getting educated, it is a starting point. Perhaps even an inspiration. Even if one person holds a certain degree or title, it does not, by any means, make them the single most credible authority on the subject. Chances are (hopefully) they have done their research on the subject and feel educated enough to share it with others. This makes me think of The Wizard of Oz when Scarecrow gets his diploma.
Wizard of Oz: They have one thing you haven’t got: a diploma. Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Universitartus Committiartum E Pluribus Unum, I hereby confer upon you the honorary degree of ThD.
Wizard of Oz: That’s… Doctor of Thinkology.
Did the diploma make Scarecrow more intelligent? No, it just made him believe in himself and provided him with a tool to better himself. Research both sides of the argument. Look at all the pros and cons. After doing this, then make an opinion, your own opinion. Sure, it may take more time, but your brain will appreciate the mileage you put on it.
Remember, A Healthy Planet Begins With You!