Do You Ignore What You Hear About - Do you turn a blind eye and a deaf ear?
Yes, it's true. But, like it or not, most people are not informed. Why is that? We live in a world full of resources. We live in a world with a massive amount of technology. Yet, so many are still not informed, or worse, misinformed.
Contrary to what some might think, most things happen for a reason. In this case, there are many. The primary reason is routed around fear. If we ignore it, don't see it, don't read about it, or don't directly affect us, it didn't happen. Well, that is the farthest thing from the truth. Indirectly as well as directly, almost everything that happens affects us all. Ignoring it does not lessen the effect. All you accomplished was you are NOT PREPARED. Let's take a deeper look.
THE HUMAN RACE:
The human race is a unique species. We are armed with a powerful tool. It's called a brain. However, we don't always use it to its best potential. The brain is a unique organ. It can learn, remember, and forget. It also can block things and protect us. Think about that for a moment. Let me give you an example. Have you ever been hurt, and the pain was terrible? At the time, you are well aware of the pain. However, after the pain is gone, you can remember the event over time, you know it was painful, but you forget precisely how painful it was. According to McLaughlin in an article in SCIENCE DAILY, "if the brain registers an overwhelming trauma, then it can essentially block that memory in a process called dissociation - or detachment from reality. As a result, the brain will attempt to protect itself." The link is from an article by Texas A&M University.
Similarly, if you start to see, hear, or read about something that we don't want to know about for reasons we will discuss, we will ignore it, turn a blind eye to it, or a deaf ear. Do you believe that if you ignore something, don't listen to it, or see it, it didn't happen? That reminds me of that ridiculous saying. "If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make noise?" Of course, it does. It's the laws of physics. Just because you didn't see it or hear it yourself does not mean it didn't make noise. Or thinking that just because there is a supply chain problem on the West Coast, the East Coast will not feel its effects. Whether they directly affect you or not, certain things that occur in life have a systemic impact. Meaning they might indirectly affect you.
WHY DO PEOPLE DO THIS?
There are several reasons why people choose to ignore what they read, see or hear. Here are a few:
Fear of the event.
Feelings of being overwhelmed.
They don't care.
They can't believe it. They go into denial. This is called Denialism, which is an irrational action that withholds the validation of a historical experience or event when a person refuses to accept an empirically verifiable reality. This ladies and gentlemen, is REAL and happens daily to many people. It may have happened to you.
Failure to understand.
Not wanting to be held accountable.
There are more, but these are the most common and pertinent reasons. Let's take these monkeys, for example. If a speeding bus was coming up behind them, would their actions as you see them stop them from being run off? Of course not. Yet, people go through life, some taking all these postures, and some taking one or two. For the most part, much of it is harmless. However, for some topics, it can be devastating. However, it is not always the fault of people. Why shouldn't people be confused and feel overwhelmed? We can't get a straight answer from politicians, the major news media networks will confuse the heck out of the most intelligent, and we live in a world where we are constantly misinformed.
I want to discuss one of these. Fear. I think the remainder is self-explanatory. However, fear, not so much. I listed fear first because it is the #1 reason people take these postures. One of the most common phrases people think or say is, "That will never happen to me." Wake up call. If things never happen to anyone, then things would not happen. Therefore, that is a false statement. Anything can happen to anyone. This is the primary reason people must be properly informed to be prepared or avoid what they do not want to happen to them. It's their fear of being mugged, carjacked, or a victim of a home invasion that makes them turn a blind eye to these things and others and a deaf ear. Remember that tree in the forest? Knowledge is power.
Yes, that is correct. Knowledge is power. Knowledge allows us to learn and take advantage of what we've learned so we can live a happier and safer life. That in itself is a challenge because we do not know who to believe. We are bombarded with opinions from those we believe to be knowledgeable that are often contradictory. Therefore, we question what we read, see, and hear. Which is truth, lies, or fiction?
After experiencing this, such as the pandemic, our brains go into overload and feel overwhelmed. Therefore, it is easier to ignore it and run from its reality. Believe it or not, many sources rely precisely on this happening to us. Well, we cannot give in to that method of thinking or fall into that trap. How to avoid that is to see, listen, and not ignore. Listen to the different views. Don't worry; we are intelligent when we want to be. We can handle much more than many give themselves credit for. Fear is one of the seven deadlies. The trick is to NEVER give in to it. Instead, we beat fear through logical and sensible thinking. We use our natural abilities to weed through the BS and evaluate the facts.
Keep in mind and never forget. Fear is NOT a bad thing. It isn't good when we allow it to control us. Fear is an emotion that is meant to protect us. It heightens our awareness, triggers us to learn more, so we do not fear, and keeps us on our toes. Fear does not have to be your enemy. It can be your friend when you approach it correctly. Fear is our brain's way of protecting us, providing we listen. Therefore, keep both eyes open. Listen with both ears. Never ignore what is put right in front of you. Embrace it and conquer it. Be informed so you can make informed and intelligent choices. This will reduce your stress level and have a happier and safer life.
Stay safe and be well,
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