Thought for the Day – 7 June 2017
The thought for a chilly Wednesday in Johannesburg is not as obvious as some of the previous ones. You will have to think about the thought to understand its true meaning. So here it is:
“The wise understand by themselves; fools follow the reports of others!”
This thought is particularly relevant in this era of Social Media. With the internet, and all the supporting software for messaging in one form or another, information, opinion, facts, images, news, scams and downright rubbish all circulate at the same speed. And they also circulate with the same weight. It’s up to the reader to decide which is useful and true, and which is false or misleading and dangerous. So don’t take everything you read on the internet at face value. Think about it. Research it. Check on it. Verify it. And then decide whether you believe it or not. Remember, Social Media that is not correct, for whatever reason, is not social at all. In fact, it is decidedly anti-social.
Let the reader beware!
And, one final point. This thought doesn’t only apply to Social Media. It applies to anything where you need information to make decisions. Don’t just accept what others tell you. They may not be as knowledgeable as they sound. This is true when you are buying things or when politicians speak to you or when you are watching TV. It can even be true in situations where you would normally expect the truth as opposed to an opinion or intentional misdirection. That can and has happened in churches, in doctors’ consulting rooms, in lawyers’ offices and in your place of work. When in doubt, get a second opinion, check it out, research it, but don’t be the fool that just believes it.
I hope you never get scammed.