Don’t you just sometimes wonder if people are really thinking?
Thank you for your question. Here’s what I believe happens: As human beings, our minds are programmed from an early age (through a combination of upbringing, environment, schooling, news media, television/movies, etc.) to see the world – and certain aspects of the world – in certain ways. And, we tend to make decisions and form conclusions based on very, very little information, and always in alignment w our learned belief systems.
While this can, at times, serve us, it often really messes up our thought process (or, “non-thought” process, hence the question of “wondering if people are actually thinking”) 🙂 And, when you now add to the mix the very emotional topic of money…wow, it can confuse a lot of people!
Something I find fascinating is when posting a quote and providing my interpretation of that quote, and then receiving reader feedback and comments. While most will have an opinion of the quote, and either agree or disagree with my interpretation, we appear to be looking at the same quote.
Others, on the other hand, will reply in a way that – if I didn’t know better – I’d think they were responding to an entirely different set of words. However, when dissecting their response, it’s obvious they are seeing the quote and/my interpretation through an entirely different lens; something very, very specific to them. Not being able to read minds, I don’t know exactly what that would be, but it’s obvious it is coming from a very personal, unique and individual place.
In answer to your question, sure, it frustrates me when I feel people don’t think things through as “I” might like them to. But, I also understand that human nature is human nature. And, that more often than I’d like to admit, I’m guilty of doing the same thing when it comes to my belief systems and personal biases.
Thank you so much for your very “thought-provoking” question. 🙂
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