Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Heads or Tails?

This is going to be a random entry :) but let me use it to give you an introduction to what a friend and I will be working on this year. It is called Eggs And Rice. Thats all I can divulge at the moment :P it has been in thinking for some time, but it will soon be put into motion. Without fail, I will be sure to let you know what happens as it happens. I wrote this tonight, not too sure why though, it was just in my head. It still needs editing and what not, and I have no idea if it is interesting at all, but I hope you enjoy!

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My opinion far outweighs your thinking! You are incapable of thinking up the right answer to this situation! I'm right and you're wrong! You reel in horror and you're like "hey, what?" but you argue back. This is a fight to see who is "right"

I am quite honestly sure that I cannot be the only person to have experienced a situation like this. The kind of situation where there is a coin balanced perfectly, vertical with no side flat. There is no head or tails, just the perfect balance of the coin. You yell out "HEADS!" but whoever is rooting for tales stomps the coin down and triumphs to your disbelief, even though the coin was 50/50 (that is as in the odds are even, not the coin was two fifty cents pieces)

How stubborn are most people today? I can honestly say I am probably one of the stubbornness people I know. When a debate takes place, I can genuinely say that I think I am right, and the other persons thinking just doesn't make sense to me. Yet, this does not mean I am right. There are always two sides to the coin. The fact of the matter is, do you even take the time to consider the other side?

Think about the world today. It doesn't matter where in the world you are at this second, there has to be one or other issue in your country you can think about it. Being from good old South Africa, racism or some or other act like that always pops up in the media. It's always the same thing over and over. Black party lashes out at white party, white party lashes out at black party. Assumptions are made. One side chooses heads, while the other chooses tails. At the end of the day nobody really wins, yet the battle in constantly ongoing, and the coin remains upright.

Another example may come in the form of age. You are young, having an honest conversation with an older person. An equal debate rises, but the older person insists that are right due to experience. Don't get me wrong, experience plays a huge part in any situation in life, yet it does not always make you right. Let's take Formula 1 as an example. Michael Schumacher has been doing it for years, and he knows the tracks inside and out. He knows what speed to take the corners at, when to go flat out, and when to make a decisive move such as overtaking or something similar. Does this instantly mean he will win each and every race? Of course not! He may have an experience advantage, but this does not make him the winner each and every time. The same can be said for an equal debate. The older person does not necessarily have the winning opinion.

So where am I going with all of this? Nowhere specific really, but it all boils down to this. Take a second to consider another person's perspective before declaring yourself the winner. The world needs fewer arguments and more understandings. We were all made unique and designed to have our own ways of thinking. Your way of thinking is not necessarily the right way, but then again, who are any of us to judge what is right and what is wrong?

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3 comments:

  1. The Wise Old SageApril 7, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Your 5th paragraph is extremely well said.

    I always look at both sides of the coin. That's why I'm always right. The thing is, when other people realize this, they go all Cory Feltman on me and change their opinion so that it isn't the same as theirs.
    Humans are a weird species. Glad I ain't one of em.

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  2. Here here! well put!!!
    Whenever my Daughter was upset or angry with someone I used to advise her to put her self into that persons shoes, take a look around, then decide weather the situation was worth getting into an argument over.
    In my day job I deal with people all day who are increadibly bitter, angry and upset with each other, and me - but due to the nature of the job I have to keep my mouth shut, and my opinions to myself, I am afraid it is making me quite disolusioned with us humans as a race. I like what you have to say - race, religion, age, none of that is relevant to us all suffering from being human!

    Kath
    x

    ps, not sure what species your wise old sage of a freind is - my suspicions are he is in some way related to Yoda. :~)

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  3. Haha thank you wise old sage for the words of wisdom ^_^

    I agree Juicy :) I'm also in a job where I really need to bite my tongue and stop myself from commenting. At the end of the day, I am learning to think before I speak... I am still growing up after all :) we all keep growing until the day we die.

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