Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”-Chinese Proverb
It’s funny that I read this quote today because I recently pulled my manuscript out to work on my 2nd drift. As I’m reading over it I’m reminded of what every instructor taught me, show don’t tell. My goal in the end product is to involve the reader so much so that they see, feel and understand what I experienced.
This quote also applies to everyday life. I learned better by doing. You certainly can’t learn to type or play instrument or even cook by being told how to do it. Showing helps you to know how, but the real understanding comes when you get involved and do the work.
Politic is the same thing. What people tell you is not necessarily true, and even if someone shows you. How do you know if it’s factual unless you get involved in finding the facts. How will you understand unless you do the research?
How easy it is to talk, and show someone how to walk, but the only way to understand is to get involved with what the talk and walk has to teach us.
To find yourself, think for yourself. –Socrates
I’ve been working on unplugging my own connection to the political news channels. This picture is a perfect depiction of how we let ourselves become attracted to the media. We get so caught up in it that we can’t distinguish between our own thinking and that of which we’re letting sink into our psyche. I heard someone recently say, we are all capable of making up our own minds, and not being influenced by the media or what others say. The Today show and the nightly news inform me enough to trigger the questions I can research myself.
We have this innate ability to know what’s right and wrong. You can see with your own eyes and hear with your own ears to make your own decision. Even when a person is a good liar, and you’re not sure what to believe. Don’t ask someone else to tell you what they think. Do the research for yourself to find the answers you need.
Yes, I’m referring to politics here. However, I think it goes much further into all areas of our life, and it should be a good lesson for us to examine our own thought process. We are the ones who hold our own remote controls. What we should be tuning into each day is the wireless connection that makes us who we are. It’s always the truth that sets us free. If you want to know who you are and what your truth is, then start thinking for yourself.