There is a power that comes with being able to reduce a difficult concept, a major project or product down to a catchy slogan. Even as I’m writing this the catchy little jiggle from Coke, “I’d like to buy the world a Coke” came to mind.
A quick search revealed that that campaign was back in the early 70’s when I was a freshman in High School. We didn’t own a television in my house, I seldom listened to the radio and yet somehow that catchy slogan got to me and appears to be lodged in my brain forever (scary).
However, the danger with sound bites and catchy slogans is that they can make us lazy.
I’m afraid the art of deep thinking and thinking things through is becoming obsolete. The average person is probably not even aware of it, but studies show that most of their opinions have been formed by other people. They go through life with a foggy idea that things or good or bad \\ right or wrong simply because someone told them.
The prevailing opinion of the day has been reduced to headlines (very few people bother to even read the article under the headline!). If an idea is longer than 160 characters (letters \\ not words!) people don’t bother—that takes too much time.
Like hummingbirds, many flit from idea to idea, picture to picture, and sound bite to sound bite looking for a quick “sugar” high—something that will entertain them.
This is alarming! And hardly the way to live your life.
The ONE THING for today: Don’t let other people do your thinking–think for yourself.
You deserve more than a slogan and a quick answer. The issues of life are too important for you to allow others to form your opinions for you.
Listen to others and learn from them? Sure, but do the homework required to come up with the answers of life for yourself.
Your opinion may not matter to most people, but it matter to someone.
You may not be a mover and shaker everywhere, but what you believe shapes someone somewhere.
Be responsible with that responsibility. The path to heartache and broken lives is paved with slogans, quick answers and simply solutions.
Don’t you join that paving crew; think things through for yourself and for those that count on your opinion and input.
- By the way, I’m impressed you had enough stamina and mental strength to actually read to the end of this blog—way to go! There may be hope for you yet 🙂
Proverbs 16:23 (NKJV) The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.