Ever post or quote something somewhere and then discover later your passion lead you into believing and sharing propaganda. I just did. Shame on me.
What was my mistake? Sharing a post on Facebook without fact checking it first. The post spoke to my heart and I was rushing and fact checking takes time. Even after being called to task when I tried to fact check my efforts only revealed a partial story.
I was ashamed of myself, however. Shame always asks us to hide our flaws. What shame is supposed to do is to keep us from doing the unthinkable. Shame also asks us to hide, to sink from sight, and to keep our wrong doing secret. Emotional intelligent gurus all say in most cases the way to deal with a negative feeling is to act against its urging. In terms of shame that means not hiding and admitting when you did wrong.
How the deception worked in this case using a picture from one story to get you to read a different second story. The headline made it seem the picture was related to the second story and it was not. Moreover, when I checked the second story it seemed that the facts in it possibly true, but it was impossible to ferret out the truth. Sigh.
A friend who had seen the original picture in their local newspapers and knew the story it related to corrected my version, and did so politely. Others were not so polite.
Either way I did what I should have done before sharing. I fact checked and came up with the how I had let my passions lead me astray. Then, I re-tracked the post and apologized.
Those who know me well , were supportive and I am grateful for their seeing the whole me and forgiving my mistake.
Tip one: The more your passions are aroused, the more you might be in Sneaky Hypnotism’s control.
Tip two: Practice forgiveness when you or another get caught in passing along propaganda. We all do.
Tip three: Be transparent about your bias. Anyone who knows me knows I am passionately pro-Israeli and anti-violence. They should also know I do not think defending yourself from killer attacks is violence.
Tip four: Apologize when you err and that means retracking false information as well as saying you are sorry.
Tip five: Make amends. This post is one of my efforts to do so.
Tip Six: As always work to improve your critical thinking skills.
IMPROVE YOUR THINKING SKILLS
Applying this WordPress daily prompt to today’s post Easy Fix – Write a post about any topic you wish, but make sure it ends with “And all was right in the world.” See my answer at the bottom of this post.
Parenting tip one: Teach you children critical thinking skills and do so being aware of age and stage. This previous post details some ways to do that.
Parenting tip two: Teach your children to take responsiblity for their mistakes. Mistakes are for learning.
Parenting tip three: Teach your children to how to apologize,
Parenting tip four: Teach your children how to practice forgiveness.
Parenting tip five: Teach your children how to make amends.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO
Keep working to stay strong, I work hard to do the same . As noted above I often fail. I am not perfect, not one is and that is the subject of Monday’s blog post.
LINKS OF INTEREST
- Propaganda thoughts (widkpedia.org)
- Self hypnosis (self-help-and-self-development.com)
- How prejudice develops (psychology.about.com)
- Hypnosis basics (mayoclinic.org)
- Hypnosis and hypnotherapy (drweil.com)
- Hitler, the worlds greatest hypnotist (hypnosisblacksecrets.com)
Don’t think you can afford a life coach? Like a life coach, EFTI’s poster coaches inspire, teach, motivate, and reinforce thinking about what matters. To use, print up in color and post there it will be seen often. Poster Coaches can also be used at Family Meetings to start a discussion about what matters.
MY ANSWER TO THE PROMPT Easy Fix
Ending any activity with the hope that all will be right with the world is useful and dangerous. Useful because it build hope and comforts. Dangerous because it can lead to ignoring and not working on what needs to happen to make wrongs right.