To be Misunderstood
Lately I’ve been taking an interest in reading articles online. The source varies like The New York Times, Linkedin and a range of blogs.
What interests me most is the wide range of opinions, which often tell another story and give a wider picture of thinking and perception in the readers’ minds.
Let me you give an example or two.
The first was a promotional video put out by an American society promoting a ‘World without Hate’ philosophy. Running with it was a song by John Lennon, ‘Let it be let it be.’ Photo’s included Martin Luther King and others who gave their lives for the cause they believed in.
I thought the video was well balanced, told its message fairly, and many of the comments agreed and thought it was promoting a good concept. But the article came under fire for several reasons; 1) for using John Lennon’s song (permission was sought and received); 2) some thought it a disgrace to mention Martin Luther King in this concept; and 3) immigration – some commenters completely raved on about it. I saw no mention of immigration in the video and was hard pressed to understand where their thinking was coming from.
Another New York Times article talked the pros and cons of investing in renewable energy for vehicle running. The article received over 130 comments. Basically there were two schools of thought; those who argued that America has an abundance of oil and gas so why bother; and those who argued that solar power panels only work in some areas so how was the problem of charging batteries elsewhere going to be resolved?
What surprised me most was that out of 130 comments, no-one mentioned what research and development of solar energy could do for the future.
Imagine if you can, a solar panel far more advanced than today’s units. One that won’t require recharging; one that’s built into the roof as part of the vehicle and that will also act as its own battery.
Impossible you say!
Well, think back 10- 15 years when the iPhone and iPod; and digital cameras and recorders were mere pipe dreams – at least to those of us who were not involved in this type of research and development; and that is most of us.
Who would have thought that you could expand a picture on a screen by simply widening it with a spread of the fingers?
Nothing is impossible; given time, imagination is destined to become reality.
Just think for a moment – if the vehicles on our roads were not ejecting poisonous fumes into the atmosphere, polluting the air that we breathe – how much healthier our cities would be. Perhaps that alone is worth the investment.
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