Monthly Archives: August 2012

Comprehension

I am not sure if they called it comprehension everywhere in the world, but when I was at high school, that is what the section of english class was called.
Usually some extract of Shakespeare, and a whole mass of questions after the extract to try and catch you out…..well okay so maybe they never wanted to catch us out, they wanted to see if we could “get” what the writer wrote. Although I would stick my neck out a bit here and say……did Shakespeare really mean everything that the people have commented on and reasoned and summarized over the centuries. Just a thought…..

But comprehending, yes the verb, is the action of taking in a specific environment and making either sense or simply understanding it fully for what the true meaning is. That is what I am saying….
For the really technically people out there…click here for the dictionary description.

I don’t particularly think I fully comprehended comprehension at the time I was in high school, for reasons I think will divert the topic today. But I wanted to have a look at how life is approached to day.
We sometimes only see what we want to see and only what relates to ourselves.

Do we fully comprehend where we are right now as a collective on earth?

– We live in a world where sport is a multi billion dollar industry, while we also have vast amounts of issues with unemployment, hunger, lack of education, limited resources.
– We live in a world where a sick person has to worry whether they will be helped, because they do not have medical aid.
– We live in a world where companies rob people of their life savings, where its okay for corrupt officials rape the citizens of their hard earned money by simply splurging it on who knows what.
– We live in a world where actors and musicians are catapulted into stardom and are incapable of living amongst the “mortals’

– We live in a world where corporations turn a blind eye to safety issues and harmful practices…..all to save a buck here and there.
– We say we want creative innovators, but we force them to go through an antiquated education system to produce people who all think the same….
– We ridicule the different, based on race, colour, class, country, language……need I go on….

That’s just a drop in the vast ocean of life’s issues in our current state here….

Do we comprehend that? Is our intellect switched on?

Does this describe the priorities of a healthy world? That we spend vast a vast amount of time on things which serve no real purpose to the greater good of humanity. I mean the longer term greater good.

There never seems to be money for the really needy, yet somehow there is always money to purchase a soccer player for a ridiculous sum of money (don’t shoot me I am just commenting). I suppose we enjoy watching the sport, but if the real issues were displayed on prime time TV and we were to make a choice between the two, would we choose the one for the greater good?

Do we comprehend where we are?

One could also ask oneself personally, do we really comprehend what is happening around us at any given time in our lives. Sometimes we really don’t know what is happening around us and we kind of go with the flow. It is so easy to turn a blind eye or simply not know what is happening around us.

We are not meant to live like that hey. We are the captains of our ships, we cannot just let the wheel go and float around. We need to understand our environment, capture it all and act, change, move, help…….

the Honest One

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NO

No is a word people often associate with a negative feeling. We hear it a lot as we grow up and normally it is told to us when we are doing something we should not be doing or saying…..Right?

We therefore almost get trained to associate it with bad stuff. I think however that it is one of the most powerful tools and a divider in life.

If you watch and take note how people treat the word (or person saying it) it will tell you volumes about the person’s character and values.

Learning to respect a no is quite a challenge in life. Especially in a world that rarely uses it or wants it.
People I often come across want what they want and have no regard for what the cost of it is.
I find that most often people that do not accept a no, tend to be the people who are in positions of authority. In my case normally business owners, directors, pastors, pastor’s wives…… I just don’t understand why though. When someone says no, they are not always saying it because they don’t want to. I think people who always say yes have a massive problem…..What do you think?

Never saying no means someone is paying the cost for something and it will most likely be the one who never says no…

I also seem to run in people who are in the authority positions tend to have a mentality of “make it happen” and not really caring if you say no. They will just move to someone who says yes. By doing that they have done themselves a great disservice and you should most likely remove yourself from the equation. I assure you they will never respect you until they learn that there are somethings that cannot be changed….
Okay so you all know I work in sound. I get the weirdest requests. Like its too loud in the front but when I get to the back of the venue its the right level. Logic would tell an average person to NOT SIT IN FRONT THEN…..but because they are the leader or manager or CEO, suddenly I am the one that can make the laws of physics bend simply because they want it done.
I am not saying it cannot be done, it can with a lot of time money and effort. But normally at that time they have the cheapest possible sound system with the worst possible management system and then the request (demand) is made to control it. I then stand there dumbfounded as to what to say. Do I consider the one person’ request to overrule the best for the larger crowd? We all know the answer to that one hey.

Anyway, the word NO is not very well received these days, but I think it is needed and it needs to be respected accordingly….

the Honest One

Settle down?

“Thomas. Why don’t you let it go….this light bulb thing or whatever you call it. No one will think less of you if you don’t get it right”

“Galileo…..Really now, why would you go on about the earth being round. Just settle down about that and all the people will think you are great….”

“Jesus, you have done many miracles and have a great following, why not let this Messiah thing drop and then you can settle down and get on with life……”

“Steve, stop faffing around with that computer….what you call it? Apple Mac, rubbish, it will never make it….”

“Bob, why tinker about with music thing, there is no real future in that is there now, just wait and see…..”

I was asked by someone the other day, “When will you settle down?” not as in get married, but as in stop fighting for stuff and just let it go.
Now firstly I love a challenge or a fight (mental and debate kind). But settling down is not my nature, in fact it is like a virus to me, foreign matter in my being.

Which made me think, and no I do not have delusions of grandeur by naming some of the greats above. But it made me think, that sometimes we need to listen to that itching and annoying voice in our head. And fight for change, or a change in thinking, or a different approach.

I for one do not think that any human is born specifically for mediocrity……oh no, that gets stamped into us, or simply allowed. I think it comes from silencing the voice inside, from listening to others (who also thrive on not doing anything). Because like misery, mediocrity loves company.

I think as humans we tend to not want change, and we try and reason others who want it down to our way of life.

Personally I would say that fundamentally the desire to do stuff and change the world is in our DNA, we just mask it and mute it with the mundane every day grind.

Think about what life would have been like if the above named people gave over to the mediocre and went with what people said????

The only piece of advice I can give is, STOP LISTENING TO THAT PEOPLE THAT TRY TO MAKE YOU LIKE THEM…. you are not them you are you. And you are born to change something or someone here. Please go ahead and do that…….

the Honest One