Confusing Signals

How can you promote and/or receive the right message?

© AP Photo/Johnny Huu Nguyen In this Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 photo provided by Johnny Nguyen, Portland police Sgt. Bret Barnum, left, and Devonte Hart, 12, hug at a rally in Portland, Ore., where people had gathered in support of the protests in…
© AP Photo/Johnny Huu Nguyen In this Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 photo provided by Johnny Nguyen, Portland police Sgt. Bret Barnum, left, and Devonte Hart, 12, hug at a rally in Portland, Ore., where people had gathered in support of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri

I am seldom good at reading between the lines of conversation or personality or events and understanding the subtle messages that are being communicated.

When I try then I am often guilty of getting the message totally wrong. 

Then it’s hard to back out of the proverbial corner and get on track with the right thought that was clearly being communicated – when looked at in hindsight.

But every time I see a photo like this I am consciously aware of the impact of current events on adults and children alike. You can see it in their faces, hear it in their voices, and their actions speak volumes.

Perhaps this is why I detest trying to understand a writers subplot. It never makes sense until someone explains it to me. Then I wonder why read at all if the main purpose is to try and determine what the author was “really trying to say!”

Really….? I just want to read a good story!

With all the happenings in the Ferguson shooting and subsequent grand jury response, it seems like there is a huge groundswell of backlash that sends multiple messages. Some of which I comprehend with clarity, and others I wonder if the reactionaries even understand the message they are communicating?

For example, it’s okay to allegedly bully a store owner, steal some goods, attack a police officer, and then be used as an example of police brutality. Really?
Or, burning down businesses in the town of Ferguson shows the disgust for the way the grand jury, prosecutor and police acted. Really? Those business owners must have sided with the wrong side, right?
Or, marching in major cities across the country, blocking freeways, subways, streets and malls – and scaring a lot of innocent people along the way. Really? All those children on the stage to sing at the mall must have been guilty because you feel the liberty to scare them with your tactics.
Or, to say one thing on the national stage and then something different to the crowd and egg them on to further destruction. Really? Really?

One thing I do know, a wrong cannot be undone by another wrong. Yet, emotions and reactions need to be allowed without creating more wrong than right.

Is injustice over with in America? No. That’s painfully obvious. On many fronts.

Are the people of America always right? No. Is the law? No. Are the enforcers? No.

We are still finding people have been wrongly convicted and released decades later because new ways of viewing the evidence shows them to be in the clear.

What can we do about this?

I am sure there is an answer somewhere, but can we get everyone to listen and abide? No. Probably not.

The one thing we all seem to experience is this “rush to judgment” before we know all the facts. Even with revealed facts it would seem we disbelieve the system or the answers, and our response is often blindingly forgetful of the rule of law.

Who do we blame? The news media for helping to spread disinformation? Human nature for acting in accordance with emotion rather than logic? The legal system?

If we consider every individual that is reacting to the news and all of their personal viewpoints, then we should consider that every person has what I am calling a “subplot”….

Your subplot does not mesh with my subplot, and my suspicion is that there are too many subplots alive and well in every faction, race, culture, city, state, neighborhood…

There is probably no way to get us all on the same page.

So, what I want to do is to make sure that my own subplot is in order.

My thanks to my parents and extended family that kept us from following a wrong subplot in life. We were raised a certain way and there are many lessons we learned along the way. Many voices spoke into our lives to make sure that the subplot never veered from the direction of living righteous in the law of our nation and God.

 I wonder. What’s your subplot?

 

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