Connecting the dots

This is well done, but I mostly enjoy the sound loop.

Generally speaking, there are many ways to create a picture out of the clues, like we might using a few handy items from around the house to fashion an idea with a crafts project. If it’s a big picture you’re interested in, you can do that, too. Start off with using whatever is available, the tools at hand. For information, there are many things in plain sight all around us all the time, which we see and hear repeated so constantly that we forget they are being said, much less who says them and why. “Viewer discretion advised,” for example, or ” As a condition of the $2 billion settlement, the companies admitted no wrong doing.” We get ideas by making decisions about conditions and information coming into our heads. We cultivate the ability to decide whether a thing is viable or just another ruse aimed at concealing the truth. Objectionable logic is just that, but how do we tell?

I was discussing a new-ish film with friends recently. They liked it, generally; I was perhaps a bit zealous in pointing out what I didn’t like about it and why it was such a problem. They were slightly taken aback. The response was on the order of, “Oh, I wasn’t being critical… I was just watching, being entertained.” I let it pass. They are friends. After all, it’s just a movie… it’s just art… it’s just music, it’s all just entertainment. Just like it’s just politics, I guess, no need to discern anything about these and pick out what works from what doesn’t and why. I’m just wearing these shoes – they could be any shoes at all, it doesn’t matter to me. I don’t care that they have gaping holes and one let through a sharp rock that pierced my toe. I mean, they’re just shoes, right? We’re not being critical.

But we should be. Do you have a critical knob? Well, set it on high and break it off with something heavy.

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