On Ferguson, the Middle East, and the Media

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With all the ridiculous drama recently, I just had to write this post.  I don’t think it’s controversial, but you may think so.  It’s intention is not to offend, but to open.

Please be careful about how up in arms and opinionated you get about stories you hear from the media, no matter what twist (and there is one) your specific network or source of choice is making on a subject. Don’t ever forget the media has a motive, and the motive is definitely not to provide you with accurate, truthful, unbiased news coverage. The motive is to sell, to cripple, to create fear, to create hate, and to get you to submit – this includes getting you to purchase something of choice, or to elect someone of choice (conservative or liberal).  And of course, to get you to keep watching.

Just trust me when I say this: no matter what “side” you’re on with the Middle East, Ferguson, the government, the economy, and politics, if CNN/FOX/NPR is your main way of getting information, you really have no idea what’s exactly happening. You are getting a morphed version (or sometimes, a completely manufactured one).

I’m not saying I know exactly what’s happening – I’m not there. That’s why I don’t start fights or take sides too easily. But please, just think bigger than what you think you know, and especially what the media tells you to think. And don’t respond with hate, or you’re just a part of the problem and you’re falling into the very trap they want you to fall into.

Even right now, you’re probably reading this post from the perspective of “I am Conservative”, “I am Liberal”, “I am Black”, “I am White”, and by doing that you are still falling into the trap, the trap of labeling and generalizing – because they are this, they must be this .  Because they are “liberal”, they must “hate rich people and love minorities”.  Because they are “white”, they must “be conservative and hate black people”.  Because they are “muslim”, they probably “kill innocent people for Allah”.   It’s all bullshit.  You can generalize all day, but you’ll be wrong 90+% of the time, and if you make up your mind on races, religions, and people on generalizations (and what the media tells you), you are going to have a lot of hate in your heart, and that’s no way to live.  Just because one group gravitates towards specific tendencies or habits certainly, CERTAINLY doesn’t warrant hate for the group as a whole.

All I know is that love works, and though it may lose battles, it never loses wars.

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Robbie Hendricks

Robbie has been an entrepreneur for over 10 years. He has spoken at over 500 events and seminars over 30 states and 8 countries worldwide. Robbie an active partner or investor in over a dozen companies spanning from online media to medical management. When he isn't planning his next business move, he is working out, playing with his dog Neo, or cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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