On this part of Roel's World I will share some "pop-up thoughts". I am not sure this term is ever used before, but as the term suggests these thoughts that just "popped up" (like "thought flashes") and might be interesting enough to share, but are not short enough to tweet nor long enough to write full blog article about ...
THE TRUTH ...
FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN THE "INFORMATION AGE"
The freedom of speech is one of the great values of humanity. And in the "Age of Information" everyone has the opportunity to express him/herself via social media. BUT, with great freedom comes great responsibility !!! You are responsible for everything you express, even if you are not the author and "just share" something.
That one has the right and the possibility to speak ones mind does not automatically means that you should. If you are not sure about what you're saying / sharing, then perhaps it's better not to. Or at least state that you have not checked or can confirmed if what you say and share is true. There is a lot of misinformation and disinformation online because people are too lazy to "fact-check" or simply imagine or wish something to be true.
The internet is a great tool that could help humanity in it's development, but at the same time a "dangerous" tool that can disrupt and damage mankind as well. Use your freedom responsibly!
God - if he/she/it exists - has always been attributed omniscience (infinite knowledge).
I guess God made mankind so 'dumb', in order to entertain him/her/itself with our foolishness. What else would an 'entity' of infinite knowledge do to counter the boredom of absolute perfection, but creating a real live soap to watch and be ever surprised of mankind outdoing itself in foolishness. ;) Hihihihi
BEWARE OF STORY-TELLERS ...
What is written about the story-tellers in this passage does count for users of the web as well.
Never-ever take anything you read, hear or see in the traditional media, social media or the internet automatically as the truth, if it lacks the propper context and if there are no clear references / sources provided.
The 'freedom of speech' is a beautiful thing, but with great freedom comes great responsibility (checking sources, comparing data, et cetera).
Always research what you hear, see and read yourself! And that includes what you come across here at Roel's World. :)
Image above: "The Joys of Storytelling" by Ben Okri
I do take these responsibilities very serious when writing articles for Roel's World. Nonetheless, I am but a human being and as any one of us make mistakes (see disclaimer).
If you do come across a mistake in an article on my blog, then please do contact me, so I can update the information. Thank you!
THE LUCKY LEAF
The four-leaf clover ("Lucky clover" or "lucky leaf") is a rare variation of the common three-leaved clover. According to tradition, such leaves bring good luck. Various sources note that only 1 of the 4 leaves of the clover is claimed to represent "luck", the other 3 represent "faith", "hope" and "love".
I always wondered ... does finding a "lucky leaf" bring you luck afterwards, or do you have to be lucky to find one in the first place? Note: I did find 2 "lucky leaves" ...
Photo on the right: my daughter, looking for a lucky leaf.
THE EGO IS LIKE A HORSE
I always look at the ego as if it is a horse ...
If you tame the horse and learn to control it, steer it, then you get to where you want to go much faster then if you were on foot.
But, if you can't control / steer the horse, it then controls your direction in life and you might end up everywhere but where you want to be.
And don't even try to ride a wild horse - unless you have the skills to tame it - because it will throw you off and crush you under it's hoofs otherwise.