Monday, 27 October 2008

Being true and perceived to be true...

Many things are perceived to be true in this world. And yet, these things are not necessarily true. In fact, they are always not the truth. Or should I say, there is no clear-cut answer to an issue. Simply put, there is no such thing as absolute truth on earth.

But guess what, stereotype always comes into play. We tend to believe that what is perceived to be true is true. Subconsciously, we register that 'false truth' in our mind and confine ourselves to a limited frame of mind.


Stereotype has got serious negative impacts to ourselves. Not only does it blunt our critical and analytical thinking, but it also makes us lose our self-opinions. When everyone around you tells you that you look bad, do you believe that you are so? When everyone around you says you are extremely stupid, do you believe them? Or put another way, should you believe them?

So, self-esteem plays a very important role here.

Thomas Edison made countless attempts and carried out thousands of experiments to make his first ever light bulb. And in the midst of the people's stereotype that he was not going to succeed, he succeeded.

Do not let the stereotype about something influence our own thinking. Often, we need to think and question an issue, or a theory. "Think out of the box" - much has been said about it. But little have we done to practise that.

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Another thing is about social stigma.

When we do something against the norm, we are labeled extraordinary. Even when someone does nothing wrong at all, he receives the social stigma. WE have stigma associated with HIV-positive patients and homosexuals. Hey, do you think those diagnosed HIV positive must have been sleeping around with many other people? Do you think the homosexuals purposely change their sexuality for fun?

Think about these questions. The society is a civilised society today. Should social stigma exist any longer?

Hopefully, starting from the youth today (me included la..haha), we will do our part to change this social stereotype and stigma. It has got to start from somebody. Why not you?


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