Monday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr , 2:47 PM GMT on October 14, 2013

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Take a look at the following two pictures. Don't worry, there are no trick questions nor are there wrong answers. remember here, we are who we are and that's fine by me.





Was your perspective different in one picture than another? Which one bugged you most or did neither bother you or even both? Not to worry but it does lead to the QOD:

Is your initial perspective usually right or wrong?

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14. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
1:49 PM GMT on November 02, 2013
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13. Skyepony (Mod)
2:20 PM GMT on October 21, 2013
That first pic where mom is coddling the gun & not touching any kids is odd~ Family priorities or something. Second pic didn't bother me a bit.

My initial perspective is usually right. If it's wrong it's usually only partly, like I spot there is a problem but not maybe exactly what it is.
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12. ricderr
1:46 PM GMT on October 15, 2013
wow....i didn't catch the photo shop....and i didn't look at the second one as law enforcement.....i know the story of the second picture....added the first as it looked to me as a political statement...the second picture...even though i know it's not true (the guys a preacher) reminds me of the old black panther party pics and as such bothers me...but i agree with dahood in the fact we have to step back and evaluate our first perception....well...at least i do :-)
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11. Naga5000
10:32 AM GMT on October 15, 2013
Quoting 5. whitewabit:


The star could also represent a law enforcement agency .. such as the sheriff's..

the first picture bothered me more .. to me it looks like a small child was photo shopped out and a rifle added .. look at the way she is holding her arms ..



I can only imagine the photographers instructions. "Okay, I'm going to need you to cradle the rifle like a baby, a little more, there we go, now smile :click:"
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10. nash36
11:54 PM GMT on October 14, 2013
I have to say I am a bit bothered by both pictures. In the first one, it's "Hi!!!! We're the JOHNSON'S!!! Would you like to borrow some brown sugar" meets Rambo. Just gives you the creeps.

The second one looks like an angry LEO just itchin to open up a can on someone. Having said that, I do believe many will be focused more on the weapons they are holding more than anything else.
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9. auburn (Mod)
11:43 PM GMT on October 14, 2013
The guy in the picture is Kenn Blanchard
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8. Patrap
11:39 PM GMT on October 14, 2013

On Conflict


First Dialogue in Rome, 1966

I think it would be a good idea if we could investigate the word serious. Most of us think we are quite serious. We think we are serious if we follow a certain action to which we are committed, or pursue to the end a particular idea, a particular belief, or having committed ourselves to a certain ideology, we pursue that throughout life, not deviating from it. We also think we are very serious if we have a concept, a formula of life, and carry that out throughout our existence.

Now, is that seriousness? If we have committed ourselves to a particular belief, and pursued that belief, if we have given ourselves over to a certain ideological formula, and have lived according to that formula or according to a belief, which is a concept, does all that constitute seriousness? I am just questioning it because that word has great content in it. If we could, as it were, open up that word, and investigate its significance and its structure, then perhaps we could establish a communication with each other, because what we are talking about is quite serious. We are not using words just for the words' sake, or having a reputation, to keep up that reputation. We are not saying something that we don't mean, at least the speaker is not. And so, to establish a relationship between the speaker and yourself, we must understand the verbal meaning, the content of words, the nature of the usage of words. I think it would be worthwhile if we could investigate that word serious.

If you are going to come here to all these discussions, then either you are very serious, or you are just being entertained by a speaker who perhaps has a new set of ideas. So it seems to me that it's important to understand this word serious. I do not consider any person who is committed to a belief, a dogma, a formula, a course of action, to be serious at all. We have to establish that. To be really serious means to be free - free to investigate, to find out, to have passion to pursue. People do have passion to pursue according to a formula. A man who believes ardently pursues; he lives a life, but it is a life committed to an idea; and a life committed to an idea, to a formula, to a belief, to a concept, to a utopia, is just going round and round in circles. It is really a form of self-worship through identification with a belief.
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7. RobDaHood
11:37 PM GMT on October 14, 2013
Bother?

Two random images with no context. Neither means anything.

We are bombarded with random images 24/7/365. Many of them archival or stock images, designed to provoke a response. A lot of them displayed out of context and therefore misleading.

No, the two images above do not affect me at all. If they did, it would only mean that I was reading something from my own subconscious into them. When that happens...take a step back and think.
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6. ihave27windows
10:43 PM GMT on October 14, 2013
I was thinking Texas Rangers, Wab...and not the baseball team =)
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5. whitewabit (Mod)
10:12 PM GMT on October 14, 2013
Quoting 2. ihave27windows:
Actually, what I noticed in the second picture was the man's belt buckle. Looks like a Lone Star to me, and that is always good, as far as I am concerned.

First picture didn't bother me, but I certainly hope they will teach gun safety to those children.


The star could also represent a law enforcement agency .. such as the sheriff's..

the first picture bothered me more .. to me it looks like a small child was photo shopped out and a rifle added .. look at the way she is holding her arms ..

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4. Naga5000
9:04 PM GMT on October 14, 2013
Quoting 3. ihave27windows:
Oh, and I am always right =P


I've noticed. ;)
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3. ihave27windows
9:01 PM GMT on October 14, 2013
Oh, and I am always right =P
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2. ihave27windows
9:00 PM GMT on October 14, 2013
Actually, what I noticed in the second picture was the man's belt buckle. Looks like a Lone Star to me, and that is always good, as far as I am concerned.

First picture didn't bother me, but I certainly hope they will teach gun safety to those children.
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1. Naga5000
3:05 PM GMT on October 14, 2013
Thanks for the great blog as always. This place you've set up to discuss issues is one of my favorites here on WU.

Let me first start by stating I personally do not have an issue with guns. I, however, do not like guns for myself. I get nervous holding them, handling them, and being around them. I have gone to the shooting range many times with a buddy, I have experience with guns, but will never own one.

The top picture bothers me more. Quite simply, posing for a picture with guns as if they are a part of your family seems a little off to me. I think responsible gun ownership should be taught, especially to children if they are in a house with weapons. But like any dangerous object, I don't believe that exposing young children to weapons before they are able to understand and comprehend what they are and what they do is a good thing. They are potentially dangerous and I wouldn't want my children around any dangerous object until they understood the reasons and consequences.

The bottom picture causes no reaction. An adult posing in front of an American flag with a weapon is something that maybe I have become desensitized to thanks to the internet. Do I think posing for pictures with guns to seem aggressive is a bit odd, sure, but not as odd as posing with them as part of your family.

As for my initial perspective, I like to think that I am usually in the ballpark, but like most of us, I do suffer from bias in trying to objectively judge myself. Maybe I am way off in my initial judgement here, but I reserve the right to change my mind. :)
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