I asked a preschooler, “Where did you get your ears pierced?” She said, “Oh, you just go to the mall. You then ask the lady to get two earrings. If you get only one, my brother says you turn into a pirate.”
How many things do we just take for granted without really analyzing them? I fear we do that more than we would like to admit. Things make sense, and there is no real reason to think deeper and see other meanings. We take other people’s opinions at face value or we do not look at our own thoughts with clear vision.
As adults we know that we will not turn into a pirate if we get only one ear pierced. However, are we certain that drinking out of a plastic bottle does not cause cancer? Can a penny placed on a railroad track really derail a train? Can an alligator survive in a sewer? Will bad luck really follow you and all of your friends if you do not forward an email to 5 people before the sun goes down?
Not everything is as clear as we would like it to be. Some things are clear and we just don’t see it. The trick is to take the time to really look and think for yourself. Try on one earring. Do you feel like yelling,” Ahoy Mate?!”
- What is something you have taken for granted that you really have never proven yourself?
- Are you a person that tends to analyze things or take them at face value?
- What are the benefits and detriments with either?
- Bonus question: If you could be a pirate for a day would you? (Sometimes thinking like a child is just FUN 🙂 )
“Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.”
Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi