Pundits now base their knowledge in emotivism rather than rational entities/laws… The culture is changing.
In today’s society, we are flooded with talking heads and celebrities that are role models and experts. They speak and expect to influence on fields that they decide. Using your platform to speak on issues is ideal, it’s certainly should be the goal. Yet, there comes an issue when society looks at someone like Kanye West as an expert on random popular topics. These men hold prestigious positions of being world class at what they do for a living. But these men are now considered experts on all topics of life after they open their mouth. Society looks at Kanye as a god–you think he pushed his nickname Yeezus by accident? This position on these celebrities changes if they present information that is logical, well thought out information that is backed by research and facts–not a popular opinion just to appease or gardner attention. I learned this lesson after reading an online feud between Fox News Anchor Sean Hannity and MSNBC Media correspondent Brian Stelter. Both are wildly in support of their preferred presidential candidate, Hannity for Trump and Stelter for Hillary. Both engaged in a series of back and forth tweets that played out like elementary recess. Both responded with videos the next day after each insulted the apposing candidate. They blindly supported their candidates, not giving any light to the real issues and concerns brought up. They brought their feud, crafted off pride and pettiness, on their respectable journalist avenues. It’s within their right to speak and write how they please, just it’s now a common place object that touted and highly watched individuals run off of emotion rather than logic and facts.
Extemporaneous words will be expertly said and believed if the necessity that evoked it requires your finest
One of my greatest skills is extemporaneous speaking. I’ve always felt comfortable speaking and adjusting on the fly. It’s a trait that I inherited from my father, yet is always being worked on and perfected. I frequently strive to explore ways to make myself more comfortable when speaking extemporaneously. Simply, I have found that the more tranquil and calm I am, the better I seem to speak or perform.
This past week I was asked by a good friend that works for the Archdiocese of Detroit (AoD) to film a short video. The message was regarding the aspect that impacted me the most on a Diocese retreat I attended last winter. Easy seemingly, I’ve spoken on camera hundreds of times and given public talks about similar topics before. I even spoke about this same prompt to the AoD during a separate video months prior. I sat down last Saturday morning and attempted to determine out what I was going to say. I had the three or four points written down in prep for the 90 second video. I shot about 8 videos that morning and couldn’t get through one without mistakes. Whether it was mispronouncing a word or saying something that didn’t sound good, I was performing awfully. I took another go at it the next day with strikingly similar results. I simply wasn’t speaking well at all. That night, I ended up going to a friend to hash out the video. She gave me a pep talk and the future lawyer hammered down points I should put emphasis on. I went into an enclosed room to try to create something and I was shut out again. She came in after a few minutes and tried talking it out more with me. I told her when I followed script, I wouldn’t have many physical blunders. But my words seemed generic and futile. So I naturally would go off script in attempts to forge a more polished product. Nothing I said sounded right, though. She asked me why I felt the need to go off script. I realized that if things weren’t of a good quality, my brain would jump into extemporaneous mood and attempt to salvage it by adding on a stream of words. It was like adding a caboose onto a train to make it longer. The individual carts seemed average in length, but when combined together made the length impressive. When I felt the need to go extemporaneous, my words were probably just average. I added on a few more statements that focused on hitting points previously untouched, adding emphasis and emotion where needed. And I was able to craft a quality statement that seemed fueled by brilliant improv. When in reality, I was just taking a scouting report of my previous words and adding on where I thought would of worked previously. This only occurred in situations that required my finest, if it didn’t, then my initial statements would of satisfied. This was a completely new way of seeing my conscious streams of thought. After the renewed vision, I refocused my words in attempts to hit the quality level required without any extemporaneous speech. I was able to craft up a video worthy only after I realized the situations expectations for me.
This is all deeper than classes or money or impressions. Focus more on your self and your health/sanity.
These words came actually from a text I sent to a group chat that was bickering over nonsense. The group message was composed of all first year students I had befriended during the first few days. The argument was petty and lacked real angry, but began to take personal shots at a student who frequently skips class. A few individuals stated it wasn’t smart to skip classes he paid for. The rebuttal from the defendant stated that he’s paying for an education and if a class doesn’t contribute to his education, no money is loss. I began typing in a statement about how through my experience last year at college, it was beneficial to skip classes when needed. I wouldn’t go to a class the morning after I stayed up until 3am writing a term paper. I promptly would let the professor know an hour before class of my absence, and we moved on. They’re professionals but they’re also people, they’ve lived through many of these circumstances. My friend who skipped paid for so much more than a simple class. Things like friendship, learning how to live with a stranger, learning how to write in all fashions, learning how to fend for your self in situations, becoming a functional adult, professional connections that lead to internships/jobs/careers/lifestyles, stay in shape, discovering yourself at what many consider to be your life’s peak, and gathering how to attack your hopes/dreams are a few things that aren’t on the syllabus for most classes. A University is supposed to teach you how to live with a person that you discover more about every day (yourself). Both of the groups were right, no you shouldn’t skip classes and yes this is more than taking notes and listening to lectures. At the end of the day, everyone is not only an adult, but paying their own tuition: how they act is of their own accord.