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October 25, 2011

The Dusty Truth

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 6:59 am

I once read a book called, “How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life” by Thomas Gilovich.

In there you will find myths that we live by that just aren’t so. For example, Gilovich writes about the origin of the term “Pennsylvania Dutch.”

“The Dutch never settled in Pennsylvania in great numbers, but the Germans did – giving rise to the term Pennsylvania Deutsch. Because of the difficulty many Americans have in pronouncing “Deutsch,” it has gradually been sharpened over the years to the more accommodating “Dutch.” As a result, large segments of the U.S. population currently believe the ancestors of the Keystone state came from Holland. Indeed, a number of products marketed for the state’s tourist trade have a windmill displayed on the packaging to certify it is an authentic product of the Pennsylvania “Dutch” country.”

What do we know that just ain’t so? My guess is it’s a lot.

We carry so much misinformation around in our head that we label as fact, and it stands in the way of any real facts coming out. How many opinions do you express as truth that just won’t stand up to even minor scrutiny? You’ll probably never find them all, but can you find one?

What one thing are you currently labeling as the truth that you cannot support? We rarely take time to investigate our truth but have no problem in spouting it as fact.

“I get a cold every winter” is a fact you say. I can agree because the evidence is there to support it. Where we part company is when you spin a tale that the change of the seasons from warm to cold causes you and others to get a cold every winter. Then you solidify your truth with pseudo-facts and point to a cold remedy commercial on TV accenting the words “Cold & Flu Season.” What about all the people who didn’t get a cold or the flu, don’t they get included in the “study”?

What one “truth” can you retire today? Because this I can guarantee: It’s standing in your way.

What are you holding onto that’s indefensible and dragging you down? Chances are it will be the thing that follows this phrase: “Like I always say . . .”

You don’t have to clean the whole house; just find one little speck of dust and send it to “dust bunny heaven.” This practice is what I call, “Cleaning up our own little corner of the world.” Like all practices, the more you do it the better you get. Who knows, you may actually find the truth if you ever get rid of all the dust.

 

All the best,

John

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LOSE WEIGHT & KEEP IT OFF
STOP SMOKING FOREVER
SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT EVERY NIGHT
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