The beauty of being human is that we have the ability to learn from our mistakes. In fact, I think learning from our mistakes helps build our character. We have a right to our opinions, and we have a right to change our minds.
Humans. are. imperfect. We all make mistakes.
Why is that we are so judgmental and misunderstanding when someone makes a mistake? We become critical and accusatory of others, completely ignoring the fact that we, ourselves, also make mistakes.
In today’s media, (social and mainstream), we only see/hear/read snippets of stories. I can’t tell you all about food safety in a 30-minute video, let alone a 30 second video that may hold your attention. For you to come to a conclusion about the safety of your food, even in a series of multiple 30 second videos is unreasonable. Yet, this is exactly how we perceive something as true and accurate, when majority of necessary context has gone unwritten or unspoken.
With the editing tools and hacks that are so widely available, really, we can never be 100% sure that what we see/hear/read in media is factual. Not only is this why media literacy has become so important, but it also validates our need to be more empathetic as a society. Just because we can use media as mindless entertainment doesn’t mean we should always consume it as. mindless. media.
The same concept applies to situations IRL. There are few things we should take at face value, especially in times of crisis.
If we think about this in terms of COVID. The CDC first recommended not using a mask, then later came back with the recommendation, and the state of California made masks mandatory in public spaces. I wouldn’t actually call this a mistake by the CDC, so much as they changed their mind as more scientific information became available.
I critically judged the CDC for this. As the most reliable source for information on public health, I felt they should get it right before publicizing. But at the same time, I defend our use of pesticides until new science becomes available, and we learn that certain pesticides may no longer be safe. I cannot make the exception for my belief, because it is my belief.
Most of us act with genuinely good intentions, and our comments or actions get taken out of context or misunderstood without seeing the big picture. Whether in media or real-life, there is always more to a story.