I had an interesting debate last year with some friends over a saying on a graphic placard about karma. I stated that I was tired of people sharing wisdom and not being caring or precise enough to make sure it was grammatically proper and its spelling was correct. I was accused at one point of being too harsh and that I was more important for the content of the message than the presentation. I disagreed because if you are truly trying to help others, then why wouldn’t you make the time to be precise?
One of my friends stated that somepeople can’t be precise and I responded with the fact that they can learn how to be. Another friend stated that I am a writer and that I make a living at being a writer and that’s why I am precise. First, I don’t currently sell enough books to ‘make a living’ as a writer; I design and repair computers and websites to ‘make a living’. If I were to NOT be precise in the job that I do I wouldn’t have any customers at all. They would not call me again because I would not repair their computers efficiently enough for them to continue to use them.
Being precise requires a commitment to being the best you can be, no matter what! It means that you don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, but you make sure that the baby is thoroughly cleaned. When anyone makes excuses for not doing a thorough job it reveals their level of honesty with themselves. When someone defends their aberrance it reveals that it is more important for them to justify why they do something than making the steps to correct it. It is a function of the ego to protect its decisions in how to operate in life.
I once made a point about how some people with medical challenges defend their infirmities. They accept their ‘conditions’ blindly without challenge and then go out of their way to defend their acceptance of their ‘current’ condition. It’s as if it will always be that way and there is no hope for it changing or getting better. I explained that I have a student who the doctorsand parents wrote off as not being teachable and I have worked with him for three years and have taught him how to ‘practice’ being precise.
What does it take for someone to look something up on the Internet? Is it really THAT hard? With all of the online tools available there is NO excuse to not check what you have written. I go back to the question I’ve always asked, “Why are the best sign painters the worst spellers?” It’s not because they are not talented, it’s because they are not completely disciplined. If you want others to benefit from what you do make sure you present your content correctly. Why? Because it reflects on YOUR ability to relay a message in the way that others can understand. The placard I am referring to could have been taken two different ways because the person did not utilize the correct grammar. If your message was designed to help someone, wouldn’t you want it to be taken the proper way, or at least, the way you intended it to be?
I looked for the thread on Facebook the next day and it was gone. The person who originally posted it removed it and the written debate that ensued as a result. It amazed me how I was trying to make a point and my point was taken to an extreme. I was accused of coming down on children with learning disabilities when I was not; I was referring to anyone who made posts without fact checking, presentation checking and content checking.
We all make mistakes but to justify them without learning how to correct them, to me, is an excuse for inaction; or should I say, a lack of caring for others. Anyway, I have now gotten this off of my chest and I bid you ado. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)