In today’s post, I want to talk about the importance of knowing all the facts and not believing everything we hear.
There was a photo floating around Facebook a few days ago. You probably saw it.
It was posted by the actor who played Ross Geller. He announced there would be a new season of Friends coming Fall of 2018 (see below).
I mean, this post went VIRAL.
It was all over my newsfeed.
I’m not going to lie…I fell for it at first! Granted, I wasn’t happy about it, but I fell for it nonetheless (they may have continued Full House and Gilmore Girls and come out with Toy Story 18 but they cannot and will not touch our Friends).
Thankfully, I quickly returned to a state of total awareness.
I began recalling interviews I’d watched of the Friends cast discussing the subject at hand…
“Should there BE another season of Friends?”
My suspicions grew.
I started analyzing the post.
Something wasn’t right and I was going to get to the bottom of it.
After carefully observing the post, I realized it was posted by a David SCHWIMER (with one “m”) instead of David SCHWIMMER.
It was an IMPOSTER.
I laughed (because again, they had me fooled for a few seconds) and thought about how easy it is for us to believe everything we hear without knowing all the facts.
Whether it be gossip about someone we know or a rumor about our favorite tv show, we can be quick to judge. We fail to consider the source and forget to think rationally about the information being presented to us.
In other words, we jump to conclusions and believe everything we hear/read simply because the information is intriguing and appealing.
For whatever reason, lies spread faster than the truth…which is actually very disheartening when you stop and think about it. We’d much rather believe something absurd than use our senses and conclude otherwise.
Opinions are immediately formed without us ever knowing all the facts.
I know Friends like the back of my hand and yet I allowed myself to believe what I was reading without ever thinking it through! I didn’t read the post, analyze the post, and THEN form my opinion.
Instead, I read the post, formed my opinion, and THEN analyzed the post.
I knew better, but I was caught up in the moment and my emotions got the best of me.
Everything I knew to be true about Friends flew out the window.
Just like that.
How often do we do this in real life?
How often do we believe something about someone or something without analyzing the situation and THEN forming an opinion?
We hear so-and-so did this and, even if only for a moment, we believe it.
Just like that.
When I first saw the post, I should’ve IMMEDIATELY looked at the source…but I didn’t. In that moment, it didn’t matter to me who posted it or what I had previously witnessed the cast say in interviews.
There was unusual, intriguing information being presented to me and I fell for it before knowing all the facts…and that’s not okay!
Here’s the thing…
We are never not going to be subject to rumors and gossip. There will be times when we’re tempted to believe the things we hear.
No matter how appealing the information, it’s important we not jump to conclusions and form immediate opinions.
Just because somebody says it, that doesn’t make it true!
Knowing all the facts can greatly affect your viewpoint.
Consider the source, analyze the situation, and don’t believe everything you hear!