Rumor vs Reasoning: an endless fight to dictate human society.
RUMORS- The Questionable truth
Reasoning — The logical tool.
RUMOR-Let’s play a prank!!
REASONING– No buddy, your pranks always have disastrous consequences, remember you almost made the whole of India believe that Kurkure is actually plastic, or the time that fruit company…. what was its name……yes apple lost 10% of its value ($4.8 billion dollars) cause you told that the man behind it, Steve Jobs, died. Or how you caused the death of 13 Congolese people in a peaceful soccer game just because you told that the other team practice witchcraft. Your prank always causes destruction, riots…
RUMOR — Chill dude, sometimes you need to relax, lay back now and then, you are always so uptight. This time it is gonna be legen..wait for it.. dary, legendary.
REASONING– Oh!! what you are planning this time, I always had a hard time cleaning up your mess, I wish I could be as popular as you among the masses. Oh, Sherlock how I love you!!
RUMOR– Yeah, Yeah dream on, anyway this time I am gonna make the world believe that it is going to end in 2012
REASONING– hahahahahha, I think old age has finally taken its toll on you, no matter what , people won’t believe that.
RUMOR– Even after so many years you fail to understand me, my brother, just wait and watch with the help of my trusted comrades I will surely achieve it.
RUMOR — Yeah, media, facebook, youtube, twitter, those people who like telling spicy and sensational things for attention.
REASONING– Whatever, I think you dream too big.
….After few months
REASONING– What the hell people are actually believing it, they are getting married , fulfilling their bucket list thinking the end is near.
RUMOR– I always has the last laugh don’t I?
REASONING — time to leave the planet….
Rumor went on and had many pranks to boasts, continuing his legacy of thousand years….
So apparently the famous Walt Disney wanted his body cryogenically frozen after his death in 1966 and buried beneath Cinderella’s castle in the Magic Kingdom. But people, his body was cremated and I think there is proof for that.
Sounds over the top? There are some more.
Kim Kardashian has butt implants
She even did an x ray on her show keeping with Kardashians to prove it is wrong. Poor Kim, no one believed her.
Lorde is secretly old
Apparently, her birth certificate is of no use for the secret intelligentsia out there. They have their own evidences.
Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King are lesbian lovers
Poor ladies don’t even know how this news came up.
Lady Gaga has a penis
It took just one unclear picture to decide her sexual organs.
The CIA killed John Lennon
Let us not even talk about this!
Mark Twain once very aptly said, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shows.”
Rumor, the questionable truth is the new truth, especially in this profoundly connected world. And you might have shrugged your shoulders, or brushed aside the piece of news, calling it a rumor, but how many times have we been able to escape the trap? We all have been caught up in it, perhaps more than we would like to admit. But the bigger question here that we need to ask is: why certain ideas exist, while certain perish (mostly the truth). Why smart people like us believe in highly improbable stories? Or are we just as smart as we would like to think?
Rumors are just a piece of information without any evidence or verification. Rumors have a knack of disarming our mental ability. They never allow us to question them. They have just one job- knock of our common sense. We wouldn’t like to call ourselves stupid but it seems as the world works on rumors. Why? Because we people are not only great at accepting the rumors but also best at spreading them.
How many times have we stopped and thought about any rumor and asked ourselves if it is really true. There are various reasons why we believe rumors. For example, they provide us with entertainment; they provide us with attention in the group, they fit with our surrounding biases, to feel good about ourselves while poking at someone else’s faults, and many more.
But people need to realize that rumor just is great in carrying a story and selling it, it is actually quite dangerous for everyone. People just jump to conclusions believing in a rumor which can easily destroy the life of someone and can possibly make you look stupid in the long run. It has aggravated, thanks to the social media. The news spreads like fire, people not bothering to look at what they are sharing or posting. It seems like rumors have taken a toll on our minds and ability to think.
There is another ‘R’ word that is a natural enemy to rumor, but definitely our friend- reasoning. Although in a social gathering rumors easily outweigh reasoning. People, in general, would like to believe that a pretty outspoken woman is having an extra marital affair or that mysterious looking boy in school is a pedophile rather than reasoning against the speculations. If you try to butt in reasoning to stop these rumors from spreading then you are that spoilsport, not believing in anything Mr. know all guy.And guess what you become the next in line as the victim of rumor.
What makes human being different is their capacity to think and rationalize and it is highly ironic that in today’s day and age we are devoid of them. Let us try and behave like human beings. Let us just hear a gossip and throw it in the trash. Do not believe what others say to you and do not repeat it before make sure it is actually true. Do the required research jumping on to the judgments about people you don’t even know about based on things you’ve just heard. Get the whole story, that’s how you make a good story.
HARSH BHUDOLIA AND SHANNA JAIN
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Originally published at mockingharsh.blog on May 2, 2018.