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Thursday, November 25, 2004

Wet paint

Although I wrote about this subject in my other blog I feel the need to write some more about it. Plus it's a bit of an experiment (I'll explain some other time).

Where I work at the moment we have two glass doors that open inwards and outwards. The other day the one door broke, so we put up a big wooden plank and something to support the back and locked the other door. We put up a sign that informed people to use the back door. However, people still walked up to the door and tried to push or pull it, then looked at the arrow on the notice that pointed to the right scratched their head and turned to the left. Only after we waived to them from the inside did they realise. Although this is the most extreme case a large percentage of people did try to open the door.

This reminded me of a professor I had in university who told us about the "wet paint" hypothesis he had. That although people are advised to do something (eg. don't leave this assignment until the last day) they will usually do the opposite. This is like when we see a wall with a note that reads:"wet paint" and we usually walk up to it and touch the wall.

We have some sort of need to "fall into the trap" or make the mistake ourselves. We do not trust others. It hurts our ego somehow. I don't know if this is a defense mechanism, curiosity or sheer stupidity. It does seem however, that we need to make the lesson personal to absorb it.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Reflections on the elections

Bush won again... Well, I cannot say I am happy but I definitely understand why. Although Bush's foreign policy is appalling and it increases the threat of terrorism since it is isolating more people - people who are as religious and "moral" as him - in the Middle East.

I can see why a Catholic Hispanic (although as a lower-income group it makes no sense), or a Midwest Evangelical Christian would vote for Bush and his stance on homosexual marriage, stem cell research and other social and moral issues. Even if you feel that war is wrong if something is going to affect your daily life you will respond to that with more immediacy. "War is not christian or moral, but it is something I can avoid seeing (a least directly), while homosexual marriages is nothing I want my son/daughter witnessing."

I do hope extreme policies will not continue...While some issues might be debatable ( like gay marriage), war is also... and the war on Iraq was wrongand served no interests. The US did what? Bring down the leader of a country that evidently had no WMD (they had destroyed their development program) and is just making more enemies. The whole international community dislikes Bush , but his morals appeal to most Americans even if they are schizophrenic...

Monday, November 01, 2004

Impossible is nothing

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they have been given than to explore the power they have to change it.
Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion.
Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare.
Impossible is potential.
Impossible is temporary.
Impossible IS NOTHING.

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