Reputations

A reputation is something everyone has.  Let’s take apart the matter.  It merits study.  After all, there is no way to deal with things without some study.  First, and maybe foremost, a reputation may be completely off base. It is, most likely, individualized in every person who even just runs across the name somewhere with a detail attached — make that a telephone book with street address listed for a common name.  John Smith lives on East street. Everyone knows East street is the armpit of the city.  He does not have to do a thing to launch a negative reputation beside list his address.  Put it on an employment application? 

There’s a good chance a person is born into a reputation.  Mother, father plus close relatives have already acquired reputations.  Admitting to said relatives brings on those reputations.  The only way that would not be true is when a child is unnamed and put up for adoption, i.e., left on the hospital doorstep or some such thing.  Otherwise, the kid has reputation that may need to be overcome (or maybe watered down) immediately.  Alternatively, there may also be such a superior reputation that the kid is eclipsed in the better part of a lifetime.  There will probably still be vestiges around well after all are dead. 

One also creates reputation, a downright dicey item since a reputation is the opinion of someone else.  What one is intending and how it’s interpreted by someone else may be two different opposing things even if all facts are known and understood, which is seldom the case.  So a thief may have a good reputation as not all facts are known.  And a mild-mannered but reserved honest person minding personal stuff might be considered unsociable and suspicious.  The expected norm in some circumstances might be just that. A perhaps best approach to living is to just barge ahead if it’s legal regardless of anyone’s opinion. 

Some things can’t be controlled.  Coffee cup

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Names

His name is Joe.  At least that is what was said and paper written for reference.  It was sensible to ask, as Joe is substituting for someone else who usually stops to check on some things.  The surname given was a humble, nice, easy to say trade name, just a two syllable word describing an occupation.  There are a lot of those, such as Mason or Farmer.  Given a look at that abbreviated given name (plus the easily pronounced last name), different thoughts about names materialized starting with that’s simple to remember, no stumbling over a strange string of alphabet letters.    

Now, Joe, an individual, unique "spark" of life, was likely named Joseph by parents who somehow inherited that last name.  Neither his actual occupation (attorney), nor principle avocation (deacon), nor any hobby (hunter?) nor other fundamentals like size bear any resemblance to his name.  The name identity he has is not accurate.  It is not accurate for most people, but it’s not out of the question for someone named, say, Mason to belong to the Masons and to work as a mason.  That’s what’s accurate, even if it doesn’t turn out to be so fitting for most people. 

Joe may be a unique unit of life with no one else in the immediate area with the same name identity, but the name is so ordinary that there are surely  millions of humans who have had that name.  Overall, there has to be a lot more added to the description to really distinguish him from others.  For a briefly pre-arranged encounter, however, life’s efficiently simplified given an "easy" name.  One can sympathize with people who have little to make them more unique; but, often fast action outweighs other considerations, a point often missed when it comes to naming a kid in the best possible way. 

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to do.  Coffee cup

Autumn In The Old Folks’ Home, 2014….

Come next week, as we all might recall, Autumn kicks in for “The Northlands.”  That here means everything from the Equator north, but mostly farther north than, say, a thousand or so miles north of it.  If anything, today’s world emphasizes the fact that there is a southern hemisphere.  While that is not nearly as much in land area or as many people as in the northern half of the earth, it exists, is more real today in those Northlands than it ever was and ‘way down there it is much different as the winter is vanishing and spring is in the air.  Seasons are in the air fairly near the Equator, too, however, supposedly it’s not as noticeable there. 

Anyway, Autumn is in the air in the immediate vicinity of the old folks’ home at hand, and while it still promises to be a bit warm at times, the debilitating heat of summer’s vanishing and with it will go the allied dangers to life often more pronounced among elderly people.  Serious dangers to life do exist in the winter time from slippery ice to freezing temperatures, but if there is "unnaturally" (or artificially) created warmth it is also like the comfortable times of the year like early Autumn.  In this old folks’ home "unnaturally" created warmth exists, and if, for some reason, that would cease to be, surely the militia would soon likely be on the scene.  A big danger is past. 

In addition, there is the valuable "change of scene."  Many (if not most) old folks don’t go very far if they go at all.  While certainly some places don’t have anything like trees around, if there’s anything naturally green at all going into hibernation, nature is gently moving the world into a naturally beautiful newness.  Newness does help keep people alert.  It is especially valuable to those with little change in their lives.  Sometimes one might seriously ask, "Why is that old woman or that old man still alive when that other one was taken?"  Forget "The Fates."  The first perhaps managed to escape death by being alert enough to step aside somewhere.

Activity is a sign of life. 

Media Reports, Continued….

What happens with what is offered as news is not too hard to understand.  As is with everything else in life, there is only so much space/time for a "presentation."  And, as with many things in life, the person putting together the presentation has to make do with what comes into hand.  Certain things, by their nature are important, such as the government.  A media organization that offers general interest information will have someone go look over such places to see what is happening.  "One time" things of special interest (example:  a happy marriage of sixty years) happen outside of those places and are missed unless some "private citizen" informs the media.

That happens on about three levels, the first being public relations offices that create media hand outs. The second is the realm of reporters and photographers.  The third is the layout editor’s desk.  In each case there’s an element of judgment, namely what the person handling things thinks the public needs (or wants) to know the most.  City Hall hiring a new maintenance chief might be important if the place is consistently a mess, but that doesn’t compare with City Hall talking about a tax increase or elected officials becoming seriously hospitalized.  If there’s a lot happening elsewhere, well, pick one and put it on top, maybe add a few words somewhere about the others. 

But, the above is only for that one time.  For the next time the whole process repeats.  What was most important before may be completely over-shadowed by other things entirely different.  …That’s if that media source has a broad or wide-enough reach, the main reason for relying on both the BBC and the AP.  They may not have what’s most important front and center, but whatever is can be expected to be in there somewhere.  One simply has to be somewhat critical in one’s approach.   Of course, it shouldn’t hurt to take a quick look elsewhere to be more sure of such things.  Chances are people really are not well informed. 

Times have indeed changed radically. 

Media Reports

The best news source in the whole world is the British Broadcasting Corporation,  also known simply as the BBC.  And, the underlying reason for that opinion is because the BBC developed when the British were imperial and had "outposts" around the world.  They were entrenched a long time ago.  Their viewpoint is not American.  It is British.  For American news, best bet is the AP also known as the Associated Press.  That is because of the organizational structure of the AP; it’s a membership organization with members in every major city in the country.  Its coverage is comprehensive. 

Opinions are nothing unless backed up by some reasons.  It’s hoped the reasons here make the opinions worthwhile.  And, that having been said, there’s plenty of room for additional comment.  The statement’s not meant to suggest that those two are always squarely on top of things of importance and no one else is.  Nor is it to suggest that the two invariably do the best job of gathering the facts, nor that it is completely objective throughout.  Other sources can be as good if not better at times.  Other organizations don’t have structures to the same extent.  An important factor amid many is the interest of the person on the receiving end. 

News, per se, is previously unknown information that is rather pivotal in life and is things like timely and is presented with different sides of a matter considered.  If a thing is not personally pivotal, it’s just talk, or maybe gossip as is often the case with "entertainment news.”   Politics, the word itself, suggests the finagling involved in jockeying into position for someone or something to be real news, i.e., doing this or that to win a vote, not the actual win.  To get an understanding how things of minor importance sometimes get a top billing, one has to have some idea of how news agencies operate.  (A little overview on that at another time.)   

Some things are learned too late.