6 Feb
The Stag at the Pool

A stag overpowered by heat came to a spring to drink. Seeing his own shadow reflected in the water, he greatly admired the size and variety of his horns, but felt angry with himself for having such slender and weak feet. While he was thus contemplating himself, a lion appeared at the pool and crouched to pounce upon him. The stag immediately bolted off, and exerted his greatest speed, as long as the plain was smooth and open kept himself easily at a safe distance from the lion. But entering the wood he became entangled by his horns, and the lion quickly came up to him and caught him. When it was too late he reproached himself saying, “Woe is me! How I have deceived myself! These feet which would have saved me I despised, and I glorified these antlers which have lead to my demise.”

What is worth most is often valued least.

Did you ever wish you had waited to hear the rest of the story? Like getting to know a person better, or giving a person a break and allowing them to explain themselves? Or reading things from two different perspectives and understanding more about a situation. Maybe being willing to look at the positive rather than the negative, or being willing to accept other’s opinions about situations. Or are we to wrapped up in our understanding of the world?  Well there are people who are content with a limited understanding, but some act on that understanding and its not an understanding; its a misconception; a lack of knowledge.

Amy Patterson wrote in her article titled “A Question of Power: A Christian Political Scientist Responds to AIDS in Africa” that there many misconceptions the western world has about AIDS. She states that there are three factors that have limited the AIDS efforts of Western Christians.
Patterson states that “First, citizens in the West lack knowledge about AIDS. A 2006 Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 43 percent of Americans (and 32 percent of college graduates) held at least one misconception about how HIV is spread. Over half (55 percent) did not know that an HIV-positive pregnant woman can take drugs to reduce HIV infection in her baby.” She goes on to mention that the second limitation is that of an approach limited in an idealism ignoring “God’s created, but ultimately sinful, realm of power politics.” This leads to the third limitation and misconception of the western world and that is; the view that short-term AIDS efforts facilitate justice, but it is really charity and ultimately these efforts “do not seek to change unequal structures in God’s world.”
A common misunderstanding about Africa as a continent on this side of the world is that it is under what is termed as the “AIDS blanket.” But AIDS has had different impacts in different countries throughout Africa. What we over here think we understand is simply a regurgitation of what we see and read about through the media. But this is has been edited and formulated by people who take out and put in different information. Granted the information needs to be correct, otherwise we have an ethical issue on our hands, but the truth can be bent. Don’t deny it, because you’ve done it before too. I know I have. What this speaks to me about is the simple fact that there are misguidances and as the title of this blog suggests, misconceptions about the world and situations occurring in it.
But the secret to understanding the world and its problems is also realizing that there are problems everywhere and there are positive things happening in those countries that are portrayed as dangerous. AND there are dangerous things happening in those countries that are portrayed as safe.

Take the United States of America for example. It is viewed as a very safe country, and yet there are murders and there is sickness, there is hate and there is anger here too, just as much if not more than in countries such as Mexico. You may think that because the USA has mega corporations and many microcosms of the government, there is stability. Yes there is stability but it is a shaky and broken stability, because it is made up of sinful people; just like every where. Lurking in every country is brokenness, some are just better at hiding it than others.

I don’t know, I could be wrong, after all these are simply my philosophies, theories and ideas.


One Response to “Misconceptions”

  1. Lizzy February 8, 2011 at 6:16 am #

    Tricia!!! You should be proud of me! I deleted Facebook!!! (:

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