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(Four-minute read) 

Misunderstandings happen all the time.

Why?

Because many of our opinions aren’t based on reason but on emotion.

Who is right, instead of what’s the truth.

We try to convince people with arguments that appeal to our values, not theirs.

We’re more connected than ever, yet we seem to stray only further from mutual understanding because we only interact with the news and online friends that share our opinions.

The internet has made slipping into groupthink easier than ever.

Indeed, plenty of today’s miscommunication can be blamed on the receiver’s inability to focus. Instead of reacting to what people are actually saying, they engage in a sort of mental telepathy and respond to what they think they are really after, creating negativity bias. 

This bias is responsible for our tendency to only focus on and accept what concurs with our existing worldview.

A major cause of miscommunication is reflected on Facebook/Twitter and other platforms. Worthless digital echo chambers that provide a space to air our opinions and find instant reinforcement, feeding a trend of modern tribalism.

Now thanks to Covid-19 and the murder of George Floyd we are confronted with a rebalancing of not just the world Economy but history itself.

There is currently a cultural war raging across the Western World over the role of statues and place names.

This rebalancing is one in which people are actually talking about the same things, but differ on what these things mean. 

The removal of public statues of contentious individuals in my view does little to help.

Are we going to tear down monuments?  It would be better to take a chisel and hammer and recontextualize them or better install a flat-screen that can be activated with a smartphone that pays a video to explain the individual’s historic significance

with modern thinking to reflect where the prevailing values of to days society is in an explicit manner to prevent miscommunication.

( These flat-screens need not cost anything they could be sponsored.) 

Even if you don’t identify with your ideas anymore, others will.

It is not possible to bulldoze our way in the future to make way for a more ‘multi-cultural’ statue.

A logical fallacy is a flaw in reasoning.

However, each idea is a concept (or model) about how the world really works that can be used to understand and solve real problems and predict real outcomes.

So don’t expect to change their minds in a day. Allow time for ideas to settle in and for people to discover the logic in an argument. When those values are not shared a debate needs to be started. 

The legacy of slavery, imperialism, and race aren’t the only reasons for campaigning against a statue. No-one would suggest the retention of a statue of Hitler.

Everyone is part of various cultures and subcultures, all influencing the way we look at things and the paradigms we live in.

Humans create cultures to make sense of reality.

Our brains delete, misconstrue, and misinterpret according to filters–biases, triggers, assumptions, beliefs, habits, and mental models.

Each specialism functions as a lens through which we interpret the world–whether that’s economics, sociology, or feminism.

That makes it hard to talk about issues from the same perspective- mismatched expectations.

Ever since our ancestors uttered their first grunts, miscommunication has been a part of our daily lives, we’re inclined to see our ideas as an extension of ourselves.

Misunderstanding is the cause of 90% of all conflicts.

Legalese” is another culprit.

It’s the formal and technical language that often makes government documents sound overly complex, forcing people into hiring lawyers for their legal issues.

All human comments appreciated. All like clicks and abuse chucked in the bin.

Bye, the way the Tsar of Russia footing more than a quarter of the bill to build Nelson column and Hitler would have nicked it. 

Just in case you are wondering what is inside the Washington Monument?