Confusion comes in so many different forms. Sometimes we see something that we have a hard time taking in, whether it be an optical illusion or just simply a scene or situation that is complicated or contradictory. Other times we hear something that we have a hard time assimilating. I tend to be a visual learner, and so hearing something confusing causes more problems for me than seeing something confusing. If someone spells something to me aloud, they might as well be doing so with a foreign alphabet that I don't know!
A reader sent me the following the other day from Reader's Digest. The person on the other end of the phone must have been like me....
My friend opened a ministry, using a snippet from the Bible as the name. But he soon regretted his decision to order office supplies over the phone. When his stationery arrived, it bore the letterhead "That Nun Should Perish. - Tom Harrison
I can't imagine printing up a large quantity of something like that without asking for clarification first!
Whichever kind of learner you are, you might find it helpful to read the first two pieces below aloud to get the full impact.
Here's a confusing phone call to directory assistance.
"Information? I need the number of Caseway Insurance Company."
"Would you spell that, please?"
"Certainly. That's C as in cadence. A as in aye. S as in sea. E as in eye. W as in why. A as in are. Y as in you."
"Um ... just a minute, sir.... I'm going to connect you with my supervisor."
(I feel that operator's pain!)
A duel was fought between Alexander Shott and John Nott. Nott was shot and Shott was not. In this case it is better to be Shott than Nott. Some said that Nott was not shot. But Shott says that he shot Nott. It may be that the shot Shott shot shot Nott, but it is also possible that the shot Shott shot shot Shott himself. The authorities think, however, that the shot Shott shot shot not Shott, but Nott.
(It really is hard to tell who was shot and who was not, is it not?)
A tiny but dignified old lady was with a group looking at an art exhibition in a newly opened gallery. Suddenly one contemporary painting caught her eye.
"What on earth is that?!" she inquired of the artist standing nearby.
He smiled condescendingly. "That, my dear lady, is supposed to be a mother and her child."
"Well then," snapped the little old lady, "why isn't it?!"
(You've got to love little old ladies who tell it like it is!)
I ran across the following picture and wondered how anyone could navigate through this area successfully!
Is that maze of highways real or is the picture computer generated? Since posting this, I have learned that it is actually a work of art done in aluminum by Hubert Blanz.
It seems as if clear, meaningful communication is less common with each passing day. From political double talk and misleading commercials to the altering of images and editing of sound bites, we are confronted with so much that is intended to leave us confused. I cast my vote in favor of clarity. How about you?
Going back to learning styles, are you a visual learner or an audio learner? When you experience confusion, is it more often from what you hear or what you see?
"When we show insult and hatred towards someone made in God's image, we're showing insult and hatred towards God." - Drew Conley
There are only 10 kinds of people — those who understand binary and those who don't.
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