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Random Thought Diary: How could BrEXIT happen?

6:20 PM

Just some personal thoughts before I head back into lab today (Day 9). 
I am usually digesting world news, events, business, finance, socials, politics, etc. as they are hobbies of mine. I can't say I read novels or books for fun very often (a lot when I was younger--I started reading chapter books at around 4 or 5 years-old; I digress), but I do read a lot of news and enjoy piecing different events together and trying to see the connections and relationships across eras and countries. History repeats itself, and everything is cyclical. I've always enjoyed these types of discussions with my Papa at the dinner table ever since I was a little girl (I would call myself a "mini adult"). 

Anyway, at 29-years-old, it's almost like because I've had so many philosophical discussions for so long, when I find they begin to seem repetitive, I don't feel as inclined to engage with someone in conversations about it aloud because I feel like a broken record not moving forward. 

This is where I decided I wouldn't post about current event happenings as though I am an expert, but I will document my genuine thoughts in a Random Thought Diary, much like my Lab Diary. 
It's a way for me to piece-meal share and organize how I'm thinking about a current event for anyone who is interested in alternate points of views. I hope to leave some food for thought that may cross-apply into the personal realm as well. I'm a firm believer that we can learn from everything--we just need to open ours eyes to realize it.

Conditions always apply with everything.

In the case of BrEXIT, the relationship I'm thinking of that cross-applies to your personal life is: 
How to be a better leader

This particular article caught my attention almost 2 weeks ago when it came out due to the headline:
Former London Mayor Boris Johnson, outspoken proponent of Britain leaving the EU (Brexit)

I had hoped/expected a different outcome from Brexit, because there exists real expert knowledge and facts out there for people to readily search on their own and consume.

Safe to say many people felt empowered to rely on misinformation before voting. 

CHOOSING to be stubbornly and passionately misinformed is quite the entitlement. And this doesn't just apply to people in positions of power or Brits or Americans. This applies to everyone. People are people. 
You are more credible to change your opinion when presented with facts than to be afraid of being "wrong." The only thing wrong is to be irresponsible with how you educate others. 

Personally, I've always grown up knowing that you can't please everyone, and that not everyone will like you--especially if you put yourself out there in the public enough. 

C'est juste la vie. 

However, I would rather be respected than liked. You can not like someone, but you can sure as heck respect them. You can differ in opinions with others, but you can still respect each other. Respect happens when people can differ in opinions but, at the very least, have actual facts to back up their viewpoints--not threats or fear or the reason being that they chose to remain misinformed.

Wanting to know and understand facts, reading and researching things for yourself, interpreting and analyzing things accurately without the mess of just believing something because someone else told you so--those are qualities leaders must have and encourage others to have as well. 

In a nutshell: 
If you're going to cite something, you need to read it in its entirety. Yourself. You need to make sure you really understand what is being presented, as the original author(s) intended. You need to be able to analyze data and interpret content. Yourself.

How else are you to be sure that what your opinion is formed around is taken in the correct context? Trouble happens when you rely on snippets and soundbites as the complete original source of decision-making. 

Without a proper arsenal of knowledge, it's a ripple effect that will be felt even worse for those without the privilege of personal stability. 

You are free to make a choice, but you are not free from the consequences of that choice. 
The saying goes something like that. 



As a bit of an aside, if the British Pound is losing value right now, then isn't it, perhaps, a good time to buy some pounds? 

Euros I have from several years ago have depreciated significantly, but it might be a good idea to also stock up on some Euros while the exchange rate is pretty favourable for the US dollar, as well!

Hope everyone can have as peaceful of a day as they are able to have!

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