Beware the Jabberwock
Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch!” He took his vorpal sword in hand; Long time the manxome foe he sought— So rested he by the Tumtum tree, And stood awhile in thought. ... O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!” - Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
I have often gone back and read things that have caused me to reevaluate my life. This includes decisions I have made, people I know and have known, and things I have learned over life. But the older I get, the more Jabberwocks I see.
There are people in this industry that advocate for or against things all the time. Use statistics that they find or put together themselves. But get highly offended if you question where the numbers come from. Or worse, tell you the source. When they do, I go look. Sorry, not my nature to be led around by the nose. I was taught to fend for myself. Read and question life and the things it throws at me.
It seems that most people do not think for themselves. While studies and statistics are known to be slanted bias in favor of those that pay for them, you would think that those who use and quote them would understand this.
At one time it was considered wrong to post, write, or talk about something without verification from several different and usually independent sources. Since the beginning of the internet, it has deteriorated. Now it's a matter of getting the “information” out there before someone else does. Retraction and apologies can be issued later if needed. How about putting integrity back into reporting?
I also feel that integrity and truth should be a requirement for any person that blogs. Check sources. Check the credibility of the information you are using. And above all else, report or write about it honestly and truthfully. We have enough outlets that are slanted. So what if it doesn't put the story in a good light. If you feel the need to write about it, then it needs saying. The good, the bad, and the ugly. But be honest.
Learn to question your sources. They may be misinformed. Opinions are not facts, no matter how loudly they are shouted. Remember, rumor and falsehoods spread faster than truth, integrity, and honesty. Do you really want to be known as a gossip or worse, a liar?
Till we chat again, be safe and question the things you are being told as facts.
- Grumpy, the Trucker
is a 38 year veteran of the road. Starting out from working on a ranch where he learned to drive a 1969 Long Nose Pete with a set of twin sticks. From there he joined the military and continued driving their trucks and equipment. After leaving there he returned to the open road where he's been ever since. He's seen a lot. Both the good and the bad. Finally feels it's time to share his experiences and try to return trucking back to it's once great status. He needs your help.