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Space for Rent: Age of Discernment


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dis·cern·ment

noun \di-ˈsərn-mənt, -ˈzərn-\

1

: the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure : skill in discerning
2
: an act of perceiving or discerning something.
That’s the basic definition according to Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. But wait, there is more:
discernment, discrimination, perception, penetration, insight, acumen mean a power to see what is not evident to the average mind. discernment stresses accuracy (as in reading character or motives or appreciating art) <the discernment to know true friends>. discrimination stresses the power to distinguish and select what is true or appropriate or excellent <the discrimination that develops through listening to a lot of great music>. perception implies quick and often sympathetic discernment (as of shades of feeling) <a novelist of keen perception into human motives>. penetration implies a searching mind that goes beyond what is obvious or superficial <lacks the penetration to see the scorn beneath their friendly smiles>. insight suggests depth of discernment coupled with understanding sympathy <a documentary providing insight into the plight of the homeless>. acumen implies characteristic penetration combined with keen practical judgment <a director of reliable box-office acumen>.
I’ve always prided myself in my ability to read between the lines,  understand  the real meaning of the written word and pick up on the essentials of any narrative. In short, a critical thinker extraordinary.  And it made it easy for me to make fun off and disdain the so called low information voter, or the partisan troll rolling in its self-made internet bubble or the viewers of a certain TV channel. Even that lady who yelled “He is a communist!” at Chris Mathews before the VP debate only to say “Study it!” when challenged on her assertion that the President is a dirty commie made me shake my head in embarrassment for her.
But maybe I’m approaching this the wrong way. It just might be that in an era suffused with information, some people have a stronger outer filter setting than others (like on your web browser or firewall) while people like me have to who lack these walls and therefore must parcel and sift through the torrent of information. People like me want to sound like we know what the heck we are talking about. We crave knowledge, real knowledge, not the appearance of wisdom, but actual, tangible knowledge even if we know that we really don’t know anything at all.
That doesn’t make me better, just different.

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