People really SHOULD pause to THINK, before they speak (tweet) or act.
That goes for everyone. It would save a lot of trouble everywhere and it seems simple enough, like a tip one might perhaps give to a child, relative or friend. But in hindsight, when one looks back, recalling the mistakes, embarrassments and other disasters experienced or witnessed one sees that it’s clearly a common failing. I know I’ve got my share of ghosts. On the world stage, the inability to exercise some forethought before speaking is in no way uncommon either. Just imagine what faux pas, both in one’s personal life and in the public record might have been averted, if that little axiom above had been applied and what might be prevented in the future. Rashness rarely pays off in any situation and usually involves a certain amount of risk.
If voters had given some serious thought to who they were choosing before going to the polls in the last American presidential election they might not now have to hear about impulsive tweets made in the wee hours of the morning from the man who would be king, when all good little politicians are supposed to be tucked safely into bed, fast asleep with dreams of political sugar plums and perks dancing in their heads. Maybe some sober second thoughts should be given to modifying the situation there in the upcoming mid-term elections.
In Ontario we have choices to make too, in a little while. First, conservatives have to make a choice between their less than inspiring candidates; then we will probably have to select which one of the three party girls (Kathleen, Andrea or ???) will run the Province. Can we smarten up, keep our peace long enough to make a sensible choice instead of talking when we should be listening? Old adages can apply to elections too: ‘Look before you leap’ and remember that ‘empty vessels make more noise’.