tljulythree (tljulythree) wrote,

Reckless with words and actions

I find myself constantly battling with my arch nemesis: an undisciplined tongue. Among my favorite quotes, I am constantly trying to live up to one I have read in a book: “be impeccable with your words.” It is amazing how the expression of our thoughts and ideas are equally, if not more, important then the contents of our speech. When words are used carelessly we can accomplish nothing. However, when words are used effectively we can move people to action.

The cause for concern:
When I took upon the burden of examining the arguments for and against the theory of evolution, I found myself perplexed. I realized that people “believe” in evolution without actually knowing much about it: the consequence of misguided and reckless words. For example, rumors were told about an experiment in which amino-acids were created by recreating prehistoric conditions. Along with this statement followed the statement that this further proved the theory of evolution. People still use this partial knowledge without realizing that it has been discredited already. My point is that things are not always as they appear and one of the many problems with reckless words is misguidance.

TL application:
I use to always laugh at the “caution hot contents” signs on coffee lids. I was quick to say that this was an insult to man’s intelligence. Sarcastically, I would say, “what? Hot coffee is…hot?!” After realizing the dangers of partial knowledge I decided to google the McDonalds case involving the lady who sued and won for having hot coffee. I discovered that she had legitimate reasons for suing. Here are some quick facts involving the plaintiff’s side:
-Vascular surgeon determined that Liebeck suffered full
thickness burns (or third-degree burns) over 6 percent of her body,
including her inner thighs, perineum, buttocks, and genital and groin
-She was hospitalized for eight days, during which time she
underwent skin grafting.
- McDonalds produced documents showing more than 700
claims by people burned by its coffee between 1982 and 1992.
- McDonalds also said during discovery that, based on a consultants
advice, it held its coffee at between 180 and 190 degrees fahrenheit to
maintain optimum taste.
- A scholar in thermodynamics applied to human skin
burns, testified that liquids, at 180 degrees, will cause a full
thickness burn to human skin in two to seven seconds.

To battle my recklessness, I find myself speaking less. To battle any reckless actions, I find myself holding back or avoiding people. Recently, I have been struggling with this more and more. I hope to find an applicable solution to this some time soon. Now, I only hope that this entry is not reckless in itself...
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