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Monday, October 4, 2010

Phun-size Philosophy # 41 – Obviousness

Something that is obvious is characterized as being easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind. The ideas and concepts as well as objects and events that are made apparent in ways that would gain the attention of its audience especially in a dramatic way would be considered as being obvious. Something is obvious when it is recognized by the general public. They are usually only obvious when there is background knowledge about that particular topic because without a basis of understanding for what’s going on you can’t be expected to know something that is supposedly “obvious.” If there is a reference to a popular TV show or a major event happened, you can then categorize something as being obvious. The only problem with these generalizations is that everyone has different perspectives on life. What one person make think is totally obvious may go completely unnoticed by another. They may not watch football so it is not obvious to them what teams are going to be great this season. You need some basis and facts about a given situation in order to determine what can be considered as obvious to one but maybe not the other. If you are the one who doesn’t notice something you may get left out and possibly miss opportunities like in conversations if you can relate to another person about football you have the potential to become good friends if you aren’t already. If you are ignorant of what is apparently obvious you are contributing to your obliviousness. If you are completely lost, teasing and making fun of your ignorance will most likely ensue. The good thing is that once you become aware of what is going on around you, it becomes easy to be brought back up to speed. The only thing is that the damage has already been done and the very act that you didn’t know that something that is common knowledge will cause you to be made fun of for many times to come. I still get flack from thinking that Virginia was north of us from 1st grade.

-Allan Nicholas

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