Ah, social media. Originally when social media began, we all were probably thinking,” this is the coolest thing since sliced bread”. The ability to connect and chat with people all over the world in an instant. How cool!? Or is it?
For some it’s become a hinderance into development and the thinking process. It’s even helped hinder an entire new generation of human beings. There appears to be a new generation of people appearing in the social media stratosphere. I call them the non-thinkers. These non-thinkers are so preoccupied with getting things correct, they forget to remember that no one person has ALL of the answers. Before the world of the internet, you had to get a professionals first opinion, possibly a second opinion and sometimes a third if you had a problem. That meant you doing research into these opinions from experts and weighing out your options. At that point you came to your own conclusion and made the determination of what works better for you, not what some stranger on the Facebook tells you.
Now don’t get me wrong, there is some amazing advice out there from people who have years and decades of experience with all things bird . However it’s up to you to question them. I know for a fact there are tons of new advances some of these experts don’t know about. There are also things that “new” experts have never heard of because they lack the experience of someone who has been in the aviculture world for decades. This is when it comes to you, the researcher (see what I did there, I put you in the category of the researcher or the person who is questioning) to get many opinions and weigh them. Weigh the validity. Weigh where they are coming from, weigh how long a specific item has been in practice. Then you make the decision, not others making those decisions for you.
With the new non-thinker, it’s easy to get an opinion and instructions and then do exactly that. However when those instructions don’t quite work out perfectly or when those instructions don’t work out at all, the non-thinker now will place blame and take absolutely no responsibility for their lack of research or accountability for their actions. Without understanding and admitting your own failures you cannot begin to learn from them. Sometimes you learn more from your failures then you do your successes.
“But an expert told me to”…. is what I have heard and seen numerous times, and my question is “did you do your research?”. Of course that may sound a bit callous and that is absolutely not my intention. My intention is to inspire you to ask questions. Ask your vet, groomer, boarder, toy maker, mail man, whatever. Just ask. Keep questioning boundaries, that’s what the best scientists and explorers have done for centuries. That’s how finding out how dangerous an all seed diet is, someone questioned what was told to them and the research began. The same thing is true about processed foods vs fresh food, simply, someone questioned what they were told instead of blindly following.
Now before some of you get into a tizzy, I am not saying that using google or bing makes you a formidable force and you should go up against your avian vet with said information. I’m just saying it’s important to know what is going on and have all of the information possible. Personally I prefer to be proactive with my animal’s health and not reactive when something unforeseen goes wrong. I take the time, so I know the options before I weigh them.
So the next time something comes up about your birds, before you have that knee jerk reaction and do something just because someone has told you to. Open up that computer, phone or tablet and use whichever nondenominational browser you choose and start reading. Information is power and it’s up to you to use it!
Copyright – Parrot Earth – 2016 – Getting a Second Opinion