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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Meryl Streep, recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, poses in the press room during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 08: Actress Meryl Streep, recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, poses in the press room during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The real title of this particular blog was too long. “Why bother being informed if there’s someone else who can do it for you?”

The Oscar’s are coming up on Monday night. As a businessperson I enjoy watching people being honored for excelling at their craft and inspiring others.

What I don’t enjoy is the selfish, narcissistic, political posturing during the winning speech.

Who Thinks For You?

Do I really want actors doing my thinking for me? Sadly a lot of people do. Meryl Streep had no problem calling out the president during the Golden Globe Awards.

Her modest tirade dominated the news for a few days. Not as much as President Trump of course but she did get her share of Ata-Boys from her in-crowd.

As long as a news story, any news story, comes from a source you follow then it’s just fine to repeat it as gospel.

After all you won’t hear any dissention since your in-crowd is just as tight as Meryl Streep’s in-crowd.

And there’s a good reason for that. Any one who disagrees will be ostracized from the group. All views are welcome as long as we agree with them.

I wonder if Meryl would have made the same comments if she were receiving the People’s Choice Award from the Tea Party? I’m guessing she’d pass on that award.

Some Final Thoughts

The point is that thinking for oneself is passé. It’s outmoded. There’s no need to make the effort any longer.

There’s an unending line of pundits, commentators, news anchors and opinion writers to provide you with all daily talking points you could ever need or want.

Yep, that sounds right to me. I can’t wait to share it with those who get their information from the same place.

We can compare how great that info is. And, even worse, how we should have thought of it ourselves.

And we would have — given enough time. Or so we tell ourselves.

So who does YOUR thinking for you? Anyone I know?

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