The Side You’re On

 I often find the things people say funny. Sometimes it is haha funny, while at other times it can be a curious kind of funny. Being in school has been something of a reawakening for me to some of the things that I’ve thought or held as something to believe. I find some things have changed, while others remain the same.

Thirteenth anual report on mortality statistic...

Thirteenth anual report on mortality statistics, Bureau of the Census. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


One thing in particular happens to be in the regards to statistics. We see and hear statistical data being tossed around practically every day. When I was in my early youth, something that I heard people say all the time was, “Don’t be a statistic,” or ” I don’t want to become a statistic.” The problem with that is that, just being born, you already are a statistic. What it really boils down to is what side of the given statistic you happen to end up on.

Positive and negative sides to statistics is all there is. Many of them are under your control, while others are not. It’s hard to face statistical data that paints you in a bad light because you’ve been grouped into unflattering and undesirable categories. Things you can’t control are things like your birth sex, ethnicity, and family situation you came up in. Habits, behaviors, and choices that you make govern most of the ones that are under your control.

Determine that you are not going to react negatively to fact that you’ve been grouped into a certain set of statistics. Choose to do what is possible to make sure that where you are able, you wind up on the positive side of it. People who have positive outlooks to situations generally find positive outcomes.

QUESTION: How do you deal with reports of statistical data?


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