I'm confident that anyone who has access to this blog post has heard about "Yanny or Laurel". (If somehow you've missed it, just Google it.) At first, I refused to listen to the recording, concerned it was a conspiracy to indoctrinate a large group of people with a subliminal message. But alas, I turned off mute on those Facebook videos that automatically play when you scroll past them and was accidentally indoctrinated...I mean, I heard it by accident.
There are some lessons we can learn from the whole "Yanny or Laurel" craze, though, and I want to point out a few of them.
1.) We, as a society, are easily amused.
A phenomenon involving how different people's brains interpret different pitches of sound was covered by every major news outlet in the country and blew up every social media platform. Not that it isn't interesting, but is it really as newsworthy as it was made out to be? I bet if Twitter was around in 1969, we'd have seen more hashtags for #YannyorLaurel than #NeilArmstrong.
2.) We enjoy a shared experience.
The old adage "the more the merrier" rings true. Something is more fun, more entertaining, when it is common to the majority of a population. "Yanny or Laurel" was fun because everybody was doing it! Another case in point, the Superbowl. My husband and I watch only one football game out of the entire season. Why? Not for the sport, not for the commercials, but for the feeling of comradery with the rest of the country (and maybe for an excuse to eat chicken wings).
3.) Perception is reality.
And here's where the real lesson is learned. It's hard to argue the "other side" is "wrong" when the split of Yanny to Laurel is 47%/53%. There are countless factors that shape someone's experience and therefore their perception. We can argue until we are blue in the face, but we can rarely change someone's perception about a subject with words alone. We need to listen and understand that other people have valid opinions and viewpoints, even when they don't make sense to us. We should "choose our battles", and only fight for the things that are important, based on our own reality. And even then, we trust that God will change hearts as He sees fit.
2 Timothy 2:23-26: "But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will."
What did you learn from "Yanny" and "Laurel"? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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