The Last Furlong

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Reaction or response

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I have a little thing that I am sensitive to.

What happened to the word “response”. I have always thought of the word response as meaning a thoughtful opinion on something. But have you noticed it very seldom ever gets used now. Everyone reacts in the media, no one responds.

Is that a reflection of the aggressive superficial time we live in?

Here is someone else’s view

The word reaction has to do with a physical or emotional consequence caused by a stimulus, such as  physical conditions (cold, heat, a sharp object, a fall, disease, blunt trauma, etc.)  or by spoken words, written words, or actions.  A reaction is generally an unconscious or involuntary one.

The word response generally has to do with an action, either a physical action or something that you say.  It is generally, but not always, a conscious decision.  Sometimes it is based on a person’s emotional reaction.  Other times it is based on Soul-searching or an extended thought process.  There’s an element of free will and forethought in a response.

Most often, the difference between a reaction and a response is how I feel about something, versus what I’m going to do about it.


Author: thelastfurlong

I'm someone also pounding the Path, just like you.. I'm retired, going into Old Age and loving my life. I'm hoping to remain happy and well for as long as possible. Old Age is not SO bad - yet!

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