Everybody experiences some type of affirmation bias – the tendency to go looking, interpret, favour, and recall info that confirms pre-existing beliefs.
In Malaysia, now we have loads of that going round, significantly on social media.
Decide any information story or picture. A few of us will solely see the information that helps their views and others will solely see information that helps theirs.
Taking to Twitter, netizen @AfiqH1507 commented on how a Hari Raya angpow apparently has pig motifs and patterns à la Islamic design.
He tweeted, “Am I the one one noticing photos of pigs on a duit raya packet launched by Majlis Perbandaran Alor Gajah?”, and garnered a lot consideration on social media.
Pigs, as everyone knows, are a really delicate subject amongst Malaysians, particularly the Muslim neighborhood – as a result of they’re HARAM!
So at any time when something pig associated pops up wherever, somebody someplace goes to get triggered.
The picture which has garnered combined responses on social media additionally caught the eye of netizen @AfiqH1507.
“It’s referred to as scotoma. The thoughts sees what it needs to see.”
– Sir Leigh Teabing, The Da Vinci Code https://t.co/tezvnjSzqP
— Afiq Harraz (@AfiqH1507) May 31, 2019
He additionally mentions within the thread that this shouldn’t be taken significantly. And with greater than 2k retweets, netizens appear to be upset simply how petty and narrow-minded folks could be.
One other commented on how some Muslims have been overly important of the picture.
“Even when it have been photos of pigs, holding it is not going to robotically make you an infidel.”
One netizen urged Muslims to maneuver away from suspicion and as a substitute apply tranquillity.
“Why can’t we, within the month of Ramadan, information our hearts to shun suspicion? There’s an excessive amount of of it these days.”
As Malaysians, there’s no room to be so delicate about trivial points. A pig is actually not going to ship you to hell, OK?
Severely, being overly important about an angpow packet which in time would find yourself within the recycling is only a bit excessive, don’t you suppose?
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