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Thinking Critically

"The Forest for the Trees" contemplate the "Thinking Critically" question: How can I change my angle of vision so I can see the impacts that broader social forces are having on my own life? Please provide so basic life experiences so I can get a general idea of what Im writing about .

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One's ability to see "the Forest for the Trees" or what is commonly called "the big picture" means that one can lose the importance of something in the details rather than the meaning. An excellent example would be a police officer stops a man for speeding and he states he is having a heart attack, the police officer still writes the ticket even though there is a more pressing problem. The real world correlation was when a police officer stopped and NFL player trying to see his dying mother-in- law (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4017382).

Another real world example would be while at work one's supervisor comes in and orders an unusual work request and puts a timeline on it which is hard to meet. The first thought one might have is that the time line is too tight and that one may miss the football game. However, the true issue is that the supervisor provided a direction and all attempts to fulfill it must be made because he or she had a good reason. Conversely if the ...

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One's ability to see "the Forest for the Trees" or what is commonly called "the big picture" means that one can lose the importance of something in the details rather than the meaning. An excellent example would be a police officer stops a man for speeding and he states he is having a heart attack, the police officer still writes the ticket even though there is a more pressing problem.

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