I don't know if this is a reaction or a response to the forwarded email that I got today.
The email content screamed - "An intelligent person responds; a fool reacts." Now it was my turn to check if I was a fool, if I react or respond.
React: Show a response or a reaction to something;Act against or in opposition to
Respond: Show a response or a reaction to something;React verbally;Respond favorably or as hoped
When the meaning is so very similar in fact they are synonyms what is the main difference, the key lies right above in their meanings.
Do take note of the key words against & favorably - this is the key differentiator between the two words.
React means you are against something and you are giving out something not favorable to the other party. Well when I think of myself I can relate to myself reacting many a times and responding many a times. I react when I get offended, when I am upset, when I am hurt. I respond when I am normal, when I am happy, when things are going smooth. I would say it is human nature to align oneself towards this behavior. Can't term one as a fool or intelligent. But having said that am sure a more stable and mature individual will have a very high percentage of response rates rather than react back rates.
Anyways here is the forwarded mail, decent read, read and learn. [Click to look at the bigger, clear image]
I guess I choose to respond and not react.