posted on Apr, 26 2012 @ 02:04 AM
I do my best to think outside the box in regards to seeking out the truth to many things that are questionable to me or things that i don't fully
I have found that at times i have let my emotions or gullibility or even trusting in someone older then me,or the worst thing,believing a person that
i like versus someone i don't like even though they both have valid and knowledgeable input on whatever truth i might be seeking at the time.
Also i have found that when seeking the truth ,at times i must put aside my present beliefs in order to prevent me from having a biased disposition
about the information that i uncover in my truth seeking.
Human Weaknesses As human beings, most of us tend to exhibit five characteristic weaknesses in the formation and retention of our beliefs, namely:
Gullibility: uncritical readiness to believe what others (news paper, TV, internet) tell us. Conformity: uncritically believing what others in our
group (our family, our community) believe. Trust in authority: uncritical readiness to believe what an ‘authority’ (teacher, textbook, government)
tells us. Emotional clouding: uncritical readiness to believe what we wish to believe and what we are told by the
people we like, while disbelieving what we do not wish to believe and what we are told by people we dislike. Resistance to change: uncritical
unwillingness to change our beliefs and actions, especially in the case of beliefs and actions that we are used to or are rewarded for. As an antidote
to these weaknesses, critical thinking demands that we systematically doubt and question what we believe, what we do, and what we are told to believe
and do. It requires us to think for ourselves and subscribe to beliefs and actions only after careful consideration. When faced with choice of
accepting a personal responsibility for our beliefs and actions, there are at least three positions that are open to us: It is good to acquire the
ability to think critically. There is nothing that can be exempted from doubting and questioning. We should not accept anything without careful
consideration. It is good to acquire the ability to think critically, but only in some domains. There are certain things that the elders tell us which
should not be doubted or questioned. We should accept them uncritically on unconditional trust. There is no need to think critically. Our heart will
tell us what we should believe and what we should do. We should trust our heart. Which of these paths we take is a personal choice that each of us has
to make. Should we think for ourselves, or surrender our thinking capacity to those around us, tradition, antiquity, authority, our emotions, and
habits? If we choose the former, we take path A.
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This is the first tread that i have ever posted anywhere on the great world wide web,i have been on the sidelines for years reading and watching and
even posting on some forum sites this one included.
I am not infallible and at times have made a total fool of myself and had to ask why.
Through diligent self assessment and input from friends and enemy's i have found critical thinking to further help me in properly uncovering sough
So in closure i welcome all input on this topic negative or positive,and hope that this information helps others as it has helped me.