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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.
Originally posted by LaborofLove
they got completely emotional when I said that Mary was a farce. I pointed out all the flaws in their own stories, taken from Catholic sites, and referenced to all those apparitions that they celebrate as part of their rituals. I think I could've said many things and gotten away with it, like the moslems do on this site, but not Mary, she's untouchable.