“To Find yourself, think for yourself.” – Socrates
In this current age of mass media, we are constantly being inundated with information. It comes at us from all sides 24/7.
It is easy to be a lazy thinker and just accept what we are being told.
The cold, hard truth is that it can actually be extremely detrimental (and in some cases deadly) if we do not do our own research and document from a variety of valid, objective sources whether something is either true or false.
It is extremely crucial that we dig below the surface and ask ourselves who benefits from trying to sway us to their opinion. Is it money that motivates the person who is trying to convince us of that position? Is it an insatiable thirst for power that is the motivator? Or, is the person just simply misinformed and does the person truly believe their position is correct? Or, is the person motivated by fear?
Socrates said it well when he tells us to think for ourselves in order to find ourselves.
In other words, in order to have a decent life and productive life, it is important to think through all the information that is out there in the world.
The next time you read an article, hear a news report, or read a social media post, ask yourself what quantifiable evidence is there that the words spoken or written are the verifiable truth. Who is trying to influence you and what do they have to gain?
Think for yourself; your very life depends upon it.
Jenny W. Andrews copyright 2021