Are you smart?
If you think you are, how would you rate your ability to notice when a person or group is lying to you, or trying to deceive you in any way? Can you tell the difference between a logical statement, versus a statement that makes no sense, or is not based on facts? Do you form your opinions and beliefs on the basis of observable facts, or do you form your beliefs and opinions based on rumor, unverified reports or the opinions of others in your peer group?
At this time, it has been reported by reliable news sources that 80% of people in Generation Z (born between 1997 and 2012) get their news information from social media. Social media is not always reliable in reporting truth and facts; in fact social media is often toxic in that regard. And yet, all these people rely on it. They do not seem to understand that they are being manipulated, and that they are risk for developing beliefs and taking actions which are based on lies. History tells of many cases in which the masses of nations were led by master manipulators – governments, charismatic leaders and others – to believe things that were completely false. And on that basis to do terrible things to other people. T his writer is not the first to note that we do not learn from history.
Now, apply this issue to your personal life. Have you ever found yourself believing a report or a story without knowing all the facts? If you’re honest, you will probably say yes; nearly all of us, before we were able to think logically, would have made such mistakes. Don’t you remember the gossip and rumors that went around school when you were a student? And did you fall for them?
At some point, we must leave behind us the tendency to believe anything we hear, just because it sounds plausible. If you still tend to go along with rumors or gossip, and if that has troubled you, it is time to make a change. If you are ready to change your way of thinking in order to protect yourself from the manipulations of institutions, individuals and groups, here’s how to get started. Look up information on CRITICAL THINKING. This is a special way of looking at information from more than one angle, in order to determine what is true, what you believe and how you will respond to it. You can do this exploration on your own, or you could do it with the help of a coach. If you’d like to take that option, please feel free to reach out. Learning to think critically will change your life for the better, and make you feel strong and powerful, unable to be played by con artists, politicians, and individuals who would like to use you for their own selfish purposes.
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