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Reforming America: Critical Thinking

Without an educated and free thinking populace substantial change is not possible. People have to recognize that there is a real problem before they can address it. In America we have become complacent and in many ways we have forgotten how to hold our leaders accountable for the things they say and do. In large part this is because people have stopped thinking critically.

When I say critical thinking I am not talking about finding fault with everything. Some people misunderstand the idea of thinking about something critically for being critical of something in a negative way. Critical thinking is about asking questions, the chief among them is “what are the actual facts of the matter?” We too often take it on faith that what people are telling us is accurate because they present it in a convincing way. Critical thinking is all about telling people to “prove it”.

Some might question the wisdom of challenging people to prove what they are saying is accurate because it can lead to conflict. In reality it is often taking information as presented that leads to polarization and conflict. If someone has the facts to back up what they are saying they should not fear a critical examination of those facts.

Now, you might have noticed that the word “truth” has not come up so far. The reason for that is that “truth” is highly subjective and relies on the interpretation of the facts at hand whereas facts are able to be verified by independent examination. Critical thinkers are not necessarily as concerned about “truth” as they are with facts.

When presented with a set of facts and told what they mean by someone seen as an authority figure most people will accept the interpretation as being “truth”. The problem with that is that it doesn’t take into account the agenda of the speaker. The agenda of the speaker must be taken into account even if overall you tend to agree with the opinions of the speaker. Simply because someone that you like said something it does not mean that you should accept their version of the “truth” and act on it. Sometimes it is your general agreement with their philosophy that they are counting on to mislead you into taking actions that are not necessarily in your best interest.

Real reform requires real thought. Allowing ourselves to be led like sheep by political opportunists is to relinquish our freedoms for nothing more than laziness. It is true that critical thinking is more difficult than just soaking it all in like a sponge but the cost of complacency is great. We have to ask the hard questions even more stridently of the people we agree with than those with whom we disagree. Healthy skepticism is a good thing when one is fighting for one’s freedom. Enslavement takes on many forms. We should not be too quick to assume just because someone says that they are right and trustworthy it is reflective of reality. Sometimes it is the people we most want to agree with that are the biggest threats to our freedom. Sacrificing our freedoms in the name of a polarized ideology that preys on our fears and misgivings is both shortsighted and self destructive.

If we want things to be better for our children and theirs we have to have the courage now to challenge the status quo even when that means taking on those that we chose to lead us. Critical thinking is essential to a well functioning democracy. Tyrants and con men survive on the gullibility of others. When the people start asking the tough questions and accepting nothing less than full disclosure from their leaders democracy works to the benefit of the people. The cost of democracy and freedom is vigilance. Without critical thinkers constantly challenging authority the people lose their freedoms and eventually become nothing more than slaves servicing the whims of the power elite.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom | Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article



Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net





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