Instead of following the so-called experts, the recommendations of artificial intelligence and the advice given on news channels, we need to think for our own life, using common sense, logic, gut instinct, experience and our environmental cues.
We need to keep our eyes and ears open, not to be led by people who themselves do not know what to do and are only following an agenda.
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The deluge of information, opinions, data, choice makes us create tremendous amounts of anxiety in us to maximize and optimize our choices to perfection, and we are better off by ‘satisficing’ being content with our less than perfect choice, and makes us lead more fulfilling lives.
While we need to consume less social media, doing a diverse set of readings is probably a good idea to broaden our view, and specialization in this age is something that is increasingly like a horse with blinders.
The trick is to question everything and stay well-informed and unbiased.
As human beings, we are made to learn and adopt a set of beliefs, never to be questioned. We develop automatic systems that get accustomed to a way of thinking and living, and anything that counters our beliefs is deemed false.
Blindingly following instructions and doing what all others are doing is a form of herd mentality and is devoid of any real thinking.
Everyone’s perspectives are just that, limited world-views which are biased, incomplete and discriminatory.
We need to bridge the mind-gap and see the world through the eyes of other people, leading to an active adoption of other people's perspectives.
“Keep stress at bay—act in all ways to keep the mind clear and your judgment correct: Going to bed early, eating and drinking lightly, taking exercise, standing upright at the stock ticker, standing while on the telephone, and demanding silence in the office. I spoke to no one on my way to work and kept silent about my stock market actions.”
Critical thinking is described as a mode of thinking where the thinker improves the quality of their thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing it.
Another definition describes critical thinking as a way to examine assumptions, discern hidden values, evaluate evidence, and judge conclusions.
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