Thinking: The Lost Art

Acts 17:11 – These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. 

I’m scared for our country, and you should be too. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that New Hampshire selected a self-proclaimed socialist and a tyrannical hate-speech slinger as their respective parties’ nominees. How did this happen? If you ask me, there is more than one reason, but the greatest is a lack of thinking.

When I went to college there was a big push on campus for “critical thinking.” This was mere rhetoric because in 90 percent of my classes, if you did not regurgitate the proper answer, you would fail, no matter your reasoning or research behind it. Very few professors were willing to be challenged on their stances and nearly all of them had a liberal bias.

I’m not saying that to complain, but instead, to make a point. When you watch the news, you are listening to bias. Fox News is biased toward conservative viewers, just as MSNBC is as liberal as you can get. CNN and the basic news channels try to stay unbiased, but they all lean a little to the left.

One of the biggest problems with our society is we accept information without challenging it or studying the facts for ourselves. A news reporter tells us something; therefore, it is fact. WRONG! They may have a bias one way or the other.

If we do not analyze what reporters, pundits, and politicians themselves are saying, we are done for as a nation. I’m so sick of hearing people say, “Donald Trump is a great business man.” Really? He’s filed bankruptcy with his businesses multiple times – that doesn’t prove he’s good with money. Or another one of my favorites, “Everyone has a right to healthcare, so we should have universal healthcare.” Again, really? We have a federal law that already ensures that everyone gets treated at Emergency Rooms regardless of insurance status or ability to pay (look up the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act).

Do you hear any of the information I just alluded to on the news? I haven’t. Do your own research. I don’t care who your favorite presidential candidate is or what party you side with – thinking and researching must be done. Don’t just accept what I tell you, or your parents, and certainly not the news. If we don’t start thinking now, it may just become a lost art.

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