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What is it about 'critical thinking' people do not understand? As it is, people observe, question and apply various elements to help themselves in life in whatever they are doing. Unfortunately, as it has been for quite some time, people cannot bring themselves to accept anything presented to them as acceptable.
At one point someone MUST have sat down and attempted to find the reasoning behind a persons thoughts and actions. And as they worked out the theories there must have been that 'ah, ha!' moment, you would think. Right?
Throughout the ages man has always had a fascination with questioning the very nature of himself. From the defeats to the triumphs, man has struggled to identify the 'whys' of his own personal existence. There have been theories and breakthroughs over the years, but nothing concrete that can be pointed to as the definitive answers to mans ultimate questions. "What is true for you is true for you, as you have observed it." L. Ron Hubbard
What does man do when he is confronted with the limited constraints of his own thoughts, or the boundaries someone else has used to enslave his thoughts? As we engage in life, as we study the very nature of our own existence within the confines of our world, one might have a multitude of questions. How we answers those questions is a direct result of what the questioner has learned. Hence, knowing what that other person knows.
The quest to learn is in our very being, to find the answers to what we need to carry on with life. To 'think outside of the box' is oftentimes foreign to many people. Our years are saddled with the knowledge that someone else has imparted to us and we are weighed down with many limitations as a result. To even venture out into life without critically thinking, or 'thinking outside of the box', is an intellectual death sentence. Critical thinking frees the mind.
Critical thinking is one thing, and is very useful but, for what it is worth, people will ALWAYS criticize others for what they believe or for their personal opinions. Criticism is an ego killer for sure. But, there are several levels of 'criticism'. There's positive criticism, in that, someone may do something really well and you want to compliment them and encourage them to continue the 'good thing' they are doing. Then there is negative criticism, where by a person will always put down someone else for what they think or believe. To come to the conclusion that someone is that critical, no one wants to admit.
To see someone who is in the public eye, to criticize them for what they do, whether it is a movie star or an author, is wrong. Knowing what they do, in the public eye, is one thing. To say what they do in private, and to criticize them for that, regardless of what they do in the public is completely hypocritical. "He that is without sin, let him first cast a stone at her." Jesus, to the crowd desiring to stone a woman for adultery. Those people that wanted to stone that woman for doing something wrong were in the wrong themselves but criticized Jesus and questioned him in an attempt to 'trip him up'. Criticism is nothing more than invalidating someone else for what they believe or for a position they are taking. Criticizing someone in a positive way, to validate what they do or believe, is lifting them up, not suppressing in any way. Being thoughtful in speaking and realizing what is being said, and being thoughtful about the words that are used, is opposite of anything negative. But, thoughtful criticism itself is NOT the total answer. Any thought can be used in any way by the design and purpose of the user.
I posted the following on Facebook:
"First, let me say that with all of the research I have done in the past 30+ years, I cannot understand WHY people would EVER criticize something they know nothing about. It is interesting to me that people do that, and quite odd as well. Why do people continually criticize something or someone when they only have heard very little about the issue or the person or group? Interesting, isn't it?
Second, after everything I've been through, and the criticisms I have received for many of the things I believe, I can tell you, from first hand experience that I KNOW what I'm talking about, that I will NEVER listen to or accept ANYONE criticizing me for anything that I say or do. Whatever it is, unless you can take my information I have, research it and study it, and we can sit down and have a decent and rational discussion about it, I will not listen to anyone who is blatantly contradicting me without having ALL OF THE INFORMATION in front of them. Oh . . . and before you get all of the information you're going to use against me, I already know what you're going to do; you're going to find all of the information you can and take EVERYTHING you find that contradicts EVERYTHING I say and tell me it's 'the truth'. It isn't, and I know it.
What am I saying? We can discuss any and all subjects you want. We can discuss EVERYTHING you are interested in. But, remember, YOU are not completely 'right' or 'wrong', and neither am I. But, at least we can learn from one another and hopefully be encouraged to continue to learn. But . . . that's just my perspective and opinion."
I guess that explains a few things, does it not? In the end, thinking 'outside of the box' is much better than living within the restrictive thoughts of someone else.
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