Critical thinking

Critical thinking isn’t taught in elementary schools.
 
It isn’t taught in secondary schools, either.
 
Students may learn it in college.  After having “Don’t Question Authority” shoved down their throats for over a decade.
 
Assuming they’re ever taught it at all…
 
I’ll define critical thinking for those never learned. It means not assuming everything they hear is gospel truth.
 
Consider who’s speaking.  What do you know about them?
 
Are they trustworthy?
 
What biases do they have?
 
Where did they get their information?
 
Is there other information out there which contradicts the information they’re giving you?
 
Are there any logical fallacies in their argument?
 
Ask whatever questions you can think of.
 
Do your own research.
 
Too many people think “being informed” means being spoon fed stories by some talking heads on TV.
 
They don’t question what they hear if they consider the “news” organization “trustworthy.”
 
They accept everything coming from the network as truth.
 
Too many people will accept what a government official says without question.
 
Maybe not if it’s an elected representative.
 
But if it’s someone from the FDA.  The CDC.  The USDA.  Everything they say must be true and unbiased.
 
Listened to and followed without question.
 
Who died and made them God?

Sometimes forgiveness is really hard

I need to forgive.  I know that.

Sometimes it takes a while.

Sometimes I don’t want to.

But I need to.

I know I’ll feel better when I do.  This baggage is heavy.

Forgiveness just means giving up the baggage.

It doesn’t mean trusting someone who may not be trustworthy.

I know all this.

But it’s still hard.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is hard.

I get it.

It’s something I struggle with.  Getting hurt is part of life.  Letting go of grudges is hard.

It’s worth it, though.

Forgiveness isn’t trusting them again.  It’s just not holding a grudge.

There’s an old saying: “Hating someone is like drinking poison and expecting it to kill the other person.”

Don’t hold on to hatred.  You’re only hurting yourself.

Forgive them for your own sake.  For your own piece of mind.

You’ll be glad you did.