“The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.” – John F. Kennedy
Life-long learning is something all of us should strive for. Whatever your interests, pursue everything there is to know about that interest. Maybe you like history, nature, science, fashion, or even writing—pursue your interests and read everything you can. Take tutorials online, take a college course, or find a mentor to teach you.
The truth is a tough topic. Before you can claim something as truth you have to measure it two ways. The first way is to determine if it applies universally. The second way is to determine if it is subject to change. If it applies universally and is not subject to change, you may have found the truth. The best we can do as a human being is to verify everything we read, see, and hear, and double-check and verify again. We should also remember that truth is sometimes an individual thing. What may be a truth to me may not be a truth to another.
Critical thinking is what I’m driving at here. We should all be skeptical of what we read, what we hear, what we see. The primary reason is that we are all biased. We all have a way of looking at the world. Many times we see what we want to see or what is filtered by our internal paradigms. Subsequently, there will always be a personal slant to everything we view. Look at another viewpoint, ask questions, look for evidence to support your ideas and claims.
There is also a lot of evidence that many of our “trusted” news sources are no longer reliable. Resources like the New York Times, Washington Post, LA times, and CNN have all been tagged as “Fake” news. Honestly, I haven’t read or watched the news seriously in years. If you really listen to these anchor people, it is just one lie after another. It is almost comical that they think people believe what they say. Anyways, I’ll leave this for another day.
I hope everyone is having a great week!
See you tomorrow…