Critical thinking is the analysis of information in an objective, rational, and even skeptical fashion to form a reasonable judgement. It is something we should all strive for as it helps us think outside the box of what we think we know and see the world from a broader viewpoint.
Since 2020, critical thinking has been shunned and frowned upon, especially by the government, proclaimed health experts, and the mainstream media. This is because questioning anything that goes against the mainstream narrative will get you censored, banned, labeled a spreader of false information and conspiracy theorist, and so on. Why is it that alternative media was so heavily censored in 2020? Is it because there is a narrative and deep rooted conspiracy that is unfolding behind the scenes that the masses must not know about? If you answered ‘yes’ or were willing to entertain the idea and hear it out, then you are a critical thinker. If you answered ‘no’ and trust whatever you are told without questioning, then keep listening as the information presented here might just wake you up and change your life.
To be a critical thinker is to first realize your biases and consume information from all sides. If you have a bias about a certain political party, religion, medicine, and how people should live their lives, then realize where your bias is and begin to listen to those who are different from you and understand them. Put yourself into their shoes to know what it’s like to live as them and why they believe what they do. Most people are unwilling to hear about another person who disagrees with them, but it’s what a critical thinker does. They have biases, but they continue to understand a situation from opposing sides.
The first step goes hand-in-hand with being open minded and thinking outside the box, as well as not being judgmental of others. You can be opinionated and passionate about your beliefs, but don’t let that prevent you from hearing out the opposition. Opposing views can help educate you in many ways, and if you’re unwilling to hear them out, you could be missing out on important learning opportunities.
Another step is to question everything. Whatever you are told from the news, politicians, health experts, and so on needs to be questioned. A critical thinker will question everything and be skeptical upon first hearing something until they have all the facts. They only make up their mind when they have a reasonable answer to what they are seeking. More questions will arise as answers start to come out, so question those as well. Nothing is a coincidence, so question the strange circumstances that are labeled as just a coincidence.
By following these steps to critical thinking, and learning that the world is not as simple as you may have thought, you can be more understanding of why there is a difference of opinion in the world and why it’s important. Take opposing views as ways to learn and grow to understand the situation from all sides.
Let me know how this works for you. Have a great day!
I have always questioned what I’ve been told. Perhaps this is because I grew up not being able to trust anyone, so I was naturally a skeptic. I generally do not trust people until I have proof that they are trustworthy. Furthermore, I do not trust any information I consume until I see the evidence to back it up, as well as referencing it with past knowledge and experiences, and my intuition. I listen to opposing views, and truly understand them, despite not believing them personally. Regardless, I accept all who have different viewpoints, even if they are vastly different from my own.