Tuesday, October 20, 2009

To Start Out: Question Authority

Lets open up my first posting by saying this: Think for yourself, Question Authority

Tools Third Eye (Live) starts out with this from Timothy Leary

"Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening,
terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in
this ocean of chaos, it has been the authorities, the political, the
religious, the educational authorities who attempted to comfort us by
giving us order, rules, regulations, informing, forming in our minds their
view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and
learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable, open-mindedness;
chaotic, confused, vulnerability..."

Think for yourself. Question authority.

Not saying I'm a fan of Timothy Leary, but I am a sucker for a Tool song.

The idea is to listen to what the authority figures or organizations are telling you and discern their motives, not just to utterly rebel against them, overthrow or outright ignore them. A little skepticism can be good, but just blindly believing someone without working out the outcomes and possibilities can lead to being forced into your choices unintended consequences.

Group think and the 'sheeple' mentality is rampant in all forms of media.

Question the news anchors you hear on the t.v. Don't take what someone says on a radio talk show for their word without citing sources or verifying facts. You have to be your own independent investigator at times. EVERYTHING will have some sort of spin in it to skew its presentation to match ones own viewpoints. When you are looking for someone that affirms your beliefs you will take what is written as the truth no matter how many mental loops they had to jump through to get to the point you wanted to read or what assumptions or shortcuts you had to take to agree with it.

Be well informed! Don't just limit yourself to one viewpoint, the more you know.. the better the conclusion you can make, or the course of action you can take. Healthy debates can yield healthy results.

Strive to be better and think for yourselves because not everyone has your best interests at hand no matter how smooth/boisterous the voice or how large their market share is. If you follow blindly without questioning, you could just be destroying yourself for someones profits responsibility to their shareholders.

No comments:

Post a Comment