Mental laziness is one cause of the misguided opinions that people form without any attempt to base them in fact. It accepts everything that is promoted socially or politically without having the curiosity to critique it for truth. To follow what one is convinced is true requires a critical, open, and informed mind and a willingness to take time to sift through the media impact of each day before passing it on. Unfortunately, social media provides a vehicle for sharing information without taking time to critique it or evaluate its potential impact. Whether it be political, religious or cultural it is worth the attempt to cut through bias, propaganda and fiction to base one’s judgment in truth as far as possible.
Let me remember the call that we be salt of the earth and leaven.
I will examine my own usual mental disposition. Am I mentally lazy? How astute am I in evaluating information? Where do my commitments lie?
Salt is good; but if salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? It is useless… it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
The truth shall make you free.
I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.
Truth searches for no one. It waits to be found.
The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.
The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is.
Mental laziness makes us lose all lively interest in the subject.
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient.
The cure to eliminate fake news is that people stop reading 140-character tweets and start reading 600-page books.
Lies sound like facts to those who’ve been conditioned to mis-recognize the truth.
Mental inertia is death.
Timothy Thomas Fortune