February 16

Reflection

 

Mental laziness accepts everything that is promoted socially or politically without having the curiosity or the energy to critique it for truth. It is one cause of the misguided opinions that people form without any attempt to base them in fact. It gives rise to unreasonable prejudices and sometimes violent, misguided behavior. To try to live in reality requires a critical, open, and informed mind and a willingness to commit one’s time to sift out what is true whether it be political, religious, or cultural. This reflects a sincere desire to believe only what one is convinced conforms to the facts. It attempts to cut through bias and propaganda and base one’s judgment in truth as far as possible.

Prayer

Let me remember, O Lord, your call that we be salt of the earth and leaven.

Action

I will examine my own usual mental disposition. Am I mentally lazy? Do I accept what I hear or read based on where it comes from rather than how it stands up against the facts? Where do my commitments lie?

Suggested Reading

Salt is good; but if salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? It is useless… it is thrown out. They who have ears to hear, let them hear.
Luke 14:25-35

The truth shall make you free.
John 8:32

If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly.
Thomas Sowell

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

Propaganda is amazing. People can be led to believe anything.
Alice Walker

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
Benjamin Franklin

A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
Grantland Rice

The first step towards knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.
Richard Cecil

Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.
E. B. White

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.
Stephen Fry

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