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.
Let me remember, O Lord, your call that we be salt of the earth and leaven.
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?
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.
The truth shall make you free.
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.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Propaganda is amazing. People can be led to believe anything.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.
The first step towards knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.
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.