February 8

Reflection

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 or integrity. Unfortunately, good will is not an adequate substitute for ignorance. Commitment which rises out of personal conviction can change this. A sincere desire to follow what one is convinced is true is the best course of action; but, it requires a critical, open, and informed mind and a willingness take time to sift out what is true. Whether it be political, religious or cultural it is worth the attempt 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 make decisions based in fact? 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. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Luke 14:25-35

The truth shall make you free.
John 8:32 

I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.
Walter Cronkite

We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
John F. Kennedy

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

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

Mental laziness makes us lose all lively interest in the subject.
Swami Vivekananda

What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient.
Bodie Thoene

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widely spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
Bertrand Russell

 

 

 

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