Welcome to blog post number three of the New Year, New You series! I don’t know about you but I am so pumped to start 2017 on the right track!! There is so much going on around us and I believe that with the embrace of critical thinking in all aspects of our lives, we can FINALLY make this year 2017 OUR year.
So what is critical thinking? There are so many definitions of critical thinking but the one that I absolutely love is by the critical thinking community. The critical thinking community defines critical thinking as the act of intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. In its exemplary form, it is based on universal intellectual values that transcend subject matter divisions: clarity, accuracy, precision, consistency, relevance, sound evidence, good reasons, depth, breadth, and fairness
This definition of critical thinking is the best I have yet to find. I agree with a lot of things from the critical thinking community except the idea that critical thinking is a concept that has only been developing the past 2500 years. I strongly believe that the concept of critical thinking has always been around and I don’t think one can truly pinpoint a particular time something that is as natural as breathing started (hence why I dismiss a lot of theories). Yes! I strongly believe critical thinking is as natural to humans as breathing. So why do I say this? When I look at our collective mentality today in comparison with that of our grandparents and even our parents, I see that our current generation makes decisions and their beliefs off of emotions instead of proper logic. Critical thinking is as natural as breathing; very crucial to our survival although in a much more mental state in this time and age (since we don't physically hunt for food or sleep in the wilderness). The only reason why it seems as though it is somewhat of a foreign concept today is because we have totally and willingly given up and continue to give up our power to others (mental power to be exact). In short, we are Lazy.
Some will argue that the reason why we don’t think critically or rarely do is because of technology and the easy access to information online, through media etc. Although I do see why someone would think like this, I also think that it is a VERY VERY VERY cheap excuse to being diciplined and taking control of your life. As a matter of fact, if anything at all; the fact that information is everywhere , easily accessible and so vast should be the reason why we should be applying critical thinking in all aspects of our lives and in everything we do.
The world is full of people with varying beliefs, cultures, traditions, practices etc.… you name it!! (Pun intended ;) ) and we are constantly bombarded by other people’s opinions e.g. through media, societal pressures, political correctness, leaders, authority figures etc. but, we at the end of the day will suffer the consequences of our actions. We have to be very careful not to jump on bandwagons. We need to take total and utter control of our thinking and analyze everything before embracing it.
Don’t get it twisted, critical thinking is not about criticizing others or their decisions; it is about being truly honest with yourself, analyzing, assessing and improving your thinking, self-discipline, self-confidence and overall fairness without the interference of inferiority/superiority complex, and egocentric tendencies.
NOTE: Critical thinkers aren’t perfect people in any shape or form. They are just people who are on the constant quest for bettering themselves.
I have decided to break this post to two parts. Part two will be out on December 15th and will cover, Benefits of critical thinking, downsides of critical thinking from my personal experiences, my favorite famous critical thinkers, how to be a critical thinker and my favorite quotes on critical thinking.
Read previous posts on the NEW YEAR, NEW YOU SERIES
1. 50 Healthy Habits to start now
2.First a Habit, then a Lifestyle
3. Critical thinking Part 1
4. Critical thinking Part 2
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