Throughout most of the world, people are taught to look at their society in a very polarized way. When certain issues are presented to us through mainstream circles, they are usually oversimplified to the point where all concepts are either black or white, and all people are either good or bad, with no in between. There are truths in this world, and sometimes people are right or wrong about certain specific issues, but no one is right about everything all the time.
Things are much more complicated than simply picking a political party or social clique and subscribing yourself to a whole system of beliefs based on other people’s ideas. Unfortunately, this is the kind of approach that is generally embraced worldwide, partly because this is how we have been taught to think and partly because it’s a lot easier than doing all of the rigorous research and contemplation necessary to get to the bottom of important social issues.
Sifting through all of this information and comparing it with one another in contemplation isn’t easy, but it is a necessary part of achieving any kind of certainty in your research. This is the difference between coming to your own conclusions instead of just adopting the conclusions of others. There are plenty of people out there with great ideas, and there is nothing wrong with having a few trusted researchers that you regularly look to for reliable information, but don’t take anyone’s word at face value, and don’t disregard information purely on the source without confirming its inaccuracy for yourself either.
Even my own work is merely one resource of many, and after you finish reading my books and articles I urge you to continue your own research so you can form your own unique opinions about what’s going on in the world.
There are plenty of researchers out there who are very knowledgeable and on point in some respects, while still uninformed and off base in many other areas that they comment on. This is why we should critically assess all of the information we come across, and search for alternative views to get a well-rounded idea of what we are trying to figure out. There are researchers out there who are brilliant in terms of analyzing foreign policy, but who have terribly misguided views on economics. Likewise, there are researchers that are very knowledgeable about economics but lack knowledge of meditation or spirituality.
With that being the case it’s best to come to your own conclusions, instead of just taking on the conclusions of others, even if it’s someone that you usually agree with on other issues. No one has all the right answers all the time, and if someone pretends to, you might want to proceed with extra caution. For far too long, learning has been a top down process in our culture, and someday those who come after us will look back in horror at the methods that were used to stifle one of the most vital resources on the planet, the human imagination.
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