If you learn nothing else in life, learn to “Stop and Think!” When you “Stop and Think!”, you may find that many of your long held beliefs have no basis in fact; they are merely things you have heard so many times that they have become embedded in your brain. You may find that what the salesperson is telling you is just a lot of mumbo jumbo meant to confuse you. You may find that what your martial arts instructor is telling you goes against all logic, reason, and scientific fact.
When people are trying to convince you about something that defies logic, they will tell you that you must suspend your logical thinking and simply believe and have faith. If it does not work, then they blame the failure on your lack of faith. For them it is win-win situation; if it works, they take credit, if it does not work, it is your fault.
People learn in many ways. They learn from experience; however, each person’s experience is miniscule when compared to all the experiences that have occurred over eons of human existence, and each person is only able to experience a small part of all the experiences that are available during his or her existence. People learn from others, such as parents, teachers, friends, pastors, etc. These are people who are trusted and assumed truthful, but that is not always the case; they may be trying to mislead, or they may actually believe that want they are telling you is the truth when in fact it is not the truth. People learn from television, radio, the Internet, newspapers, magazines, books, advertisements, and various other types of media; however, what they learn depends of how much they are able to retain and the value of the information depends on how much of the information is factual and objective. As politicians and others are well aware, if you state a lie enough times in enough places, people will come to believe it is the truth. So, when hearing or seeing information from any source, you should “Stop and Think!”
When you “Stop and Think!” about a concept, you will usually find there are many inconsistence in it. At some point, the inconsistencies mount until you must question the validity of the concept. As the inconsistencies continue to mount, at some point, you have to admit the concept is untrue or invalid.
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