Let’s Start Teaching Ourselves How to Think Instead of Being Told What to Think

Right now our government is doing more to indoctrinate us than to educate us. In fact, that has been the case for quite some time. We’re being told to accept authority as truth instead of truth as authority, and our teachers talk at the students instead of with them.

We have become repeaters of information. We are merely regurgitating everything we learned to our children, and perpetuating the recycling of information; information that has managed to evade scrutiny for generations. We’re no longer the masters of our own learning, but instead, our minds are being treated as storage containers.

The factory is churning out obedient workers for the system, encouraged to conform every step of the way. We are not being treated as organic, creative, investigative human beings, but instead as parts in the machine. The education system is filtering out the inquisitive nature of our being, with the ultimate goal being to prevent dissent against the system. The system doesn’t want thinkers. It doesn’t want people to question its methods. It wants a population that can be easily manipulated and controlled so as to relinquish all its power to the elite.

There are those who say that critical thinking skills cannot be taught in schools. Socrates would likely scoff at that notion, were he still alive today. It was Socrates who said, “I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think.”

If we’re going to solve the problem, we have to learn to begin asking questions instead of giving answers. Real learning is achieved through the investigative process. We have to be encouraged to search for the answers. In every facet of our educational pursuits, it becomes crucial to begin an open dialogue, to encourage healthy debate and to form our own conclusions.

The importance of this philosophy cannot be underestimated. In a world where most of humanity is running on the treadmill with the blinders on, it is paramount that we re-evaluate our own perspectives from time to time, and look at the big picture.

What this philosophy does is it gets us thinking, it gets us questioning, and it gets us contemplating. Without these skills, humanity will continue to function on autopilot, and we will allow those in power to continue to dominate, oppress and enslave us in every way.

We need to reclaim our own minds…

Are you awake yet?