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Thursday, May 4, 2023

Moving Beyond Buzzwords: The Importance of Genuine Critical Thinking and Common Sense


As someone who has been in many heated debates (some might call them arguments), I can attest to the importance of critical thinking and common sense in our daily lives. However, I've noticed that these terms can mean different things to different people, and that not everyone uses them in the most productive way.

For instance, I once knew someone who claimed to value critical thinking and common sense, but only when it confirmed their pre-existing beliefs. To them, being right was more important than engaging in a productive discussion or learning from others.

But let's face it, we've all been there. We've all had moments where we desperately want to be right, whether it's about politics, religion, or the best way to make a grilled cheese sandwich. And changing our minds can be difficult, especially if it means admitting that we were wrong or facing the possibility of changing our deeply held beliefs.

However, I believe that true critical thinking and common sense require us to be willing to examine our beliefs and assumptions, and to consider new evidence and perspectives that may challenge them. This means being open-minded, curious, and willing to learn from others, even if it means facing some uncomfortable truths along the way.

Of course, this is easier said than done, and we all have our blind spots and biases that can make it hard to see things from different perspectives. But that's where humor can come in handy. As the great comedian George Carlin once said, "Scratch any cynic, and you will find a disappointed idealist."

So, let's all strive to approach every issue with a sense of humor and a willingness to learn from each other. Let's be open-minded, curious, and willing to change our minds when the evidence warrants it. And let's remember that being right isn't everything - sometimes the journey of discovery and learning is just as important as the destination.

In conclusion, critical thinking and common sense are more than just buzzwords - they are essential skills for navigating the complexities of our modern world. So let's all strive to cultivate these skills in our daily lives, and to approach every issue with an open mind and a sense of humor.

Thank you for reading, and until next time, keep thinking critically and using your common sense (and don't forget to laugh along the way)!

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