ON BEING A (BETTER) CRITICAL THINKER
Do not try to control anyone except yourself
If you give up dominating others
You learn to respect each person
When you manage yourself
Your desires will be more moderate
And you will learn humility
Learn to identify options for solving problems
What info do I need? Which is best? And why?
Remember worry is negative while action is positive
Learn to be a citizen of the world
Study problems and solutions
From other cultures’ perspectives
Study what is news and entertainment
News is history and economics
While entertainment is sex and violence
Understand the difference between sex and love
Between freedom fighters and terrorists
Between collateral damage and the killing of innocents
Know the difference between faith and facts
And between believe and can
Know the five most important goals of your friend
Who do you blame for the failures in your life?
Ex-spouse, lover, parents, siblings?
Ex-bosses, co-workers? friends? Or yourself?
Do not be ethnocentric, intolerant, arrogant, biased
Do read, listen, help others, reflect, evolve
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