#Point2Ponder: Is Critical Thinking Dead?

thomas_paine-common_senseI am continually amazed at the lack of critical thinking exercised by the academic elite. Circular logic, ad hominem attack, and the ever so frequent “na na, I can’t hear you” responses are stunning.

I now understand why our framers found themselves engaging in eloquent bouts of sarcasm; it was their only way to maintain sanity while trying to reach the willingly ignorant. Is it just me or does it seem that the higher the education the less wisdom and greater incapability to critical thinking?

Thomas Paine leads off his essay The American Crisis, March 21, 1778 with this jewel:

“To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture. Enjoy, sir, your insensibility of feeling and reflecting. It is the prerogative of animals. And no man will envy you these honors, in which a savage only can be your rival and a bear your master.”

This is EXACTLY how I feel when I have these “discussions” with attorneys who seem to not only be happy in their utter servitude to the oligarchy of courts, but as a pathetic prisoner suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, even DEFEND their masters’ self acquired tyrannical prerogatives.

How can otherwise educated people be so colossally ignorant? How can such a large group of people be so blind to their own condition?

scotus rulers wsBest I can tell, its a matter of comfort and priority. They hold their entire identity and self worth in their education. Anything that challenges that paper doll must be rejected, refuted, and denied to maintain the illusion of their self-importance. Cognitive Dissonance.

As my husband is reading this, I know he is shaking his head. He is always telling me not to engage my time with the willingly ignorant on Facebook. But I am always hoping I can reach just one, or perhaps someone else reading can be helped.

So here is my conclusion after this ridiculously long Facebook conversation with this willful subject who claims to teach law.

Some people just like servitude. Some people will defend it to their last miserable enslaved breath. So I am done trying to reach those who have set aside reason. I am refocused on those who actually want to know the truth; those who actually want Liberty, and want to know what it is to actually be free. No matter what we do, no matter how much Liberty we preserve, there will always be people will go to great lengths to invent servitude for their own comfort.

Therefore, I am re-dedicating this ministry of #LibertyFirst to those who are seekers of truth, lovers of wisdom, and generous defenders of Liberty of all walks of life!

samuel adamsFor the rest, I will let Samuel Adams have the last word:

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude than the animating contest of freedom–go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!”