How NOT to be Sheep

How NOT to make an important life decision: “Let me check out what everyone else is doing. If everyone else is doing it, it must be right. If nobody else seems to be doing it, then it must be wrong.”

How to ACTUALLY make an important life decision: “What are the facts? What logically follows from all the facts I know? What are the different arguments offered for the possible courses of action, pro and con? Which conclusion do I accept responsibility for accepting?”

Never try to escape the responsibility of independent, rational judgment. It’s lazy, and it’s cowardly. It harms yourself, most of all. And yes, it’s bad for society too. Because if everyone is looking at what everyone else is doing, then NOBODY is making a rational decision. We all become a bunch of sheep, led to the slaughter because of our own refusal to THINK.

Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason

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