Do you ever read blogs, follow people on Twitter and friend people on Facebook that you disagree with? I’m not talking about crazies here, but mostly rational people that on certain topics, you might have a difference of opinion.
Most of what we see written online, sans scientific, or professional blogs, etc., are opinion. Sure there may be some scattered fact or other included, but do those facts add up to anything more than that persons opinion? Mostly not in my experience.
That’s why I take most of what I read online, or even read in the news, with a grain of salt. I won’t read one online article or blogpost and take what the author has written as gospel. I need more than one source and in fact, I want to look at dissenting sources as well.
What I see on occasion are people allowing others – hell, people they don’t even know – form their opinion for them. No critical thinking allowed here! Don’t question the smartest person in the room.
These types are nothing more that egotists and as long as their ego flame is fanned by their sycophants, the higher and more obnoxious they become. Sooner or later though, they make a mistake, say something so awful that even their most ardent disciples will desert them.
I always smile.
We need to start applying the basic principles of skepticism in our lives. Yeah, you hear me say that all the time.
Start thinking for yourself.