Wise in our own eyes
What “Question everything” is about:
In the same vein as my chapter on the Education of Zombies, by Zombies, I stress the importance of questioning everything you hear, everything you’re taught, and even everything you “think” you know, and doing this on a consistent basis throughout your life’s journey. There are many people and “powers that be” that want you to believe certain things to be true, which aren’t. They have a strong interest in keeping you misinformed, dumb, and lazy. Their vested interests typically take the form of either power, money, or both.
I can’t stress enough the importance of being proactive in your consumption of news and information. You should always seek out multiple sources for your news and information, never relying on just one. A big reason for the world’s problems is that too many people “trust” the news that agrees with their own pre-formed opinions. We do this because it makes us feel validated, and comforted.
Well I have a news bulletin of my own for you: The Truth doesn’t care if it validates your opinions or whether it comforts you. The Truth simply is. No matter how hard we try, we cannot change Truth to match our feelings and opinions.
So question everything that crosses your path. And yes, that includes questioning your elders, your teachers, your politicians, your pastor, even your parents. (Except my kids, they shouldn’t question their parents…) But in all seriousness, simply don’t take anything as absolute truth without at least checking several sources for yourself.
A lot of wars, deaths, and misery in this world stem from not enough people questioning what “they” tell us to believe.
“Society’s morality is not necessarily superior to my own.” ~ Leo Buscaglia
“No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it. A man is to carry himself in the presence of all opposition, as if every thing were titular and ephemeral but he. I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions. Every decent and well-spoken individual affects and sways me more than is right. I ought to go upright and vital, and speak the rude truth in all ways.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson