What Everybody Needs to Know About Thinking for Yourself


Thinking for yourself is not about following every whimsical notion and desire and doing just as you please.

Thinking for yourself means doing your utmost to work out how you should act and then being willing to take responsibility for those actions.

We need to learn how to take in information – including the opinions and views of others – process this information and then apply it.  This is thinking for oneself.

In the past it was hard to access information – now the opposite is true.  Now the challenge is learning to think so that information can be translated into knowledge. Now everyone is both entitled and required to contribute to the generation and application of knowledge.

What everybody needs to know about thinking is that it’s no longer someone else’s job so, it really is time we all learned to truly think for ourselves.

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Photograph – Rural school children, San Augustine County, Texas, USA. Library of Congress collection – – http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0093009/photos/library_of_congress/2179121471/