Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Followers

It is amazing to talk or read people who consider themselves to be independent thinkers to find that they are really parrots. Yes parrots. They simply repeat popular sayings, thoughts, and philosophies simply because they are the current trend.

When you discuss almost any key topic with them they flounder when challenged on why they think the way they do. They have no depth of thought, no personalization of the topic, and they produce arguments which are not thought out or do not support their contention.

In short they really don't think they just parrot what they read in the paper, watch on TV, or find on the Internet. They are not independent thinkers because they don't think about the topics they just digest what they are fed.

Thinking is a skill that needs to be practiced to become good at it. People who have thinking skills do not usually think that their viewpoint is necessarily the "truth" but an ongoing exploration open to question and revision. They are prepared to listen and discuss.

In boils down to the fact that the second you don't think then you follow. Something to think about.

Your thoughts?

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4 conversations:

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

You must be referring to those folks that have mastered critical thinking. Those are the folks that question any fad or trend and come up with their own conclusions. Very well done Peter. :)

Peter Haslam said...

Yes sandee as you have often demonstrated :)

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i used to be quick with my thoughts or opinions but not so much any more. i don't think i parrot others as much as just sit and listen now. and think. funny, huh?

smiles, bee

Peter Haslam said...

Bee listening is not following as you do go your own way :)