A man at a desk looking at several pieces of information that seem to be floating in the air in front of him.

I Can Fix Myself

“We instinctively believe what other people tell us, even with no corroboration. We are especially credulous about statistics or other information that sounds like objective facts” (Huemer 56). Credulous means a great readiness to believe things. 

I don’t know about you, but I’m fascinated by the large amount of disinformation circulating. People are willing to change their ideologies based on a single unfounded Tweet or a biased news story. 

I’m guilty of getting swept up in a crowd, letting my emotions get the best of me, and acting on poorly vetted sources. I’m guilty of letting religious, political, and cultural inclinations get the best of me.

I can’t fix the world, but I can fix myself. I can learn to be more skeptical, rigorous, and thoughtful. I can put space between a news story and my response. I can postpone judgment until I’ve gathered sound facts. I can sleep on it, get more sources, and measure my words.

I can learn to be more rational in this world. So, how about it? Will you join me?

Until tomorrow, read slowly – take notes – apply the ideas.


Works Cited:

Huemer, Michael. Knowledge, Reality, and Value. Michael Huemer, 2021.

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