Critical Thinking

In the aftermath of last evening’s debate, as well as the two prior debates, I was appalled. I was not surprised, but it was blatantly evident that our society has lost much in simple courtesy and civility.

It is no wonder that our children, as a generation, seem disrespectful. Two candidates for the highest office in the land spent three evenings arguing with each other, interrupting one another, and outright lying to the public as well as about each other.

It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I am a conservative at heart. But the “conservative” candidate is not my idea of a role model. Then again, neither is the liberal candidate. Both have many shortcomings.

Too many of the pertinent issues have been hidden behind all the noise of the campaign. It will take much critical thinking to sort out the wheat from the chaff.

Our children need to be taught how to think critically. They need to be able to sift the noise from the truth and make well-reasoned decisions. Following the crowd – or the polls – without weighing the consequences is destructive.

A national election should be a win-win proposition, with the people choosing between two good candidates, not simply the lesser of two evils.

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  ~~  II Chronicles 7:14 ( KJV)

God help us.

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3 thoughts on “Critical Thinking

  1. Each of these encounters were bare knuckle, no holds barred, brawls. They were reduced to that level, early on, by one party’s refusal to abide by any of the agreed upon rules of engagement which were plainly stated by the moderators at the beginning of each event. None of the moderators, lacking whistles, flags or penalties, were able to exercise control or restrain the breaches in any meaningful way. While no one has had an ear bitten off or an eye gouged out, too many times these debates have devolved into 3 way shouting matches, violent, incoherent, verbal barrages flung in every direction, demoralizing to hear, and a disgrace to our political debate tradtion. I disagree that this election has been about choosing the ‘lesser of two evils’ although that has been the dominant media theme. It has been instead a contest between a party fielding a flawed career politician as the first woman to be a candidate for president and a party on the verge of internal civil war fielding a billionaire misogynist entertainer as a candaidate, neither one being inherently evil. What is ‘evil’ is, as you said, the abdication of our responsibilities as citizens to be critical thinkers, to employ as many of the tools as this information laden culture gives us to determine what is a likely fact and what is propaganda; to always be the doubter of the scintillating or outrageous until it’s proven true or false, and to be the questioners, even when we hope what we are hearing is true.

  2. Thank you, Edith and Sally, for your comments. The purpose of this blog is to get people to think. As I have said before (partly tongue in cheek), if you must vote for a “madam president”, you have permission to write in my name.

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