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Independent Thinking

“We don’t need no education, We don’t need no thought control, No dark sarcasm in the classroom, Teachers leave them kids alone” Roger Waters 

Independent thinking is something that all children should learn. Unfortunately, our education is a lot of memorization and regurgitating, think about it. 

Thinking photoI just read a novel by  Robert A. Heinlein called Double Star. It was the first of four novels in a collection from 1956 to 1958, which was the height of the Cold War. So in reading the book, I am looking for certain things beyond the story. I am looking for propaganda.

I first got acquainted with Robert A. Heinlein from his book Stranger In A Strange Land. I never finished the book but at that time I found out he was an officer in the United States Navy. This is not surprising or unusual. Let me say that the story was both well written and entertaining. More than that the plot was unique. I found the book exciting and as I writer I was impressed that the violence was minimal.

The book was about an actor serving as a double for a political figure. The figure was depicted as a noble statesman where his followers were also noble. I find this concept hard to accept in a world where I see politicians as ruthless liars. So there is a message that we should trust our government.  Secondly, the political party endorsed free trade. This aspect was not a major element but a mere sidenote. I thought it quite convenient in a capitalistic country that the author uplifts the pure ideals of capitalism in his heroes.

Now comes the subtle point of evil! In the book the ‘Expansionist Party,’ the good guys state that they want their party to be like the ‘white men’ except for what they did in Asia and Africa. What is my problem with that? They fail to count for the evils of North America, South America and Australia where the genocide was far more efficient than in Asia and Africa. To me, the omission was glaring.

It reminds me of the book I read about an escapee from a North Korean prison camp. The author correctly pointed out that the length of the existence of the camps was far longer than the gulags of Stalin or the camps of Hitler. What the American author failed to compare the prison camps to was slavery in America. With an American audience, I would or at least should be most familiar with slavery in my own country. Of course, such a comparison would destroy the author’s point as slavery lasted far longer than the North Korean prison camps. Furthermore, slavery was far worse. I base this on the fact that the detainee in the North Korean prison camp was taught to read and write, something forbidden for slaves.

There is a difference of course between fact and fiction but both can have agendas.

If one really wants to discover the truth one must be very honest. Did Christopher Columbus discover the ‘new world’? The answer is absolutely not, there were perhaps two hundred million people living in one is now called “North America.” To insist the Columbus discovered America is a racist lie. But why is it taught? Because it keeps the myth alive, that this was a great wilderness full of ‘merciless savages’. That ‘merciless savages’ is a quote from Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration Of Independence. Ironic how the ‘founding father’ is so disparaging to the Native Americans from whom the constitution was plagiarized.

Here’s something to contemplate. Did the Greek philosophers create their own ideas? I highly doubt it. Most likely they stole their ideas from African thinkers. Think about it. If they could have built the great pyramids, a feat we probably couldn’t do today, what else did they come up with?

Why is the most prominent story about the wars going on is the surprise return of the serviceman to his child? You know the one, where the son or daughter is surprised by the return of the mom and dad. Why don’t we ever see the funerals of the fallen soldiers or get reports of the military campaigns? The truth is, if you think about it, that we are no waging wars but rather are occupying countries. What’s the difference? Think about it. It has been seventeen years since 911 and it took less time to win World War 2.

Thinking will challenge your view of reality. It will make life more interesting. If you really seek out the truth you will examine different points of view that conflict with what you were taught to believe. Why do you believe in Jesus instead of Budha? Do you even know the teachings of either?

I’ll leave you with this one final thought. I recall learning that one of the reasons for the Vietnam War was the domino theory. That is if communism wasn’t stopped in Vietnam that all the countries would fall into the red one by one like dominoes. My question is if communism is so terrible why did they possess such great power? Think about it.

Here is my science fiction book that will make you think. Dark Matters is, in fact, three novellas. Check it out. https://amzn.to/2xajubW

 

Independent Thinking

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.


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Kaniecki, J. (2018). Independent Thinking. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 20, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/fragments/2018/09/independent-thinking/

 

Last updated: 12 Sep 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 12 Sep 2018
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