Truth or Consequences: Apocalypse Now

What we have here is a failure to communicate! Can’t we all just get along? Listen up, people! The major problem–the root of the probable impending global meltdown, Armageddon, apocalypse now (I’m talking “this is the end” and please God let it NOT be my only friend)–is the lack of clear headed, unbiased, fair and objective critical thinking and communication.

Do me a favor—do everyone a favor—get yourself to the nearest window now! Go, get up, get off your sofas, put down your laptops, and go to the window and yell: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!” Or better yet, post it on Facebook and Twitter and then close the window, put down your electronics, and go look in the nearest mirror and see if part of the problem isn’t yourself. That’s right. Get mad at yourself and start thinking more clearly. Wipe that supercilious smirk off your face and admit that you don’t know everything!

Thomas Sowell once asked a provocative question: “How would you know if what you believe is wrong?” I ask the same question to many of the clients for whom we’re doing dissertation editing or thesis editing. The assumption—a safe one statistically—is that not all your beliefs are right. So, assuming you just might be wrong about some things, how would you know that? What strategy, methods, or mechanism could alert you to your own incorrect positions? Critical thinking. Analytical thought patterns. A little more knowledge, maybe? A little less delusional fixation upon yourself? A loosening of that tenacious, lockjaw grip you’ve got on your beliefs, like you’re some demented bulldog deathgriping a denuded bone?

I’m not trying to insult anybody. I’m really not. My dissertation editing service wouldn’t survive if I made a habit of insulting my clients. I’m suggesting that the first step toward saving humanity is for every human being to repair the faulty wiring in their brains. I’ve done my homework, my due diligence, and I’m here to report that rational thinking itself is in short supply. Based on the thousands of Blog entries, CNN reports, and Newsweek and Time articles—just to name a few sources—I’ve read in the past few months, critical thinking is an endangered species. Fallacies, fairy tales, and flat out falsehoods predominate the media cloud—an apt metaphor for our blind flying through cyberspace’s relentless white noise of untruth and lies.

So, the state of the world has given me no choice. I can’t take it anymore. I’m throwing down the politically incorrect gauntlet, tossing my hat in the ring, weighing in on what’s right, wrong, and somewhere in between. I welcome your feedback, comments, and voices. Give me a take that doesn’t suck. Just the facts, folks. That’s your challenge. That’s my challenge. What the world needs now is facts, sweet facts.

Check out my last series of Blogs on Critical Thinking (this blog is the Prequel).