Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Authenticity I

What Would Aristotle Do?

The power of reason.

Socrates, the teacher of Plato, is well known for having said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  We might revise this a bit and say that the unexamined life is likely to come with a lot of regrets and a hell of a lot of stress.  Examine your life!

This blog is devoted to talking about how you can think critically about life issues.  The first principle of critical thinking is to believe things only on evidence.  In his classic essay, W.K. Clifford remarked, "It is wrong in all cases to believe on insufficient evidence; and where it is presumption to doubt and to investigate, there it is worse than presumption to believe." In other words, question, question, and question before believing.  A successful life requires you to be a detective.  This doesn’t mean that you should go to the extreme and believe nothing.  This extreme can leave you in the same boat: not taking constructive actions to move your life forward.  As Aristotle admonished, don’t go to extremes; you’re likely to act wrongly.

People do not fall into tidy categories of leader or follower.  Lead yourself.  Ask questions.  Get the facts before you decide to believe and act. Think for yourself!