On being intellectually honest.

One of the sometimes unpleasant thing about being intellectually honest is honoring the work of people we disagree with ideologically. That means listening to the entire speech, reading the entire book, and being objective about the context of the message, and then deciding if they are correct, if they are convincing, or even if they are sincere.

I’ve been asking myself if people are being deliberately misleading because they believe the ends justify the means or if they are merely victims of disinformation. I know that it’s not necessarily that simple.. but the short answer is, there’s a lot of both.

The late Jim Rohn talked about the importance of being a student — not a follower. We have to think for ourselves, or someone else will do it for us; and we may not like THEIR plan for OUR life.


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