“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
One does not need to believe anything, but one can consider everything.
It is important to balance the intake of “brain food” just as one does in
nourishing ones body with nutrients contained in whole foods.
If all ones information is from the mainstream media then one will be
subjected to misinformation and subliminal programming.
As there are only a few hours a day when one has time to get informed it is important to choose quality sources for information.
Sadly the mainstream media by their own admission is PR.
It is to a large part the information one consumes that forms ones perception of reality. One can choose to live in a reality based on lies and deceit or one can choose to live in a reality based on evidence that it is peer reviewed and where there is a meeting of minds.
Stop believing and start thinking and considering all relevant information.
Avoid corporate media.
If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re un-informed. If you do read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed. – Mark Twain
Men are normally dogmatic in their judgements. But Keats rejects dogmatism as an obstacle to the proper development of the mind. “The only means of strengthening one’s intellect,” he asserts, “is to make up one’s mind about nothing — to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts.” “Stubborn arguers,” he maintains, are all of “the same brood. They never begin a subject they have not pre-resolved on. They want to hammer their nail into you and if you turn the point, still they think you wrong.”  According to Keats, the genuine truth seeker is a man “capable of being in uncertainties. Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason.” He defines such a human quality as “Negative Capability.”  This quality also involves the loss of self-identity and the submitting of oneself to things