The importance of critical thinking should not be overlooked.
But the older I get the more rarely I seem to encounter it – that or time is playing tricks on me.
It is less
It is more that doing so is not being even considered.
One would rather simply finish the workday tired, go home and have a drink, and maybe catch-up on Netflix before going to bed.
I know margin can be hard to find, but we should not let it create a culture of thoughtlessness.
But maybe this is simply an issue that only an academic would worry about.
Most are just trying to put food on the table for their family, after all.
This is what thinking is: not the decision itself but what goes into the decision, the consideration, the assessment. It’s testing your own responses and weighing the available evidence; it’s grasping, as best you can and with all available and relevant senses, what is, and it’s also speculating, as carefully and responsibly as you can, about what might be. And it’s knowing when not to go it alone, and whom you should ask for help.
-Alan Jacobs, How To Think
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