Overlooked prepping skill: critical thinking
So many preppers have stockpiles of food and water, generators, and even extra ammunition. While these preps are great, they must accompany the overlooked (and not taught in public schools) skill of critical thinking.
We’ve all heard the phrase “children are not taught how to think, but what to think” when it comes to public school education/indoctrination. Making the mistake of not learning how to think critically outside of your personal beliefs could be a problem in a survival situation. It is vital that preppers understand the concept of critical thinking.
Critical thinking is the ability to think in an organized and rational manner in order to understand connections between ideas and/or facts. It helps you decide what to believe in. In other words, it’s “thinking about thinking”—identifying, analyzing, and then fixing flaws in the way we think. For example, instead of being told you must say the Pledge of Allegiance and immediately follow the order, you contemplate why you were given that command.
A set of morals often arises once critical thinking is applied. But that’s not the only added benefit. Knowing what to do, and how to go about it in a survival situation is another. You could have all the preps in the world, but not knowing how to use them or the reason why it’s in your stash, to begin with, could be a huge pitfall.
Thinking for yourself outside of what you’ve been told is critical in survival. But how do you teach yourself this powerful and overlooked skill? Start by questioning everything. Don’t just believe something because it’s being said by an athlete, politician, or celebrity. These people are known to only promote things that add to their own power and wealth. No politician will advance freedom because that would mean they’ve got to give up some power. This and other skills are vital to understand especially if we ever face a massive societal collapse.
The book titled Think for Yourself: A Critical Thinking Workbook for Beginners expertly lays out ways to improve the skill that’s vital to survival.
We all hear that old line that children are only taught what to think, not how to think. Today’s chaotic and reactionary society is a case study for why this is a tragedy. Childhood education is lacking the most fundamental building block for the development of rational adults; deliberate instruction in critical thinking. Critical thinking is one of the most important skills we can develop. It is highly prized by employers and it is how we can take proactive control of our own lives, but it isn’t taught in a cohesive fashion to young people. After searching for an unbiased/apolitical homeschool lesson plan on the subject and coming up empty-handed, the author developed her own lesson plan and is now sharing it with anyone who may find it useful. This workbook aims to expose beginners to some of the most foundational concepts underpinning this crucial skill in a few concise chapters, including: deductive, inductive, and abductive reasoning, logical fallacies, first principles, and more. A basic format for critical thinking is laid out in steps, followed by practice pages and room for the reader to record research resources. Students are encouraged to use this no-frills workbook as a starting point then research the topic independently in order to foster the development of their own critical thinking skills. This title is a solid first step on a life-long journey of discovery and capability. Give yourself or your children the gift of clarity and empowerment. It is indispensable in today’s world. Intended for independent learners.
“Governments don’t want a population capable of critical thinking, they want obedient workers, people just smart enough to run the machines and just dumb enough to passively accept their situation.” –George Carlin
“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.” –H.L. Mencken