Day in and day out, we are pummeled with jargon, sales speak, scams, spam, false advertising, political double talk, and more mis-information. This false information is dangerous. It creates an environment where injustice can be justified, where people can be taken advantage of, where poor quality can break through, where false experts gain credibility, and where poor decisions can be made. The superhero’s job is to fight against such ignorance.

The weapon of choice: Critical Thinking.

According to the Foundation for Critical Thinking, critical thinking is defined as:

Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. In its exemplary form, it is based on universal intellectual values that transcend subject matter divisions: clarity, accuracy, precision, consistency, relevance, sound evidence, good reasons, depth, breadth, and fairness.

In more basic terms, thinking critically means that you:

  • know where to go for information
  • look at multiple sources
  • assess the credibility of the source
  • identify any bias in the source
  • synthesize the information to draw your own conclusion based on your values, needs, experience, knowledge, and rules of logic

This is how a superhero sees through the B.S. to the truth, and follows their heart (and their head) even when it’s not popular. They have compared the arguments and “facts” put to the public, located additional and more valid sources of information, and reached their own answers through careful research, analysis, and logical application. As superheroes, I urge you to fight against ignorance, sift through the crap, and find the truth buried beneath so it can come to light.  Nothing is more dangerous than a lie, but for some reason nothing is as hard to hear as the truth. We have to change that.

Tell me, what lie have you uncovered lately and what did you do to bring the truth to light?