Delusion – critical thinking is a life skill

Things that  “everyone knows” are often incorrect.

Here are a few examples from daily, American life:

  • “Everybody knows” going outside in winter with wet hair will cause one to catch cold
  • “Everybody knows” that breast cancer is the number one killer of women in the US
  • “Everybody knows” that vaccines cause autism.

In these three instances, what “everybody knows” is incorrect.  Colds are caused by viruses, and while there may be some correlation between being outdoors in the cold with wet hair and weakening one’s immune system, there is no direct correlation between wet heads and catching a cold virus.  Likewise, the number one killer of women in the US is actually heart disease, and the link between vaccines and autism in children was recently noted as being non-existent.

What is true for daily life is also true for pagans: the things that “everybody knows” are often incorrect.  Believing things that are proven to be incorrect leads one down the path of inaccuracy and self-delusion.

(It also leads to some interesting labeling – as a playgan, or a fluffy bunny, or a darkfluff, or a “speshul [sic] snowflake”…the options are almost infinite.)

With that in mind, dear reader, I’m giving you an assignment.  Below is a list of five things “all pagans know”.

  • Wicca is an ancient religion.
  • ‘An it harm none, do what ye will’ means that one can do anything as long as it doesn’t hurt others.
  • The Christians stole Christmas from Pagans.
  • It isn’t possible to be a pantheist and a polytheist at the same time.
  • Paganism is a religion.

Read the list and take some time to research just one.  Believe me, you won’t be disappointed…and, who knows?  You may pick up some additional knowledge to boot.

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4 responses to “Delusion – critical thinking is a life skill

  1. Loved your post! I really hope that your readers will go and check these facts (I have to admit that I was guilty of taking some of these facts for real, as well).

  2. Love this 🙂 Especially the Christmas one – that is my favorite. Though, I am still a fan of Christmas … mmm… I love the smell of Yuletide greens.

  3. Wonderful post! If everyone could approach – essentially – everything in life (no matter their spiritual interests) with this same spark of personal skepticism, and choose to seek truth while listening to their inner voices of rationality, there would probably be much less misinformation, warring and conflict in the world.

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