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The world does not pay for what a person knows. But it pays for what a person does with what he knows.
-- Laurence Lee


Thursday, October 22, 2020

Think for yourself

What’s in the news are problems other people have decided you should know about. What’s in the news is not an accurate depiction of life.

What’s on your screen are words and pictures precisely chosen to influence your thoughts, your actions, your beliefs, your feelings, your values. In that realm, what appear to be choices are just slightly differing pathways to the same outcome.

Information is a tool that you can use to your own great benefit and to the benefit of many, many others. Yet the power of information can also be used against you.

That doesn’t mean you have to be cynical. It does mean you must be diligent.

The information that will empower you is the information you seek out, and verify, and work to understand at a fundamental level. Everything else that gets pushed into your awareness is designed to lead you astray.

It’s your job to transform information into wisdom, and wisdom into a rich and meaningful life. Your very own positive possibilities are too magnificent to outsource that job to anyone else.

— Ralph Marston

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