“It’s not what we don’t know that gets us in trouble, it’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.” -Mark Twain
The quote above applies to me and you, my friend! Stick with me for 3 minutes – you’ll be glad you did.
Our opinions, beliefs, and most deeply held convictions are formed as we mature from infancy to adulthood by our experiences and by the information we receive. We interpret new experiences and classify new information within the context of what we already know, or think we know. The reality of our situation is that along life’s travels we have received and internalized false information, much of it early in our lives when we had little or no critical thinking skills, and it became part of our foundation of belief. Haphazardly stacking new knowledge onto a faulty foundation will only compound the problem.
The public education system is a primary source of false information during our formative years. H. L. Mencken observed, “The most erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence… Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians… and that is its aim everywhere else.”
It takes great moral courage to admit that some of our deepest beliefs are wrong and we don’t even know which ones. It requires humility, wisdom, and a sincere desire to replace error with truth to overcome this obstacle but doing so will open doors to tremendous intellectual and spiritual progress. Very few people possess the strength of character to undertake this journey, instead choosing to follow the herd and live in a constant state of low-level psychological turbulence caused by the mental chaos of a random collection of conflicting beliefs.
For those who wish to proceed: Here are two specific things you can do to begin to align your worldview with universal truth.
1: Take control of your intellect. Choose a starting point that represents what you want to rebuild your foundation on. For example, “There is a God and He represents absolute truth.” Measure everything else you believe against this standard. Keep an open mind (that’s the whole point) and listen to arguments that you previously considered settled. Be completely honest with yourself. Wherever you find conflict, make a thoughtful effort to find the truth of the matter. Replace conflict with harmony. Make this a habit. Restructure the framework of your belief system. Within a short time you will view your past self as a wanderer in darkness.
2: Take a giant shortcut. Take advantage of the successful efforts of incredible individuals like Thomas Woods (pictured above), Brion McClanahan, and others whose goals are to provide you with an actual education to replace the harmful indoctrination you received in public school. Learn about the ideas that led to mankind’s greatest accomplishments, ideas that inspire imagination and greatness instead of conformity, ideas that elevate and expand your thoughts beyond the narrowly controlled thoughts of the herd. Be inspired by true history to value freedom instead of being manipulated into demanding your own enslavement. The education I’m referring to is called Liberty Classroom and it consists of several short (eight- to ten-hour) on-line courses plus lengthy courses on Western Civilization and Introduction to Government totaling several hundred lectures. If you choose to purchase this package, would you kindly use my affiliate link as I’m a great supporter of and believer in this work. Tip: a great course to start with is The 10 Worst and 10 Best Presidents. This is a fun course that dramatically demonstrates how the false public education version of history manipulates the masses into supporting tyranny.
I hope my suggestions and the opportunity to get the education you should have but did not receive enriches your life as much as mine.