#13 In a Time of Great Responsibility

 

 

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Einstein saw how easily people are deceived. 


1.  People often form strikingly strong opinions from minimal information. 

You can't resist outside forces if you can't recognize them. Saying "I don't know" and giving yourself time to reflect gives you a chance to see more clearly. Otherwise you remain caught in a prison you don't even know exists. 
 

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Isn't it amazing you think these are different colors? If you can be mistaken about what you see with your eyeballs, think of all the different ways you're mistaken when active forces like propaganda and politicians try to deliberately mislead you. 
 

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This excellent five minute video by Stephen Fry explains concepts like the Freedom Quotient (FQ) and how curiosity is one of the most empowering qualities you can cultivate to give yourself a chance to become more free from deception. 
 

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2. How would your life change if you reimagined all the hard things in your life as teachers waiting to make you more powerful? 

When heaven is about to confer a great responsibility on any man, it will exercise his mind with suffering, subject his sinews and bones to hard work, expose his body to hunger, put him to poverty, place obstacles in the path of his deeds, so as to stimulate his mind, harden his nature, and improve wherever he is incompetent.  ~Mencius


3. Wisdom Pin-up: 

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