Think for Yourself, Don’t be Sheep


  1. “Having your own mind, a critical and constructive ability, makes you aware of possibilities and threats. The “go along to get along” attitude represents a denial of your mentality. Recognizing the reasons for the evils and obstacles is an intrinsic part of moving toward your goals. Without a realistic view of where you are, you can’t expect to go anywhere.” Raymond Peat, PhD
  2. “Paranoia is an irrational belief that powerful forces are trying to harm you. It’s likely that at least as many people suffer from its opposite “trustanoia,” an irrational belief that those in power are working for your benefit. Authoratarianism involves irrational trust of “the authorities.” Raymond Peat, PhD
  3. “Professional opinion” can be propagated about 10,000 times faster than research can evaluate it, or, as C. H. Spurgeon said, “A lie travels round the world while Truth is putting on her boots.” Raymond Peat, PhD
  4. “…Scientific and medical practices often follow the authority of culture and indoctrination, instead of intelligently confronting the meaning of the evidence…” Raymond Peat, PhD
  5. “When we ask a question and find an answer, we are changed. Thinking with learning is a developmental process. But many people learn at an early age not to question. This changes the nature of subsequent learning and brain development.” Raymond Peat, PhD
  6. “Occasionally, someone complains that they ‘don’t want to read a lot of technical stuff.’ (These people prefer to do what ‘the authorities’ tell them. Where would the authorities be without them? I wouldn’t want to interfere in their relationships with the authorities, except that the system they sustain is tending to kill everyone)… Generally, physicians have found my writing to be more challenging than the average woman does, because my purpose is at odds with the medical culture, and women are realizing that much of the medical culture is at odds with them.” Raymond Peat, PhD
  7. “Professors of medicine see themselves as models of the authority that their students will need to apply in dealing with patients, and the physicians trained in the authoritarian style are likely to see their patients as recipients of their medical knowledge, rather than as occasions for listening and learning something new…Some patients find that their physician has little patience for their questions, but most patients don’t want to ask questions, because they have been taught to respect the authorities.” Raymond Peat, PhD
  8. “We are a nation of sheep, and someone else owns the grass.” George Carlin
  9. “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.” Benjamin Franklin
  10. “The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.” A.A. Milne, ‘War With Honour’ (1940)
  11. “To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky, ‘Crime and Punishment’
  12. “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.” Bob Marley
  13. “A lion of truth never assumes anything without validity. Assumptions are quick exits for lazy minds that like to graze out in the fields without bother.” Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem
  14. “Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?” Brigham Young
  15. “To be ’emotionally intelligent’, we need to have some awareness and consideration of what others may be thinking of us whilst not caring so much that it prevents us being effective and original human beings.” Mark Tyrrell, How to Stop Worrying What Other People Think

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