The starting point to freedom is to begin questioning the cultural narrative you have been sold. — Bryant McGill
Freedom is the basis for a healthy society. There are many levels or types of freedom. It all begins with freedom of thought. The next level is freedom of expression. Once we have the freedom to speak and express ideas, then it can grow into the freedom of behavior. Healthy freedom does not interfere or harm others. Healthy freedom does not show favoritism or sectarianism.
You can tell when a culture is trying to hide its intentions. It doesn’t come out and say we are a fascist regime, it will fight against anti-Fascism. It will stop you from questioning the cultural narrative that supports fascism and corruption.
When corruption and favoritism exist, not everyone can be free. This is why we should not blindly accept the fairy tales that are presented as facts by the culture. We should be skeptical and doubtful. This is the only way to expose and right the wrongs of an unjust system.
What you believe about things that cannot be proven should not be used as a measure for other people who do not join in your beliefs. Superstition and mythology should not be the source of policies which govern our society, but unfortunately, that is the case.
Questioning the Cultural Narrative
This is the starting point to freedom. Some see this as the first step of the awakening process. It requires courage and personal resolve. You will encounter resistance as you question the stories we are told.
People protect their ideas about our culture. Start by questioning what you believe. If you are outspoken, you may become marginalized and isolated from your current circle of friends. Your family may distance themselves or even reject you. Once you question the folklore and superstition of the culture, people will notice.
People protect their cultural narrative or national folklore. They believe the narrative, even if they don’t know the facts. Investigating the facts can be a difficult undertaking. In some cultures, you may even put yourself in physical danger.
As a heretic or an outcast, you may find it the path of solitude is the best and only option. However, you will find that freedom is worth the cost. Don’t be like most people, question everything.
Begin Questioning What You Believe
Critical thinking is based on a foundation of logic. This is part of a holistic approach for developing the mind, body, and spirit. Enhancing your critical thinking also includes doing what’s right for your health. That means every day can be a starting point to freedom.
If you are going to investigate anything, you need the right tools. We recommend starting with the study of logical reasoning. This will give you a foundation of understanding of deductive and inductive logic. It gives an understanding of the correct use of these types of arguments and premises. They help us understand how language is used to sell us everything from products to ideologies.
Next, we recommend the study of two other related mental tools for spotting logical fallacy and logical axioms. The tool for spotting logical fallacy outlines the common misuse of logic. The logical axioms help us spot other ploys and tactics that can deceive or mislead us. Another important tool for questioning the cultural narrative is comparative analysis.
A comparative analysis is a systematic approach to comparative religious research. This approach is based on the scientific model that compares ideas and beliefs from different worldviews and religions. It is what you need to begin questioning what you believe. This process introduces the challenge of comparing their beliefs to other worldviews. Here we also learn why is it so important to use emotional checks. It helps to research with the least amount of bias and prejudice.
Above all, the use of logical reasoning and comparative analysis will sharpen your ability to discern facts from fiction. So, these aren’t just for research. You’ll find a use for these tools every day. Besides their use of religion, politics, these tools are helpful with TV and Radio newscasts.
An emotional check is a process to assess emotional equilibrium. It helps to minimize the effects that our emotions have on our ability to assess and analyze data. Stopping to assess ensures we minimize internal bias.
Any time you engage in spiritual research, we recommend the use of emotional checks. This is a process to help you stay as unbiased as possible. When you are questioning the cultural narrative, it will bring up some strong emotions.
Emotional checks will reduce stress and increase the accuracy of our research. So, think of it as a safety net. It will catch us when we fall into emotional distress. This is because when we face ideas conflicting with our current opinion, it creates a dilemma. We instinctively react to protect our sacred ground. You don’t want to research while in a state of distress.
Starting Point to Freedom
When we begin questioning the national folklore, one thing we discover is how much effort they spend on denying our spiritual side. The cultural narrative suppresses and demonizes information about anything that threatens their control.
This could not be more true than the way it promotes the counterfeit worldviews which distract us from the inner journey. They want to make sure that what you believe supports their superstition and mythology.
We are creatures who have an undeniable drive to explore the unknown. But, the national folklore does not support this quest. It presents us with the counterfeit of Western organized religion. These are the religions of Semitic origin, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.
There are many varieties within the Abrahamic religions (1). They all sell a version of the afterlife as a way of diverting us from exploring the unknown existential fear of death. There is a more direct way to explore the unknown. We call this approach spiritual exploration using a variety of spiritual technologies.
Don’t settle for what you believe, start questioning the cultural narrative, and don’t stop. Question everything including the government, religion, cultural standards, commercial practices on all levels. This will bring about the real independence of thought, even if you cannot fully exercise it in all actions. Many people undertake this journey solo or with others on the same mission.
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(1) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia