See why the world needs more freethinkers. Learn how to become one.
What is a Freethinker?
Leo Tolstoy (1) is the first to use this term to describe someone who can think and reason with the least cultural interference.
Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking. ― Leo Tolstoy
A Freethinker is someone with the courage and ability to step beyond their own worldview. They are adept at identifying bias and prejudice in their thinking and the cultural narrative. They cultivate critical thinking and observational skills. It is not a belief system but a lifestyle of investigation. This lifestyle results in a balance of intuitive and analytical reasoning. It’s the best of both worlds, which creates a well-rounded, healthy skeptical mindset.
Why We Need More Freethinkers!
- There are three goals or reasons why we need more people to think freely.
- We need people who can identify and reject the negative bias and prejudice in their thinking and the cultural narrative.
- The world needs logic and reason to confront the enemies of progress.
- Better decisions based on verifiable facts is good for everyone.
Some people think these goals or guidelines are impossible to reach. If this is your conclusion, then you are right. It means you are not in a place where you can move beyond the cultural narrative’s programming boundaries. Many people find themselves in this situation. Self-hypnosis and group hypnosis prevent many from considering anything beyond their closely held bias and prejudice.
However, if you think these guidelines are attainable, you are also right. It is possible to break the shackles of the cultural narrative. We need more freethinkers who can do this. More Leaders who are open-minded and not persuaded by religious bias and prejudice.
Common sense and logic underly this level of perception. If you ask most people, they would say I use common sense. But is this really the case?
The definition of reason and common sense are becoming fuzzy. We only see what we expect. If we are under the cultural narrative’s influence, we automatically reflect its bias and prejudice. In this case, we assume many things that are not factual. They are value judgments on a sliding scale.
For instance, ask a group of people if they are law-abiding citizens. 100% will answer yes, but then ask them if they went over the speed limit in the last week? Most people would say yes because we all break some human-made law at least once a day.
Thinking with more clarity is about moving beyond the cultural narrative, but this isn’t easy to do.
Why are there so Few Freethinkers?
People live under the constant bombardment of propaganda. We are constantly being programmed not to think in terms of common sense or logic.
If we are to shift perception, we must first fix the negative programming. This requires diligent and regular inner work. Inner work involves the use of one or more consciousness-expanding techniques. Stepping outside of the programmed messages, suspending our constant internal chatter, is like a reset button for the mind.
The Mind is a Muscle
The mind is like a muscle. It needs to be training to be strong. People do resistance training to build the strength of their muscles. So, a Freethinker learns to train their brain. They study and practice the use of reason and logic. You don’t need advanced mathematics to understand when an argument is likely true or false. The world disparately needs more freethinkers to society’s complex problems.
Practicing inductive logic and other analytical methodologies will give you a huge edge in life. They refer to processes with these qualities as the scientific method.
What is the Scientific Method?
Science doesn’t care what you believe. Instead, it bases conclusions on evidence. The scientific method is a systematic way of exploring and investigating phenomena.
Humankind uses this method to gain new knowledge or correct and integrate previous knowledge. The scientific method has given the world all of its modern conveniences. We can describe this process of inquiry in six steps:
- Make an observation
- Record and communicate the observation accurately as possible
- Form questions concerning what we observe to find out more
- Form a hypothesis based on the evidence and what it could mean
- Conduct an experiment
- Analyze the data and draw conclusions.
These Six Steps either confirm the hypothesis or lead us to more questions. The ability to make good observations is also essential for personal development. A skeptical mindset provides the foundation to learn other important skills.
Although procedures vary from one field of inquiry to another, they share the same features of the process above. Here’s a suite of three processes to help you discern the facts from the fiction.
The first tool to help sort out the facts is logical reasoning. It is the backbone of critical thinking.
Next, the logical axioms. These axioms are formulas to help you understand logical and illogical arguments. The last toolset will help you spot logical fallacies. This outlines the most common tactics to misuse logic. These are the antidotes for the sickness of negative bias and prejudice within the dominant cultural narrative.
How to Become a Freethinker
Learning to be open-minded requires a multidisciplinary approach. But don’t worry. You can use several processes to expand awareness, increase your critical thinking ability, and even investigate other states of consciousness.
The application and practice of logic and logical tools is just one available aspect. The logical mind is just one of these technologies. Learning observational skills will help you see things more clearly. It will help you see reality without overt prejudice and judgment.
You probably won’t be able to eliminate 100%, but you can remove the most obvious negative bias and prejudice. This perspective allows you to investigate ideas outside of your world-view.
Freethinkers have a unique ability to suspend the natural mind’s programming to see only what it expects to see or understand. They don’t automatically fear what they don’t understand.
They can see the mechanisms behind customs, beliefs, and paradigm boundaries of all types that others simply cannot. This is a skill you can cultivate. It’s well worth the time because it will open doors to move beyond the programming you’ve accumulated living in our modern culture.
Spiritual technologies are what we call methods for exploring human consciousness. These methods come to us from cultures all around the globe, and they comprise a diverse body of practical mental tools. You can use these tools to develop your potential, open spiritual gifts, expand awareness, and reach higher states of consciousness.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning method. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science.
The techniques we use are repeatable processes, and several produce measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance. These changes prove these techniques produce states of consciousness that differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. All you need to do is follow the process. It’s like following the recipe for baking a cake. If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone has their own path, and you can start with any of these methods. The more of them you use, the faster your progress toward the goal of becoming a freethinker.
The Results of Practicing Spiritual Technologies
When you practice these types of processes, you will discover several things about yourself. For example, the Enneagram Personality Profile will identify the programming that has affected your personality and instincts.
Comparative Analysis is a scientific process of comparative religious study. It will help you investigate your religious beliefs. Here you will see how bias and prejudice are a part of religious sectarianism.
What do you think? We hope you agree the world needs more Freethinkers. Do you want to be one? Are you on the way? We hope you are. The world needs more people who are open-minded thinkers.
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(1) Leo Tolstoy, Wikipedia
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia