Advice from 2,000 years ago: Buddha on the art of critical thinking

This is a brilliant quote from Siddhartha Gutama (AKA Buddha). This quote is supposed to have occurred around 2500 years ago.

This was Buddha’s response to a question by a tribal clan asking who could they trust among the countless wandering holy men passing through their land.

Buddha’s answer encourages free inquiry and warns against blind faith.

Check it out:

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

― Gautama Buddha

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This quote is also more relevant than ever.


Because we’re living an age where advertising and marketing gimmicks are everywhere.

If we learn to think for ourselves, it gives us more control over our lives and the direction our society goes.

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