“Clear Thinking Is Vital”
The life of wisdom is a life of reason. It is important to learn how to think clearly. Clear thinking is not haphazard enterprise. it requires proper training. It is through clear thinking that we are able to properly direct our will, stick with our true purpose, and discover the connections we have to others and the duties that follow from those relationships. Every person should learn how to identify mushy and fallacious thinking. Study how inferences are legitimately derived, so that you avoid drawing unfounded conclusions.
For instance, note the following examples of faulty logic: “I am richer than you; therefore, I am better than you.” You will encounter such absurd assertions as this all the time, but they are completely fallacious. The valid inference that can be drawn is this: “I am richer than you; therefore I have more possessions or money than you do.”
Another example: “I speak more persuasively than you; therefore, I am better than you.” From this w can only conclude, “I speak more persuasively than you; Therefore my speech carries more effect than yours.”
But remember: Your character is independent of property or persuasive speech.
Take the time to assiduously study clear thinking and you won’t be hoodwinked. Strong education in logic and the rules of effective argument will serve you well.