Rational and thinking people are normally put off with sycophantic and uncritical look at the failings of Government, especially one such as ours in Sri Lanka. However the reason why media of this nature are able to survive, is that the readership is unable to look behind the news and determine how much garbage is fed to them and determine which paper or TV or radio station they should read, watch or hear.
The Education system in Sri Lanka does not arm the average Joe with this type of critical thinking, It is a failing which many people do not seem to realize, and actually people do not seem to mind. Critical thinking in the eyes of teachers is NOT to be encouraged, as the teacher’s failings in this regard will be too apparent to the student. There is therefore no chance until we change the attitude of the teachers themselves to be able to take ownership of this way of thinking. It is very sad that what it does is to permanently deny the public a chance of logical reasoning.
Many would say too much knowledge is also bad. I agree, if there is no way to channel this into some useful personal goal. However it is not the quantum of knowledge but the ability to make personal choices out of facts presented and observations made and personal experiences one is confronted with that is important.
Many people are able to brainwash others who are not able think critically. That is why many in the political parties with good discipline and order, such as the JVP are able to survive on a platform that critical thinking will say has no future, but an adherent would swear by as being gospel. This is also the way many preachers and religious leaders are able to mesmerize congregations into believing what they say uncritically.
It is time we start identifying potential leaders who are able to inculcate critical thinking into their platform, and then through their followers get people to think about their lives and goals and then build a following of people who are able to rationally make judgments from the facts presented to them. This way we can begin the long journey of transforming people from being zombies of today to people who have self confidence in themselves and be able to rationalize the choices they make in their lives, not wholly dependent on any other person’s say so but on their honest interpretation of why they believe in what they do. You will be better for it.