The more I grow, the more I realize the importance of being an independent thinker.
“Independent” means, not subject to the control of others. The views, advice, and counsel of other people are important because you don’t know everything. However, after you have received all the counsel, you must still analyze all the information and make an independent decision.
That’s why everyone has a head. At the end of the day, you know yourself better than anyone else and will bear the consequences of every decision you make. You can’t take good decisions with poor information.
It is very easy to develop a “herd mentality,” and believe the majority is always right. This could be the general behaviour and way of thinking in a country, family, your circle of friends, workplace or even church.
“Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.” (Acts 19:32)
Paul went to preach in Ephesus and some businessmen whose businesses were affected organized a mob against him using the disguise of religion. A great number of unsuspecting people joined the fight thinking they were defending their God.
“The more part knew not wherefore they were come together.” They did not know they were stooges defending other people’s business interests.
People vote for political parties, marry particular people, and hate others without knowing why.
Learn to take good decisions by being an independent thinker!