SoCS — Critical Thinking

CCC61B4A-216B-413F-8C70-FB434D45AC91For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday post, Linda has asked us to write something using the word “critic” and/or “critical.”

As some of you may know, I have been a fairly harsh critic of Donald Trump. And one of the reasons I’ve been critical of him is because I believe he is incapable of critical thinking. Don’t get me wrong. Donald Trump is critical of anyone who is critical of him, but that doesn’t mean that he’s exercising critical thinking.

So what is critical thinking? It means that you make reasoned judgments that are logical and well-thought out. It is a way of thinking in which you don’t simply accept what you read, hear, have been told, or are exposed to. Rather, you are capable of weighing the facts in evidence, considering the sources of the information, and questioning the arguments and conclusions. In other words, critical thinking is the objective analysis of facts to form a judgment.

Have you ever seen Donald Trump — the leader of the free world, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the United States, and arguably the most powerful man on the globe — demonstrate that he can conduct an objective analysis of facts to form a judgment? I didn’t think so.

Does he ever engage in reflection that is directed at truth and guided by evidence? Or does he more typically demonstrate a willingness to dispense with evidence altogether in his rhetoric and his actions? Does he listen to and carefully assess the information and guidance provided to him by subject matter experts, or does he dismiss them and go with his gut…his ample and uninformed gut?

Think about it. This man, who is the President of the United States, is incapable of critical thinking.DD950FC1-8E15-4A67-B099-FAA56649D8A0Shouldn’t the ability to think critically be a critical requirement of the office he holds?

Yes, I’m a critic of Donald Trump. I don’t know about you, but the fact that he is president and that 40% of my fellow Americans think, uncritically, that he’s the greatest thing since sliced white bread scares the shit out of me.

FOWC with Fandango — Theory

FOWCWelcome to February 23, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “theory.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

Running Out of Time

08629265-E2D2-460B-AE84-CC517726E84E“You’re trying my patience, Alan,” Elizabeth said. “I know you know enough about female physiology to understand that there is a finite period of time for women to safely give birth to a healthy baby and my biological clock is ticking.”

“Yes, I do know that,” Alan admitted. “And I agree that someday soon….”

“Someday soon? Seriously?” Elizabeth said, tears starting to well up in her eyes. “We’ve been together for almost twelve years, Alan, and you know how much I want a baby before it’s too late for me. The truth is that my window to get pregnant and to carry a baby to term is going to be closing very soon. I’m running out of time, so ‘someday’ just won’t cut it. Why won’t you commit to this for me, for us, for our future?”

“Elizabeth,” Alan said, “Between all of the geo-political chaos happening around the globe and the potential impact on the sustainability of human life on our planet due to unabated climate change, perhaps brining a child into this world is not such a good idea.”

“Get out!” Elizabeth screamed. “Pack your bags and leave. I can’t believe how I’ve wasted my time with you. Leave now.”

“Elizabeth, you’re being a little rash, don’t you think?” Alan said, reaching his hand toward her to touch her face. She swatted his hand away and picked up her phone. “Who are you calling?” Alan asked.

“Building security.”

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (finite), Your Daily Word Prompt (someday), Word of the Day Challenge (commit), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (security). Photo credit: Seth Macey@unsplash.

I’m Mister Versatile

24038127-E7A8-4DDA-9E9C-C25B0217A6CCI must be Mister Versatile. For the second time in three days, I’ve been gifted with the Versatile Blogger Award. On Wednesday, it was Melanie, at Sparks From a Combustible Mind, who honored me, as I wrote about here. Today, it was Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, who bestowed this honor upon me.

As a recipient of this award, I’m supposed to thank the person who gave me this award. Thank you very much, Rory. I’m also supposed to include a link to his blog, which I’ve already done above.

Then I’m supposed to gift and notify five bloggers that I’ve recently discovered or follow regularly for the Versatile Blogger Award. I’m not going to do that, since, as I explained when Melanie gifted me, nearly every blogger I know and follow is versatile. So instead, I’m going to open this up to any and all bloggers who would like to share with me/us seven things about themselves.

Finally, I’m supposed to tell the person who gifted me seven things about myself. This is tough, since I already told Melanie and anyone who read my post in response to her gifting me with that award seven things about myself. Now I have to tell Rory, and anyone who reads this post, seven more things. Sheesh, I’m not that deep!

But I’ll give it a try. Here goes.

  1. I am apparently a very versatile blogger.
  2. I didn’t start out intending to write a lot of flash fiction on this blog, but I have come to really enjoy writing flash fiction and I think I’m decent at it, so now many of my posts are, in fact, flash fiction.
  3. I never intended to write prompts for other bloggers, but when WordPress stopped its daily one-word prompt last June, I jumped in with “FOWC With Fandango.” Then I added my weekly “Fandango’s Provocative Question,” and just last week I started a new, weekly photo prompt, “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.”
  4. The notion that I have ever skied naked is an urban legend. I haven’t. But I have been to nude beaches and am very comfortable walking around the house in the altogether. I’m not so sure how comfortable my wife is with my doing that, though.
  5. I am an atheist, although not a militant one. I don’t really care what one’s religious beliefs are as long as they don’t try to impose or legislate their beliefs on me.
  6. Up until the election of Donald Trump in 2016, I was politically aware at best, but not politically involved and active.
  7. I’ve lived in New Jersey (twice), Maryland, Washington, D.C., Southern California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Northern California.

Rory’s Friday Foursome

A696F2A0-3402-47DD-8985-881AA74C5C8BOops. I misspoke. Rory’s not having a Friday foursome…at least not that I know of. What he is having is another Friday Four, where he asks us to respond to four simple questions.

1] How often do you update your ‘About Section’ in your blog and do you consider it an important aspect to your blog and if so – why?

I haven’t updated my About page since I created it when I started this blog 21 months ago. I haven’t changed, so there’s no reason to change/update my About page. As to whether it’s an important aspect of my blog, yes, I believe it is. Whenever I discover a new blogger, the first thing I do is check his or her About page. If there isn’t one, or if there is the generic “This is an example of an About page…,” then fuhgedabouddit. I’m not going to bother following any bloggers who don’t bother to share a something about themselves and what their blogs are all about.

2] Which do you prefer and why and what entices you to become involved with them?

  • Competitions
  • Challenges
  • Quizzes
  • Prompts

I respond to a lot of prompts from other bloggers and I also have three prompts of my own. I consider “prompts” and “challenges” in this context to be synonymous. The challenge is to incorporate the prompt words and/or photos into intriguing tales. I’m less inclined to participate in competitions or quizzes. Now that I’m an old fart, I’ve lost my competitive edge and my brain is quiz-averse.

3] How often do you ‘reblog’ or share other blogger’s posts?

I rarely reblog, but I always link back to the prompt/challenge posts I respond to.

4] What prompts you to do so?

What prompts me to reblog? As I mentioned, I rarely do so. I suppose if I come across something that I think is totally unique and that really speaks to me, I might reblog it. But I’m more likely to write my own post and link back to the post that prompted it.