Are You a Freethinker or Just Free to Think?
According to Wikipedia, it has great ties to logic and reason rather than authority, religion and dogma.
“Freethought holds that individuals should not accept ideas proposed as truth without recourse to knowledge and reason. Thus, freethinkers strive to build their opinions on the basis of facts, scientific inquiry, and logical principles, independent of any logical fallacies or the intellectually limiting effects of authority, confirmation bias, cognitive bias, conventional wisdom, popular culture, prejudice, sectarianism, tradition, urban legend, and all other dogmas. Regarding religion, freethinkers hold that there is insufficient evidence to support the existence of supernatural phenomena.”
I think the term “freethinker” applies heartily to the concept of being “awakened.”
Perhaps I’m redefining it, or maybe expanding the definition, but to me, being a freethinker means being able to think outside the mental and emotional constructs of what is traditionally accepted and expected within society, whether that’s religion, social structures, political ideals, moral codes, or any other belief system.
Being a freethinker, quite literally means thinking outside of the box.
It means being able to see a situation – being able to SEE the box! – somewhat objectively. It means not just applying logic, but being able to put yourself in the shoes of every viewpoint and coming to an understanding of how and why people see things the way they do.
It means being able to see what kind of box other people are living in and why.
I would imagine that most people probably believe they are freethinkers. That their thoughts and ideas are purely their own and they truly believe in the notion that they feel that way because it’s the best way. But those people aren’t freethinkers. They’re just free to think.
They haven’t separated those thoughts from the belief system which constructed them. They’re trapped in an invisible corral of limiting beliefs.
A true freethinker sees the invisible fence and steps outside of it. They’ve broken down the barriers of limiting belief systems through a process of self-awareness and FREED themselves FROM dogmatic thought.
They are now truly capable of thinking freely, and creating freely.
My first reaction to the reading was WOW. Your words captured a theme woven into my life right now. The reading has emboldened me to take back my power and inspired me to research some books, get back to meditating and provided a focus.Dina