Hello Hubski, I am a first time poster and a nomad from other boards/sites you may know of. But since this is a place for thoughtful discussion I thought it would be cool to ask a question that has been rubbing me.
But I want to learn how to think for myself, and I want to learn how to be more critical of the world around me and come to stance on my opinions and hold by them.
I think it is blatantly obvious that ask others to help me think for myself is redundant but I am curious.
How do some of our greatest thinkers operate? I find it very fascinating and I want to learn how to stop taking pre-digested political stances/ opinions, and I want to take my own stances and think outside of the box. I haven't always been the best when it comes to thinking for myself, I used to get caught into self-help books, relying on message boards, looking up convoluted theories over how relationships, life, and money work.
Getting stuck on TED Talks, or other self improvement theory, but all it does is cause nothing but problems and stick negative or pointless thought in my head. It causes severe mental drain, and takes unique perspective away. And I want to ask how do you all think when it comes to problems? Do you have any recommended reading when it comes to thinking differently than others.
Revolutionary Pleasure of Thinking for Yourself and Arthur Schopenhauer's Essay called Thinking for Oneself is the only literature that I have seen in the past week that really spoke to me, and poses the question that I have right now. Any help or comments are well appreciated and big "Thanks!" in advance.