Just because a message comes to you from an authority figure, that doesn’t make it true.  When we

buddhaaccept these messages from teachers, leaders, parents, politicians or any other figure of authority without questioning and/or investigating we are diminishing ourselves and our own individuality.

That doesn’t mean that all you have been told is untrue, it means that knowledge is a quest for understanding and through personal investigation and research, each idea can be confirmed or disregarded on the merit that you discover that they have. Each of us owes it to ourselves to question and research all ideas and theories to establish their truth for us.

Too many people accept ideas automatically from educational programs or religious doctrine. Without investigation and proof of the truth of something it is just empty words.

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