To Be Thinkers and Not Mere Reflectors

Another word about articles:

Under the theory that “a diabetic convinced against their will is of the same opinion still,” the goal of Adventist Vegetarian Diabetics is not to convince members of something but rather to challenge them to think. If you were raised Adventist, you are undoubtedly familiar with the statement that the goal of education is “to train the youth to be thinkers and not mere reflectors of other [people’s] thoughts” (Education, p. 17). The full quote is given below, with my edits that reflect what, in my opinion, is “present truth” (defined as “a belief in truth as appropriate to any given time”).

Every human being, created in the image of God, is endowed with a power akin to that of the Creator—individuality, power to think and to do. The men [people] in whom this power is developed are the men [people] who bear responsibilities, who are leaders in enterprise, and who influence character. It is the work of true education to develop this power, to train the youth to be thinkers, and not mere reflectors of other men’s [people’s] thought. Instead of confining their study to that which men [people] have said [news and documentaries] or written [opinion pieces and click-bait], let students be directed to the sources of truth [peer-reviewed scientific studies], to the vast fields opened for research in nature [science] and revelation [spirituality]. Let them contemplate the great facts of duty [social justice] and destiny [global warming], and the mind will expand and strengthen.
—Ellen G. White, Education, p. 17.

This short blog post is presented as my personal opinion, not to convince you of anything, but to challenge you to think!


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