Critical thinking and taste

Mug_shot_osho  Osho mugshot

The likes, dislikes, habits, and ambitions of the modern individual are not aligned to true principles: they are not based on a firm, unshakable foundation. In fact these factors are not built up consciously, but they “develop” or “appear” seemingly by themselves, thus the individual ends up being moved by what he perceives “external forces” while remaining maximally passive. As we have seen, this applies also to people who attribute their success to their “vision” and their “iron will” to see it through: it’s enough to take a closer look at their vision and their (life) style to realize to what degree they comply with prevailing meta-views.

What does lifestyle have to do with critical thinking? Vanity, for example, often falls for Ponzi schemes[1] or we have also seen many high level managers (also exhibiting a vanity-based lifestyle with plenty of name-dropping, brand-dropping, address-dropping, title-dropping, etc.) with a good business track record falling for the most basic copy-pasted mass email scams that appealed to their vanity or ambition, not to mention the most straightforward examples of lifestyle criminals (corporate or non-corporate). This also works in the so called spiritual domains: since the early 20th century all celebrities seem to fall in the traps of fake gurus who sell themselves as spiritual leaders – quite profitably.

The key is style and taste.

[1] See the client list of Bernie Medoff for relatively recent examples.



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