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Think Before You Trust: The Power of Critical Thinking in a Social Media-Driven World


In today's social media-fueled world, critical thinking is more than just a useful skill—it's a survival tool. As Proverbs 14:15 (NIV) wisely says, "The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps." I discovered this firsthand during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when I made the decision to get vaccinated. My choice was fueled by the trust I placed in the media, the desire to protect myself and my loved ones, and the belief that it was the best course of action. But over time, my perception changed, challenging the wisdom of my earlier decision.

The Power of Media

The media, often dubbed as the "Fourth Estate," wields tremendous power over public opinion. Picture it like a tour guide leading you through a vast, complicated forest. The guide tells you where to go, what to see, and how to interpret what you're seeing. But what happens when the guide is influenced by others? What if their agenda starts dictating your journey? That's where the power of critical thinking steps in.

Knowledge, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Discernment

Knowledge, intelligence, and wisdom are often conflated, but understanding their differences is the first step towards better critical thinking. Knowledge is about facts and information, intelligence is our ability to apply and reason with that knowledge, and wisdom, the most profound of all, is our ability to use our knowledge and intelligence to make sound judgments.

As 1 Thessalonians 5:21 (NIV) instructs us, we must "Test everything. Hold on to what is good." In the context of COVID-19 and the vaccines, this means understanding the facts (knowledge), considering their sources and potential biases (intelligence), and making well-informed decisions (wisdom). It's about asking questions, challenging narratives, and looking for reliable, evidence-based answers.

Big Pharma and the Government

Here's where things get dicey. There's a growing perception that pharmaceutical companies—'Big Pharma'—exert an outsized influence over media narratives and government policy. In the case of the COVID-19 vaccines, some very well informed doctors, like Dr. Aseem Malhotra, believe these companies pushed their products without adequately addressing potential side effects or efficacy questions.

This is not an indictment of vaccines as a whole—vaccines have done immeasurable good in eradicating and controlling many diseases. It's a call to question, to research, and to not accept information at face value.


Proverbs 4:7 (NIV) says, "The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding." My journey with the vaccine decision has taught me a valuable lesson—be careful who you trust and what you assume. In a world saturated with information, the ability to think critically, ask hard questions, and seek truth is more important than ever.

And now, over to you. Have you ever had a moment where you had to challenge your assumptions and think critically about what you were told? How do you discern fact from fiction in this social media age? Share your stories, your aha moments, and if this blog struck a chord with you, don't forget to share it with your friends.