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Independent mind…

« The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks. »

Christopher Hitchens - independent mind
Christopher Hitchens

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery.
None but ourselves can free our minds.

― Bob Marley
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Inevitably it follows that anyone with an independent mind must become ‘one who resists or opposes an authority or established convention’: a rebel. …And if enough people come to agree with—and follow—the REBEL, we now have a DEVIL. Until, of course, still more people agree. And then, finally, we have … GREATNESS.

― Nicholas Tharcher

Critical thinking is the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking, to think clearly and rationally about what to do or what to believe.

With critical thinking, you don’t simply accept all arguments and conclusions you are exposed to, but prefer to question such arguments and conclusions.

Independent mind skills

  1. Read a lot & analyze everything
  2. Listen & communicate
  3. Be creative
  4. Be open-minded
  5. Solve problems

And I would add: be curious, always!

Someone with critical thinking skills is able to explore the logical connections between ideas and « see beyond »…

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Madiba Legacy

Petite sélection d’images et citations en mémoire de Nelson Mandela et de la « Madiba Legacy », son héritage intellectuel contre l’apartheid.

Nelson Mandela Madiba legacy
By designer Marco Cianfanelli – more info
Nelson Mandela Madiba - New Yorker cover
Oil painting by artist Kadir Nelson

“He was clearly a leader. I wanted to make a simple and bold statement about Mandela and his life as a freedom fighter. The raised fist and the simple, stark palette reminded me of posters and anti-apartheid imagery of the nineteen-eighties. This painting is a tribute to the struggle for freedom from all forms of discrimination, and Nelson’s very prominent role as a leader in the anti-apartheid movement.”

Kadir Nelson – New Yorker cover

Madiba Legacy – Quotes

Impossible - quote Nelson Madiba Mandela
It always seems impossible until it’s done.

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Nelson Madiba Mandela
Change the world - quote Nelson Madiba Mandela
We can change the world and make it a better place.

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