so last post i mentioned deductive reasoning. i cannot stress how useful this skill is. the ability to gather information, evaluate it, and make logical informed decisions. awesome. schools should teach it. parents should make sure their kids get it. it is after all a fundamental requirement for a working democracy. now, if you can't quite master thinking for yourself, you're a) not alone. and b) not doomed. pick someone you can trust. do what they tell you to. but. and this is the critical thing. keep re-evaluating their performance. and dump them before they lead you into deep water, over a cliff. heh. or sell you an interest only home loan with a balloon payment. it doesn't make much sense to take financial advice from a person who's upside down on their own home. for example. it doesn't make much sense to take morality positions from an adulterer or a closet homo.