Having more of the above for more of our population could help the betterment of mankind, perhaps.
So here's sharing its principals :
1. Be Skeptical
-keep an open mind. Politicians and advertisers try to persuade you. Are some of your attitudes and beliefs superficial and unfounded? Accept nothing as truth until you have examined the evidence.

2. Insist on Evidence
- it is not sufficient that an opinion is traditional, that it appears in print or on the Internet, or that it is expressed by a doctor or a lawyer. Ask for evidence.

3. Examine Definitions of Terms
-some statements are true when a term is defined in one way but not when it is defined in another way. Consider the statement, "Head Start programs have raised children's IQs." The correctness of the statement depends on the definition of IQ.

4. Examine the Assumptions or Premises of Arguments
- Consider the statement that one cannot learn about human beings by engaging in research with animals. One premise in the statement seems to be that human beings are not animals. We are, of course.

5. Be Cautious in Drawing Conclusions from Evidence
-for many years, studies had shown that most clients who receive psychotherapy improve. It was therefore generally assumed that psychotherapy worked. Some 40 years ago, however, psychologist Hans Eysenck pointed out that most psychologically troubled people who did not receive psychotherapy also improved. The question thus becomes whether people receiving psychotherapy are more likely to improve than those who do not. Current research on the effectiveness of psychotherapy therefore compares the benefits of therapy techniques to the benefits of other techniques or no treatment at all. Be especially skeptical of anecdotes. When you hear "I know someone who...," Ask yourself whether this person's reported experience is satisfactory as evidence.

6. Consider Alternative Interpretations of Research Evidence
- does alcohol cause aggression? Later in the chapter we report evidence that there is a connection, or correlation, between alcohol and aggression. But does the evidence show that drinking causes aggression?
7. Do Not Oversimplify
8. Do Not Over-generalize
9. Apply Critical Thinking to All Areas of Life

It's difficult to lift people higher by beating them down

Acknowledge success without reminders of failure

When I started this blog, I wanted to emulate and impress certain people.

Those aims/goals have virtually disappeared aeons ago and this blog has long since evolved into being my own personal ranting outlet, whether or not anyone chooses to read it.

However, if there is one thing that the public domain doesn't see, is the draft posts that I choose not to post.
Perhaps it's because I don't want people to see the kind of things that I'm too afraid will be judged harshly by them... No wait, it is mostly that.

Nonetheless, I continue to keep them for my own personal rumination when I look through the posts I've written, published or otherwise, to remember how well I've written on something that I felt so strongly about at that moment in time.

I hope that one day you might be able to read them too, but maybe that can only be when I am no longer around.

... if you are a person.

I've said this many times, and I'll say it again: people are the most complex of all. They're unpredictable, full of emotions, opinions, thoughts, abilities, moods... EVERYTHING. The complexity is mind-numbing. I'm not excluded from this group but I like to think that I'm a bit more... rational than average. Or.... I'm just kidding myself.

I'm saying this in response to so many things that I experienced in the course of a day (today to be precise). But I guess I'm only overwhelmed because it is possibly a lot of information to take in one sitting for a normal day's amount of information. I think the magnitude of it all in my head will die down the next few days, please pray for me.

I've also said this before: I'd rather be working with computers than people. However, just a thought: computers are not a result of emotions; it is the result of careful programming by the very same type of being called 'people' who are more complex than this creation called a computer, believe it or not!

I guess I am more inclined to want to be a computer than a person - if I were a computer, I wouldn't have to deal with emotions I can't handle, let alone other people's emotions; I'll just be churning out actions as required per the input. Is it all because of the money? Why is it ultimately the money that makes people act all outrageously/selfishly/irrationally? (I guess they need to read some of the books I highly recommend, please watch out for my upcoming post on these books, hopefully I get around to writing them).

Do people really believe it when they say things like 'no amount of money can buy happiness'? Or are these sayings said to project the image that it doesn't matter, but it actually really does? I guess you can't really stay clean in a dirty pond, a pond where people see themselves as clean when really, all they perceive as clean is observed through mud-filled eyes --  how skewed is that? How can they know better when they are surrounded by the same things they refuse to acknowledge as not being as good as they claim it is?

I'm losing it. I really wish for so many things I can't undo now. But the only way out is through, and we'll see where this road goes. 'Cos boy, being an adult is far too complicated than I could ever imagine it to be when I was a child.

It's hard to forget something that happened in your life which left such a huge impact on you (both good and bad), whether physically or emotionally (or both). Try as hard as you might, you just can never erase it from your memory; you might misplace the fine details of the event, but you never forget the main gist of it, the one that made it stick forever.

Sometimes it's from the words you've heard, the people you've met, or the things you or someone else did, or any combination of these. Whatever it was, you will always remember it. Do you have such memories? I'm sure you do; we all do.

There are a handful of events that have happened in my life which I would prefer to never have had lingered in my memories till today; and then there are others which are forever etched in my mind and heart, and I never ever wanna lose the thought of them, ever.

I don't want to get into details because they're too overly personal and shall remain mine until future disclosure (if ever). But I just want you to know, that holding on to the bad ones will hurt and it'll do you no good, so learn hard on how to let it go. And for the good ones that you cherish but will never happen again, don't fret, don't cry... Just remember how you felt when those things happened -- take solace in that, because you should be grateful that such a memory existed than none at all... You bet I do.

As for the title, well, the firsts are always the easiest to recall, isn't it? I remember all of mine.