Don’t have a proxy relationship with the truth. In other words, don’t just take someone else’s word for it. No one else can stand in my shoes and have the relationships I have. Yes, I may have trusted sources, and the information may even be correct, but until I actually process the information myself and have a direct relationship with it, I’m at a disadvantage. As the risk of being seriously misled is very high, this is a vital principle. You may not like to hear this, but much of what you currently believe about many things in life are a result of being misled! It’s not a comfortable feeling. I’m not going to tell you what they are or what they might be, but I am going to attempt to show you how to discover for yourself what they are, and then what to do about it.
This is particularly relevant to what you might to taught/told verbally or received through a massaged news channel. The level of deception in our world is outrageous and people, governments and interest groups are able to get away with it because people don’t do their own research. There are lot of reasonably sounding things that are simply false. I won’t list examples as I’m likely to hit a nerve with something you hold dear and thereby discount this advice. So to give it the best chance, I leave it with you to discover for yourself.