Logic and critical thinking go hand in hand. Most of my major decisions are thought through and analyzed. I take the information I am presented with and then go from there. This is very important if my decision is
going to affect more than one person. If a decision effects my family or people I care about I am more likely to take a little longer to analyze the information presented. When people that you care about are involved it takes you through so many obstacles and thoughts. There are times when you are not sure what would be the best thing to do in a situation.
The nature of logic as understood is when you have a situation, belief, or tradition. It is a situation examined and reviewed in great detail to discover the reasoning behind a behavior. Critical thinking as I understand it is when you view a situation in multiple ways to get an accurate answer or results. The nature of logic relates to critical thinking by examining the situation and thoughts to get a clearer decision of possible outcomes, or reasoning. Critical thinking, by definition, involves elements of logic and perception. Without logic, one cannot complete a critical thought.
There was a time in my life where my perception was far from reality it was when I perceived that my grandfather would beat the battle with diabetes. What I thought was going on is that his body was stronger than ever to fight off this horrible disease. I just knew without a doubt the man that I grew to know as my father and gave me such great advice and encouragement could overcome anything even this disease. He had never complained not one day about how he really felt inside, his will was strong and he epitomized what strength should be like for anyone with such an illness of this degree. I knew that there were many stages of diabetes but he had dealt with it so well I never thought that it would eventually get the best of him. What was truly going on is that day-by-day little by little diabetes was slowly taking his life away. He truly had the whole family convinced that any day now he would be back to his normal life. Reality set in and I saw the illness for what it really was life threatening. Perception set in once my grandfather had a doctor’s visit and the doctor advised my grandmother that some drastic changes needed to be made or my grandfather had no chance. My family knew that my grandfather was a really stubborn individual. His favorite saying was “We all have to go someday somehow.” We knew then that my grandfather would see his last day sooner than later. I perceived the worse case scenario my grandfather would die.
Perception is not always the best way to look at things because emotions can be involved and clear thinking is not always possible when that happens. The best way to look at any situation is with logical or critical thinking. We continue to build on our knowledge about subjects based upon what we know and from new information provided to us. Critical thinking helps us ask relevant questions to get the information we need, weigh evidence offered in support of arguments. It also helps us to interpret difficult problems, and make the right decisions. This is especially important when you realize that many problems do not lend themselves a solution.
It is important to think before you speak because you never know where miss understanding may take you. Do not assume, but think about all of your possible choices before making a fair decision. In the end not only will you gain knowledge, but you will also enhance your way of thinking to understand and except different people and environments. This course of events has not changed my process of critical thinking at all. I still take the information I am given, analyze to see how it will affect me and those around me and then make the best possible decision. I think this is the best way to look at any situation.