Of Conventional Wisdom is Wrong

And I honestly think I'm being conservative in that figure.

I am referring to every aspect of life or topic you can think of. The more I read, the more I study, the more I experience, the more I live -I've found this principle to be the truth. In health, in diet, in martial arts, in weight training, in business, etc.

It is vital that you understand the significance of this point. From now on I don't want you to accept anything without questioning or thinking about it. ANYTHING!

We humans are sometimes very much like sheep. We follow the lead of others without thinking for ourselves. Just because it is being taught doesn't make it the truth.

My inspiration to this way of thinking was the example of Socrates, the ancient Greek philosopher. Let me tell you straight up I don't have a lot of time for most of histories philosophers. But there are a couple that I do study and have learnt a lot from. Socrates is one of them.

Socrates also believed people tended to act very much like sheep. They would assume the opinion of the majority was always right and follow along with the crowd because of pressure to conform. They would always accept the opinion of people in positions of authority.

I try and practice a Socratic method of thinking. That may sound fancy but it's very simple.

But Socrates taught that you must always question and think for yourself. Always seek the truth and ask is an idea or argument logical and reasonable. You must have the courage to stand up to the will of the majority, to tradition and to authority if they are wrong. Which they are about 80% of the time!

Be a non-conformist. But not just for the sake of causing trouble, only for the sake of seeking the truth.

You have to be tough to stand out from the crowd. Poor Socrates stepped on one too many toes and was sentenced to death. You can see him in the previous photo teaching one last point while about to accept his cup of execution poison.

Centuries ago men who said the Earth was round were burnt at the stake. The first doctor to suggest surgeons wash their hands between patients was locked away in an asylum.

Conventional thinking is nearly always wrong. You will see some very important examples of this in the diet section of this manual.

The lesson to be learned here is to once again keep an open mind. Question everything and then accept what works and reject what doesn't.

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