Do you think for yourself? Always?
Or are your thoughts still in the mold that was created for you when you were a child?
Many are not even aware that they are NOT thinking for themselves. The mold becomes their comfort zone: safe, predictable, accepted by peers, languidly pleasant, non-threatening to the culture at large.
Progress (the exciting and rewarding upward development of mankind) depends on those who actually encourage their own original thoughts and seek to discover where they may lead.
“The most necessary task of civilization is to teach people how to think. The trouble with our way of educating is that it does not give elasticity to the mind. It casts the brain into a mold. It does not encourage original thought or reasoning, and it lays more stress on memory than observation.” – – Thomas Edison
“Elasticity of the mind”: Hmmm. Try it; you’ll like it!