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S.M.A.R.T. and S.T.U.P.I.D. : Teaching My Child HOW to Think -Part 1

Updated: Oct 5, 2020

(From Chapter 12 of Diamonds and Dominators: How to Feel Free in a World of Slavery)

In my twenties, and before I was married, I was a Bible Professor at Stewart Christian College or SCC. This is a fictitious name I have created to protect the privacy of my actual alma mater.

I was trained by SCC and brought up through their religious system. This is the same school where I received my bachelors and first master’s degree.

For six years I taught classes such as Elementary Greek, Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, Life of Christ, Acts, Romans, and the General Epistles. It was a good gig and I did well at it.

At some point during my time as a professor at SCC, they hired another man onto their Bible Faculty whom I will refer to as Dr. Roberts. A man who was not trained by SCC. But instead was trained by and had an earned doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary.

I loved this guy. One of the most genuine, wise, compassionate, and connected human beings I have ever met. Everybody loved and respected him because he knew how to love and respect just about everybody. Funny how that works.

One of the things I enjoyed about being a professor was having students line up outside my office door. They were coming to have me answer their questions or to give them life advice.

Dr. Roberts had multitudes of students waiting outside his office to talk to him. But he also had many teachers (myself included) lined up to talk to him. He was so far above us in his knowledge, wisdom, and insight that we wanted his perspectives on everything. He was truly a teacher’s teacher.

One day we asked Dr. Roberts a very pointed question. “Why are you here” (imagine me holding up my hand to represent a very high level), and why are us SCC trained guys here (holding my hand at a significantly lower level)?”

Dr. Roberts was a humble guy. But when answering this question, he did not hesitate, nor did he give some nauseatingly self-deprecating answer. Instead, he replied without skipping a beat, “Stewart teaches you WHAT to think. Dallas taught us HOW to think.”


SCC indoctrinated you guys, they taught you WHAT to think. Dallas Seminary educated me, they taught me HOW to think.

But before you think I’m completely throwing SCC under the bus, let me say this. Most colleges and universities do this. It’s all about survivability.

In the 21st century “institutions of higher learning” still teach young people WHAT to think, instead of HOW to think.

Almost every school of the rich, ruling, and religious classes indoctrinate. They do not educate. They all see their students as a “product” they’re trying to “produce” and “put out there.” In this day and age, going to college is a prison sentence for your mind.

But all colleges and universities will still claim to educate. That they are free and open-minded. But all you have to do is disagree or disobey. And you will be dismissed, defunded, and disgraced.

You were born into a world of dominators. Religious class dominators. Ruling class dominators or government. Rich class dominators who design society. Anyone who believes that you were born to be dominated and controlled by them.

All of these dominators believe that they are your masters. That they have a right to control your personal identity and inner peace. That they get to control all the information you are exposed to and have access to.

These dominators control how much, and to what extent, your neural pathways can flow and grow. You supposedly need them. You are supposedly helpless without them.

You were born into a world where information is more accessible than at any other point in Earth’s history – by far. The internet, magazines, books, etc. abound. It’s an exciting time to be alive.

But mere information does not mean truth. Mere information does not mean intelligence. Mere information does not mean wisdom. Mere information does not mean what is whole and healthy.

In the world you were born into, dominators all pass themselves off as “experts.” The only springs from which all reliable information flows. Dominators know that it is hard to dominate someone who knows HOW to think. Their key to domination is to force-feed the dominated with WHAT to think.

Dominators are always indoctrinators. First and foremost, they want to dominant your mind and your thinking. Dominators want to train and program your mind on WHAT to think. It is how they gain and maintain dominance over you.

It is why dominators need control over the two diamonds of your IDENTITY and your INNER PEACE.

Dominators want full control over your IDENTITY to judge you as a "good person" or "bad person" based on your level of submission to their domination over you.

Dominators want full control over your INNER PEACE to program you to feel like a "good person" or "bad person" based on your obedience to the rules they've written FOR you.

Diamond-stealing dominators have all learned the deceptive art of

1) controlling the information,

2) programming the minds and emotions of the dominated, and

3) demonizing any dissenting voices.

Dominators as indoctrinators can be clearly seen in the following disguises.

· The press

The press wants to teach you WHAT to think, not HOW to think.

These information dominators supposedly always get the “official” story right. The press or news media disguises themselves as “journalists” – who only want the truth. As being the real thinkers among us.

But most people in the press are merely activists and propagandists for the rich and ruling classes who use them to teach you WHAT to think.

· The polls

The polls are meant to teach you WHAT to think, not HOW to think.

Polls supposedly reflect the majority view on any subject. And polls carry with them a terrible assumption. That is, that the majority view (51%) on any subject has won the fight, and therefore the right of authority over the minority view.

The majority view appealing to "authoritative" polling information, is supposedly in the dominant position on the information dominance hierarchy. It becomes the judge, not the judged. Therefore, it gets to act as judge over the minority view. It can label, condemn, and demonize the “loser” in the polls.

Polls are an absolutely horrific approach to thinking and living. They are the very essence of groupthink, false authority and overall bad thinking. They are the epitome of humanity’s awful and foolish obsession with making large conclusions on small amounts of data.

· The popular “cool crowd”

The popular want to teach you WHAT to think, not HOW to think.

These are usually rich, famous, physically attractive, socially confident performers such as athletes, actors, and musicians. These cultural alphas supposedly use their celebrity and “platform” to influence others as to “right positions” on various subjects.

And of course, these cool crowd dominators believe themselves to be the “right” moral example for all us little people.

· The professors

The professors definitely want to teach you WHAT to think, not HOW to think.

These “educational” dominators supposedly always organize, interpret and apply the information in a way that is “right.” Professors supposedly have no biases, and they bring the clear, level-headed thinking that impressionable 18 to 22-year old’s so desperately need.

Uh huh.

· The professionals

The professionals want to teach you WHAT to think, not HOW to think.

As long as these trade dominators are licensed and certified, they are supposedly infallible, and their proposed solutions will always be right for you and your family.

You are not to think for yourself and seek solutions outside of “trained professionals.” You’ll mess things up. Supposedly, they never will.

· The politicians

The politicians want to teach you WHAT to think, not HOW to think.

These ruling class dominators supposedly always “represent” what all the people want and always get the rules “right.”

· The preachers

The preachers want to teach you WHAT to think, not HOW to think.

These religious class dominators supposedly always represent God “right.”

Do you want to see an unhappy holy man? Disagree with him. See how he responds.

· The parents

The parents can also be very guilty of teaching you WHAT to think, not HOW to think.

Parents can even be the core dominators in a person’s life.

The bigger question is this: who is dominating the parents? Where do the parents get their information from? Who is thinking for the parents?

Parents supposedly always know what is “right” for you.

I’m holding myself accountable by including this.

If you are going to survive and thrive on this planet, you’re going to need the survival skill of knowing HOW to think for yourself. Because dominators are indoctrinators.

“Stewart taught you WHAT to think. Dallas taught me HOW to think.”

I take this comment made to me, around 20 years ago, very personally.

In a good way.

I’m exceedingly grateful that Dr. Roberts said this. One crisp, concise line spoken by a wise man has made a profound difference in my life. And as a result, I hope it also makes a difference in your life.

Here’s what I hope for you (and myself). That one day you can say to me something to this effect:

“Dad, the other day someone asked me, ‘Hallie, why are you here (holding their hand high), and why are the rest us here (holding their hand low)?’"

"And Dad, without hesitation, I answered them, ‘The press, the polls, the popular ‘cool crowd,’ the professors...all taught you WHAT to think. My Mom and Dad taught me HOW to think.’”

Let me do that right now.

I was indoctrinated. I know first-hand what it means to be taught WHAT to think. But over the last 15 years or so, I have been learning HOW to think.

And in this process of progressively learning HOW to think, I have created two acronyms.

The first acronym is “S.T.U.P.I.D.” The six letters of this acronym correspond to six signs that alert me as to when my thinking is indeed stupid. Literally. The times in my life when I have put my mind and emotions in a position where they are either:

1) SLOW to grasp or understand something, or

2) presently INCAPABLE of grasping or understanding something.

When any or all of these six signs of S.T.U.P.I.D. thinking are present, I am reminded to stop. To quit doing these things. To be smart, not stupid. To be wise, not foolish. To be mindful, not mindless.

Which leads me to the second acronym. The second acronym is “S.M.A.R.T.” The five letters of this acronym correspond to five signs that I am being guided by a smarter thinking process.

The five signs of S.M.A.R.T. thinking are the polar opposites of the six signs of S.T.U.P.I.D. thinking.

When I find myself living by these five signs or characteristics of smart thinking, life is better. I have put my mind in a position where it is much more capable of grasping or understanding something. I have put my mental and emotional states in a position much more capable of discerning truth.

May these two acronyms help you (and anyone you ever influence) for the rest of your lives. May they teach you HOW to think. May they protect your mind from dominators acting as indoctrinators.

May these two acronyms guide you into freethinking. Literally, that you are free to think. You are free to doubt. You are free to disagree. You are free to question. You are free to enquire. You are free to investigate. You are free to follow the truth wherever it leads – and whatever the consequences. You are free to say, “I know” when in fact you do. You are free to say, “I don’t know” when you truly don’t.

Let me end this introduction by laying out the six signs of S.T.U.P.I.D. thinking. Let me give you all of them and then I will give you more particulars in the following posts.

When encountering new information, I know my thinking is stupid when my personal judgments are:

S = Snap

T = Total

U = Unquestioned

P = Passive

I = Ideologically Filtered

D = Dogmatic

Next time: S.M.A.R.T. and S.T.U.P.I.D.: Teaching My Child How to Think - Part 2.

The first sign of S.T.U.P.I.D. thinking.

S = Snap judgments.

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