We wish to pursue the truth no matter where it leads. But to find the truth, we need imagination and skepticism both. We will not be afraid to speculate, but we will be careful to distinguish speculation from fact. The cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths; of exquisite interrelationships; of the awesome machinery of nature.
Carl Sagan - Cosmos (1990)
Just because society says something is bad doesn’t always mean it is. Society is just mercilessly grasping to whatever control it has left over what to do where when and why. And that misjudged right is exactly what you should keep on doing. When people confuse the social game with ultimate reality, or laws with ultimate truth, minds are open to manipulation and ignorance is preyed upon by the powerful, perpetuated to the point of inbred mental incapacity. Challenge society, question authority, criticize past expectations. Relight progress and lead the present into a progressive future.
It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new ideas … If you are only skeptical, then no new ideas make it through to you … On the other hand, if you are open to the point of gullibility and have not an ounce of skeptical sense in you, then you cannot distinguish the useful ideas from the worthless ones.