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Think Critically

In my journey through life I have found that many people do not think critically. There are many reasons for this, but that is not the aim of this post. What I want to urge you, and myself, to think critically. I need to remember this like everyone else. I ran across this commercial the other day and thought it was clever. Here is the commercial:

As you can see it is a visually stimulating commercial. I got sucked into this commercial because of its witty presentation. So, why do I use this video to highlight critical thinking? I use this video because it tells us that every machine we use runs on gas. We, as thinking people, know that this isn’t true but they link that with the Chevy Volt. The Volt runs on electricity and gasoline so Nissan ties the everyday machines we use with the Volt. Then, they contrast the Volt with the Nissan Leaf which is 100% electric.

Now, this is not a post bashing the Leaf or bashing people who are “green” friendly. But, this post is about thinking through what the media, culture, and your church tells you.

By setting up a false image of regular machines running on gas it creates a picture that regular machines are gross. I wouldn’t want smoke blown in my face while brushing my teeth or my dentist starting up a chain saw-like machine before working on my teeth.

Here is the rub. What Nissan doesn’t share in this commercial is how much gas or energy it takes to make one of those all-electric cars. I think the small “dramatization” they showed at the beginning of this video should have been more like “DRAMATIZATION”. Everything we use takes energy to produce. Everything we drive uses energy in one form or another. the Nissan Leaf is no exception.

I thought this commercial was great until I thought through what it was telling me. Now I find it a bit deceptive; playing to a nation that has lost its ability to reason and think critically.

So, the next time the media, culture, or your church tells you something think critically because after all God gave us reason:

““Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord” -Isaiah 1:18a

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About Travis Berry

I am a blatantly honest person who loves to think, read, discuss, and write about God and theology. I have a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from Crown College. I work at a church in Houston, TX as a Youth Director and love every minute of it! I am married to a wonderful woman named Becky and we have one amazing child! I have a love for God's Word, and a fervor to live it out in the fullest, and I pray this blog reflects that. Thanks for checking out AnotherChristianBlog!.

Posted on November 19, 2011, in Christianity, Culture, Life, Theology and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Valid point about how we don’t teach our kids critical thinking. One other flaw in the Nissan commercial is that the Leaf uses electricity that comes from fossil fuels. The only green benefit is that the process of fossil fuel to moving car is more efficient in the power-plant-to-electric-plug route than the gasoline-to-engine route (though I’m not sure how much more), and they don’t mention this in the ad.

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