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.
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