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After observation and analysis, when it agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and gain of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

Do not believe what you have heard;
Do not believe in traditions just because they have been handed down for many generations;
Do not believe in anything just because it is rumored and spoken by many;
Do not believe merely because a written statement of some old sage is produced;
Do not believe in conjectures;
Do not believe in that as truth to which you have become attached by habit;
Do not believe merely the authority of your teachers and elders;

After observation and analysis, when it agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and gain of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

~The Buddha~
[Kālāma Sutta, Aṇguttara Nikaya 3, 65]

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