From the article: "Sustained reason is...the hard work that an addiction to fanaticism frees us from." Addiction, addiction like, no addiction....I'm not interested in debating that because, to my mind, the emboldened clause in the sentence above is the key. It takes time and effort to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to exercise reason, and I'm sure you've heard the same saying I have: "it hurts my brain to..." People seem to me more suffused with sloth these days than ever before in my memory. The Sin of Sloth Sloth begins as sensuality of despair over the prospect of having to labor rigorously to bring alive the human soul. Once emplaced in one's being, it evolves to a mental aversion to performing the rational endeavors to which the mind is well suited to perform and subsequently obliged to adhere. When a man rues having to do something for his sake or because his situation militates for it, he manifests the sin of sloth. A slothful man may either flee reason by entering into a state of physical or mental torpor or through a busy-ness (such as the "busy-ness" of a sort shown by fanatics of any stripe, political, religious, alcohol, etc.) that is equally fatal. In both cases either the increase or decrease of activity is slothful unto death -- mental, spiritual or, in some instances, physical -- because the sinner has abjured reason. What does that mean "where the rubber hits the road?" It means that although one is not required to care about everything -- nobody has time for that -- one must,, for the things about which one does care and pass judgement, get up off one's ass and do the hard work it takes to apply sound and rigorous reason. ("Rigor" without soundness/puissance -- see also: The Problem of Induction (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) -- is the "busy-ness" noted above; it is speciousness.) And just what it "the hard work?" It's: Developing strong critical thinking skills. Ideally one does this while one is in school. It's not as though schools don't teach kids to do it for they do, but kids and their parents, however, invest varying degrees of effort in mastering the skill. Alternatively, one can develop them after matriculating into adulthood, but it's harder to do it then. Fortunately, critical thinking is something whereof one can, unlike, say, wealth, catch up to folks who mastered the skill before one might do so. Commit to applying the critical thinking skill in a productive rather "busy-ness" way. Doing this requires one, upon hearing an idea/proposal one doesn't particularly like, looking for its merits and finding ways to build on them rather than invalidating them or ripping them (and their originator) to shreds. For example, while the implied servility itinerant to white supremacist ends is reprobate; however, that it advocates for people's socioeconomic enhancement is something that can be built upon without one's having to embrace the hateful modalities encouraged by white supremacists. Do the research to obtain a full picture of the situation, ends, confounding exigencies, etc. Refraining from having something to say when one hasn't done the research and exercised due rigor and soundness on a matter. Now, none of that is difficult to do, yet all of it takes time and exertion.