You see I learned in a critical thinking class that one of my biggest issues id that I do not surround myself with enough people that ,for one want a better standard of living and two do not even halfway think on the world or anything past the hand in front of their face.
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Thats tough. I'd say get on the internet and try to find people who are into the same hobbies youre in, or get into a hobby. Then you have a point of interest and you can filter people from there. college is always great for meeting more people like that (although certainly not everyone in college is like that hahah).
I'd also say read books, like philosophy and classic literature. Its very interesting to see how sometimes worldviews that seem dumb (like you are describing) can be argued to be quite a smart way to go about living life where there arent many good answers.
I absolutely agree with Mike. Start with the local meet-ups that provide activities of your interest.
I would also suggest even to go further and initiate your own meet-up group or an online blog based on the topics that you are passionate about, or participate in the discussions on others' forums related to the topics that you find exciting. This will help to attract like-minded people and build your own community.
In the meantime, engage in the activities that you truly enjoy: both online and in person. This way you will certainly be able to meet the right people.
Feel free to ask me more if needed.
I think we've all hear the saying, "Show me your friends, and I'll show you who you are." The good thing is that you recognize there's something wrong with your present "circle- and there's nothing wrong with making a change. Often times when you want better people think that you think that your "better than". Which may be the case, but I like to say this: "If anyone gets upset for you wanting more out of life, they weren't with you form the start." It's scary, I know, but sometime you just have to "do it afraid." Hope this helps.
This is an awesome question!! Piggy backing off of what Mike said, the best way to find positively like minded people with your interest is to join groups that either pertain to your major or groups that want to have a great impact on your campus as well as the community that surrounds it!!
Bringing positive people into your life will give you more chance at being successful!!!
Depending on your interests, one of the best ways to meet like-minded people is to go to local user groups meetings for topics that interest you. For example, in engineering almost every major city has development user groups where engineers get together to discuss technology and for people interested in opening a small businesses there are many meetings as well.
I would accept and appreciate the friendships you do have, eliminate the toxic relationships in your life and look to expand your circle of friends to include some of the relationships you are looking to make.
Don't discount the value of personal exploration too. Don't be afraid to explore on your own. With so many wonderful resources online and thought-provoking speakers to listen to (such as Ted Talks), you can begin to challenge yourself even without physically surrounding yourself with like-minded people.
I hope this helps!