Each of the parts of critical thinking are dependent on each other to properly and correctly come to the correct conclusions. Choices are free to all human kind to make, we get to chose. However, we do not get to chose the consequences of our decisions. Wise people, think through the short term and long term outcomes. The best that we can do is learn from our choices and those of others that have come this way before us.
Too bad, as a country and society, we have forgotten the lessons learned from our ancestors. We will be bound to repeat these lessons unlearned.