Whaddaya Think? * Open Thread *

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I couldn’t think of anything to write today. So I decided to write about thinking. Since I am a very visual person I found lots of images about what we think, what we think about and what we think about what others think.

I’m not sure that’s true. Because I know some people that think some very strange things and are in harmony with those things. They don’t seem happy to me. They mostly seem angry because the world doesn’t share their weird vision. Perhaps harmony doesn’t ensure happiness after all. With all do respect to Gandhi.

To many of us these days it seems we are surrounded by those that don’t seem to be able to think. Or at least think rationally. These are the people that seem to confuse feelings with thinking. That’s not too surprising given that when we talk to people we usually say, “How are you feeling”, not what are you thinking.

That’s a normal common greeting. And quite appropriate if there is some problem with health or a bad relationship or an emotional problem of some kind. Feelings are important. Just not to be confused with thinking or we’ll all be running for our own “safe place” like the idiot little snowflakes that now infest our universities.

They seem to be all feeling and no thinking at all. When these poor, little, fragile people meet the real world they are in for a very large shock. College is supposed to prepare people to enter the adult world isn’t it? Oops major fail.

What is the difference between Thinking and Feeling?

• Feeling is subjective whereas thinking is objective.

• Feeling is emotional whereas thinking is rational.

• Feeling is based upon our perception of right and wrong whereas thinking is based upon facts and logic.

• Our culture values people with a thinking personality type more than those who have a feeling personality type.

• Thinking is continuous and nonstop whereas feeling is affective state of consciousness.

• Both thinking and feeling help us in arriving at a decision.

I’m not at all sure that this line is right: ” Our culture values people with a thinking personality type more than those who have a feeling personality type.” Among the snowflakes “feelings” are paramount.

Once you begin to think, and hooray for those that do, you get further into the task by advancing to “critical thinking”.

What is critical thinking?

“Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.

In its exemplary form, it is based on universal intellectual values that transcend subject matter divisions: clarity, accuracy, precision, consistency, relevance, sound evidence, good reasons, depth, breadth, and fairness.”

Okey dokey, now we know what most of this generation is not being taught. Sadly there are far too many in our generation that don’t have this valuable skill either.

Our society has been dumbed down for generations. Education is pathetic shadow of what it once was.

Of course in the days when young men were taught Latin and Greek as a part of a good education young women weren’t taught much at all. At least among that gilded segment of society.

The lower classes weren’t thought to need much of an education since they were only put on the earth to serve the upper class. Sort of the way politicians regard voters.

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ~ Albert Einstein

Thinking is how we form our opinions, make decisions and erect some semblance of order in our lives. I doubt thinking has much to do with the lives of a large number of people.

I know a man, I would say young man since he’s in his early 40s and these days that’s young to me, who was deep in debt and in the clutches of the Payday Loan people. After an accident that added medial bills to his debts he filed bankruptcy. He was soon debt free for the first time in years. Lou breathed a sigh of relief since the man frequently would hit him up for money with some sob story. Lou is a sucker for a sob story. Me? Not so much.

Anyway within a few months the man was back in debt again and within six months he was going to Payday Loans. We couldn’t believe anyone could be that stupid. Lou had given the man a ride to work for 2 years and never charged him a penny. He had loaned him money, not all of which was ever paid back. And now this fool was going back to Payday Loan? “What are you thinking,” Lou asked. Even my marshmallow-hearted spouse had had enough.

Never anger a Scot over money – it’s not a pretty sight. Which the young man would have known if he’d thought about the things he’d heard Lou say. But the man “felt” he could count on Lou’s soft heart.

“With school turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knowers, and imaginative creators, the word ‘intellectual,’ of course, became the swear word it deserved to be.”  ~  Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury was a smart man who knew how to think. So was Thomas Alva Edison:

“Five percent of the people think;
ten percent of the people think they think;
and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.”

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22 Responses to “Whaddaya Think? * Open Thread *”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Right now, I am feeling a bit humored as Paul Manafort has resigned form the Trump campaign: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/291957-manafort-resigns-from-trump-campaign-report

    Ahhaha!

    GREAT post, dear friend!

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Don’t you think Manafort “resigned” one step ahead of the boot in the butt Trump was about to deliver?

      The “news” coming out about Manafort is all bad and Trump has enough problems of his own.

      Will Bannon be a better mouthpiece or better able to rein in the buffoon’s mouth? Only time will tell.

      Supposedly Trump is once again going to “try” to appear more presidential. Emphasis on “try”.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Oh, yeah – I am sure that Manafort knew his days were numbered. He got out while the getting was kinda sorta okay…

        I tell you, Marge, those Trump people sure don’t think Trump is in the dumps. I put up a link abt what Obamacare has done to jobs and more in NY State, and his supporters turned it into how Trump would repeal and replace. Oh, really? What makes them think THAT??? He’s just so dreamy in their eyes that they will insert him into every discussion. Ugh…

    • piper Says:

      My ‘feewings’ about Manafort is he attempted to steer Trump and his campaign to a better plain but the unhinged Don couldn’t change his basic personality leading to the ‘break-up.’ You have to be insane to be part of the Trump train and although Paul Manafort is a scummy operator I think he knew the ins and outs of running a campaign much better than Don who can’t stand letting someone else be in charge and tell him what to do and say. So Paul got the deep freeze boot.

      I read that Ivanka and husband were yatching on David Geffen’s small boat somewhere in Croatia. Interesting how the dems seem to vacation together. Although David is a democrat he thoroughly dislikes Clinton and was very vocal about her in the 2004 election cycle.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        With less than 3 months to go doesn’t it seem odd that Ivanka isn’t with her father? And Geffen is a scumbag IMO.

        Manafort may have decided that if he didn’t leave he would be pushed out by both Trump and Bannon. No room for too many Chiefs at the top. If Bannon tries too hard to quiet Trump he may not have a long tenure either.

  2. helenk3 Says:

    how sad that she thought she was the first

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      That is a fantastic image!

      And yes Maggie Thatcher broke the glass ceiling years ago.

      As did Golda Meir and Indira Gandhi. They were women of integrity and honesty. We on the other hand seem set to elect a corrupt old bat. Sad.

  3. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/lauretta-brown/judicial-watch-sues-state-dept-over-edited-video-press-briefing-about

    thank God for judicial watch

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Amen sister. It’s nice to know there are some organizations with integrity. Judicial Watch is one of, if not the best!

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    The Perfect Media Manners for Malia Obama

    By Brent Bozell

    Our news and entertainment media chieftains have made a clear distinction for presidents and presidential candidates: A child of Democratic parents is untouchable, but if it’s the offspring of Republicans, he — or even better, she — is fair game. It’s open season.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/brentbozell/2016/08/19/the-perfect-media-manners-for-malia-n2207160

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

  6. helenk3 Says:

    http://smallcraftadvisorychronicles.blogspot.com/

    this is from a couple of months ago.
    regression

  7. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/18/politics/trump-i-regret-sometimes-saying-wrong-thing/

    trump’s “whatever” apology

  8. helenk3 Says:

    http://dailycaller.com/2016/08/19/clintons-state-department-blew-6-billion-in-contracts-and-were-about-to-learn-why/#ixzz4Hn7gCcG7

    this is something i can not wait to see

  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Not only is Obamacare costing jobs in manufacturing in NY, but also putting more workers on part-time care and more. Here is the article I mentioned in a comment above: http://freebeacon.com/issues/one-five-manufacturers-ny-cutting-jobs-due-obamacare/

  10. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I am so disappointed in Brad Thor for doing a 180 on Trump allegedly because of the SCOTUS. Really? Because he has picked so many other stellar people, like Lewandowski and Manafort? Or Brannon? Yeah, great thinking there, Brad – another one who violated his principles and integrity. No more Thor books for me.

    But this one is just kind of funny – the blatant hypocrisy laid out in video clips of Conway: http://therightscoop.com/people-are-posting-all-the-terrible-things-kellyanne-conway-said-about-trump-just-weeks-ago/

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I too am disappointed in Thor. But I guess we each have to do what we have to do. Brad Thor seems to believe their is some small “hope” that Trump won’t be as bad as Clinton. I “hope” he’s right. But I also believe that unless Putin unleashes some hell on Clinton in order to get Trump elected Trump will lose.

      Evidently Aisles has been able to muffle the Trump mouth somewhat. But I don’t believe it will last. Trump would do well to listen to Aisles because despite the fact that he is a despicable dirtbag he is a very smart despicable dirtbag. Trump would do better to listen to him. I doubt he will. Narcissism such has Trump’s only listens to the little voices in his head.

  11. helenk3 Says:

    http://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2016/08/19/hillarys-bad-week-gets-worse-as-judge-orders-her-to-answer-questions-from-judicialwatch/

    now this should be interesting

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