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.
• 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”.
“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,
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.”