Thinking can be said to be as natural as growing up. It is one of the marvels of the world to see a child grow & learn – learning how to think for his or her own self. My niece is currently a bubbly 1 year old and it is amusing to think what goes through her mind as she plays the games children play in a world of their own & yet at the same time in the very same world we are in.
As we all fairly know by now, each of us sees things through our own azure tinted glasses. Our thought process, paradigms & rationalizations all come from past experiences be it our own or from stories passed down to us. (Stories being in many forms itself from printed media, blogs or stories we were told as children). Thus all of us see the same objects, the same things, the same issues, and the same world. Yet differently. Thus because we think differently, as humans we open our arms wide to conflict. Definitely not too far of a stretch that someone once uttered wryly “Death solves all problems. No man. No problems”
Yet sometimes things start to get chaotic when occurrences happen beyond our common sense thinking. An example of which would be when we hear that after certain recent sad events, gun laws in the states are possibly moving towards encouraging more people to own weapons… so people can protect themselves. It defies thinking logic in the sense that would not more guns encourage more violence?
It is difficult to come to rational thought when our emotions are in itself unstable. When we happen to be let’s say under duress, in the madness of anger or in a highly emotional state. Rational thinking takes a backseat & we tend to more often that not to move under the current perceived “correct” decision – often acting abnormally out of character. The same goes indeed with mob mentality, deviant groups or cults when we think that because everyone is thinking the same way, it must be rational and we are doing the right thing. Only when we actually take a step back, a cool shower, or count to ten that we realize the folly of our irrational thinking.
We think, therefore we are. We are who & what we make ourselves out to be. Yet let us not be hard set in our views & thoughts. For our mind requires nourishment no matter what age we are. For we need to be able to think & consider. For we need to be able to continue thinking & learning. Quite apt indeed it is to say that those who think more would truly realize how little our thoughts are in the vast ocean of flowing thoughts out there.
A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard
Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird
Is thinking (a lot) a good or bad thing?