Thursday, May 5, 2016

New Ways of Thinking About Thinking


Quote of the day:

The mind ought sometimes to be diverted that it may return to better thinking. 
-Phaedrus 


I sometimes ponder on how far man can go intellectually. Through the ancient times stories abound of destructive tendencies, of ideologies and upheavals. The prominence of new ideas and new thinking has led us to this point in our modern life.

Improvement, progression and creation –synonyms that reflect our modernity and as with all things the inverse of all these include destruction, waste and disorganization. As it was in ancient history, with the rise and fall of dynasties, empires and kingdoms, so it is today with trade barriers, conflicts and financial ruin afflicting people and nations. There is nothing new under the sun. 

Protagoras, a great Greek thinker, said that ‘man is a measure of all things.’ It can be said that at some juncture in life the struggle to make meaning of both the old and new will materialize. Call it revival, reawakening or renaissance –there is a fire burning and ignited by those who see opportunities instead of challenges and who remind us never to tire pursuing new ways of thinking. Or more to the point a new way of thinking about thinking. Surely, individuals and societies that advocate for positive, creative new approaches to old ways of doing things–for example solving global problems. must be taken seriously, be it academics, leaders, governmental and non-governmental organizations and so on. 

We should not be afraid to think independently, for the greater good.

Our eyes may be used to the darkness but when the light eventually arrives in a convoy of reflections, we should not resist this new found attention. Instead with each new light that arrives we must think about what a great time it is to be alive. 


Peace. Love. Light* 


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14 comments:

  1. A thoughtful post for me to ponder this Thursday ...

    I also thought your quote of the day a good choice

    "The mind ought sometimes to be diverted that it may return to better thinking."
    -Phaedrus

    All the best Jan

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  2. What am I thinking right now? I am thinking this is an interesting post and one I can relate to as I am a thinker, dreamer and explorer of my mind. To expand our mind means we have to view things in a different light.

    Peace, light and love

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  3. A very good post. and a "read" that will get most people to at least "think" for themselves (rather that just accept what others tell them. Sadly many folks these days tend to not think for themselves.
    A great day to you and yours, good Sir.

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  4. The narrator in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance takes on the identity of Plato's Phaedrus. Good post.

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  5. that is one reason i really enjoy blogging. i think so many folks have so many different opinions and ways of thinking, that i hope it encourages others to think outside of how they normally might think ... or at least it works for me. i think oh, i never thought that way, let me change how i am working that thought in my head. i really feel sad of folks who are so set in their ways they they don't ever consider a different path?? ( ;

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  6. Being able to think for oneself is a wonderful thing. Being able to find the truth about things is a wonderful thing. As long as we don't get too lazy to search for that truth.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  7. An interesting post. I am grateful that we still live in a world where we can think for ourselves and share our thoughts.
    Amalia
    xo

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  8. A post that we have been "pondering", good Sir... Again, a very thought-provoking post.

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  9. this is a hard topic. IMO the mind is a mess :(

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  10. A really interesting post and love the quote :)

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  12. Lovely post dear! Have a great weekend! xx

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  13. Interesting thoughts. I've been thinking that there is too much new under the sun. :)

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