These days, there are so many things that think for us that we may be in danger of entering the ‘use it or lose it’ phase of evolution. Thinking may become a thing of the past.
When you think about it, the phrases all look the same, but they can sound very different and mean different things.
I openly admit to loving a good brain. Brains fascinate me! They are amazing lumps of organic computers that can run systems in the background (breathing, temperature control) whilst constantly taking in data from every sense and storing it for future use.
These days, there are so many things that think for us that we may be in danger of entering the ‘use it or lose it’ phase of evolution. Take our diaries! Centuries ago, when survival was the main aim of the day, we used our brains to store information – where the fattest Woolly Mammoths hung out etc. Decades ago, when life was less hectic, we relied on paper diaries to store our ever increasing social lives. Today, we live life at such a fast pace that there is no time to recall our exact schedule for tomorrow, so, now digital ones to do that for us. They also make phone calls, take pictures, connect to the www.com control our heating. We don’t commit anything to memory, as there is a digital brain to store it for us.
The beautiful Country Park where I live did not occur naturally. Someone thought it would be a good idea to fill in the gravel pit with water & plant trees around it. That idea worked!
The Titanic was once the fastest and most luxurious liner ever built. Someone thought it would be OK to design her to stay afloat if only four of the six watertight compartments flooded. That was a bad idea as all six compartments were breached & flooded!
Thinking is a process. If we want to do anything with our thoughts other than daydream we need to develop our thinking.
THOUGHT > LANGUAGE > BEHAVIOUR
We turn our thoughts into language that others can understand so we can share them. We can tell our thoughts, write them down, draw them in diagrams or images. We then express our thoughts through our behaviour. Our thoughts become who we are.
If we want to completely chill out for the day, we need to think relaxing thoughts and talk calmly. If we want to party all night (Oh those were the days!) we think energising thoughts & talk upbeat. Those of us of a certain age will also have to rely on copious amounts of caffeine to help with the latter.
I’ll leave you with this thought “The thinking that got us to where we are is not the thinking that will get us to where we want to be.” Albert Einstein.