Thoughts on Thinking

Thoughts on Thinking

Is it reasonable to consider yourself an evolving, growing person if you've not changed your thinking on something within the last year or two?

Below are 3 of my favorite thoughts that remind and encourage me to be curious, ask questions, listen more, and think more ( to two-twelve things).


“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie - deliberate, contrived, and dishonest - but the myth - persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

- John F. Kennedy | 35th president of the United States | 1917 – 1963

“The softminded person always wants to freeze the moment and hold life in the gripping yoke of sameness.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr. | Civil rights leader | 1929 – 1968

“Think of a flabby person covered with layers of fat. That is what your mind can become - flabby, covered with layers of fat till it becomes too dull and lazy to think, to observe, to explore, to discover ... not wanting to be disturbed or questioned into wakefulness.”

- Anthony de Mello | Indian Jesuit priest | 1931 – 1987


The odd thing to me ... they’re all negative observations but motivate me more than most positive platitudes. It probably has something to do with my ego. (More to come soon on this.)

platitude: (noun) remark or statement, especially one with a moral content,
that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful

One more quick observation below.

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The United States Constitution has been amended 27 times since 1789. Since then, the longest period of time without a new amendment is just over 61 years (between 1804 and 1865. The second longest period is 43 years (1870 - 1913).

We’re living in the third longest period of time.

The last new amendment to become a part of the Constitution was ratified in 1992 … over a quarter of a century ago.

Hmmmm.

“The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”

- Abraham Lincoln | 16th president of the United States | 1809 – 1865

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