“What do you think about thinking?”
This may come across as an odd question that may evoke shock or confusion, because seldom do we think about thinking itself. Although we make various judgements about thinking. We would qualify thinking as positive or negative and make liking or dislikes based on these judgements. Not realizing that by addressing thinking as positive or negative, we fall into most prevalent and very subtle stereotyping of one of the most incredible ability and skill given to humankind i.e. thinking.We may not realize that this binary categorization of thoughts make us polarized, dismissive, less collaborative and more combative.Needless to mention, that it doesn’t help our intelligence either because this way of thinking is limiting and restrictive.
“If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt…..
A few years back, someone put this phrase in front of me and shook my belief system. Not that I wasn’t aware of this phrase or did not know what it entails However, in that moment, I just reacted and justified (like we do when we are put under spotlight all of a sudden).