The effort of thought
It’s no secret that I’ve been working on an analysis of how minds decide things and take their respective paths. Well, I can tell you right now that reading this will be painful for some. I mean let’s get real, who the hell has any time or effort to think about thinking. That’s painful isn’t it? But people do think if ‘required to’ by their employers and in the course of some kind of work. However, when they get home I know many will dive for that settee, turn on the TV or computer and drift away. Then sleep comes and it’s another day of work – thinking for someone else’s business. Did I say that was wrong?! Get real.
I mean thinking on the whole is an activity that causes discomfort for most people. Look at this. You’d rather avoid gathering pros and cons, weighing them all up in the present, near future and distant future. Doing that may cause you stress and loss of sleep. Ask yourself how many people actually enjoy playing Chess. Not many!
So what do people do if they’re not ‘thinking’ much when deciding things? Simple – they use plain old intuition. Don’t ask them to define what that is – else you’ll be pointed to a dictionary. Look – they don’t even want to think about it, so don’t ask questions.
People who subscribe to intuition surround themselves with people who beat their chests about how intuitive life is and how great it is to live life to the max.. to be free etc. That’s pretty easy to expect, cuz you ain’t gonna find many ‘intuitive’ folk hanging out with the likes of Mr Spock – it just doesn’t make sense. If you got this far, I think it’s reasonable to say you’re a thinker. If you were intuitive – wha’verrr that means – you would have felt insulted or slighted and would have departed much sooner.
In summary my view is that whilst we ought to listen to our ‘inner voice’ it is dangerous to allow that to decide what we do and how we do it.