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How does one think?

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When a person gets ideas, about his environment, whether spiritual, mental, or physical, then what makes the person feel, at one time or another, that he may have been wrong about some, if not most of his ideas? Is one indulging in flights of fancy, even when one is trying to be very objective, in thought?

What is the cause of thought, in a human being? When it gets ideas about his/her environment, then, is the thought completely imagination, or is the thought also rooted in reality? In my opinion, a thought can only belong to the person who thinks, and he/she/it can only think about the environment, which includes the perception of the self.

Is an intellectual being creative, when he formulates thoughts about his environment? By the word ‘creative’, is intimated, that the intellectual is creating thoughts, and the thoughts are not occuring to him/her/it. In the case of the intellectual, is thought a flight of fancy? What then, causes the intellectual to create thought? What also causes the intellectual to accept the thought as a honest appraisal of his environment? Is thought dishonesty to the self? If not, then how can we feel, that our thoughts were not true, which occurred to us earlier? Some of us, even fight ourselves to feel that our earlier thoughts were not false.

It is true, in the case of thought, that the person thinks, and about his environment. I am coming to believe, that perhaps the human is as objective as can be, when he thinks, in a situation. What makes the human need to think in a situation? Perhaps, and this is a cliche, perhaps it is a need to find personal meaning, in a situation. Is ‘personal meaning’, and ‘objectivity’ far apart, in the realm of thought? Does a person need to believe, or does the person believe, because he cannot help it? Can it be, that the person wants to find personal meaning, and he is also as objective as he can be, in the realm of thought?

I have not found a satisfactory answer.


Written by discussionofviews

March 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm

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