Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Thinking: use it or lose it

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

The conventional view means protecting those in power. It means not having to learn anything new. It means not having to weigh options or listen to others who may have provoking thoughts.

Thinking is difficult for some adults. They may not have done any serious thinking since their teen years, or at least since the end of their years of formal education.

As with other factors of the human body, thinking adheres to the rule to use it or lose it.

Chances are that some people you know have lost their ability to think; they are walking, talking puppets of the conventional view.

Bill Allin
Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems

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