a thought…

Famous science fiction writer Isaac Asimov once said: “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

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I’ve been thinking about thinking.

You know that term, “scary smart” — ? Why is being smart so scary to people? It seems to me that the anti-intellectual movement has gained even more momentum in the last decade.

“Don’t think so much” — heard that? That often means, “Don’t worry, and live in the moment,” and I am on board with that. But sometimes it’s said in response to someone actually trying to problem-solve, or someone trying to identify a pattern to change. If we, as a culture, did a little more thinking and a little less base reacting from emotions, I believe that the fabric of our society would be woven quite differently. To be clear, I’m very pro emotions — being aware of them, expressing them — so what I’m saying here is HAVE the emotions, process them, but don’t react BLINDLY to them.

Lastly, EVERYTHING we do uses our brain. While I believe metaphorically that our heart/soul should drive our actions, biologically, our emotions are tied in with brain neurochemicals, impulsive actions are generated in the brain, our art, our decision making, everything — all have major brain involvement.

What do you THINK ?

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