Bird Droppings September 21, 2010
Trying to clear your head
“The hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.” Carl G. Jung
I have been a fan of Jung for some time perhaps as I like his view of having more than simply a black and white view of psychology as Freud does. Jung saw that there were possibilities that we currently do not understand and or can not understand about the mind. Just like many teachers know some children will learn so much faster when the hands are engaged as well that tactile sensation adding to intellectual pursuit.
“Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.” Lorraine Hansberry
One of the draws for me to John Dewey is his constant discussion and introjections of reflection into education process. For it is in reflection that we analyze and truly give credence to ideas and thoughts. I truly wish we would do more in classes to reflect and provide pondering time for students.
“No matter where you go or what you do, you live your entire life within the confines of your head.” Terry Josephson
Perhaps some of us do far too much internalizing of where we are and why but so much of our existence is in our heads through perceptions and beliefs.
“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” Soren Kierkegaard
I have often wondered about freedom of speech when so few even consider that unless it is generally in a manner contrary to popular thought. But then is it freedom of speech when we make laws to prohibit that which is free such perhaps is the paradox of our society. The freedom of thought while not something that can be measured or categorized is so critical to democracy and individuality.
“Too often we… enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” John F. Kennedy
“Some people get lost in thought because it’s such unfamiliar territory.” G. Behn
I was thinking about some that get lost because what is seen as reality is too painful for them. Working with numerous people over the years many times the “real” world is harsh and bitter and withdrawal into a private realm is deemed far more enjoyable and safe.
“We spend our days in deliberating, and we end them without coming to any resolve.” L’Estrange
With each second of each day so many people squander there own reality spinning about never seemingly going anywhere. I have many times found myself in this trap looking for something to grasp to get hold of and pull out of the quagmire.
“Few people think no more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once a week.” George Bernard Shaw
When I read this I thought of blue collar comedy and my local favorite ethnic group, rednecks. Where in the definition so often we need to use the word ignorant. But as Jeff Foxworthy has built his fame and industry on redneckism it is interesting his kids go to one of Atlanta’s most exclusive private schools. Sort of paradoxical redneckism.
“Belief is when someone else does the thinking.” Buckminster Fuller
This brought to mind the dark ages when society was imprisoned by those who could read and write and think freely predominantly “the church” and all thought was restricted to thought allowed by the church. How many great thinkers actually perished in wrong thinking?
“Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.” Leonardo da Vinci
I have found the more I study the more I think the more I want to study and learn more which is an interesting thought as so few aspects of life are self perpetuating such as thinking.
“A sect or party is an elegant incognito devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
I could not have expressed my self better than RWE. Politics takes away thinking and there are so many political aides who simply spin reality in favor of that person or ideology they have chosen to support, right or wrong, theirs will be most likely to be picked. The secret is do not let the populous think to much.
“Thoughts, like fleas, jump from man to man. But they don’t bite everybody.” Stanislaw Lec
“The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Albert Einstein
Albert hit the nail on the head we have to change our thinking or else it will become as Emerson and Fuller stated become belief and or a sect or party. A circular effort we begin to think which becomes common place and soon everyone follows suit and that idea becomes law and belief and then we have to rethink everything all over again. What if human nature were not so lazy and would stay in motion and if thought would continue instead of constantly wanting a break?
“No amount of energy will take the place of thought. A strenuous life with its eyes shut is a kind of wild insanity.” Henry Van Dyke
So true and so much a part of so many and for today as always please keep all in harms way on your mind and in your hearts.