What Is Thinking?

The continuous movement into a more populated, a more connected, and often times a more polarized world urges us to become thinkers. The ability to understand and empathize with several perspectives at once is increasingly becoming a major skill in our globalized world.

Thinking Defined

In the simplest form it is using rational judgement, the process of using one’s intellect in order to consider something. But the steps that make up thinking are influenced by so many factors that it never follows such a clear line.

We Feel

When faced with a decision, at least the most important ones we often revert to past experiences. Past experiences are not always the most rational, pleasant, or helpful to current thinking. This creates dissonance, not only for the current ideas being tackled, but also the memories of the past and the lasting impressions that they have on our choices.

We Discover, or do we?

Sometimes, faced with a difficult choice — we asked others for their opinions. The only problem is that, for those of us lucky enough to work weekdays 9–5, that only leaves a measly few hours of free time. No one wants to push themselves to think during those precious hours. After a long day of arduous work and deadlines, the best thing to do is find something to turn the mind off, leave it at work and get on with the most enjoyable part of the day. Right?

Make Time

Whether you’ve agreed with anything here or not, thank you for taking the time to make it to this point. If you feel that you would like to partake in thinking more often, if you would like to support democratic dialogue, and civic engagement, please join Aristotle’s Cafe on Facebook and let us know the biggest questions that you’ve had on your mind. There is only one fact that is true, you should always make time to think, because no one else will do it for you.