Thinking Independently

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An Observation on “issues” involved in living consciously vs unconsciously (makes it sound as if the person is walking around half dead, or “dead”) 😊

Thinking, even when thinking is difficult (you question this I know), vs non-thinking

Awareness, even when awareness is challenging vs unawareness

Clarity, whether or not it comes easily, vs obscurity or vagueness

Respect for reality, whether pleasant or painful, vs avoidance of reality

Respect for TRUTH vs rejection of truth – I like this statement, as once again I remind you that each person’s perception is different, which means each reality is different, which ultimately states that all truths will be different.

Independence vs dependence

ACTIVE orientations VS PASSIVE orientation (a thought on active aggressive and passive aggressive – that silent treatment some women can do so well, still a form of aggression)

Willingness to take appropriate risks, even in the face of fear, vs unwillingness

Honesty vs dishonesty.

Living in and being responsible to the present vs retreating into fantasy

Self-confrontation vs self-avoidance

Willingness to see and correct mistakes vs perseverance in error

Reason vs irrationalism

“They” say, one of the most important issues entailed in living consciously is intellectual independence.

A person cannot think through the mind of another. We can learn from another, but real knowledge implies UNDERSTANDING, not mere repetition or imitation. We can either exercise our own minds or pass on to others the responsibility of knowledge and evaluation and accept their verdicts uncritically (more or less).

Of course, we are sometimes influenced by others in ways we do not recognise. But this does not alter the fact that there is a distinction between the psychology of those who try to understand things for themselves, and those who do not.

What could be crucial here is our intention, our goal. As a matter of general policy, do you “aim” to think for yourself? Is that your basic orientation?

To speak of “thinking independently” is useful because the redundancy has value in terms of emphasis.

Often what other people call “thinking” is merely “recycling” the opinions of others, not true thinking at all. (ouch)

Thinking independently – about work, our relationships, the values that will guide our lives – is part of what is meant by living consciously.

In the end – we can state that independence is a self-esteem virtue…

Something to think about today – independently!

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