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Think Why -v- Why Think

Updated on April 10, 2010

From my earliest recollections I have always been thinking about the 'why' of everything, and soon recognised that this made me different from most folk, who had 'why think' as their credo.

Thinking about 'things' all the time takes it's toll, and has it's advantages and disadvantages.

I'm sought after for Trivial Pursuit games and quiz nights, as my mind has accumulated stacks of useless information whilst sifting and sorting the wheat from the chaff, useless....unless you are playing those sort of games.

But equally I have always been the guy you find in the kitchen at parties, as I have driven people away with my serious probing of their psychology as we speak.

I'm an observer, rather than a participant, and it's something which makes people who do not dissect every comment and action steer clear of me.

After about 15 years of thinking, I realised that it was a curse rather than a blessing (unless I'm playing Trivial Pursuit) and that there is much to be said for the truth of the statement 'ignorance is bliss' for one cannot be concerned about that which you have no knowledge about.

It's shaped my life, for I have always been making statements that cause people to reconsider their concepts, search for their own truths and often open mental doors that they either never knew they had, or had kept tightly shut for their own reasons.

I apologise to my readers and those who know me for doing this, you see one of the areas that I displayed my ignorance in, was in assuming early in life that if I could ONLY get everyone to think, the world would improve dramatically.

But thinking causes problems for folk, at least for the first few years until they have 'collected their thoughts' and formed conclusions, learned how to assimilate information and process it without emotional attachment.

There lies the rub, as Shakespeare said, for most people cannot separate from the emotive response, and therefore suffer from their rational mind creating conflict with their emotive thinking.

Put simply, common sense tells them one thing, but what they feel tells them a different story.

Most people will simply switch to one side of the position or the other, swing towards rational or emotive.

Which is fine and dandy provided that you apply the correct polarisation to the given circumstance.

If you are a rationalist, you can deny the emotive side completely and just live with whatever the latest take is in rational circles.

I remember reading Stephen Hawkins's 'Brief History of Time' and realising that he needed to spend about a third of his book establishing why all the other previous theory's about time were incorrect and his was THE right one.

Rational thought is like that, it needs to try to prove that anything which it cannot experience is actually incorrect, in order to substantiate the claims it stands upon.

For me rational thought was proven incorrect when I experienced the Holy Spirit working in and through me, that completely destroyed my previous hypothesis about life the universe and everything, and opened up an emotive side of my personality I never though or accepted existed, prior to that experience.

Had that been my ONLY experience with the Holy Spirit, I could be excused for dismissing it as something else, I could have rationalised it away, as so many other do, but it was not a solo experience, and after a multiple of subsequent experiences, I could not deny that the Holy Spirit was changing me from one personality to another.

So thinking for me was a productive experience that took me from A to Z and let me find a life of contentment that I had never had as a rationalist.

But obviously not all people who start thinking deeply will find that contentment.

If something I said or wrote sets someone off on the path to establishing what they think or believe, am I to blame or be credited with the result?


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    • A M Werner profile image

      Allen Werner 

      11 years ago from West Allis

      The Holy Spirit truly is an amazing enabler of revelation. Yahshua warned us not to blaspheme the Holy Spirit, or speak against its wonderful works. Everyone comes in contact with miraculous happenings in their life. As you said, some very capably dismiss it and rationalize it away. What a blessing it is to know you have not. Peace.

    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      11 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      tarotexperience said 4 hours ago

      Lateral thinking is where it is at



      Hi Derek,

      I deleted your web link, first it's against the TOS of hubpages, secondly I don't promote occult sites, you may have noticed I'm a Christian....anyhow....

      Nothing wrong with lateral thinking, Edward de Bono made a good living from it, but I've been the tarot and wiccan route, it was a bummer, kept finding bad spirits that posed as good guys, but got me all strung up.

      Then I thought laterally (and literally)and realised that if there were evil spirits, then there should be good ones also, if Satan controlled the occult, then God must control the transparent.... so I switched sides... good move, you should look carefully into who you are promoting.

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      Twenty One Days 

      11 years ago

      So, I ventured into the HubHopper for the second time and voi-la, your number came up! Great writing, as always, John.

      We should play some TP -though I gather your useless information exceeds mine -however, my wife might exceed ours.


    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      11 years ago

      I was going to write something here but I forgot what I was thinking about. I think it was about thinking. Let's see- I was thinking about something and then I was thinking about this. Sorry John- I just can't think right now.

    • Sanctus Vesania profile image

      Sanctus Vesania 

      11 years ago

      Insightful hub, John.

      about a year ago I was told to take the Meyer Brigg's Personality Assessment test. I discovered that I'm an INTP.

      The NTs are considered the rational group, and the thinkers. Now the stereotype with INTPs is that we're all atheist, but when I really think about it, atheism makes absolutely no sense to me. INTPs are said to live in their own little worlds, but instead of fantasy, they live in a world of theory, and what ifs. I often find myself thinking about what's going to happen after this life, and...

      I'm rambling on, carry on, John!

    • msorensson profile image


      11 years ago

      Since you have been on the path of knowledge, logical thinking, you have found out that the logical thinking mind has limits and that there are forces in this Universe inexplicable by Science as we have it today.

      It is a common feeling to want to share what you discover when this happens. It is perfectly understandable.

      You want to take everyone with you.

      However, it is neither wise nor compassionate to do so, much like you can not force an infant to eat steak.

      No need to apologize. You simply be yourself. It is the greatest gift you can give another human being.

    • heart4theword profile image


      11 years ago from hub

      Yes, in my younger days especially, there were many decisions, I thought myself right out of! Later to realize, that some of those decisions, would of been good ones, afterall. I guess if I think about it, I am right brained and left brained:) Great hub!

    • Judah's Daughter profile image

      Judah's Daughter 

      11 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Brother aguasilver ~ you stated, "I have always been making statements that cause people to reconsider their concepts, search for their own truths and often open mental doors that they either never knew they had, or had kept tightly shut for their own reasons. I apologise..."

      In my opinion, you should NOT apologize. God made you perfectly for what He's called you to do. Now, in the Spirit, this gift is used to His glory!!

    • Enlydia Listener profile image

      Enlydia Listener 

      11 years ago from trailer in the country

      thinking too much was always my problems too...I still do it...but thank God for the Holy Spirit. I enjoy reading resonates with my soul

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      Darrin Stephen 

      11 years ago from Edson, Alberta

      yes I am with you, thinking is productive, and at times I myself have isolated others, my only hope is that what I do say is truth, and with that they may think on it later, thanks for writing


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