While I recognize that George's tongue must have been
firmly in his cheek when he said this, he's not at all far
from the truth with this comment. True thinking is,
indeed, rare--rather than think on our own, we tend to
react with our thoughts; rather than ponder concepts and
ideas carefully, we tend to skim over them with our first
reactions and not take our time and think our ways to the
core of the matters at hand.
Most of the work that I do, I can do quite easily without
tons of effort--and I do it that way. Most of my
relationships I can maintain with a minimum of effort--and
I do so, because I can and because other things take up my
time and my thoughts. Most things that I need to
think about deeply, I think about superficially, mostly
because I don't feel that I have the time to consider
something on its own when there are so many other things
that need my attention, also.
But our best inventors, our best scientists, our best
architects are all people who are able to give their
undivided attention to something and stick with it.
They're willing to take the time out of their days and
make the efforts to think deeply about one thing for long
stretches of time. I sometimes feel that way when
I'm writing, especially novels--they force me to put my
mind on the topic at hand and think it through more deeply
than I'm used to, and that really is a good feeling when
it happens. Yes, I do neglect other things at those
times, but that neglect isn't anything terrible--I just
get to other things a bit later.
If we want to really think--to really exercise our minds
and our ability to ponder--then we need to make time for
it and we need to make the effort clearly and fully.
True thought isn't the multitude of thoughts that race
through our minds each day as we go about our business and
shift from thought to thought all day long. True
thought is keeping our attention on one thing and
considering it from different angles and perspectives, and
true thought is something that can enrich us greatly and
add a beautiful dimension to our lives.