“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Preach on, Reverend King! I have so much respect for this man because he fought for what is right, and he dedicated and sacrificed his life in the pursuit of equality and justice for all. He is a true American hero. And he is absolutely right: I hate thinking!
Thinking takes mental effort, massive concentration, and modest creativity. (Just putting that sentence together nearly exhausted me.) Thinking is hard work! It hurts my brain. Why would I want to add another strenuous chore to my already hard and hectic life?
When I go to work, I don’t want to have to think about my job. That’s why I have a boss: to think, make the tough decisions, and then tell me exactly what to do. My only responsibility is to show up and do what I’m told. It’s easy! Why would I want to spoil that beautiful situation by thinking about it?
When I get home from work, I don’t want to have to think about my personal life, either. That’s why I have friends, relatives, and popular culture: to show me what is appropriate for normal people to do with their lives. I only have to follow along and do the things that other people do. It’s comfortable! Why would I want to set myself apart from everyone else by thinking about my life?
When it comes to events in the world beyond myself, I certainly don’t want to think about nuclear bombs in Iran or North Korea. I don’t want to think about terrorism or the war in Afghanistan. I don’t want to think about government scandals or the faltering economy. That’s why I have elected officials and the media: to investigate and worry about those problems, and then tell me what to think about them. It’s safe! Why would I want to burden myself with these types of concerns when there are so many trusted people who will do that hard work for me?
I’ve heard some people say that it’s dangerous not to think. They say that when you allow others to do your thinking for you and you blindly trust what they tell you then they control you. You cease to be free. I guess that’s an interesting point, but whatever. I don’t want to think about it.