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It's Easy If You Try

by Dany Bachir (writer), , September 03, 2007

"Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.

That’s what George Bernard Shaw had to say once.

What I would say? Think. As simple as that.

But. Believe me. Not an easy thing to do.

For the last few days I’ve been really trying to figure out the true meaning of “thinking”. This pushed me to go through many dictionaries and ask few people around about the word. Finally I got quite a long list of meanings and I started eliminating the ones I thought weren’t appropriate.

Finally I ended up with a much smaller list. Here it is:

Have a conscious mind
Have a belief or opinion
Imagine

Those were the definitions that stroke me. But my task wasn’t over at this stage. I then decided to find a certain logical sequence or even a link or interrelation among them.

I realized that the difference between a thinker and a dreamer is somewhere around the first point: have a conscious mind. Dreamers dream. And that’s what they do. A dream is an intangible thing that can be kept as it is and enjoyed forever. A dreamer can be insane as long as she keeps her dreams for herself.

Note the use of "she". Why should I use "he"? Can't women be insane? Sure they can.

On the other end, a thinker is in search for something.

"A thinker thinks for a thing

Yes. It starts with a conscious mind, then is followed by a belief and finally comes the imagination.

Had we had to list how many thinkers there are in this world? We would end up with a very short one. Most of them would fail in the first point: the conscious mind. The others would fail in the second: having a belief or opinion. Well, they all have some, but for their own interests. When it comes to imagination, we would all succeed. I’m sure we’re very good at it.

Imagination is a daily routine. It’s our daily bread. The youngest ugliest kid would imagine himself being kissed by the nicest girl in his class. The oldest man in his death bed would imagine how it would be like to have few more years to live.

John Lennon once said:

"Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that
I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

…

Yes. Think, dream and imagine.

It’s easy if you try.


About the Writer

Dany Bachir is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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