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Monday, May 16, 2016

Who Does Your Thinking For You?

Thinking is like loving or dying.
Each of us must do it for ourselves." 
--Josiah Royce, American philosopher, 1855-1916

I have no argument with the above quotation. However, the words are a rather blanket statement—almost like one size fits all. Yes, God created in all of us the ability to think for ourselves.

But let’s don’t forget that there are levels in anyone’s thinking processes. We can’t suppose that the young child, and certainly not a baby, is able to think for itself. If that were so, we wouldn’t need parents to help shape and mold youngsters into valuable adults. Therefore, I would apply the quotation above to responsible adults only.

The Thinker, Rodin, Paris

So, in the context of responsible adults, then yes, we must do our thinking for ourselves. But, do we? There are numerous occasions/situations where there is ample opportunity for our thinking to be manipulated by others. What am I talking about? The first thing that comes to mind is higher education. We hand over our children and their impressionable minds to those who teach at the collegiate level. Can we really trust them not to try to alter the principles with which we’ve raised our children?

I refuse to mix politics into my writing. However, in this year of American presidential politics, it seems we can’t escape the subject as it is before us every day. Politics is a well-played game of influence. Yes, it’s a mind game of who will succeed at persuasion.

We must be aware of these and other possible attempts to affect our thinking, and be vigilant to guard against them if at all possible.

One of my favorite Bible verses greatly helps me in this area: “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8, NIV).

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