If you ask one-hundred people what they like to do in their spare time, not one will say “to think.” Why would they — humans think all the time. In fact, they had to think just to answer your question. Right? But are they simply reacting to information or are they breaking it apart to create new ideas and theories? Do they just nod or frown at the news or do they take time out of their day to understand the big picture?
Unfortunately, people do not think, they consume. Sure, you read news and commentary, look up topics in Wikipedia, watch educational programs or documentaries, but do you put it together? Do you add to the conversation or do you just spit out the same statements you have always been saying? There really is no point anyway: humans are so resistant to change and forming new opinions that they will simply seek out information that validates their existing view. Growth rarely occurs. Real thinking is so rare that there is a term — ‘intellectual’ — for the class of people who actually do it.
The reason people do not think is because it is boring. Oh the torture of having to sit alone, without entertainment and without concern of what else you could be doing to only be occupied by your thoughts. Instead of being bored with the company of their mind, people seek out television or celebrity photos to consume some more. They don’t realize that they are bored with themselves. Look around and you will find people who fill their time with enough activities, distractions, and obligations so they are never forced to be alone with their own mind; so they always can say they’re “busy.” They are like the little baby who gets tired of one toy and reaches for something else, just passing the time, just playing on the surface.Tweet Follow @rooshv
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Awwww Roosh I knew if anyone could read me it would be you. It’s like you looked deep inside me and said all the things I couldn’t say…
“save the cheerleader save the world”
I’m going back to thinking now
see you on the reup
This post is so true its scary. I’m lazy and all I do is think ALL DAY LONG–not because I am intellectual but because I’m crazy.
This is why I HATE ipods and TV. Its pretty sad that people can’t last a 10 minute metro ride to work without occupying themselves with some form of entertainment.
Its called “READING” you guys…try it. Its fun, I promise!!
Why “read” when you can bang 50 girls? Reading is for beta-males.
I’m too lazy to think about whether or not I agree with this post.
Thinking is one of my favorite things to do. I prefer to do it outside, so I can commune with nature and all that good shit.
agreed. I model for art classes and people are always amazed that I can sit still for more than 10 minutes and be alone with my thoughts. well, obviously not physically alone but it’s my time to relax and sort through my thoughts. People like to multi-task. Why would I sit in a Starbucks to think when I can get paid for it at the same time?
I think the baby deserves more credit than he’s getting in this scenario. Babies’ nervous systems aren’t developed enough for them to have long attention spans yet, but their play is anything but on the surface. Every gesture, coo, and game is an exploration of how to coordinate their minds and bodies, how the world works, and what impact their actions have on the world around them. Gradually they develop the ability to focus longer and do new, even more creative things because they keep at it. That is, if we don’t train it out of them with constant distractions and insanely fast-paced TV editing.
When was the last time any of us grown-ups spent a whole day thinking up brand new things, trying them out and then evaluating whether our attempts had the intended effect?
There can be a fine line between making a wise decision based on what we already know and simply falling back on old, reactive habits without thinking. We won’t ever be able to see where that line is, though, if we’re so distracted from our thoughts and the situation at hand that we can’t even see the choice we’re making.
What the hell… are you trying to trick me into thinking by writing this post? No way I’m falling for that crap. Now where did I put my DS Lite? Ahh, f it… I’ll just watch some TV.
people don’t think because they are dumb.
I was once told to figure out what I love and find a way to get paid for it. Thinking. Yep. It’s more entertaining than television. But, you’re absolutely right. People don’t do it. Inner silence is a scary place. Embrace those who do.
I tend to over-think. It has negative side-effects, like zoning out of conversation because your own thoughts are more interesting, or confusing yourself with overly-complicated ideas. The worst is when you become convinced that everyone else in the world must be an idiot because you thought of something so simple that no one else seems to understand or value. It’s a recipe for alienation and arrogant prig-ness.
This seems like one of those things where it’s always the OTHER guy, never us. Everyone says “nobody thinks but me!” but no one will own up to just “playing on the surface” as Roosh calls it.
Like that old Lake Wobegon thing where all the children are above average. Or how people always bitch about bad drivers but no one admits to being a bad driver themselves.
Thanks for the advice
I had an old roommate who liked to sit and think, it was because he had the brain of a chicken and processing any new info took to much work.
Or that’s what I figured out after a while.
Wasn’t going to comment b/c I’m pretty damn lazy myself but couldn’t resist. I use to sit around by myself and “think.” Didn’t make me more intellectual or more interesting, just got me more motivated to go out and do things I thought about–test out theories and such. Being active doesn’t mean that you’re not using the brain, and I tend to be in really deep thoughts when I have some nice background music (read MP3 player). Who’s to say that all these other people who consume themselves with activities AREN’T using their brain? “Real” thinking doesn’t happen only when you’re all alone with the rest of the world cut off from you…
just my $0.02…maybe a rather piss poor $0.02 at that…
“When was the last time any of us grown-ups spent a whole day thinking up brand new things, trying them out and then evaluating whether our attempts had the intended effect?”
Dude, that’s what I do at work all day. If it wasn’t so much fun, I wouldn’t stay so long after ‘business’ hours and I might actually be within the first 20 posters here.
So you guys sit at home and think the hard thoughts? And then what? Blog about it? You get right on that, I’ll be lounging on the couch screwing off.
Good freaking post! People seem to think it’s weird that I like some time by myself just to think. And they always wonder how I can occupy myself in a boring situation. It’s because I like to think!
Hahaha, Jewcano. There’s one further point that some people are making here, to add to the post. That is, a lot of us are paid to think all day, and the things we produce are products of that thought. I think we all need to have time where we don’t have to think too deeply. We also need to have time where we can think deeply about subjects of our own, instead of the subjects of work. Your mind is the most powerful muscle in your body. It needs exercise as well as rest.
cool. i found your blog today. cannot say i was the most productive employee for few good hours. nice post about the “thinking” activity… lack of thinking, instant jump to “boredom”. very irritated by that. boredom should be banned or punished. preferably, punished.
I would like to point out that I just backed my truck into a cop car and talked my way out of it. Thinking can come in handy. Of course, if I was really on top of things, I would’ve gotten her number. That cop was hot.
Great post. I think I spent most of my 20′s not contemplating. You’re so busy getting through university, getting a job, and making money that you don’t question anything. What does life to me? What can/should I do about social issues? Maybe we avoid thinking because its depressing when you realize that you can’t/won’t do anything about issues that are important in life and that you would have to give up precious time and energy to make a difference.
“They don’t realize that they are bored with themselves.”
Aren’t most people boring? Natural that they would be bored with themselves.
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