Have you ever stopped and thought? Not about anything in particular, just stopped, and thought. This is one of the hallmarks of philosophy, to just take the time to think something through, and it doesn’t have to be some world changing thought, it can be about some of the simplest things that normally don’t cross peoples minds. Like, if there was no toothpaste in the Neanderthal times, did people clean their teeth at all? Will knowing the answer to this effect your day to day life in the least? No, but taking the time to work out your brain like you do any other muscle in your body will allow you to remain sharp and strong. Getting near and n proximity to other thinkers, to have arguments about things, these are the things that keep you sharp, and allow you to handle a situation when your brain is involved.
This is one of the reasons in which I created this blog spot, this is an opportunity for me to simply spread my own thoughts, and perhaps see if there is anyone else out there who enjoys the process as much as I do. I’m sure that of course there is, but it’s a matter of being able to tap into those other people, and to share thoughts across the distance in order to be able to better ourselves as individuals. Of course there are conflicting thoughts. There are those out there who don’t agree with my thoughts, who may have completely differing opinions on thoughts that I have. But without leaving yourself open to a cross theory, then you find yourself only believing, only thinking in one way, which makes our brains essentially useless.
I believe that like any other muscle in the body, the brain is one that needs to be tested, needs to be pushed beyond it’s comfortable boundaries into areas that we’re not comfortable or familiar with, in order to truly grow. As anyone who lifts weights can attest, if you simply keep doing the same five pound dumbbell over and over, your muscles won’t grow. It’s by straining them, and putting them under various amounts of pressure that you will yield results. So I find myself talking about all sorts of topics, even those I only have a vague understanding of. In order to truly put myself into a different frame of mind, and one that forces me to challenge myself and any preconceptions I may have.
Whether that’s a discussion on politics, religion or any other contentious debate, you will find me in the thick of it, wielding my brain like a broadsword and trying to stay in the fight. Even if that broadsword turns out to be a pocketknife sometimes. I have had discussions with those who’s mental faculties I could never hope to attain, yet paying attention and learning from them was the only way I had managed to grow myself. So if you want to think, if you like to think, then feel free to stay tuned.