Why doesn't the truth of our message spread quicker? Why do people keep returning to the same ways of thinking, even when logic and experience should move them along? Why are so many people still asleep to the crisis of our Civilization, even when they can feel that something is wrong?
I have been contemplating this for quite some time and then I realised that I was doing something that they were not doing, contemplating. In other words I was thinking, I was a thinker. But most people are not thinkers, instead they are doers. They get up and go to work, they see sporting fixtures, they study, they feed babies. They don't think about why they do what they do they simply do it. I'm very glad people feed babies instead of thinking about it!
It's true that many things need to be done and the doers are a very important part of society, without them society would fail. But it must be pointed out that even drunks are doers, not everything that is done needs to be done. Just as not ever thought needs to thought.
Many doers would point out that they think, but what they do is wonder. They ask questions that they don't really seek answers for. But thinking, real thinking is painful, the answers change the colour of your world, it often makes you feel like you are drowning under the weight of the answer. Doers rarely let that happen to them, their smarter than that. Thinkers are often smart enough to think of a problem, but they are not always smart enough to come up with a solution. Thinkers often get burnt out and become doers.
Doers let other people do their thinking for them, we all let other people think for us, because thinking is hard. And the reality is that we cannot afford the luxury of thinking for ourselves on ever issue all the time. The real world demands attention. So we must let others bear the load. In the past Churches, Trade Unions, local dignitaries did our thinking for us and if it was good enough for them then it was good enough for us. Today many people let the media do their thinking for them and because they are not thinkers they do not see the problem.
Thinkers can lead themselves into mental quagmires, something that doers rarely do. For them the world is binary, divided into two parts, the part they live and experience and the world that is presented to them. That means that they can reject either their own experiences, which many do, or that they can reject the way the world is presented to them. And once that opinion is formed it is really hard to budge, but not impossible.
That is why Liberalism will not allow certain people or ideas to gain any publicity. People might start letting the wrong thinkers do their thinking for them. Which is why we need to keep pushing!
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