T H O U G H T  P R O V O C A T E U R S



Mind is the realm of human consciousness. A mighty vast territory when you consider that it is home to all thoughts, perception, and the human will. The human mind is arguably the most formidable force on the planet. Within it emerges the feelings and beliefs that motivate human actions, great or small, good or evil. A well integrated, masterfully managed mind is capable of transforming hate into love, chaos into order, disease into well-being, despair into hope, war into peace, fear into courage, poverty into prosperity and confusion into clarity. Could there be a more splendid resource than that which can serve all possible human needs? But the mind is a double edged sword. It can, perhaps more easily, when mismanaged, be a force against that which is just and virtuous. So why aren’t we all students of the mind? It is astounding that there has not yet been a society with the wisdom to marshal its efforts toward the mental fortification of its citizenry with the expectation that all people be prepared to think for themselves in the interest of love, harmony, health, peace, prosperity and progress.

As a culture, we pay little mind to the mind. Certain academics and “eccentrics” make it their life, but their delvings have little influence on a culture that is dulled by so many mindless preoccupations. Through the ages, philosophers and sages have devised great systems of thought and have revealed deep insights about the nature of consciousness. Though the trails have been blazed, thousands of years later, the common man remains unfamiliar with disciplined paths of thinking. As a result, the majority of humanity have little control over their own destiny. How can any society be well controlled if its components, the people, ignore the greatest force in their lives, their minds?

Matters of the mind are not better left to the philosophers. We all have a mind and it’s influence unfolds whether we’re paying attention or not. If we don’t tend our minds we will likely wind up on paths that can’t fulfill our needs, or worse. We must all become philosophers. After all, deciding things like what’s best for you, your children or your community are philosophical questions. The concept of “best” requires a considerable amount of contemplation. We must think logically, critically and with imagination while seeking to envision an ideal. Then once we determine our best conception of “best”, there is the matter of creating a condition of mind that establishes the will to carry out our visions and resolves. Just knowing what’s best is not enough. Knowing how to activate the will to achieve what is best is an important key to progress. This level of control comes from being a student of the mind, ones own mind.

Let us recognize a new standard for a cultures excellence, it shall be demonstrated by its commitment to and fulfillment of the intellectual health of its citizenry. The greatest act of care and preservation for humanity is the institution of right thinking.




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