Monday, January 18, 2016

Having To Think

Having To Think

“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
~~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

This is one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King. It has been said that for every minute of speaking time, Dr. King spent an hour in study. According to his family, Dr. King loved to think, read and learn. As a teenager, when others were hanging out and having fun, young Martin preferred to stay in and read.

I love so much about the work of Dr. King, but his thinking, reading, learning self, hits me right where I live.

I marvel at the content of the letter from a Birmingham jail. In it there are citations and references which even google could not to find.

We are living in a time where we are encouraged to act first and then think. We often scoff at those who like to think about a question before running to an answer. Research has been replaced with search engines and any conversation of reading is interrupted with an ad on a social media site.

It’s time to engage in solid thinking. If we are to have a better world, we all need to sit, think, read and learn.

Be you, be well, be thinking.
Bertice Berry, PhD.

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