KOKOPO - Here is a mechanism for becoming an original thinker and not be an echoer of other people’s thoughts.
This mechanism is reading. But more specifically, deep reading.
Today there is a legion of surface skimmers who love superficial knowledge but never do in-depth reading.
Many have lost the ability to think for themselves. By being addicted to shining distractions, many in the Facebook generation have squandered their God-given ability to think abstractly, or from cause to effect.
They regard their peer’s opinion as absolute truth, than take the time to think more independently. As a result many people have wrecked their lives on dangerous precipices of sensual pleasure.
But to become a thinker and be a thought leader, one needs to read deeply.
By deep reading, I mean the array of sophisticated processes that propel comprehension and that include inference and deductive reasoning, analogical skills, critical analysis, reflection and insight.
In simple terms it means reading and interacting with the text, taking notes and internalising the text and forming new conclusions.
According to the Atlantic journal, deep reading is a form of deep thinking. Reading reshapes the network of the brain.
The brain’s plasticity allows it to make new connections and allows the reader to arrive at new thoughts.
Gustave Flaubert calls this the fertile miracle of communication. Constant reading fuels creative thinking and allows the reader to become an original thinker.
We must never be like the moon that reflects the rays of the sun, but be like the sun that sheds its original light throughout the cosmos.
If you want to be an original thinker, read a lot. If you want to be a deep thinker, be a deep reader.
As a result your brain will become a factory for generating an ocean of new ideas. By generating a lot of new ideas, it will change your life and you will change the world you live.
Remember! Thinkers change history.
Simon Davidson, originally from Muritaka village in the Enga Province, is a lecturer in the school of Theology at Sonoma Adventist College in Kokopo. He is a graduate of Pacific Adventist University with a BA in Theology and an MA in Theology