When thinking about thinking and thoughts I become utterly confused in my thinking.
So I did a little bit of research and thinking on the subject to clarify it in my own mind. These are my conclusions.
To think is, according to the dictionary, the process of using one’s mind to consider or reason about something, or as my eldest daughter described it when she was about four years old ” My head is telling me stories”
Many times the stories that our heads are telling us are not true and then it will benefit us to put on a thinking cap and consider our thoughts before acting on them.
The idiom a thinking cap has been known since as early as the 17th century but the term used was a “considering cap”. Such a cap might actually have existed and, had three equal sides; on the first of which was written, I MAY BE WRONG; on the second, IT IS FIFTY TO ONE BUT YOU ARE; and on the third, I’LL CONSIDER OF IT. (www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/293000.html)
If I understand this correctly, the essence of putting on a thinking cap is not to find answers to questions or generate new ideas, but rather to think on, consider or ponder facts and ideas in order to decide on the correct course of action if any.
How many times have I made the mistake of talking or acting before considering these three equal sides of the thinking cap. Often we do not think that we may be wrong and many times it is fifty to one that we are. We see or hear partially and make a decision on what we have heard or seen, without considering the truth and making sure of the facts before acting or talking. In the process we can cause untold and permanent damage to relationships and people’s feelings.
So let us remember these three equal sides of the thinking cap when next we are confronted with a thinking situation.
- I MAY BE WRONG
- IT IS FIFTY TO ONE BUT YOU ARE
- I’LL CONSIDER OF IT
Or as Solomon said in Proverbs 17: 27-28.
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.