Thursday, 11 December 2014
Think on ...
OK … let’s get ready for a biology lesson.
The human brain is not there for the sole purpose of keeping ones ears apart. It has a specific purpose all or its own.
Primarily, it is there to make us think – I know it has other functions too, so hands down all those who were about to correct me.
Where was I? Oh yes … the brain is there to make us think. Yet looking around the world these days one often finds many people under-using that particular function.
They make decisions based on instincts, feelings, opinions garnered from dubious sources such as magazines or flaky friends, or even as a reflex to the rumblings of their stomachs.
Decisions based on thinking, considering various view points, and pros and cons are a thing of the past and are often avoided because they involve … thinking.
One’s brain hurts too much for such exercise.
I remember years ago at work I had a big notice in my office with the word "THINK" printed in large letters. Its purpose was to encourage my team to come up with realistic, cost effective solutions to the problems we had to resolve - and by and large, it worked.
I'm sure some of you have experienced on the road many silly manoeuvres by other drivers, or pedestrians, which could have put them and others at risk. Or people at work trying to cut corners, or save time, and end up creating more work and difficulties than before.
Try visiting internet discussion forums and see how often people ask the most inane questions or seek advice to such basic issues which should come as second nature to anyone with a pea-sized brain like an ostrich's.
It makes you wonder how much thinking went into the process of considering the matter in the first place.
Watch the news on TV or read the papers and you'll discover many examples of half-baked ideas and ill-thought-out decisions made by people you would have thought would know better.
So … where is all this leading to? You might well ask.
Well … it is leading nowhere, unless we think about it, and resolve to use our brains more effectively.
Not that I am accusing you dear readers … no … it’s the others you know.
Let me give you just one example: I placed all my shopping on the conveyor belt in the supermarket for the check-out assistant to scan and total my bill. At the end of my shopping I put one of those dividers that separates my shopping from the one belonging to the customer behind me.
The check-out assistant picked the divider up and looked for the barcode indicating the price !!!
Exasparated ... I told her it was given free to customers.
She let me have the item !!!!!!!
Admittedly, she was young, probably her first day at work, perhaps not well trained, or ...
P.S. – If you think about it for a moment, I bet you can recognize an individual or two whose actions are not based on the same thinking process that you or I would use. I'd be glad to hear your stories.