The Apparent Disconnect Between Thinking and Acting

Humans do two apparent things: think, and act. The thought itself is characterized by the lack of action, although it could be argued that thinking is an act itself. For the sake of this piece, let’s say that action is characterized by movement of the body. It is often said that thinkers do not take action, nor enough action, as people that are doing more than them. That is, that somehow action is more important than the thought.

But what action can be taken without a thought? If an action can be better than an alternative action: that is to say, that action generates a beneficial outcome, then certainly we can shred the controversy of one thought being more beneficial than another. So what is a “good” action and a “bad” action, and therefore, what is a “good” thought or a “bad” thought?

Surely only God Himself can determine this objectively (as well as subjectively because of His own desires). So how do we determine what is good and bad? Surely, we can only do this subjectively, so what is a good thought to me may be a bad thought to you, and vice versa.

So how do we take any action at all?

Why do we imprison murderers?

Well, our thoughts tell us to protect ourselves and others, so we take action to do so.

The two are linked, and cannot be separated.

So one’s “bad” actions stem from a “bad” thought. even stupid actions that people make without thinking involve thought, because your actions are driven by thought, even if the thought is not including elements that are generally accepted as “smart.” So we must accept that there are different thoughts, and that more of these thoughts are going to subjectively decide whether the aforementioned thoughts are “good” or “bad” according to these new thoughts. So, in summation, we can say that all actions are driven by thoughts.

One of my thoughts is that the sheer number of thoughts of the entire alive population are immeasurable. So, by consequence, so are the actions.

The thought is the most important action that man can take, simply because this happens the most often. Even if one is generally accepted as unintelligent by other people’s thoughts, everyone thinks, even if it is something as simple as “I’m bored.” I would argue that even dreams are thoughts. So one is literally always thinking. So if one is always thinking, and thinking is an action, then one is always taking action.

If thinking is not an action, then what is it? I do not think that its importance is understood. Try taking an action without a thought. Which action did you take? Surely you have a thought about this action, even if this thought is “I don’t care.” You cannot separate thoughts from actions, so we must understand the importance of the thought. Why are thoughts important? Because there are no actions without them. What is the importance of actions? What is life without them?

Therefore, all actions require thought, and thoughts occur all of the time. Now, what is my point? It is generally accepted by many that certain actions are not really actions because there is more thinking involved and less movement. This is a fallacy because it is the thought that generates the action. So little movement cannot be an appropriate barometer of the quality of the thought.

Take the moon landing, for example. Most of the people involved never stepped on the moon. Most of them sat at desks all day. But the quality of their thoughts made the action of walking on the moon possible.

Imagine that.

The act of walking on the moon was made possible by the thoughts.

Were they moving around aimlessly?

Was the fact that these calculations were created by people sitting down and not moving around enough to discredit their thoughts, especially considering the actions that took place as a result?

What is my point?

That stationary thinking is just as important as any other action you take. Try taking an action without thinking. Even try to stop thinking. You can’t do it. Therefore, consider professions you envy and try to imitate them without thinking, and see if these people aren’t “really working.” I have yet to understand why if these professions are so easy, why their detractors do not attempt them also. If money is an issue, then attempt these professions that you so envy. If you think that lack of movement is not real work, then try to stop moving and start thinking, and think about how difficult it is to think, and obtain these levels that you think are so easy to obtain.

But your thoughts would rather take away other’s actions “because they are too easy,” when you have never tried them for yourself.

If pro athletes are not really working and get paid too much, if money is an object, become a pro athlete since it is so easy.

But it’s “easier” to condemn the pro athlete.

Start your own band, since you want their money and their job is so easy.

But it is easier to complain.

Actions are a reflection of the thoughts.

The quality of the thoughts is subjective, but it is of my opinion that thoughts are underappreciated and that certain actions (actions that require organization instead of just being reflexes) are thought to be much easier than they are because of the thoughts behind them.

June 19, 2013.

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