Thinking is what we do. Our brains have the same makeup but different—as we are—in what they can do for us. Our thoughts are one of them. There is no restriction on the thoughts that we think. There is a limit to the thoughts that we have. It is not the same for any of us. It depends on what you have in your world to think about: those people, places, and things. You will not have a thought about anything you do not know a thing about. There are no equal rights of thought.
Equality of mind ends before thought, and thinking begins. We do have the sole privilege to think the thoughts that we have—with no known limit. Now, of course, we are not all Einstein and it is best not to think you can outthink anyone, just do it.
What I believe to be true is that there is no “workable” definition of equality. It is a moving target. Once you think that you just may have achieved it, there it goes again; off and running. Some would say that math is exact, but I am not so sure about that. Even if so, for almost all other purposes, it does not exist. How could there possibly be equality when each person sees the other person as not equal to them in some way. Have you ever known equals? Ask yourself that question and see if you know the answer. How about your family and work-life? Is anyone equal in those environments? How about the church, school, at work, and any other places: are there equals to be found among these folks. Even when there are groups with the same rank, they are not equal among themselves or their influence on others. So, think about it before you leave.
The world we live in is the thing that determines our thoughts. Our thoughts come to life based on how we perceive what we see, hear and feel. We are taught how to think no matter the genes we may have been gifted with by our creators (parents). We do not teach ourselves. We learn from the many teachers in our life. Unfortunately, some of them are not good thinkers and are just passing on what they were taught. This way of thinking flows from one generation to the next. It is much a part of what we have to live with until we know better, if ever.
Whether we choose peace or war, love or hate, empathy or indifference, it is how you think. Well, whatever is passed on to us, we then try it on our own. As we grow and develop, we decide what to think. Even so, what we think will be influenced by what we were taught in our formative years.
If you want different thoughts to think, you must open up and expand your view to include what you are not aware of now. You have to meet other people, go to places you have not been, and do things you have not tried. If you hold back, you will continue to think (in Black and White) what you have always thought and do what you have always done. Even our imagination has its roots in what we know. It cannot run away with you on its own. The dreams that we have are no different; though, you may find it hard to believe with the dreams that you have.
There are many things that someone can do for you, but thinking is not one of them. Though people we know, some we just met and even a few we have not, will try. For them to do so, they would first have to know your thoughts. There are some things that we have, which belong to no one but us. They are our thoughts. And you cannot have a thought about things you do not know to exist. We think based on our thoughts, and our thoughts are based on our perception of what is in our world to stimulate the thinking process.
There is no limit, but not all will think the same.
When I say to think a thought, what I mean is, thought and thinking is not always the same. A thought is just a thought until you think it. Think of a thought as inert, not doing a thing from when you have it until you think of what you want to do with it. The time between the two is so short; there is no way to measure. Another thing, when someone says, I know what is on your mind, well, of course, they do not. We are yet to know when someone has a thought or what they are thinking. And there is a good reason we do not.
We know others by what they say and do. We were not given the ability to read minds. You may wonder why not have the ability to know what someone else is thinking; it could be exciting to know and could give you an advantage. Take a moment to think about it. What if you knew what is on the minds of the people you know, and likewise, they could read your thoughts. The things we would do to each other are unimaginable. It cannot be possible if we are to continue to exist as we are or at all.
Say you are strolling down a New York City sidewalk, as you look up from being distracted by your phone, you see that you and I are approaching each other, and in about five to ten seconds, we will be side by side—close enough to feel the breeze and we pass by. You will have a thought based on your perception of me and others “like” me. From here on, your thinking process will begin and conclude in mere seconds in this order: You first will have a perception of me, you then will think about what you perceive the situation or your reality to be, from there, you will feel what you perceive, and you act. like all things, it is a process.
Your perception is the first thing that will happen. You will then think about us. If you feel comfortable and at ease, you may proceed, though, with caution. If you do not feel safe, you may go in another direction. Or you may not have strong feelings either way.
No matter how you feel, your feelings will be based on what you think about me. And you will act according to how you feel. We perceive, have a thought, we think, we feel, and we act. That is the course of an action (thinking) process. Of course, this scenario would have me thinking as well, however, in a different sense and emphasis more on stimulation rather than safety.
A thought is not only what you had. It is also what you have. You thought, and you have a thought. You cannot force a thought. To try to do so is called thinking. Once you have a thought, you think it, or it moves on to our memory. It will not be undone. It is the same as it is with life. We cannot change the life we have lived. What exists to us is all we know. And we decide what we are going to do with it. Think about that.