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19- Thinking and intuition

QUESTION 6: The purpose of our life

How can we pretend to be free if we cannot decide what we are going to think about?

There is something special about human thinking. When we make a mistake in our reasoning, we must look for a 'thinking mistake' and correct it.  We can think about our thinking! 

Thinking about thinking is something to think about - Isn't it!


Imagine that you live in a society completely dominated by human thinking. All the decisions would be based on logic. If you make decisions that cannot be justified, you would be sent to a psychiatric hospital run by robots using AI. They would not call it ‘Artificial Intelligence’. They would just call it ‘Intelligence’ and decide your treatment! It would be a society full of gadgets doing many things without any feelings - such as atomic bombs.

Beware of any system based on ideas alone. What would you 'think' if the way your parents were treating you was limited to ideas without any feeling? You would feel frustrated and rightly so. We need feelings more than ideas.

At the other end we have planet earth keeping her many hosts alive. Without her rain we would starve. What do you think planet earth is using? Thinking? Instinct? We need a better answer, and you will not find it in schoolbooks.

You may ask yourself: “What would give my children a better chance to be happy in life? Is it to be good at mathematics or to be a good dancer? Thinking can help you pass an exam but there is a lot more to learn. An education based only on thinking would replace freedom with rules. You would suffocate.

We pretend to dominate the universe with our intellect. That could be a bad case of the Dunning–Kruger effect

People who know very little think that they are the experts. There are things that we would rather not think about, but we can’t help it.  If we cannot control our thinking - Who does? How can we pretend to be free if we cannot even control what we think about? 

Some citations about thinking.

The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything except our thinking. Thus, we are drifting toward catastrophe beyond conception. We shall require a substantial new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.

-Albert Einstein


“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena; it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”

– Nikola Tesla.


“If you wish to understand the universe, think of energy, frequency and vibration.”

-Nikola Tesla


“The time has come to realize that supersensible knowledge has now to arise from the materialistic grave.”

Rudolf Steiner

Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings - always darker, emptier and simpler.

-Friedrich Nietzsche

There is nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so.


Those who don't hear the music think that the dancers are mad.

Instead of being the captain of our ship we may only be trying to master the wind blowing in our sails.

Some civilizations say that feelings come from the liver. We don’t really know.  In a conflict between ideas and feelings, chances are that the feelings will prevail.

Intuition is the opposite of thinking. There is no reasoning. There is no need to assemble ideas together to go from A to B. Intuition is direct knowledge. You fly from A to B. You just KNOW that you are in danger or that somebody is not trustworthy. You KNOW that this car is going to change lanes. You KNOW that something is not safe. It is through intuition that we relate to our pets, to the forest, to the flowers, to the sunset, to music… It is also the most powerful way to relate to each other.

Not only is our intuition very limited but we discredit it. When a woman wants to justify buying a certain dress she is not going to say: “I fell in love with that color”. She knows that she needs an explanation that will be accepted, and intuition is not one of them. She would rather say: “I have nothing to wear - It was on sale - It matches the color of…” Thinking is more readily accepted than intuition.

Let’s keep the thinking where it belongs. It is very well adapted to making simple chains of simple ideas. It is well adapted to the material world. If some day you find it difficult to choose between feelings and ideas, go for the feelings. They come from a level above us. Chances are that they are more in 'alignment' with nature. Chances are that thinking will be found under the glass ceiling and intuition above it.

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