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Overview Of Thinking

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Highly emphasized in our high school Industrial Arts class was the Law of Tools--use the right tool for the job; keep the tools sharp or oiled; have a specific place for storing every tool; when the job ends, clean and repair the tools; and finally, put the tools in their proper place for easy finding next time. Thereafter, this "Seed" pattern for doing "right" by and with tools flowered and fruited in many different areas of my life. Furthermore, once I learned how to do the job "right" in the machine shop, that became my "new normal" standard for doing anything. For example, the Law of Tools was particularly applicable in serving as a "skeleton" pattern method in building Thought Structures because it introduced me to a "stepping stone" for dealing with any problem. Also as a boy, Mother often said: "Son, if you learn to handle little things well, you will be able to handle big things well." This statement paved the way to reduce much of my boyhood confusion about "How Shall I Live?" The ready application of the Law of Tools to many different things implied there are only a few principles in life. Then to begin a complex or "impossible" problem by doing some little part of it very well (which in effect compartmentalized it) would enable me to better handle its bigger and bigger aspects. In its broad application, whether the situation concerns handling the difficult, trying to prove or disprove a point, make a decision, or solve any type of problem, each aspect requires different types of tools. Regardless of the type of tool, it needs to be readily available; able to do the job; and "sharp" (clean) in doing it. And each job needs to be done well. In other words, both concepts made approaching the answers for the question of "How Shall I Live?" more manageable and "doable."

This line of thinking repeatedly proved itself true throughout my education, training, and various life experiences. In the mid-1970s it was extended to trying to understand the "sameness" thinking patterns of struggling Black Boys and the brilliant thinking methods of Ancient Africans. In both instances my research conclusions pertained to how they used their brains for dealing with all important aspects of life. Ancient Africans engaged in the daily practice of perfecting their individual Right and Left Brains but with the Right Brain orchestrating the Left Brain's activities. All serious business was handled by means of Critical Thinking (CT). Otherwise, different parts of their brains were utilized for different achievements as, for example, the "God Module" located in their brains' temporal lobes became the "tool" in pursuing spirituality, prayer, and religious issues. By contrast, African American slavery's impact of "killing the Spirits" of the Enslaved led them into two patterns. First was making permanent use of the "Emergency" (Fight or Flight") parts of their brains. Second was that inside the inner recesses of their mind the "Self" (representing ones image of God) of each was disconnected from its "Spirit" partner. As a result, the "Spirit" of the afflicted lost its divinity power source; reattached to earth world thinking power sources; and thereby displayed ways of thinking, feeling, expressing, and behaving not in their Selfhood best interest. When this pattern was passed down to today's struggling descendants, self-defeating thinking patterns have shown in a variety of ways, each being less than satisfactory for handling the difficult problems they face in a hostile society. This causes frustration and desires to "Escape" from life.

As an oversimplification, my observations suggest three main types of Thinkers with respect to handling serious business. Type I: those who develop their minds and CT skills are leaders who Thrive (i.e. prosper by industry, economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in daily living). Type II: those choosing not to think are doomed to Failure inside vicious cycles. Type III: those doing Patterned Thinking remain in the Status Quo as followers, regardless of their location on the social ladder. Ones destiny in life is determined by ones ability or inability to do effective and efficient Thinking.

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